Immingham driver wins Conoco contest
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• Winner last Sunday of the third annual lorry driver competition organized by Conoco Ltd for its tankermen was Mr Royce Mason who has been with the company since 1964 and was one of the six Conoco finalists at the 1970 LDoY National Finals at Bramcote.
Before a large crowd assembled on Plymouth Hoe Mr Mason received from the Lord Mayor, Mr Eric D. Nuttall, the Conoco Cup principal award, his class prize and a "third share" in the team prize, the Company of Veteran Motorists' plaque.
The competition saw 27 drivers—in teams of three—from nine of the company's terminals—Bram hall, Cardiff, Cliffe, Elles mere Port, Immingham, Kingsbury, Langley, Sunderland and Turnchapel, near Plymouth. Mr Mason's team-mates from Immingham were Mr Jim Turner and Mr Bill Foreman.
Three vehicle classes were arranged—for 3000gal artics, 4000gal rigids and 6000gal attics and the respective winners were Mr Mason (85 penalty points), Mr Roy Sands, from Cliffe (64 points) and Mr George Horsley, from Turnchapel (161 points). Points were based on a road route, Highway Code questions and three driving manoeuvres, with a deciding run-off over the driving tests.