Website changes

I’ve recently moved this site from a WordPress.Com website to a self-hosted WordPress.Org website. Although the site looks much the same at the moment, minus the annoying pop-up ads which are now ubiquitous for WordPress.Com sites, it will allow for more flexibility in the future.

Although I’ve moved all the pages from the previous site, essentially unchanged, I will be doing some consolidation, tidying-up, and adding a few new pages, over the next two to three weeks.

I’ve also, finally, started wading through the mountain of unactioned trials-history-related emails received over more years than I care to admit. These emails have unearthed some interesting items which don’t justify a page on this website but might justify a blog posting, so I’ve moved the blog posts to the front page of the site to make these future posts more visible.

Cotswold Clouds section list updated

In anticipation of the 2019 Cotswold Clouds on Sunday, I have updated my list of the sections used for the Clouds from its first running in 1962 up to last year (2018). I’m still missing quite a lot of records from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1990s, so if you have any route cards or results sheets buried away somewhere, please dig them out and let me have a copy!

The list is linked from the Cotswold Clouds page.

Marlin Roadster page re-published

I’ve just updated, and re-published, the Marlin Roadster page, complete with a comprehensively updated Register of Trials-Prepared Marlins (open the Marlin Roadster page and scroll down to find a link to the PDF file). All the information is from sources in the public domain or has been provided to me by owners and ex-owners over many years. The Register now lists 111 cars, assuming that there are no duplicates in those noted as “?” in the Registration column, out of a total of 193 database records. 193 -111 = 82, which is the number of previous owners in my records.

This is the first update for several years and I hope that I have incorporated, correctly, all the information provided to me by owners and ex-owners. If you have sent me something, and I’ve omitted it or got it wrong, please accept my apologies and please send it to me again.

Minor design changes

I’ve made some minor design changes to the site in anticipation of more frequent updating during 2019: the About page is now the Home Page; the Recent Posts are now shown in the sidebar; the header image has been removed; the header menus have been tidied-up; and the Miscellany page has been updated.

The Golden Age of British Motoring

I’ve just re-published, with very minor editing, the page from my previous Wheelspin website which lists lots of information about the (in)famous large-format book of Brunell photographs by Roy Bacon. Read more here. The cover of my version (1995, reprinted 1996) looks different from the one that Mark Milne has posted here on Facebook, so I hope the page numbering is the same. I now realise that I have a lot more information to update and improve my notes, it’s just a matter of finding the time to process it.

Cotswold Clouds page updated

I have just updated the list of sections used for the Cotswold Clouds Trial. I will shortly be:

  • Adding the information for the events from 1996 to 2003.
  • Updating the information about the Grid References.

If anyone has any information about the sections used from 1972 to 1981, and from 1992 to 1995, do please contact me using the email address in the right-hand column.