Despite it being a lovely sunny day, this year's Gymkhana was rather poorly supported, with only a handful of competitors willing to put their reputations on the line and take on the various fun activities on offer. Our Competition Secretary, Jamie Jones, had put a lot of time and effort into preparing a variety of games and tests, hoping to build on the experience of the successful 2017 edition.
One of the most challenging of the tests involved a Toyota in which the steering mechanism had been reversed so that the steering-wheel had to be turned left to go right and vice versa. This provided many laughs as drivers had to manoeuvre around a course in order for the passenger to collect as many balls as possible whilst avoiding numerous small plastic balls being thrown into the car by marshals.
Those who took part thoroughly enjoyed the day and our grateful thanks go to Jamie for his work in organising the event - he is already looking forward to preparing the next one, which we are sure will attract more entries. Many thanks also to all the marshals and helpers, and to Sion Roberts of Blas o Fôn for attending with his catering trailer.
Congratulations to Carey Lindley for amassing the most points over the eight tests and well done to all the other drivers and their passengers.
Full results are available here: 2018 Gymkhana Results
There's a selection of photos in the slideshow above and click below to view more in the gallery.
What is a gymkhana?
A Gymkhana is a series of fun games or tests, held on private land - on this occassion a field - where no test is determined solely by the speed or skill of the driver controlling the vehicle. Games/tests can be completed in or out of the vehicle.
Ideas of activities could include, balancing objects on the car bonnet, collecting items from cones, wheel changing, egg and spoon races.
It is not an Autotest or PCA, though some of the activities may be timed, but not to an accuracy of less than 5 seconds. There must not be more timed tests than untimed.
Please read the information, including the reference that cars must have a rear towing eye fitted ... very intriguing! Judging by last year's event, it should be a fun day for all.