He Who Slings Mud Generally loses Ground: Adlai E. Stevenson

31st January 2014
Despite the winter signalling the closed season for most motor sport, there are a few meagre pickings around if you search for them.

Two weeks ago I went to the Clee Hills trial in Shropshire, an event run by the MAC. It's a great bit of action but a logistical nightmare in terms of tracking down the numerous locations where it runs. Armed with just an OS map and a SAT NAV that was next to useless out there, you could easily spend the entire day not seeing a single competitor. Fortunately, I was able to follow Dave Cook and Calvin Talbot. Calvin was as bemused as me but Dave must have supernatural powers as he seemed to have a fair idea where he was going.

It was unbelievably muddy but this made for some terrific trailing. The sun shone and it was just wonderful to hear the sound of throaty engines in the forest.

This weekend is the Cotswold Cloud trial down near Stroud so I'm heading down there on Sunday for more of the same. Just collected OS Landranger number 162 so what could possibly go wrong?

See you sliding down a hill somewhere in Gloucestershire.