Bike Related Matters No. 3

Random Thoughts: The Trip: It went by too quickly. The bike spat its dummy out at the Exmoor Clouds (Sammy was right – trials can be lost in the workshop!), but a well run event. Then my sisters garden got a short back & sides (free lodging in return) before the Tamar – another good event and Troggy kept going. Life doesn’t get better than this.

Bike Classes: It has been noticed that a few proper modern trials bikes (Beta Rev, Beta Evo, Scorpa, Gas Gas, Honda TLR, Montesa Cota etc) have been entered, and not always in class X. Yes, they are welcome, but unfortunately these Classic trials are really suited to trail bikes and old pre 70 stuff, hence the ACTC regulation that says any bike with a wheelbase of less that 1350mm should be in class X and won’t be scored in the championship. I think most of these bikes have a wheelbase in the region of 1320mm. So please enter, but enter in to the spirit of the classic trials (and class X). I realise that you are probably coming on a bike you already have, but our sections are not difficult enough to challenge your bikes. So please come, we hope you enjoy and enter more, but we don’t want to add to the burden of the Entry Secretaries or Scrutineers by having to correct entries. You never know, it may lead to a different bike! I hope existing riders will make sure that potential newcomers know about this.

Whats in a name? Personally I’m not keen on the name ‘classic trials’. Yes, the nature of the event is classic (and long may it be so), but most of the vehicles aren’t. Perhaps this is because I’m familiar with pre-65 bike trials, but in conversation I usually refer to Long Distance Trials. Does the name put potential entrants off, thinking they would need a classic bike? And we’re not all doddery old codgers like me.

Where are all the young guys? A couple of years ago at the Yorkshire Classic I rode around with a guy of about 20 – his first event. He seemed to enjoy it, but I’ve not seen him since,. These guys are the future, how did we let him escape?

Championships: In 2018 we’ve got a two pronged championship – regional and national. If you enter the regionals it costs only £10, (and it counts in more than one region). But for just £17 you can register for the national and regional championships, further more you also get a quarterly magazine (hard copy or email) and email alerts of new posts on the website. I genuinely believe that the more involved you become with this type of sport, the more you enjoy it. So why not have a bash in these championships?

Tyres: The regs. say you should run on trials pattern tyre, they aren’t expensive and are easily available (Pirellis seem the most popular). The only exception is class C, because the bikes come with a 17” rim on the rear and trials tyres are 18” (could change the rim perhaps?). Anyway, please conform with the regs, make life easier for the scrutineers by arriving with the correct tyre, and having some respect for the organisers & land owner by not churning it up with more aggressive tyres. There is plenty of grip in a trials pattern tyre and you may be moved to class X if you arrive not conforming with the regs.

Contributions: This is your chance to have a say. Ideas, comments, complaints, thanks, ideas to improve your bike or a trip you’ve done – send it to me & it can be incorporated into this ‘blog’.

[email protected], 07989 446131 or 01282 862749

2017 Championship Tables (up to Kyrle)


2017 Wheelspin League (up to Kyrle)
2017 Crackington League (up to Kyrle)
2017 Navigators League (up to Kyrle)

2017 North Regional League (up to Kyrle)
2017 South Regional League (up to Kyrle)
2017 Midland Regional League (up to Kyrle)
2017 West Regional League (up to Kyrle)

The North and Midland Regional Championships have now been completed.

If there is no change in the Wheelspin or Crackington Tables, the winners will be :


  1. David Golightly [31.2]
  2. Trevor Wood [25.9]
  3. Charles Knifton [22.0]

Midland :

  1. Mike Chatwin [30.8]
  2. Craig Allen [29.9]
  3. Matt Facey [29.8]

The top 3 in the Wheelspin and Crackington are excluded from the Regional awards.

This can affect the Championships later in the year, if someone drops down below 3rd in the Wheelspin or Crackington later in the year they will appear in the Regional Championships.


2017 Pouncy & Red Rose Leagues (up to Tamar)

2017 North Regional Pouncy and Red Rose Bowl (up to Tamar)
2017 South Regional Pouncy and Red Rose Bowl (up to Tamar)
2017 South West Regional Pouncy and Red Rose Bowl (up to Tamar)
2017 West Regional Pouncy and Red Rose Bowl (up to Tamar)

The North Regional Championship has now been decided.

Pouncy [North Regional]

  1. Philip Sanders [36]
  2. Graham Lampkin [26]
  3. Kathy Martin [19]

Red Rose Bowl [North Regional]

  1. Al Lidgate [30]

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 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]

Bike Related Matters No. 2

Hi Guys,

A word about the championship. First it has a new Secretary, John Bell. John is an experienced trials driver, a hard working volunteer and wants to encourage all to enter. From 2018 the bike championship will be scored on the overall position (amongst bikes) in each event. This makes sense. After a suggestion that therefore all classes should ride identical routes, the Clerks of Course present at the AGM made it clear that they wish to retain the right to make subtle changes (such as restarts etc), class by class to eradicate the advantages any class may have from the competitive nature of the bikes. Therefore in theory, a rider in any class has an equal opportunity to win that event (if they ride well!), negating the riders of the most competitive class having an advantage and always winning. Again, that makes sense. Some may disagree, if you have a view . . . . . emails to me please!

So the ACTC have done their bit, made the championship as fair as it can be. It removes the excuse of ‘unfair advantage’ for not entering it (discuss). The regional championships are now in place and are ideal if you can’t travel far. This means it could be construed as rude to not register – come on, have a go, you may be surprised by how well you do.. You also get a quarterly magazine and email alerts of new posts on the website such as entry forms & regs for future events.

In October I’m making my annual pilgrimage to visit my sister in Devon. Completely by accident(?) I’ll be there the week that starts with the Exmoor Clouds and finishes with the Tamar – how did that happen? It means that I should be at both events to listen to your views (but after the trials please). If you’ve anything of interest I can always incorporate it in this slot – less boring than me prattling on! You can contact me by email ([email protected]) or phone mobile 07989 446131, landline 01282 862749. All I ask is your name & contact number (no anonymous or rude suggestions please).

Most importantly, keep on enjoying the trials and encourage your mates to share the fun! A word of advice, stay behind the handlebars – it hurts if you get in front of them!


Bike Related Matters No. 1

Hi Guys (that’s all genders!)

From now on we hope to keep you better informed via this slot, so keep an eye on it for any changes that may affect the view from behind the handlebars (rather than steering wheel) at ACTC events.

The post of Motorcycle Co-ordinator has been vacant for a while, but at the AGM on September 3rd , I was co-opted to fill the post. So if there are any bike related issues, proposals, complaints, suggestions etc, I’m on board to discuss and explain, approach and advise the Clubs and/or ACTC bigwigs.

As you probably know, the Clubs run the trials but belong to the ACTC who try to establish/co-ordinate consistency, standard rules etc and run the championship. At the ACTC meetings each Club gets a vote. This means if you join a club (recommended) you can lobby them to put proposals to the ACTC, or you can discuss the matter with me and if its valid I can propose it (but I don’t vote).

Who am I? I’m Graham Lampkin, a life-long biker who has ridden on and off road, old and modern bikes. You can contact me by email ([email protected]) or phone mobile 07989 446131, landline 01282 862749. All I ask is your name & contact number (no anonymous or rude suggestions please). I live in the grim north & haven’t the time (or budget) to ride all the trials, but if you see me at an event, please tell me your thoughts after the trial. To help you identify me, I’m currently riding a green/grey Royal Enfield.

So, please help all of us by giving me feed- back. Why not register for the championship next year? You get the fee back in the form of a quarterly magazine, as well as more fun. Most importantly, keep on enjoying the trials and encourage your mates to share the fun!