Heritage Sporting Trials and the Historic Sporting Trial Association (HSTA)
In 2020 the Historic Sporting Trial Association (HSTA) announced it would develop a new concept called Heritage Sporting Trials.
The aim is to attract owners of early post war trials cars NOT fitted with fiddle brakes, such as the Dellow, to bring their cars out again. These cars would not be competitive in current historic trials against the Cannons and as the modern classic trials are generally too rough for 60/70-year-old fairly fragile machinery it was felt they should have their own trial. The response was amazing. If it had not been for the Coronavirus the Inaugural Heritage Trial would have taken place in June 2020 and we would have had at least 42 cars at the event. A “virtual” entry list detailing the cars and drivers was produced – see later. Only 8 the of drivers currently compete in historic sporting trials so we had a very encouraging 30+ new drivers. Since the event was cancelled, we have had interest from new competitors, and some owners are even returning their modified trials cars to their original sidevalve format.
We are still looking for early cars – they must be out there waiting to be discovered. Until now these cars were hardly worth restoring, but with a future in Heritage Sporting Trials the more we can return to the hills the better. 1950’s trials specials would look unusual to anyone who does not understand them. Distinctive features of a trials special are considerable ground clearance and probably 18” diameter wheels.
Heritage Sporting Trials and the Historic Sporting Trial Association(HSTA)
Welcome to the first Heritage Headline, an occasional update on what is happening on the Heritage Trials scene.
Things are starting to look much more positive now the Covid-19 vaccination programme is well advanced and the Government is indicating that by the time we are due to run our Inaugural Heritage Trial most people likely to be at the event will have been inoculated.
Inaugural Heritage Sporting Trial - date and venue
The Midlands Trial Car Club has provisionally scheduled the trial for Sunday the 4th July 2021 at a large, superb downland site near Crewkerne in Somerset. We hope to be able to have a meal at the local golf club on the Saturday night but so much depends on any Covid 19 restrictions that may be in force at the time.
Word on the new Heritage Trial is certainly getting around. Hopefully, there will be further articles in the classic car press and specialized magazines.
We have produced a “Wanted” flyer which we would be grateful if you could give to anyone interested or have reproduced in your club newsletter, bulletin, or magazine. The old cars are out there, now we are going to provide suitable events we must try and find them.
Cars and drivers joining us at the first trial.
Mark Busfield will bring out his CWB Trident – 841YUK and Roy Haydon his very original Sleeman Special reg number KOC444. Matt
Johnston has changed his Mark 1 Dellow for the ex-Mark Heywood blown Mark 2, OAF032.
Ian Moss has acquired the ex-John West Oliver Special – HNP964- in running order and it will be a treat to see this car out on the hills.
Richard Flanagan has bought an 1172 Clegg Special – MTD77 - that is far from in running order and will need more than a little TLC before he can join us!
In the selection of old photographs with the 2020 “virtual” entry list there is a photograph of KOC 693. I am glad to say that Richard Kinver has acquired this Special that belonged to his father.
Stewart Couch has a rather special chassis which he is trying to identify.
Peter Ashford wants to come and play in his Austin 7 Special- YFF119.
The Inaugural Trial will take place on a single site, this is to allow us to meet, look at the cars and generally get to know each other.
After that, the plan is to see if we can develop Heritage Trials to be a mixture of single site events and those that include groups of sections on different sites linked by limited road mileage, much like they did in period. We already have two clubs researching “road events” and it is all looking very exciting. The emphasis will be on suitable sections that are not damaging to our old cars.