Back from the Mountains - the Alpine Trial 2014
The photo below sums up the 1st Alpine Trial perfectly, stunning views and stunning Pre War cars.
William Medcalf, with navigater Tony Brooks, on the climb up the Col de la Biche.
Taken on the last morning of the event, I nearly didn't find this location. Having stayed in Aix-Le-Bain on the Wednesday night we spent Thursday morning recceing some of the last days route. I now always recce the route backwards, as that way you 'see' the shot, and having stopped at the hairpin above this, I thought I had found a good angle, the view wasn't bad, but there was a lot of tall grass on the inside of it making angles tricky. Meanwhile my navigator for this event, Martyn, had wandered over to the outside and saw this shot. "Er Whiz, I think you should look over here". Well it's easy to say the rest is history, but what a view, just as well we had stopped and got out of the car to take some snaps. That's the river Rhone, and the Lac du Bourget in the background. (The only downside, the sun was in the wrong place!)
Winners were the Talbot 105 Alpine (apt) of Gareth Burnett and Jez Haylock (below).
The winning Talbot 105 Alpine after the first Timed Section of the event heading up the Col des Pitons
Second overall, was the Bentley Derby 4 1/4 of Paul Carter, with Robert Ellis on the maps, (below).
Mind that wall Paul! The first 'Alpine Challenge' section causing a traffic jam.
Whilst third was Bill Clyndert and Matthew Abrey in the bare metal Model A Speedster.
On the run out from lunch on the second day, down to and across Lac du Roseland, (across the dam that is!).
Early leaders Bill Ainscough and Jason Duerden finished 4th overall in Bill's recently acquired Alfa Romeo 8C Zagato. Nice to see a 7 figure car being used competitively.
Just realised it looks like there's a power line post growing out of the back!
and lastly, getting a bit too close!
Class winners Gavin and Diana Henderson in their Frazer Nash BMW 328 saying hello!
Keywords: Alpine Trial, Annecy, ERA, Endurance Rallying Association, Pre War, Tony Large, Vintage cars
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