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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Vol 35 no. 9. 9 May 1972

Car Club

Car Club

The "Escort Challenge Trial" held recently by the Vic Car Club consisted of one hundred and twenty miles of trickery with a running time of four and a half hours. The trial started at Lower Hutt and went over the Akatarawas to lunch at Otaihanga. The last section was mainly a touring section and the trial ended at Lowry Bay. The first four placings were.

1.R. Leighton (Triumph)
2.M. Baker
3.B Sterling.
4.P. McGuinness.

The Car Club is now one og the most active clubs on campus and has a programme of events including trials, With a tool-loan cooperative and discounts on various things from shops and garages, it pays any student who owns a car to join. Club evenings are to be held at least once a month, featuring guest speakers from M.A.N.Z. (Motorsport Association of N.Z.), oil companies, and wellknown drivers. The club, after Mr Murray Thompson's speech at the Tournament dinner, hopes to be able to put forward at least one car for the "Heatway" rally next year.

For the laymen distinction must be drawn between a rally and a trial. A rally, i.e. "Heatway" requires extensive modifications to the car, (rollbars, full harnesses etc.), so as to make the car as safe as possible on speed sections and special stages. A trial has no speed sections or special stages and emphasis navigation and timing aspects. Thus no modifications are required. So bring your bird or fella to the next trial and have an outing.

The next event will be the "Hornwag Trial" to be held on Saturday May 6th starting from the top carpark at 6.30pm. The trial will end at Waghorn Lodge near Paraparaumu and will fast develop into a piss-up, or so the experts predict. Those who wish to stay the night at Waghorn only need to bring the three B's (Booze, Bag, Bird) and food. An "Economy Run" (a good chance to check out your car and hangover) is planned for the run-back to Wellington on the Sunday morning. Other trials are planned so watch the noticeboard. Feature events in the near future are a June Gymkhana at Te Marua, and a Seven-hour Midnight Trial in July.