Exmoor Trial 2016 Results

North Devon Motor ClubHere are the provisional results for the 2016 Exmoor Trial. Overall winners were Mick Whitehouse (Class B1) and Dan Keat (Class 8).

2016 Exmoor Trial Results (Provisional)

Class winners :

A : Andy Petherick [6]
B1 : Mick Whitehouse [0]
B2 : Jon Hurstwayte [3]
C : Hugh Marshall-Sims [29]
D : Steve Urell & June Williams [0]
1 : Dave Haizelden [14]
2 : Bill Bennett [18]
3 : Colin Jeffery [1]
4 : Gary Price [24]
5 : Aaron Haizelden [1]
6 : Andrew Rippon [1]
7 : Stuart Highwood [7]
8 : Dan Keat [0]

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Lands End Trial 2016 Regs Available

The Motor Cycling ClubHere are the regs and entry form for this years Lands End Trial.

2016 Lands End Trial Entry Pack

“With winter upon us and the trialling season in full swing, it’s time to enter the Land’s End. The starts are now rotating and competitors from Cirencester will start first. There are new routes from each of the starts, reducing the amount of route using dual carriageways. I hope you will find the route much more pleasant to ride or drive. The finish moves nearer Land’s End and will be at Hayle. There are ‘new’ sections in all classes yet retaining the favourites. Class O will again have the choice of either Old Blue Hills or Blue Hills 2, but the competitors will have to decide at Perranporth which they will attempt. Both sections will be observed and count towards any award. Please enter the trial online if possible. The closing date is Sunday 14th February 2016.”

Torbay Trial 2016 Regs Available

Torbay Motor Club LogoHere are the regs and entry form for this years Torbay Trial.

2016 Torbay Trial Entry Pack

“Attached are the Regs for this years Torbay Trial which is on Sunday 13th March.
As always we try to add something new each year, this time we have found two great new sections we can hopefully include, weather permitting, while retaining the popular hills that you tell us you enjoy.
We always listen to feedback from competitors so have also made a few changes to help ensure the final running cars finish earlier. With a few alterations and shortening of road route we expect the last car to be around an hour earlier finishing this year.

I do hope you can enter our event, we do sometimes fill-up in the final weeks so please enter early if you want to avoid disappointment. This is especially so this year as, except for the Lands End at Easter, this is the last championship Classic Trials event in the South until the Taw and Torridge in September!

While we can accept paper entries it’s very quick and easy to enter online at www.torbaymotorclub.co.uk

If registering for the first time you will need to enter all of your details however once you’ve done this, and for those who registered last year, it’s very quick and easy.”

Launceston Trial 2016 Regs Available

Launceston & North Cornwall Motor ClubHere are the regs and entry form for the 2016 Launceston Trial. I can highly recommend this trial – a variety of challenging but non damaging hills set within the beautiful Lew and Eastcott Woods.

2016 Launceston Trial Entry Pack

“Launceston & North Cornwall Motor Club invite you to the 2016 Launceston Trial. The trial will again run in its popular format as a single venue trial held in Eastcott & Lew Woods. As always we hope to introduce some new sections and of course sections from the Tamar Trial will be included. We again plan to have a catering van in attendance throughout the day providing hot rolls and baps etc. and hot & cold drinks. A popular move in recent years has been to automatically include membership to Launceston & North Cornwall Motor Club for the year, for anyone who enters the trial and we are pleased to be able to offer this again. Therefore competitors from any club, or indeed if you have yet to renew your club membership, you are all very much welcome to enter the trial as you will automatically become a member of the organising club upon entry. And of course as the event is run under a Clubman permit there is the added bonus that you don’t need a competition licence to enter. We hope you can join us on Sunday 14th February and look forward to providing you with a good day.”

Chairmans Trial 2016 Regs Available

Holsworthy Motor ClubHere are the regs and entry form for the 2016 Chairmans Trial.

2016 Chairmans Trial Entry Pack

“Holsworthy Motor Club welcomes you to the Bill Vanstone Chairman’s Trophy Trial to be held on Sunday 21st February 2016. The trial will follow a similar route to last year. We are again pleased to say we are using the ideally suited new cattle market in Holsworthy for the start venue and the on site café will be serving breakfast. There will also be access to even more parking, as we will have full access of the grounds. The timing issues around the lunch halt has been ironed out this year I promise, and we are looking at an alternative lunch halt that is more mud friendly! We have decided that we will run both our classic trials under dual permits from now on. This will allow non-championship contenders or those who perhaps only enter a few events over the year a chance to participate in the trial without the need for a competition license. Motorcycle competitor will again this year benefit from being covered for road mileage under the normal authorization insurance certificate, meaning separate cover is not required. We look forward to offering you a good days trialing, fingers crossed for better weather than last year!”

Calendar Updates

The March Hare Trial is now running on March 13th, which unfortunately clashes with the Torbay Motor Club’s Torbay trial.

The Bodmin Trial cannot run on 30th October so is moving to 6th November, which will unfortunately cause it to clash with the Kyrle Trial’s new November date.

Northern Trial 2016 Regs Available

Fell Side Auto Club LogoHere are the regs and entry form for the 2016 Northern Trial.

2016 Northern Trial Entry Pack

Despite the well-publicised destruction caused by the floods in Cumbria we have been able to put together, what we feel will be, the best Northern Trial so far. The Forestry Commission have finished harvesting in Wythop Woods and moved on to Hobcarton, consequently several sections we haven’t been able to use for some time are accessible again. We have planned for fifteen sections plus two Observed Tests, we have also been able to re-instate the blast around the field OT at the very end of the trial. The 2016 Northern Classic Trial has a compact route of 62 road and 20 forestry miles around the Northern Lake District visiting many of the sections from previous years including the infamous Sandale, Darling How and, once again, Big Cockup. We will use variable tyre pressures, diversions and a few restarts to make the trial more enjoyable for all competitors. The start venue is at the Hope’s Auction Mart in Wigton, they are geared up for farmers and we fit in well. Very good hot food and drinks will be available before the start and after the finish.

Hardy Trial 2015 Results

Woolbridge Motor ClubHere are the results from the Hardy Trial 2015. Overall winners were Gary O’Shaughnessy (Class B2) and Mike Chatwin (Class 8).

2015 Hardy Trial Results

Class winners :

B1 : Alan March [0]
B2 : Gary O’Shaughnessy [0]
D : Steve Urell [18]
1 : Nick Cleal [38]
2 : Bill Bennett [30]
3 : Sticker Martin [43]
4 : Antony Young [39]
5 : Keith Sanders [23]
6 : Brian Andrew [39]
7 : Dudley Sterry [20]
8 : Mike Chatwin [7]

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Tamar Trial 2015 Results

Launceston & North Cornwall Motor ClubHere are the results from the Tamar Trial 2015. Overall winners were Andy Petherick (Class A) and Mike Chatwin (Class 8).

2015 Tamar Trial Results

Class winners :

A : Andy Petherick [0]
B1 : John Luckett [0]
B2 : Philip Sanders [0]
D : Simon & Bekki Eddy [8]
1 : James Shallcross [34]
2 : Bill Bennett [17]
3 : Matt Facey [67]
4 : Craig Allen [36]
5 : Aaron Haizelden [20]
6 : Andrew Rippon [11]
7 : Duncan Stephens [3]
8 : Mike Chatwin [2]

Video from Trevilla, Park Impossible and Lew Wood 4

Exmoor Clouds Trial 2015 Results

Minehead Motor ClubHere are the final results from the Exmoor Clouds Trial 2015. Overall winners were John Luckett (Class B1) and Nick Farmer (Class 8).

2015 Exmoor Clouds Trial Results

Class winners :

A : Andy Petherick [10]
B1 : John Luckett [0]
B2 : Kevin Bramble [8]
D : Andrew Davies & Paul Doughty [18]
1 : David Haizelden [42]
2 : Bill Bennett [19]
3 : Sticker Martin [48]
4 : Gary Price [47]
5 : Keith Sanders [19]
6 : Andrew Rippon [27]
7 : Duncan Stephens [27]
8 : Nick Farmer [18]

In car video from Nick Farmer:

Taw & Torridge Trial 2015 Results

Holsworthy Motor ClubHere are the results from the Taw & Torridge – some very close battles in both bike and car classes. Overall winners were Andy Petherick (Class A) and Nick Farmer (Class 8).

2015 Taw & Torridge Trial Results

Class winners :

A : Andy Petherick [6]
B : Thorne Pett [11]
D : Tim Hawkins & Penny Ligrley [36]
1 : James Shallcross [78]
2 : Bill Bennett [47]
3 : Matt Facey [58]
4 : Craig Allen [101]
5 : Keith Sanders [47]
6 : Andrew Rippon [60]
7 : Duncan Stephens [45]
8 : Nick Farmer [34]

In car video from Nick Farmer:

Video from Ross Cookman:

What is the ACTC and who writes the rules ?

ACTCThere has been considerable debate on Facebook over the past week regarding suggested rule changes within the trialling world. What is clear from a lot of the comments is that there is a complete misunderstanding of how the ACTC operates and who creates the rules by which competitors should abide. I shall attempt therefore to clarify a few points.

First, who or what is the ACTC? The clue should be in its very name, “The Association of Classic Trials Clubs”. In other words, the organisation is an amalgamation of numerous motorsport clubs who have chosen to combine and create a single entity to provide support and governance to the classic trials world. A list of these clubs can be found on the ACTC website and I suspect most who are reading this information will be a member of at least one of them.

The ACTC then has a number of volunteers who sit on the council in order to ensure certain required functions are carried out and these are not limited to, but include:

• Overall governance of the classic trials sport
• Ensuring the classic trials community has a voice with the MSA
• Fighting for Rights of Way issues
• Running a national trials championship
• Providing a quarterly publication with up-to-date details on the events and championship
• Maintaining a website to give instant access to information and details on events
• Ensuring members receive regulations on events the member clubs are running
• Putting on an annual awards and dinner evening
• Monitoring championship events and providing guidance back to the clubs
• Ensuring there are twice yearly meeting of the clubs in order to air and discuss all current topics affecting the trialling world
• Accounting for the finances and costs associated with running the organisation
• Maintaining various documentation essential to the sport, such as the rules and regulations for clubs and competitors

What the council don’t do which seems to be the most common perception, is to create new technical rules. Yes there is a sub committee, which looks at the technical aspects of the cars and consider any suggested changes, or matters raised by a club or competitor who is unsure if what they are hoping to do is within the rules (or who feel someone else has overstepped the mark), but changes to rules aren’t unilaterally made by those who make-up this committee.

So if the council aren’t making the rules and the technical committee are only making proposals, who ultimately decides what is and isn’t allowable?

That answer is simple, it is the members of the clubs. In other words, providing you are a member of a club, it is you who makes the rules. But, and theres is a big but, YOU, only make the rules if you get involved and let your club know what your thoughts are on the issue.

There are of course numerous requirements that we all have to abide by which are determined by the MSA, but anything outside of this, such as what tyres can be used, what engines are suitable, what modifications to the cars allowed in Class 7 etc. etc. get proposed by the clubs (after consultation with its members) and then debated in an open forum.

As the club delegate is representing the club, they should therefore be representing the members of which you should be one.

Once debated, all the clubs have a vote and as in any democracy, the majority decision is final.

Now, there is one big flaw in this methodology and I shall be blunt in stating it. It only works if the club members voice their views through their delegates at the meetings!

Too many club members and competitors are happy to bemoan changes they don’t like and get on forums claiming they are hard done by, or that the “ACTC “ hadn’t consulted with them directly and life just isn’t fair! Whilst all the while not talking to their club, or delegate, or making any effort to get involved and engage themselves.

If your club delegate is not passing on the information to you as a club member have you raised this with them? Do you even know who your club delegate is? Do you know if they attended the last meeting? Does your club even have a current delegate?

At two of the last three meeting I have chaired there have been less that 12 clubs represented. If the members of those clubs are not communicating to their delegates their feelings how are they supposed to know how to vote on the issues and more to the point, what about the clubs who haven’t even sent a delegate!

If you haven’t seen the agenda or minutes of the meetings have you asked your club why?

I have been complaining about apathy within the sport for a number of years and while I am pleased to see so many get involved on Facebook and to have received numerous e-mails both for and against the current proposals, they will all count for nothing if you don’t make the effort to follow the democratic process that has been set-up and allowed the ACTC to run successfully for 36 years.

Just to re-enforce the point again, you should understand that unless a council member is also representing a club, then they don’t even get a vote on any of the issues debated. So please understand, the ACTC is here to govern the sport and carry out the vital roles that are needed to ensure its continuance, but it is you who has the opportunity to decide on how its future is shaped.

Finally, are you a member of the ACTC yourself? Are you aware of the fight for the rights of way we are undertaking, or the concern over the licensing of marshals when using forestry land? Or any of the other on-going issues that are dealt with on your behalf?

If not, why not click on this link and join and become more involved and a part of the organisation?