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News from Grant Campbell 20th July

Hi All,

One of the best things about the Mud Trials is getting there! First thing in the morning travelling to Glenburn, all the frost on the ground (the cows don’t seem to mind eating the grass when it’s like that), the zero degrees at Coldstream and the lack of traffic! Not to mention the sunrise over Eastlink. Looks beautiful but a bit of a nuisance in your eyes. So, that’s travelling Northeast for me, but, next week's trial is at Haunted Hills which is off Bill Schultz Drive, Yallourn (AKA Newborough) Vic which is pretty well South East, so no sun in my eyes there!

This is the Dale Shaw Trial, traditionally the 7th trial of the 7th month (Austin 7 Club!) and we haven’t been there for 5 years so looking forward to that one - that’s Maxine and I at the 2012 event above.  Just a note for newcomers - when you arrive at the venue it might appear we aren’t there, but follow the track over the crest at the startline and we are down the bottom.

Start time 10.30am, usually finishes around 4.00pm. Free admission, all welcome.

Last trial at Glenburn was pretty good, a good number of spectators but a high attrition rate among the competitors meant there were only three finishers and I apologise to those in attendance, hopefully we’ll do better at the Dale Shaw. Well done to Stuart, winner, Dean, second and Cooper, third.

Unfortunately I was one on the transgressors. The engine was a bit rattly after Woori Yallock and I didn’t pay enough attention to that until I got to Glenburn but after a few sections a major oil leak developed from a push rod tube that had been dented, then wore through, and literally pumped the oil out, so it got a lot more rattly. I retired hurt, but will be all fixed by the Dale Shaw.

I’d reiterate that we do need more competitors and would urge those who have cars to make an effort to enter and if the interest is no longer there, to sell your car! I understand there’s a couple on the market, one of which is owned by Andrew Stritch (the ex-Don Smith VW powered machine). Give Andrew a call for full details 0417 367 121. It’d be good if the Stritch family attended en-masse - that would double the field! BTW Jo Stritch is Andrew’s wife - Dale Shaw’s daughter and she always has a big hand in pegging this trial.

Check out the pics on our Facebook page.

Just in case you don’t know what Trials are all about the idea is simply to get from one end of a ‘Section’ to another, without stopping or deviating from the course. Generally sections are about 100 metres long and are pegged out on rough, slippery, wet or otherwise adverse terrain. Here’s some samples:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhIqLo4rtTI  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaUKup3xlWA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7MEczIAjmU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjaM8YqUE4c

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OS7qVvd6oOc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKIAxRUpxvQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4suebmz668w

Cars are built to a Formula which has been in place for over 60 years with few minor changes. The formula is designed to accommodate up to 1600cc engines, specific dimensions like wheelbase, and track, and especially tyres. The idea always is for economical building and maintenance, especially easy retrieval (light cars) from boggy situations. Almost never is anything but manpower used to extricate cars, and ‘road tyres’ which don’t damage the bush and leave unsightly tracks.

Regards

Grant


03 9787 3640 0419 874 299

grant@thecampbells.net.au

 

News from Grant Campbell 7th July 

Hi All,

Good to see a decent crowd at the Woori Yallock trial and I heard Andrew Cox has sold his car to Luke Filsell so hopefully one more to the throng. BTW even though we are looking for more competitors, the action is continuous throughout the day so there’s never any waiting for the next event. Well done to Geoff Taylor for winning the Wooi Yallock event. Check out the pics on our Facebook page.

Next trial is at Glenburn: From the Glenburn Roadhouse continue north on the Melba Highway for about 6.5 kms . Turn right into Murrindindi Road., travel approximately 2 km, turn right into Old Murrindindi Road , follow for about 2 km, property is on the left.

Date July 16th Start time 10.30am finishes around 4.00pm Free admittance.

Just in case you don’t know what Trials are all about the idea is simply to get from one end of a ‘Section’ to another, without stopping or deviating from the course. Generally sections are about 100 metres long and are pegged out on rough, slippery, wet or otherwise adverse terrain. Here’s some samples:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhIqLo4rtTI  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaUKup3xlWA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7MEczIAjmU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjaM8YqUE4c

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OS7qVvd6oOc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKIAxRUpxvQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4suebmz668w

Cars are built to a Formula which has been in place for over 60 years with few minor changes. The formula is designed to accommodate up to 1600cc engines, specific dimensions like wheelbase, and track, and especially tyres. The idea always is for economical building and maintenance, especially easy retrieval (light cars) from boggy situations. Almost never is anything but manpower used to extricate cars, and ‘road tyres’ which don’t damage the bush and leave unsightly tracks.

Regards

Grant

 

News from Grant Campbell 24th June 

Hi Team,

Sorry I haven’t sent these for a while but we’d like to get a few more people at the trials, especially those who’d be interested in competing. Ideally those willing and able to build a car, however, I understand there’s 4 cars actually for sale. I don't have the details to hand but if there's a spark of interest there I'll find out for you.  So that would be a good start.

Just in case you don’t know what Trials are all about the idea is simply to get from one end of a ‘Section’ to another, without stopping or deviating from the course. Generally sections are about 100 metres long and are pegged out on rough, slippery, wet or otherwise adverse terrain. Here’s some samples:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhIqLo4rtTI  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaUKup3xlWA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7MEczIAjmU

 

Anyway, come along to the next trial at Woori Yallock and we can have a chat about that then:

Next Trial coming up is very easy to find: 1805 Warburton Highway. Take the Warburton Highway (B380) to the traffic lights in Woori Yallock. The site is a further 2.0 km (approximately) on the left along the Warburton Highway opposite Lusatia Park Road (follow the signs).

Free admittance, just bring your lunch and don’t stress about wearing your best clothes!

Regards

Grant