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by Gordon Crabtree • Fleetwood is determined to encourage the young driver and two new awards made at its LDoY round on Sunday, which took place on the esplanade in front of the Town Hall, reflected this desire. Some brilliant driving by 17-year-old B. Raybould, from nearby Lytham St Anne's, in a BMC for Carrington and Dewhurst, the textile giants, won him a place of honour in Fleetwood centre annals for he carried off two gold statuettes, one for the most promising driver under 20 and the other for the best under 18. The trophies are to become a permanent feature and officials hope by this to bring in more and more young, keen drivers.
Everything went perfectly, except the weather, and a large crowd which included holidaymakers from Blackpool watched the event.
The Highway Code test again proved that drivers competing must improve their knowledge if they want to be in with a chance of a finals badge.
Overall winner of the contest with a penalty of only 130 points was J. Ainsworth from Blackburn who had 50 marks against him for the Highway Code questions. Team winners were Bridges Transport.
Class A: up to 20ft and over 1 ton unladen: 1, T. Park (Express Dairy Co Ltd) Transit Van, 286 points; 2, M. Smith (Associated Dairies) Bedford, 688.
Class 8: over 20ft to 24ft: 1, J. R. Weir (Bridges Transport) Bedford, 176; 2. P. Stone (Duttons Brewery) Bedford. 213; 3, R. J.
Sherlock (Bridges Transport) Bedford, 232.
Class C: over 24ft to 28ft: 1, J. Ainsworth Ainsworth Ltd) Bedford. 130; 2, E. Craig (Express Dairy Co Ltd) AEC, 153; 3. J. Dawson (Carrington and Dewhurst) Albion, 170.
Class D: over 28ft: 1, R. Butler (Bridges Transport) Bedford, 153; 2, L. Griffiths (Paraffin Distrib Co Ltd) Albion. 156; 3, E. Cooper (Shell-Mex and BP) AEC, 192.
Class E: flat or sided or drop-frame, up to 40ft: 1, J. Conney (Eric Bemrose Ltd) AEC. 222: 2, J. Walsh (Associated Dairies) Ford, 232;
3, D. Cardwell (Northern Ireland Trailers Ltd) AEC. 704.
Class F: box or tank to 40ft: 1. M. J. Brown (Duttons Brewery) Seddon. 236: 2, J. C. Eales (She ex and BP Ltd) AEC, 246; 3, R. Whiteside (Carrington and Dewhurst Ltd) EMC, 270.
Class G: flat or sided, flat or drop-frame, over 40ft: 1, A. NeiId (C. Walker and Sons Ltd) Atkinson, 260; 2, J. Smith (Eric Bemrose Ltd) Leyland, 280: 3, G. Smith (C. Walker and Sons Ltd) Atkinson, 428.
Class F1: box or tank over 40ft: 1, A. Cook (Shell-Mex and BP Ltd) Scammell, 157; 2, W. F. Tyson (Bridges Transport Ltd) Scammell, 238;
3, C. E. Swanson (Shell-Mex and BP Ltd) Scammell, 244.
Overall winner: J. Ainsworth.
Team award: Bridges Transport Ltd (C. BlackBurn, R. J. Sherlock, J. R. Weir).