Report from Chain. The Morgan Three Wheeler Club Sporting Newsletter.

Round One of the 2013 Morgan Three wheeler Challenge at Loton Park The 2013 session started at Loton Park Hill Climb with 16 Morgans ready to embark on the 1,475 yard climb to the top of the course. The day started with a beautiful blue sky, a perfect day for motor sport. The first two practice runs gave everyone a chance to refresh their memories and test their winter developments. Alistair Rew had to retire without completing a timed run.

Loton Park Speed Hill Climb course is set in the beautiful surroundings of a deer park owned by Sir Michael Leighton, and is situated 9 miles west of Shrewsbury on the B4393 road in the village of Alberbury. The course is 1475 yards (1349 metres) long with an average gradient of 1 in 25 (4%) and the steepest of 1 in 7 (14%) and is rated as one of the country’s most demanding hills by competitors.

Here’s what the hill looks like (click on the map to enlarge):

 

After lunch the clouds soon rolled over and it wasn’t long before one of the other competitors had a mishap with a tyre wall just after the Triangle. As we were waiting for the repairs to be finished the heavens opened and the umbrellas were soon found. After a considerable soaking, the track was eventually ready for the Morgans to have their timed runs. Chloe Pilbeam quickly learnt how slippy the track was and took her passenger Darren on a short detour at Triangle! Ruth must have had enough of Steve Lister’s driving as she literally lost her rag on the straight towards Triangle, causing Dave Hodgson to be Red flagged whilst the marshal recovered a damp looking rag from the track.

Bill Tuer achieved the fasted time of the day with a very impressive 70.41 in the wet, closely followed by Hamish and “The” Tim Gray. Tim then had his worm wheel break on the way back up the paddock from his 2nd timed run. 

Results are as follows:

 Driver/ PassengerCarRun 1Run 2
 Racing Class   
1Bill Tuer/ Maggie Tuer  1932 Super Sport 1208cc 8/80 JAP71.4870.41
2Hamish Bibby/ Maggie Tuer 1932 Super Sport 1208cc 8/80 JAP71.8571.07
3Tim Gray Annette Gray 1932 Super Sport 1208cc 8/80 JAP73.7972.26
4Sue Derbyshire/ Maggie Bridge  1928 Super Aero JTOR JAP79.2876.49
5Danny Hodgson/ Sandra Hodgson  1936 F2 100E IOE83.6681.96
6Tony Quinn/ Lily Quinn   1930/ 32 MX2 Super Aero82.1596.68
7Pete Clews/ Steve Cook   1935 F Super 100E IOE94.2183.78
8Dave Hodgson/ Ann Harfield  1936 F2 100E IOE86.15X
9Alistair Rew/ Ballast  1928 Aero JTOR JAPXX
     
 Touring Modified Class   
1Dave Poplar/ Ballast   1933 F2 E92A98.4091.45
2Bruce Grant/ Dianne Grant   1933 Super Sport MX497.2693.52
3Cathy Quinn/ Phil Bridge   1937 F2 E93A97.7894.69
4Chloe Pilbeam/ Darren Glenn   1938 F Super E93A100.7597.26
5Chas Pilbeam/ Wendy Glenn   1938 F Super E93A101.0897.81
     
 Standard Class   
1Steve Lister/ Ruth Ross   1927 Aero Blackburne100.0897.16
     

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