The Umpteenth Annual Postage Stamp Trials

Jan 1, 2006

The umpteenth running of the Postage Stamp trials will be declared a huge success. In our one and only fundraising event for (you guessed it) stamps, we had a great turnout and great weather. With temperatures reaching the mid 60's, one could not have asked for a better day. I can only assume that some people were just too hung over from the night before to even move. Russ Amos, Larry Werthmuller, and with the help form Scott Carpenter, set up 20 great sections that mixed creeks, loose hill sides, rail road ties and a metal pipe suspended over a creek. Dawson, "Gimme another", Dennis was the lone gun in the Rookie class. This enabled him to keep all the trophy girls to himself. Surprisingly, there weren't any Novice riders. The Amateur class, however, was over flowing with new recruits. Bob Dennis took control of the class with consistent 4-4 2nd and 3rd loop scores. Bob Sanderson proved to the young guns that experience can triumph over youthful energy as he nabbed second place. Josh Nutsch made the long trip across Kansas to take third. There were only 4 points that separated places 3 thru 6 and all were under the age of 18. It will be interesting to see how they all progress in the years to come. Steve Eichelberger bested his buddy (or is that former buddy now) Randy Dennis by one point to take the Intermediate win. Inconsistent riding by Paul Turnbull took him out of the race for the top spots, but was good enough to nail down that third spot by another mere point over Mike Carpenter. Thanks to a good first loop, Dale "Shirly Temple" Malasek took top honors in the Expert division. Kelly Echterling kept it close for second, but just couldn't put the big loop together. Rounding out in third was a ghost. Seriously though, many were doing a double take to see Dave Walkinshaw out and competing after a long hiatus. Good to see you in between the ribbons again Dave. The Master class started off with another tight race during the first loop with nearly everyone trading dead engine fives. With the help of a clean second loop (only one other rider had a clean loop today, Randy Dennis), Jason Carpenter emerged victorious over arch nemesis Jake Weiland. Scott Carpenter remained focus throughout the day to take the show spot. After the event, as is custom at this event, chili and hot dogs were served. There was the Nov/Ama chili (mild), Intermediate chili (medium) and the Exp/Mas chili (burn out your colon). From the looks of it, there were a lot of Nov/Ama chili eaters out there. Russ dealt out his trademark custom hand crafted trophies and door prizes to all the participants much to the delight of many. Thank you Russ and Larry for another great event and look forward to 2007.