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The WRRTC, or the Western Region Road Trials Championship.

The Championships were first set up back in the 1960's when the idea was to encourage members to ride in other sections events. Arthur Whitmarsh donated quite a number of the trophies from his collection. In the early days the Western Region consisted of those sections in the South Wales and South West areas and once a year, usually in August, a meeting was held of section reps at the Newport Towers hotel on the A38, not far from Berkeley. The main agenda item was to set the dates for the following years road trials so as to alleviate clashes. The Road Trials have metamophosied over the years, all due to restrictive legislation, but where an element of competition still exists, then those events become part of the Championships.

For 2017 we have the following events
1. Felix Burke - Cotswold Section - 3rd April
2. Cheddar Trial - Somerset Section - 9th April
3. Moonraker Trial - Swindon Moonrakers section - 7th May
4. Signpost Rally - Cotswold Section - 14th May
5. Flat tank weekend - Flat tank Section - 24th June(Saturday)
6. Herefordshire on the edge - Hereford section - 25th June
7. Cotswold weekend trial - Cotswold Section - 1st July(Saturday)
8. Black Mountain - West South Wales Section - 2nd July
9. White Horse Trial - West Wilts Section - 9th July
10. Signpost rally - Somerset section - 6th August
11. Vale of Glamorgan - South Wales section - 10th September
12. Saundersfoot weekend - West South Wales section - 15th/17th September
13. Levis cup - North Birmingham section - 1st October

This is the story, written by Bruce, of his chase of the Post Vintage class, which he won in 2016 - reported event by event.

Once again this year I chose to compete in the VMCC Western Region Road Trial championship and defend my win of 2016. There would be twelve rounds in all (not sure about the Hereford event) and on entering the dates in my 2017 diary I could see that I would probably be able to enter nine rounds and hope to win the Post Vintage (1931-1945) Championship. Throughout, me and Di would ride our 1943 Triumph 350cc military model 3HW.

The Cotswold Section Felix Burke Road Trial held on the first weekend of April was round one. There is an abundance of green lanes in the "Felix" with an automatic three points ( or is it 5 ?) earned if you choose to ride the green lanes and if you don't opt to go off road then you put yourself at the mercy of a marshal's questions to earn the same number of points. Riding the green lanes gives you an immediate advantage regarding accumulating points. To win your class in the "Felix" you need to be solo and ride all the green lanes possible. Something like a trials cub or B40 trials would be ideal to win your class in the "Felix". Results awaited.

The next round was the Cheddar Trial, as part of the Somerset section's Cheddar Weekend. Good company, lovely weather and pleasant countryside too. I did alright on the route navigation , it wasn't difficult and I went through the observed ford feet up but that blinkin' control with those sealed bags containing mystery items.......I got one out of five right. I thought that one contained a mini wood plane but what did that have to do with motorcycling or motoring ? It couldn't be a wood plane could it ? It was. Later I realised that a wood plane does have a motorcycling link . After all, the 1895 Daimler and Maybach does have a wooden frame...... There were only five of us in the PV class. I was fifth. Still, I had some more points, but must do better.  Result - 6 points gained.

To be continued: