Spring Grass Test (22nd of April 2012)

By Barry Lindsay

Round two of the Spadeadam Autotest was held on a grass field at Longpark. After weeks of good dry weather it changed leading up to the event and doubts whether the event would run. Other clubs were cancelling their’s for that day but reports of “Its dry at Longpark”

The Sunday was dry and the field was mainly OK. Ian Robinson had some new routes for this event and after giving his grass track mini a blast of the perimeter he set about setting up the tests in large scale..

Ten entrants turned up and following a little accident on the road & the pickup getting stuck setting up the tests delayed the start slightly. A running order was produced to keep everything running with no cars sitting doing nothing as the two tests ran together.

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Club Night Autotest (7th of July 2011)

By Barry Lindsay

The July club night was the 2nd Autotest of the year and in new field at Longpark, Scaleby. After some wet weather the event looking doubtfull but after touring the farm the night before, it was agreed that the newly cut silage field was the firmest.

14 entrants arrived and we please to see 5 new competitors and also was good to see others coming back for their 2nd event, along with the ‘regulars’!

Again we had two different tests running side by side one manned by Michael Lindsay the other by Caroline Lodge, with Ian Robinson getting folk organised to keep it running and also doing a bit of navigating.

Test 1 Barry was quickest with 1m 27 ahead of John on 1m 28 then Neil V & Nigel on 1m 31 followed by new competitor Pete Docker on 1m 34.

John Ross

John Ross

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Spring Autotest 2011

By Barry Lindsay

The first Spadeadam Autotest of 2011 was held on a stubble field at Longpark ,Scaleby on Sunday 15th. Ten competitors lined up for 5 different tests and with two goes at each. The three club cars had been brought back from there hibernation for the winter, a little work by myself, Neil & Joe Thomlinson and Ian Robinson in the week running up to it.

With the tests set-up on the Saturday afternoon the field was quite hard and dry, and Neil set about cutting down the Thistles which had thrived over the winter, some were 2ft high hiding the cones!!

The day of the autotest was wet but thankfully faired up as we arrived but left the top of the surface very slippy and clarty.

The first test Jerry was quickest with 1m 34 with Nigel next nearest on 1m 41 closely followed by Barry, Neil V & John on 1m 42. Test two was a repeat and for the later runners got slippier, Jerry again quickest but slower with 1m 40. John only 1 second slower and Barry another second further back.

Jerry Hettrick
Jerry Hettrick

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