All-star cast turn out to try to deny Prideaux on the Mendips
WESSEX Centre timed and observation trial champion Simon Prideaux will be anxious to start the new year on a high note.
He will be aiming for top spot in the North Somerset club's Terry Phillips Cup event at Ubley Drove, near Charterhouse-on-Mendip, on Sunday.
His main rivals in the hour-long battle against the clock and the tough Mendip terrain includes Jeremy Cross and Jason Hamblin, who were his closest rivals in the 2012 series.
While Paul Manning, Jeremy and Tim Walters, Andy Frost, who is back in the cold UK after spending Christmas down under, and Peter King will also be pushing him hard.
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A few miles away at Churchill Cross, the Mendip Vale Club are staging their aptly-named Winterhead observation only event in the Churchill Rocks group at Churchill Cross. The club are catering for all grades of competitor from seasoned experts to raw novices, and entries will be accepted at the start.
South West Centre champion Joe Baker begins his defence of the title in the West of England club's prestigious Knill Cup event at Ilsington, on the lower slopes of Dartmoor.
This event is always extremely popular and by midweek more than 100 had signed on the dotted line and a further 80 is expected by the end of the week.
National ace Ricky Wiggins looks like being Baker's main rival in the three-lap 12-section event.
The line-up also includes Nick and Jimmy Baker, George and Rob Pollard, Nick Life, Tom Hooper plus several top flight aces from the Cornwall Centre following the postponement of the Camel Vale club's enduro at Par.
More than a dozen sidecar crews will be in action a mile or so from the solo venue at The Grove including several from the Bristol area, namely David Tuck and Steve Chandler, Matt Sparks and Jamie Howe and Andy Scrivens and Martin Lawford.
The death has occurred of well-known BSSA club member Vic Watts. He was passenger to the late Alan Brown in trials and enduros for many years and he also rode in grass track events with Tony Vowles in his early years.
His funeral takes place at Westerleigh Crematorium on Monday, January 28 (1pm).
Weekend fixtures: West of England MCC Knill Cup trial, Ruby Rocks group of sections at Ilsington, near Newton Abbot, Devon (10am). North Somerset MSC Terry Phillips timed and observation trial, Ubley Drove near Charterhouse-on-Mendip (10.30am). Mendip Vale MCC Winterhead Cup trial, Churchill Rocks group of sections at Churchill Cross, Somerset (10.30am). Gloucester and Cotswold MCC Drake and Gibb Cup trial, Hayes Coppice near Monmouth (10.30am).