Here's a report on a trial from 30 years ago at Gardiners in Purau Bay. I wonder if we'll see anyone from this trial at this weekends event at the same property? I know "Agnes Funneybone" will be there!!!
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Purau Trial 17th March 1979
By Andrew McKnight
Summer Series Round 3
Loading bikes, pegs etc. in team Kombi, Pete Hosking, myself and sleepy flatmate headed off at a great rate of knots (except on hills) for Purau. After converting das Kombi into a “free flow” monster by backing into a ditch and knocking the exhaust pipe off, we put the sections in.
We found 10 A grade sections with 2 or 3 being of more severe (Spanish?) variety and 10 B grade sections which were probably a little easy for most of the B graders, because they were set out for the side-chairs as well.
There was a good turnout of riders and we had enough markers to man (and woman) the 10 A grade sections while the B grade / side-chairs rode in pairs and marked themselves. After nearly being started without numbers, the A grade rode 5 laps, B grade 4, and the armchairs did their cunning stunts for 3 laps.
After an indifferent start, Steve “I’ve got most Honda Models and a Bully” Oliver settled down on the 325 Bulldog to take first spot. Paul lagan steered his 250 Bull into second after a really great start and Richard “blast across the rocks to the end pegs” Bell Finished third, also on a Cemoto 250.
It was a great day for breaking things (as well as backs) Bruce Hughey snapped a gear lever, abd Chria Hughey managed to puncture his front wheel. I also spotted “Agnes Funneybone” having some fun on his maintenance free green machine, which nearly broke his heart!
In the B grade Russell Gallagher and Craig Chambers both finished with perfect scores. Phillip Sutton showed marked improvement to take third spot. While side-chair honours wer taken out by Kevin Templeton and David Scanes from the young and up and coming Harris/Nicol combination.
Thanks to Paul Lagan for adding up the marks at great speed (Skyhawk speed?) and for organising the really worthwhile prizes. Thanks to all the markers, especially to George Hughey for marking two sections, Mrs Rollinson, Phillipa Hughey, Mr and Mrs Jim Brown and Family, Murray Linton (alias sleepy flatmate) Flea Helps, and anonymous lady on section 5. Overall it was a good day, and the trial was re-run at the Wheatsheaf Tavern, where Pete Hosking won easily by 6 jugs to , Mrs Rollinson, Phillipa Hughey, Mr and Mrs Jim Brown and Family, Murray Linton (alias sleepy flatmate) Flea Helps, and anonymous lady on section 5. Overall it was a good day, and the trial was re-run at the Wheatsheaf Tavern, where Pete Hosking won easily by 6 jugs to 4, or was that the tennis score. (definately the tennis score. Ed)
(Most of the A grade sections were cleanable, but one section near the waterfront caused a few problems. It consisted of an approach across loose rocks followed by a sharp and slippery bank. Then it was a matter of keeping going through a narrow cutting. Unfortunately this section was spoilt because it had no real exit. The organisers would like to apologise for the problems this caused.)
A Grade B Grade
1 S. Olliver 34 1= C. Chambers 0
2 P. Lagan 42 1= R. Gallagher 0
3 R. Bell 44 3 P. Sutton 5
4 P. Hosking 55 4 R. Leash 7
5 B. Hughey 59 5 G. Walker 8
6 A. McKnight 78 6 R. Tolhurst 9
7 M. Dock 81 7 G. North 11
8 A. Van Workum 79 8 L. Prebble 18
9 A Honneybone 95 9 B. Whiting 20
10 C. Hughey 105 10 J. Petre 22
11 K. Browm 125 11 J. Leash 25
12 G. Rollinson 126 12 L. Peterson 27
13 G. Langley 41
Retired: J. Lagan F. Hughey
1 K. Templton/ D. Scanes
2 B. Harris/ P. Nicol
3 E. Norris/ B. Norris