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!)

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



Bike Related Matters No. 6

Although this is entitled Bike Related Matters, and its my thoughts about bikes & bikers, I think this month’s theme could apply to the car fraternity as well.

Over the last 6 months my thoughts have been concentrated on the future of Classic Trials. However, a bike rider reminded me of the past (thanks PD). He was quite right, we all owe a huge debt to the guys that have organised the sport over the last X years, ensuring it is here today for us to enjoy. RESPECT AND THANK YOU FROM US ALL!

A lot of these guys are now becoming like a good cheese – Extra Mature and better for it. They have filled various posts, worked hard and at times put the sport before themselves (and spouses/families). I’m thinking mainly of the Club stalwarts who have organised and run the trials, but it covers all volunteers.

Now I’m speaking to more Clubs around the country I’m finding the same guys have been responsible for a long time. I won’t name names because that is unfair, but it is a common tale. We (the entrants) have let them do it, assumed they will do it again the next year, and the next. I know of some who have left their trials car or bike gathering dust because they are busy organising events for the rest of us.

Is it fair – no. Is it a good thing – of course not. Is it in our (or the sports) interest – well, no, it’s not.

Think about it. If they said enough is enough, I wouldn’t blame them, but what would we do? We live in a selfish world, but please, don’t say they enjoy it – rollocks! A lot of folk complain about ‘glitches’ – I think well, tough, what have you done to help. I’ve overheard comments such as ‘they are stuck in the past’ – who’s fault is that if new blood doesn’t volunteer. One person said ‘I’m too busy to do that job’ but rode in 11 trials (that I know of) that year – that is another excuse I don’t accept. If we care about the sport we can spare a couple of evenings or a day to ensure the sport happens. How many hours do you spend in front of or in the TV/X box/pub/washing the car, defoliating etc?

Let’s get a grip and make sure we all do our bit. Don’t wait to be asked, go & offer. Become an apprentice to the CoC or help get permissions for the sections. A lot can be done in the evenings, before or after the day as well as on the day. Help & learn from those who have years of experience and wisdom, don’t let it disappear. Wouldn’t it be great to let these guys have a day off to compete behind the handlebars or wheel in the trial they have kept running for years? Would it be a total disaster if occasionally we gave up one entry to help run a trial, there’s a lot worst that could happen.?

Its a strange thing, but once you volunteer, put something back, folk often find they are happy to do some of these jobs, enjoy the sport more, and the biggy, help their sport to be there for themselves in years to come . That is a win/win surely?

To para-phrase JFK:- Think not what your Club does for you (and it does hell of a lot), but think what you can do for your Club.

Just a quick point for organisers – please let folk help – take on an apprentice. I don’t know why the Clee Hills was cancelled (shame – I was looking forward to it), but if any organiser is faced with doing similar, please shout help to the rest of us. Most issues can be resolved if we are aware of them, there is a lot of brains & brawn out there in Classic Trials land.

Well, thats better. Sorry to rant, I don’t think it will do any good, but I’m happy to be proved me wrong!

Graham (email: [email protected])

P.S. Bernie needs some more good reliable marshals for the Durham Dales (May 27th), Weardale is great that time of year, there’s plenty to see & do for a couple of days.

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