AHRMA VINTAGE TRIALS DIAMOND DON’S 2008 PART 2
AHRMA VINTAGE TRIALS DIAMOND DON’S 2008 PART 2
A WET gloomy Friday morning
Awake to the pouring rain, thunder and lightning and the ever noisey moto-crossers …… what
a lovely morning. The once grass field is fast becoming a lake and I dread to think what the
enduro course will be like. Early morning riders splash by wearing plastic bags or rainsuits and
wet dogs paddle in the mud much to their owners displeasure. Moto cross bikes are now all wet
having been taken out of their trailers and a good many refuse to start, others are already in
pieces and while I can be sympathetic it is exactly the same as last year! Some people don’t
seem to learn.
The planned cross country is delayed and the knock on effect means the trial will also be late
as with 400 acres to play with it is amazing that 2 bodies end up using the same terrain! The
enduro even goes through the START of section 1 !!!!
A lot of ATV’s and moto-crossers are riding over Brenda’s carpets and it’s only when Sheldon
arrives and pulls in along side that this exercise comes to a stop. Early morning news from Ed is
that due to the delays we are losing 2 sections and we will be down to 8. We lost the hillside
section at the end of the property and the other one in the same area with the big descent on
the pine needles and the long uphill adverse.
Breakfast done time to have a look see at the second enduro event, which starts and finishes
at our section 1. The rain has stopped but everything has degenerated into the bayou quagmire
that you would expect. The next group get ready for their races and the first class set off at high
speed and shoots down the track to the first corner which has become a huge mud hole with a
deep slot. A big pile up here and when the second group arrive its total mayhem as riders collide
and ride over each other to get through. Watch this for a lap or so and now time to get ready
for my event.
Today none of the TN crowd are here so no head-to-head with Bob Ginder or Mike Parsley and
Graham Foster. I elect to ride Classic, and I do see Steve Smith on the GRM (last years Champion)
and I know Eugene Waggoner is here from New Mexico.
About 1415 we get under way with 1 & 2 line riders starting at 1. Apart from a large trench after
the first turn where the enduro guys have been the section seems much the same as yesterday
apart from being wetter and the bottom could get sloppy after a few riders have been through.
I see Sheldon take a 5 which I’m sure hasn’t pleased him and I follow and glide through for a
good clean to open the account.
First clean of the day Section 1
Over to 2 and despite the rain this one doesn’t look like it will change. Over the first pile of trees
and recover for the turn around the tree, but the rain and wind have blown the tape in and I
need a dab to stay inside the course. (not very bright!)….. around the next turn and no problems
with the log crossings but slip on some broken tile and lose yet another dab!
Sheldon leaping the Logs Section 2
Fast action on 3 with Dick Mann and Debbie Poole checking and this rides easier than it looks for
a good clean.
A bit of cross country to 4 which is in the ruins and this rides well until I come off the big concrete
block and end up completely undecided as to which side of the bollard to go. That cost another
stupid dab and my total is now three. Brenda is here but at this point her battery dies and that
completes photography for today.
Section 5 has a wet slot start and looks pretty slippy with a lot of areas for mistakes. This one
cost me another 2 but that was reasonable in the conditions as I saw quite a few 5’s while
Along the levee to 6 and despite having walked it I get confused when I get on my bike and
watch others go through. Another walk and sure enough there is a cheater line I hadn’t noticed.
Take the new line and sail through for an easy clean.
Section 7 is quite a different matter and all the 3 liners have chewed this one up in the
“common” area. The up an over the bank entry looks difficult and I elect the round the wall on
the narrow path which in my opinion gives a better line up on the uphill bit before tackling the
chewed up area. Around the wall fine, first dab on the uphill but it was possible and then down
into the swamp, round the tree and a lot of leg work to get up and out for a three. Oh well, try
harder next time.
On to the last section which I thought yesterday would be the “gimmee”. Well this has
changed big time and the muddy slot entry has become bottomless and the uphill over the
roots very difficult with very little traction coming out of the mud. A hard work three here and
that gives a total of 11 for the first loop. Should have been on 7 with a bit more thought.
Loop 2 clean on Section 2
The second loop goes much better with a dab on 1 then cleans on 2,3 and 4 before another
dab on 5. Now this was a real fun ride …… I came through the trees and then convinced
myself that the front was going to slip away on the roots so took a safety dab, which with
hindsight I didn’t need, rode the next portion well and rounded the bottom turn in a perfect
position, a squirt of power and I was up the bank clean but a good 8 feet away from my
intended line but there was plenty of room to correct before the next awkward turn. I lofted
the front wheel and overdid it and almost shot into a bunker like hole full of branches but
somehow the Cub ploughed on and took me to the ends card with smiles a plenty!
Through 6 for the clean and back to 7 and time to rethink this one. Round the narow path by
the water and up the bank with a bit of bodywork and down into the swamp and round the tree,
and still clean. A big burst and I almost make it but have to take a long dab until she finally grips
and rockets up the hill. Very nearly shoot off the top so grab a panic dab to stay in and never
seem to get back in control for the twisty downhill and despite a fantastic and enjoyable ride I
can’t stop that 3rd dab about 2 feet from the ends card. A great ride but a 3 just the same.
Back to 8 and Woody says there is a firm bottom developing in the mud slot. Run the front
wheel wider and power up for a surprize dab. This loop has been 6 and should have been 4
with some good riding but its a good score nonetheless.
After 2 loops my class is pretty tight with myself, Steve Smith and Stan Bollinger also going
well and making a return to the fray on his GRM and also the winner at Florida. Eugene has
decided not to get his pristine Bultaco dirty and elected not to ride or check?
The 2 loop scores look like this;
Tony Down 11 6
Stan Bollinger 8 11
Steve Smith 11 11
Merlin Clausing 12 6
Big Air from Ed on the logs Section 2
So off into the final loop with a good clean on 1 and then on 2 rounding the last turn all clean
the engine stalls! please don’t ask …… maybe it was something I said. Cleans on 3 and 4 and
then over to 5 which I had been riding well but on the first uphill I completely run out of traction
and need a three to get to the top. Needless to say I clean all the rest of it. Clean on 6 and now
try and get that elusive “2”. Same plan but rounding the concrete block my boot catches on the
wall and I steer away but the wheel slips off the path and goes down a deep hole in the water
which I can’t rescue. ****!!! At 8, another good dab but those 2 fives have cost me dearly.
Stan Bollinger 8 11 7
Steve Smith 11 11 9
Tony Down 11 6 14
……….and yes, I slipped from first to second = and then lost the tie break
Had I been riding in Prem Lightweight ?
Merlin Clausing 12 6 14
So Classic this year or Classic Mistake ?
Friday night and the Crawdads and Brisket, never saw the beers but as my jeans were getting
wet from the bench time to return to the RV and think of next year. By now Ed and Evelyn can
hardly get in their’s as yet more trailers and bikes have them completely surrounded.
Let’s go to Town!
Where that “other noisey train” goes
Po-Boys all round please
Saturday and into town on the train for the now traditional Po-Boys. E & E join us and now the
weather has picked up so time to load up and get ready for tomorrows departure.
We came to Jefferson and all we got were these lousey t-shirts
On time the Starship fires up and my only way out is to reverse over a non broken pot area.
Well nearly! but once again the swamp has us in it’s clutches and after some pottery shovelling
by Ed and playing with the TAG axle we are finally on our way. An incident free Sunday drive
back to Walmart at Pecos but Brenda is less than pleased when she goes shopping and finds
that all the shelves are empty and despite being on I 20 this place has not been resupplied
since last WEEK!
Monday morning and the 665 mile leg home moving through 2 time zones and fairly light traffic
goes well and as we get in AZ we join in with some Vintage car rally and get treated to some
interesting cars as they go past.
It was doing 80+
2 weeks to go to Perris, then another 2 weeks to the double header at Cotopaxi. Time I
started getting some results!
Tony & Brenda