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Fears that this longstanding event might be cancelled proved to be unfounded as Club Officials from the organising Club made successful representations to the MOD and permission was granted for the next five years. Having observed, with others, for several years I was looking forward to this year's event which didn't disappoint , the weather was fine, the entry large and varied and a nicer friendlier  bunch of officials, riders and spectators you couldn't find.  Just a few pictures to give you a flavour of the day.


For several years I have observed with others at the annual Talmag Trial and this year I was intending to go along but not to observe. That plan didn’t work out due to John suffering from the dreaded bug and Mike hurling himself out of a loft and breaking both his back and shoulder, a painful exercise. He is recovering well I hasten to say and so back to observing once again, although it is always a rewarding practice. It is quite pleasant walking around the paddock before the event gets underway to look at the range of immaculate machines that have clearly been prepared with time and effort, and will now be ‘thrown at the undergrowth’.

As you might expect the machines included in the 200 strong entry were many models of AJS, Triumph, Royal Enfield, BSA, Norton, Matchless, and Sammy Miller inspired Ariels but would you have expected to see, M.V.Augusta, Ducati, Douglas, Vincent, Velocette, Panther, Levis, Indian and a very tidy Terrot. Unfortunately this event too is under threat with land fees more than doubling and EU insurance legislation proposing third party risks cover for those competing. Oh dear! The price of progress?


A really tidy Beezer                                                                                                                     and an equally tidy Terrot.

Dick Faggeter and Rob Thornton (alias Captain Mainwaring) at the March Hare Trial at Dursley in the Cotswold's Gloucestershire last Sunday the 6th March 2016 , 30 sections  40 plus miles around sections were quite easy, but going between off road was tough, more reminiscent of Flanders 1915.  My 1944  knees were knackered and so was the clutch and I only just got back to the car park , and had a double scotch to keep off the Hypothermia



For those readers who might not be aware the Talmag Trial has been running for many years and is presently held on MOD land at Hungry Hill. Competitors in this off road event must ride pre ’65 four stroke machines of any make with both solos and sidecars welcomed. Entries are limited to 200 and the event is always oversubscribed with competitors coming from far and wide including a sprinkling of overseas entries. If you want a blow by blow description of the trial then please do speak with John, Roger or Mick who once again acted as observers without whom there would be no trial.

Right, now if you wanted to take part what machine would you choose, something light and easy to manage like a Tiger Cub or a BSA C15T or if your expertise was higher how about an Ariel modeled on Sammy Millers machine. The choice is much wider, you can have Matchless and AJS or a Royal Enfield Bullet all steeped in trialling successes or if you preferred a twin then how about a Triumph? All of these machines would enable you to perform competitively so why on earth would you want to ride one of the following a Vincent Comet, a Levis or a Douglas which ceased production in 1955, 1941 and 1957 respectively. All of these were in action and ridden no less enthusiastically than the more appropriate machines, there was even a gent from Germany riding a hand change Indian.

Dick rode with his usual enthusiasm and managed to loop his Enfield in grand style on Hungry Hill after attempting the climb in first gear, the spectators were impressed and Dick ended up more than a little muddy. I can’t describe the trials itself with my limited vocabulary you just have to go and see it yourself, so put it in your diary for next January.




The weather for us was a lot lot better that had been forecast I am very glad to say and we all had an enjoyable day. The down side was that we all had to stand on very uneven surfaces all day and we all suffered a bit walking back to the start at the end , but the really bad bit was when we arrived back at my place some 45 miles and an hour half latter and had to get out of the car. It was not a pretty site and I bet we are all still suffering at club tomorrow night


Mick Gant being very observant

This is Dick sadly getting it wrong .

 Sidecars having fun?

  This guy was not better rider that the photographer is a photographer, but
I took it to show what you can do with a Triumph side valve

 A 1964 BSA C11

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This is Dick sadly getting it wrong . The photo that I missed was of him

sliding back down head first in the mud, but you see the mud on his crash helmet  

But Dick needn't feel too bad about it he was not alone 

Riders like this bloke are called  `Gardeners ` as they will walk up
and down the section rearranging bits, kicking bits flat , moving stones etc
in the thought that it will give them a better grip. It was generally felt
that justice had been done when this guy came to an early stop
Getting it wrong

 A German gentleman and his 1925 600 Indian Scout

  A very well sorted Vincent Comet on its way home