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VSCC Trial season champions



Vintage Sports-Car Club crown 2016/17 Trials Season Champions

 

 

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                                                                   4 May 2017

 

 

Donald Skelton and Paul Jeavons have been confirmed as winners of the 2016/17 VSCC Annual Trials Championships, which concluded with the Club’s annual Scottish Trial in Biggar, Lanarkshire last month.

 

Following a Committee decision to realign the Club’s ever-popular Trials Season, the specially extended season ran from last year’s Exmoor Fringe Trial through to the recent Scottish, comprising 11 events in total with the best ten scores to count towards the final standings, with traditional bonus points accrued for participation in events ‘north of the border’.

 

Including long-standing events in Exmoor, Derbyshire, Herefordshire, Scotland, Wales, the Lake District and Cotswolds, it was another tightly fought contest across one of the VSCC’s most popular disciplines, with more than 100 entrants at almost every round.

 

As ever, the highly competitive machinery of the Modified & Special Short Wheelbase Class led for much of the way, as several front-running Austin 7 Specials battled with other more modified challengers from the likes of Ford, Frazer Nash, GN and Riley. Having triumphed on three occasions in the past seven years, Donald Skelton returned to the top of the standings once more to claim the Hagerty Trophy in his Austin 7.

 

The equivalent Long Wheelbase Class competition proved a two-horse race for much of the season, as the Vauxhall 30-98 of reigning champion, Paul Jeavons was pushed all the way by Jonathan Miller in his Chrysler 66 Sports. The pair traded several victories throughout the season with Jeavons’s ever-consistent performances rewarding him his third Frost Trophy victory.

 

 

TRIALS TROPHIES 2016/2017 – FINAL SCORES

The Hagerty Trophy



The Frost Trophy



1

Donald Skelton

3386

1

Paul Jeavons

2960

2

Ian Webb

3237

2

Jonathan Miller

2868

3

Peter Kite

3236

3

John Chilman

2825

4

David Golightly

3235

4

John Higgs

2336

5

Matthew Johnston

3230

5

Roger Tolson

2000

6

Simon Price

3213

6

Peter Garland

1755

7

Stewart Rich

3137

7

Richard White

1708

8

Phil Longhurst

3007

8

Richard Edmonds

1606

9

Peter Tierney

2996

9

Jeremy Brewster

1559

10

Kraig Mycock

2924

10

David Saxl

1552

 

There was similar excitement amongst the Standard cars this year with a host of more original machinery regularly taking part at each Trial. In the Short Wheelbase Class, David Rushton and Charles Gillet went head-to-head, with the former’s MG M Type coming out on top against the Bugatti Brescia. A regular amongst the Long Wheelbase line-up in his Ford Model A, Dennis Bingham led the way once more, his impressive season total enough to place in the Top 5 of the Modified standings.

 

 

STANDARD CLASSES 2016/2017 – FINAL SCORES

Class 1a – Short Wheelbase Cars

Class 2a – Long Wheelbase Cars

1

David Rushton

2432

1

Dennis Bingham

2206

2

Charles Gillett

2390

2

John Dobson

2075

3

Nicholas Beck

1298

3

Matthew Roberts

1437

4

Allan Bruce

1053

4

Rebecca Smith

1168

5

Mark Smith

1005

5

Andrew Staples

1076

6

Matthew Blake

890

6

Matthew Birkett

1046

7

David Johnson

856

7

Dougal Cawley

1027

8

James Emson

727

8

Christopher Batty

980

9

Michael Power

677

9

Roy Newton

916

10

Andy King

611

10

John Wiseman

838

 

 

The Club would like to thank Member and Trials Marshal, Peter Livesey for again collating scores on behalf of the Club and all those who competed or marshalled across another successful VSCC Trials campaign.

 

The next VSCC Trials Season will begin in the Autumn with the Club’s historic Welsh Weekend in Presteigne on 7/8 October.

 

 

 

-Ends-

 

 



 

Now four-time VSCC Trials Champion Don Skelton in action in his Austin 7

at the Club’s Herefordshire Trial in March

 

Photo: Phil Jones

 

 

For further information please contact James Taylor at The Vintage Sports-Car Club on 01608 644777 ext 3 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it "> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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