Presidents Trial 2018 Regs Available

Entries are now open for the 2018 Presidents Trial, running on Sunday 29th April.

2018 Presidents Trial Entry Pack

“We invite you to this years Presidents Trial, held in Bonyalva Woods near Hessenford, just off the A38 near Castle Motors.

This years event is almost a month later than previous years – so hopefully the ground is a bit drier – and is a full 4 weeks after the Lands End – so plenty of time to get your car ready.

We are hoping to get permission to use the woods on the other side of the road (this land was sold by the Duchy last year) – so if all goes well this will allow the return of the “Lydcott Long” hill, always a favourite in the past.

The layout of the woods allows us to offer double drives – so perhaps this is a chance for your navigators to experience a trial from the drivers seat!

We have some ambitious plans for this event in future years, but we need your support to keep the event viable. Please forward this onto anyone else you think would like to come and compete, or if you would like to marshal please contact Claire Rippon – [email protected]

We hope to see you all on a warm and sunny spring day!”

Venue : Bonyalva Woods, Hessenford (PL14 3PX – OS Map Ref: 201/306582)

2018 Championship Tables (up to Northern)


2018 Wheelspin League (up to Northern)
2018 Crackington League (up to Northern)
2018 Navigators League (up to Northern)

2018 North Regional League (up to Northern)
2018 Midlands Regional League (up to Northern)
2018 West Regional League (up to Northern)


2018 Pouncy & Red Rose Leagues (up to Northern)

Could all competitors check that their scores are correct. Please quote your competition number for that event if querying a score.

John Bell   e-mail: [email protected]

2018 April ACTC Meeting Agenda

Here is the agenda for the forthcoming ACTC Meeting, which will be held on Sunday 8th April 2018.

2018 April ACTC Meeting Agenda

Also for reference here are the minutes from the last ACTC AGM in September 2017.

2017 September ACTC AGM Minutes (Draft)

Agendas and minutes of previous meetings are available here.

Please let your clubs ACTC representative know your opinions on any of the issues to be discussed – this is the time for your voice to be heard!

Bovey Down Trial 2018 Regs Available

Entries are now open for the 2018 Bovey Down Trial.

2018 Bovey Down Trial Entry Pack

“Regulations are now available for this year’s Bovey Down Single Venue Clubman Classic Trial. In 2018 this will be 3 weeks after the Lands End trial. Please enter early as we can only accommodate around 40 entries in the restricted space available to us. Windwhistle Motor Club Ltd. is pleased to be able to run this non-championship event again this year. The club continues to develop this event and are looking to alter sections again this year. The event is as competitive or friendly as you like to make it, however with sections run in 3 groups, coffee breaks with onsite catering and toilet facilities it serves well as a great social event and a great season finale for the West country events. We offer you the opportunity for at least 3 daylight attempts at Norman’s Hump and Clinton as used for many years in the MCC Exeter Trial and other sections which the landowner has kindly allowed us to create are included. No competition licence is required. In an attempt to encourage younger club members entries may be accepted from drivers aged 16 and over who do not hold a full RTA licence provided they are accompanied by someone that does, who is over 17 and is also an experienced trials driver and must produce a valid club membership card. A membership application form to the Windwhistle Motor Club will be available by email on request to the event secretary, or from the club website, to encourage entrants to join us on a more regular basis. There will be a local charitable catering facility on site all day. Bacon rolls, pasties and homemade cakes etc. and a toilet facility. The flint surface at the venue can be aggressive on your tyres – perhaps use this opportunity to use up old tyres. If you still have some KL78s or Kingpins K4S we will allow you to use them.”

Venue : Bovey Down Woods, Stafford Cross, Southleigh (no reliable postcode, sorry!)

Bike Related Matters No. 7

As they say in the north, nah then. Number 7, that means half a year has lapsed, so where are we?

With the cancellation of the Clee Hills, the Northern is my first event of the year and will be over when you read this. Due to my advancing years, Troglobike (my much loved & used Enfield) has got heavier. Finding about half the bits needed for a bike in corners of my garage I decided to build a BSA B40 based, lighter bike and intended having it ready for the Northern, so I sold Troggy. I sold it to a guy called David who has promised to use it as was intended, the Northern will have been his first ACTC type trial. I know the guys at the Fellside Club will make him welcome (as they did me in my first LDT), and trust you will all do the same.

Due to unforeseen DVLA and oiling problems, the B40 is late, so I’m stepping out of my comfort zone into the 21st century and riding a Honda. Wowser, who would have thunk it! I’m actually looking forward to it.

It is a great trial, made better by the time of year, but the weather can be a challenge in its self. Hope to have sorted the BSA in time for Pateley Bridge. But the important thing is to enter & have fun.

Due to the nature of Class A bikes, they are exempted from a few of the restarts. Whereas the cars have coloured disks to convey their class to the Marshals, the bikes don’t –they aren’t practical. This is confusing for marshals if they don’t recognise which class a bike is in and are astonished as a class A bike rides through a restart. How about Class A having the background to their riding numbers coloured in with highlighter pens (or strips of coloured insulation tape) to identify them – this could be extended to other bike classes if necessary. Is this necessary and has anyone got a better idea to help make life simpler on the day?

I’m patiently waiting for contributions to this from you lot – where are they? Let us know what is going through your heads. Does this deafening silence mean all is hunky dory or its too scary to say? Although the organisers really do try hard, I think they would appreciate knowing if they are doing anything right or wrong. You might have an idea that makes trialling more fun – share it. Tell us about the trials, tribulations and triumphs (with small t) of these events. Are we suggesting things that will spoil your day out or are just plain stupid?

Some of you will know what has been going on about sidecar nose cones. Do we need them, don’t we? I’ve looked into this and even asked the ACU because their spec is open to interpretation. We would love to give a clear cut answer & specification, but the ACU can’t, so we can’t yet. There is hope on the horizon, but if you want a copy of the ACU’s opinion, please email me & I send you back a copy.

There has been an historic mess created about some of the eligibility rules, so a dedicated team (John Bell) has been wading through years of paperwork to discover that the last vote was to lower the permitted wheelbase to 1320mm. I know (and agree) this is an illogical and divisive dimension. But for the time being we’ll have to use it. I’ve proposed we change to a criteria (dry weight claimed by manufacturer) that will clearly separate the trail bikes considered in the spirit of our sport, from the dedicated modern trials bikes that we are trying to avoid in the competitive classes (not in the spirit but are welcome in class X). Hopefully this will be accepted and implemented from 1st Jan 2019.

Again, as many of you will know, I’m off to the other side of the world from 25th Feb until 26th March, visiting family. Please don’t ring me during that time because it will cost both of us a fortune on the mobile and my wife (staying at home) won’t know what you’re on about if you ring the landline. If anything crops up while I’m away, please send an email – that way it won’t get lost and I’ll deal with it ASAP.

Graham –  [email protected]

P.S. Thoroughly enjoyed the Northern even if the transition from Enfield to Honda was greater than expected – I had a score that an English cricketer would have been proud of! Very wet ground but dry sky!

Hill Reversing Guide


As we state and recognise, motorsport can be dangerous and in our specialism it is often the case that for a car driver having made an ‘almost successful’ climb, the task of safely and confidently reversing his steed back down a slippery, uneven and twisting track when perhaps surrounded by marshals, spectators, trees and banks, can prove daunting. Whilst the car can be relatively stable under power on the ascent, it can prove wayward under the influence of gravity and any loss of control.

ACTC Committee here propose guidelines that may be offered to competitors in the form of best practice to follow, though of course they are not mandatory. It is not possible to allow for every scenario and vehicle type, but the following is the reversing process to adopt in typical trialling circumstances.

These guidelines aim to accommodate the different behaviour of ‘Older’ cars (likely to have a 4 wheel handbrake and no steering column lock) and the more ‘Modern’ ones (likely to have servo brakes and power steering for example). We can ‘Brake Down’ the principles here through the summary A.B.S. – in this case Awareness, Braking and Steering.

1. Preparation


  • ensure you have good side and rear visibility around your car from the driver’s seat
  • ensure the reversing light is powerful and aligned for any night-time action
  • brief your passenger if a novice, on procedure for hill failures and exit routes


  • give your footbrake and handbrake good firm ‘function’ tests both before and during the trial in safe places, such as at controls and waiting in queues
  • consider installing a hydraulic handbrake – more powerful and reassuring, and there’s plenty of advice out there


  • wrap a yellow tape band around the steering wheel rim at the straight ahead spot

2. Stopped on a Section


  • listen to the marshals’ instructions
  • take a good look around and behind you for any obstacles or people, check mirrors
  • keep your passenger seated in the car unless otherwise instructed

Braking (Older) :

  • apply the handbrake firmly
  • switch off the engine and engage reverse gear

Braking (Modern) :

  • apply both footbrake AND handbrake firmly
  • leave the engine running in forward gear and press the clutch pedal down


  • check your front wheels are facing ahead using the rim tape and marshal guidance

3. Reversing Down


  • have your passenger and marshals guide you
  • STOP and take a breather if it is long and twisty, recover and then continue

Braking (Older) :

  • release the handbrake and keep off the footbrake
  • use the compression of the dead engine to allow a steady descent

Braking (Modern) :

  • lightly release both brakes to let the car creep back
  • pulse the footbrake about 2 times / second to keep slip under control
  • when the car is steady, shift to use handbrake only, to regain your steering keep the clutch down, in gear, with the engine running
  • if you run wide, STOP, shunt forward and try again


  • try to keep all wheels in the ruts around bends
  • DON’T let the car sweep round sideways across a steep hill
  • keep the car pointing uphill until it’s safe to turn around

Once you are safely back down, thank any parties who may have helped you, take a breath and maybe ‘uncrick’ your neck! Above all, practice these guidelines perhaps at a single venue trial where experts can advise, take…your…time and be safe!

Adrian Tucker-Peake

Motorcycle Co-ordinator

Hi all,

I have been asked to notify everybody that Graham Lampkin has resigned as the ACTC motorcycle Co-ordinator. He will continue until the ACTC AGM meeting in September if no replacement can be found before, but would prefer to be released earlier.

Best Regards,

Bill Bennett

Nominations for ACTC Officers

All ACTC member clubs have been sent forms regarding nominations for ACTC Officers. If any club member wants to propose someone for one of the ACTC Officer roles they should contact their ACTC club delegate. If the delegate has a problem finding the form he should contact me (Hon Sec) and I will send them another form. All completed forms need to be back with me by March 2nd latest so that they can be included on the agenda for the April ACTC meeting.

Below is a list of the positions within the ACTC and who is currently holding each of these positions. All positions are for re-election.

President : Simon Woodall
Chairman : Carl Talbot
Vice Chairman : Pete Hart
Treasurer : Barbara Selkirk
Hon. Secretary : Bill Bennett
Class 7 Co-ordinator : Pete Hart
Championship Secretary : John Bell
Rights of Way Officer : Andrew Knightly-Brown
Motorcycle Co-ordinator : Graham Lampkin
Restart Editor : Pat Toulmin
Website Manager : James Shallcross
Scrutineering Officer : John Blakely
Awards Evening Organising : The Selwood Family
Tyre Officer : Pete Hart

Championship Monitor : Position Vacant
PR Officer : Position Vacant



Torbay Trial 2018 Regs Now Available

Torbay Motor Club LogoEntries are now open for the 2018 Torbay Trial. You can download the regs and entry form below but it’s much easier to use the Torbay Motor Club’s online entry system – click here.

2018 Torbay Trial Entry Pack (Cars)
2018 Torbay Entry Pack (Bikes)

“The year marks the 10th Torbay Trial being organized by the current team of Dave Haizelden and Keith Sanders and as always we will go to great efforts to set-out the Sections such that the Overall winner could be from any Class.

The Torbay Trial will run as qualifying rounds of the 2018 ACTC and the ASWMC Classic Reliability Championships on Sunday 18th March 2018, and will again cater for Car and Motorcycle Classes.

The Trial will start and finish at the Exeter Court Hotel, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UX. This is easily accessible from all directions and immediately off the A38, approximately 1 mile from the end of the M5.

For cars we are again running an additional Clubmans Permit for members of the 15 listed Motor Clubs. This is intended to allow “occasional” competitors to bring out their vehicles and enter this event without the need to purchase additional club membership or MSA Competition Licence.

As instigators of the of the “best performing Japanese Production Car” award we will again be offering this along with an award for the best performing Torbay car member.

The road route will be slightly shorter than previous years and we plan to include the popular classic hills such as John Grants Lane, Simms and Tipley as well as a couple of new Sections we’ve found if the conditions permit.

This event has grown in popularity and has often reached full capacity, therefore to avoid disappointment it is recommended that you submit your entry early.

If you are not planning to compete but can help to Marshal then please contact Dave Haizelden Clerk of Course – 07841 860121

The online entry system has been simplified this year so we encourage you to enter on-line at where you can submit your entry and pay on-line.
(If logging on for the first time you will need to follow the “Register” link in top right corner)”

Start Venue : Exeter Court Hotel, Kennford, Exeter, EX6 7UX

ACTC Awards Dinner 2018

The 2018 awards dinner for both the 2016 and 2017 championships will take place on Saturday 17th March, at the Padbrook Park Hotel, Cullompton, Devon. This is the night before the Torbay Trial, it is only a 25 minute drive from Cullompton to the start of the trial, there are rooms and plenty of trailer parking at Padbrook Park so hopefully people will make a weekend of it.

Further details can be found by clicking the link below.

2018 ACTC Awards Dinner

For any additional information please contact Alan Selwood – 07890 962191 or [email protected]

Could anyone with a current trophy please contact Alan to arrange collection (ideally from the start of a trial).

Rooms can be booked at Padbrook Park, just mention the ACTC to get the group rate.

Padbrook Park Hotel
EX15 1RU
01884 836100

Tyre Control

As you may be aware, if you have read the ACTC council September minutes, we are looking to an alternative form of tyre control. The existing approved list is becoming unsuitable for purpose. Budget tyres come and go quicker than the list can be updated and tread patterns change whilst keeping the same name. The basis of the list is the subjective approval of a tread pattern, whilst other organisers of trials (M/C, VSCC ,750MC etc.) define a maximum tread block gap. This is the new approach which will be discussed by the Clubs at the April ACTC council meeting.

We are in the process of establishing a max gap to propose to the clubs at the April council meeting. I have attached the data that we have so far. If anyone would like to measure their tyres and send me the figures I will add it to the list. We are looking for the maximum block gap anywhere on the tread. If the new method is approved by the clubs a tyre can be checked by ensuring a gauge of the agreed size can be held in the biggest gap, as shown in the image above. It can be seen from the data that tyre size can have an impact on block gaps. This is something the present list fails to address. Looking to the future the opportunity to have different limits per class or specific car would be possible.

Pete Hart [email protected]

DiaSectionProfileNameMax Tread Gap
1317570Mentor M4007.1
1416580Vredestein Sprint5
1416580Dunlop SP 75
1416580Roadstone SB8025.6
1417580Vredestein Sprint5.7
1418580Matador MP3006.5
1417565Mentor M4006.8
1417580Kingpin KMT7.1
1416580Kingpin KMT7.2
1418580Hankook K7157.4
1418580Kingpin K4S7.5
1516580Toyo 3304.4
1516580Maxxis MA5014.8
1516580Vredestein Sprint5.5
1516580Pirelli Cinturato5.5
1516580Firestone F5605.5
1516580T Trac7.1
1518580Matador MP3007.5
1518580Hankook RA107.5
1518580Kingpin K4S9.5

2017 Car and Motorcycle Final Championship Tables

CARS – National Championship Winners
2017 Wheelspin League : Dean Partington
2017 Crackington League : Ray Ferguson
2017 Navigators League : Hannah Ferguson

CARS – Regional Championship Winners
2017 North Regional League : David Golightly
2017 South Regional League: James Shallcross
2017 Midland Regional League : Mike Chatwin
2017 West Regional League : Paul Merson

MOTORCYCLES – National Championship Winners
2017 Pouncy League : Kathy Martin
2017 Red Rose League : Geoff Westcott

MOTORCYCLES – Regional Championships
2017 North Regional Pouncy League : Philip Sanders
2017 South Regional Pouncy League : Chris Barham
2017 South West Regional Pouncy League : Kathy Martin
2017 West Regional Pouncy League : Kathy Martin

2017 North Regional Red Rose Bowl League : Al Lidgate
2017 South Regional Red Rose Bowl League : Geoff Westcott
2017 South West Regional Red Rose Bowl League : Geoff Westcott
2017 West Regional Red Rose Bowl League : Geoff Westcott

Due to lack of entries there will be no awards this year for the Motorcycle Regional Championships. I hope we can get a much bigger entry next year.

Could competitors check that their scores are correct. Please quote your competition number for that event if querying a score.

John Bell [email protected]

No Clee Hills Trial in 2018


The Midland Automobile Club much regrets that it will be unable to organise the Clee Hills Trial in January 2018.

After the success of this year’s trial, especially, perhaps, for the motorcyclists who were able to compete on the trial for the first time in the event’s 70-year history, it is a huge disappointment that the club is unable to put on the trial next year.

The club thanks and expresses its considerable appreciation of considerable work undertaken by the team, notably Simon Woodall, Adrian Tucker-Peake, Graham Austin, Richard Houlgate and Jonathan Toulmin, all of whom have been instrumental in organising the Clee Hills Trial for the Midland Automobile Club over the last 24 years – the only classic trial run in the Midlands.

MAC intend to run the event in January 2019.