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North-East oil men successful

31st May 1968, Page 19
31st May 1968
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by lain Sherriff • While the oil companies were drilling for gas off the Scottish North-East coast, their drivers struck oil inthe Aberdeen LDOY competition on Sunday. Following a very successful round there will be another 10 Scots at Bramcote on September 8 and three will be oil men.

It has taken almost five years to establish a centre in the North-East but the delay has produced an organization which really clicks.

There were 60 entries and the event, which started at 9.30 a.m. was over by 4 p.m_ In the Highway Code and road route section the penalty markings were remarkably light; many competitors had a clean sheet after the Code test, and on the road route, where the scrutineers were police officers from the city traffic department, the penalty points awarded were seldom more than five for any one check point.

The manoeuvrability tests proved too difficult for a number of competitors who obviously had not read the instructions before the test. It was not surprising therefore that honours should go to the major companies who now look upon this competition as part of their drivers' training.

Mr. R. Meek, the competition secretary, was a trifle embarrassed when he saw three of his own Shell and BP drivers collect firsts in their classes. In addition, one of the men, F. Webster, won the C licence trophy and the title of overall champion.

Although he did not win his class, A. L. Thomson of Regent Oil Co. won the Road Safety award. Petrofina drivers were runners-up to Shell in two classes.

Class G was dominated by the longdistance hauliers with J. G. Barrack Ltd., Aberdeen, Sutherlands of Peterhead, and John Rhind (Transport) Ltd., Aberdeen, filling the first three places.

British Railways drivers collected two firsts and W. D. Candy from the Montrose depot won the attic drivers' cup.

ABERDEEN RESULTS Class A: up to 161t: 1, G. R. Mitchell (GPO) BMC, 136pts; 2. J. T. Rosin (GPO) AMC, 100: 3, A. W. Davidson (GPO) BMC, 102.

Class Et: 16 to 191-t: 1, A. Reid (GPO, Telephones) BMC. 127; 2, A. Milne (Robert Lawson and Sons (DYCE) Ltd.) Ford, 176: 3, E. A. Stewart (Aberdeen Corporation) BMC, 227.

Class C: 19 to 22ft: 1. A. D. Gibb (British Railways) BMC, 127; 2, G. Lawrence :Scottish Gas Hoard) BMC, 227: 3, G. Scott (Shell and BP (Scotland) Ltd.) Leyland, 274.

Class 0: 22 to 25ft: 1. W. J. Wilson (Gordon GrahamStewart Ltd.) Ford, 77: 2, N. Abel (James Wilson and Son) Commer. 108; 3, A. Law (James Wilson and Son) Albion, 167.

Class El: 25ft with two EIX105: 1, J. Urquhart (SP D Ltd.) Commer, 136; 2. D. Couil (SPD Ltd.) Commer, 137: 3. J. Duncan (The Harper Molar Co.) Ford, 228.

Class E2: Over 25ft with more than two axles: 1, F. Webster (Shell and BP Ltd.) AEC, 76: 2.5. A. Coutts :Petrofina (Great Britain) Ltd.) Atkinson, 116; 3. R. Taylor IW. G. Cruikshanks Ltd,) Albion, 137.

Class Fl: Fiat or sided semi-trailers with flat or dropframe, up to and Including 33ft overall length: 1, W. D. Candy (British Railways) Commer, 128; 2. H. J. Sandison (British Railways) Commer, 170.

Class F2: Box or tank semi-trailers with fiat or dropframe, up to and including 33ft overall length: 1, D. McRobb (Shell and BP Ltd.) AEC, 299: 2. C. S. Jaffrey {Petrofina :Great Britain) Ltd.) AEC. 330, Class G: Flat or sided semi-trailers with flat or drop-frames, over 33ft: 1. P. Taylor Q. G. Barrack Ltd.) GUY, 138: 2, J. P. Bain (Sutherlands of Peterhead) Leyland, 220: 3, H. A. Maitland (John Rhind Transport Ltd.) Albion. 236.

Class H: Box or tank semi-trailers with flat or drop f rame over 33ft: 1, G. Moroney (Shell and BP Ltd.) Scammell, 312; 2, G. Rae (Robert Lawson and Sons (Dyce) Ltd.) Atkinson. 369.

Best team: GPO Aberdeen.

B est C-licence vehicle : F. Webster.

B est A or B licence vehicle: A. D. Gibb. Overall champion: F. Webster.


People: R. Meek, J. Duncan
Locations: Aberdeen

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