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Vintage Sports Car Club's John Harris Derbyshire Trial 2010
Vintage Sports Car Club's John Harris Derbyshire Trial 2010

HARDY competitors from across the country will be heading to the area this weekend to take part in Saturday’s Vintage Sports Car Club John Harris Derbyshire Trial.

The prestigious annual event will once again start and finish at Calton Lees Car Park on the Chatsworth Estate and will see around 100 competitors from right around the UK tackling some of the region’s steepest and most demanding hills in their classic vehicles.

This represents the 25th year since John Harris and Roy Adnams revived the event, which dates back to before the Second World War, after a relatively fallow period.

Organising the event this year is clerk of the course David Hill from Wingerworth and his assistant Anthony Costigan from Wirksworth.

David Hill explained the appeal of the event for competitors. “It’s a very competitive course for very competitive people. It’s great fun and presents a real challenge because we don’t expect everyone to successfully get up every hill. Some of them are real stoppers! I also think the spectactors like to see the vintage cars looking a little dirty, rather than being polished!

“We have quite a number of local competitors and we expect plenty of spectators to come along and enjoy the day. The hills are open from 9am to 4.30pm and there are a number of different sites for the sections but for spectators we would recommend that they come to Butts Quarry at Ashover.

“There are four separate sections there, there’s plenty of parking there and also excellent catering facilities with food and hot drinks served all day. Once again, we are indebted to the Chatsworth and Stanton estates for the use of their land, and also to Derbyshire County Council for giving the green light to the event. They appreciate we are not just interested in ripping up the countryside. It’s a prestigious, long-standing event and we thank them for their support.

“There is a good selection of cars taking place, from Austin Sevens to Bentleys, so we are hopeful of a good day and we’d like people to come along and enjoy it with us.”