Bodmin Trial 2017 Regs Available

Entries are now open for the 2017 Bodmin Trial, to be held on Sunday 5th November. This is an excellent single venue trial set in Cardinham Woods, a great days trialing, spectacular views, with some challenging and very enjoyable hills. This event is becoming harder and harder to run each year so please come along and support it.

2017 Bodmin Trial Entry Pack

Venue : Cardinham Woods, near Bodmin
OS Map Ref: 200/100667

Allen Trial 2017 Regs Available

Entries are now open for the 2017 Allen Trial.

2017 Allen Trial Entry Pack

“The 2017 Allen Trial will once again start and finish at The Bull Inn at Hinton, just off the A46 approximately 2 miles south of Junction 18 on the M4. The event will include all the old
favourites (Guys Hill, Travers & John Walker). We have retained Fry’s Bottom with the through route and hopefully a new section, and reduced the mileage on the A46 after John Walker, following the delays last year.

Once again we are running the trial under a Dual-Permit (National B & Clubman). The Clubman Event (open to invited clubs) allows non-championship contender to participate in the trial without the need for a competition licence. We have an award for the first overall in the clubman event. We will be using the same trailer parking as last year… Following feedback towing assistance will be available both before and after the event if required.

In recent years the trial has been well subscribed so to avoid disappointment don’t delay with your entry. If you are unable to enter but could come and marshal we would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact Mark Tooth 01454 329231 or Pete Hart 0117 9372611.

We look forward to seeing you and offering you an enjoyable day’s trialing on the 26th November.”

Start Venue : The Bull Inn, Hinton, SN14 8HQ

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 (g[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!


Tamar Trial 2017 Regs Available

Entries are now open for the 2017 Tamar Trial, to be held on Sunday 22nd October.

2017 Tamar Trial Entry Pack (Cars)
2017 Tamar Trial Entry Pack (Motorcycles)

“Launceston & North Cornwall Motor Club and MG Car Club Devon & Cornwall Centre welcome you to the 71st Tamar Trial to be held on Sunday 22nd October 2017.

This year’s Tamar route will be staying in the Mid/North Cornwall and West Devon area and we have reduced any mileage on the dual-carriageway to as little as possible. We are again using the starting area at Martin’s Cash & Carry and Launceston Football Club venue which is just a short distance from the A30 dual carriageway and less than 2 miles from our finish at The Winds of Change, South Petherwin. The trial will of course include the favourite hills of recent years and as always we strive to include some new sections to keep the event varied each year. Last year we were pleased to be able to complete the trial in daylight and we hope to do so again.

We are once again running the car side of the trial under a dual-permit. This allows non-championship contenders or those who perhaps only enter a few events over a year the chance to participate in the trial without the need for a competition license. For the Cars, Lockton’s have introduced a flat rate scheme of £5.50 plus IPT per vehicle for on-event cover which will ensure that all competitors are appropriately covered. Motorcycle competitors will again this year benefit from being covered for road mileage under the normal authorisation insurance certificate, meaning separate cover is not required. We look forward to offering you a good day’s trialling in a beautiful part of Devon and Cornwall.”

Start Venue : Martin’s Cash & Carry, Pennygillam Industrial Estate, Launceston, PL15 7ED

Mechanics Trial 2017 Regs Available

Entries are now open for the 2017 Mechanics Trial, to be held on Sunday 15th October.

2017 Mechanics Trial Entry Pack

“THE MECHANICS TRIAL originates from the late 1970’s when our Headquaters were located at the Mechanics Arms in Chalford. The Landlord and landlady, Jim & Liz Polly, presented the Mechanics Trophy to the Club giving us an opportunity to run an event in the pub’s name. The first Mechanics Trial ran in 1979 and was organised by Nigel Moss, Eric and Diana Wall. The single venue Classic Trial was held within a few miles of the pub in Badgers Wood, Cowcombe, Chalford. The event continued to run at various single venues including Catswood and Sallywood from 1984 to 2001. In 2002 the event ventured out onto the road with Gill and Edwin Hayward doing a great deal of work to create a brand new road trial for the club. Various organising teams have since kept the event on the road.

This year’s event is organised by a similar team to last year with, it will feature old favourite hills such as wood Lane and Viaduct and will follow a similar format to recent successful years. The trial will include a couple of old sections used on the Cotswold Clouds in the early 80’s Hobbs Choice a gentle rocky climb and a trick old favourite Bulls Cross. The event offers what we hope is a good day’s motorsport visiting some different parts of the Cotswold’s to our Cotswold Clouds Trial in February. The organising team make every effort to give all competitors a chance to climb some sections during the day but also making some a great challenge. The Mechanics Trial will run on a Clubman’s permit which means you do not need a competition licence. IF YOU ARE NOT COMPETING ON THE EVENT PLEASE CONSIDER MARSHALLING.”

Start Venue : SKF, Oldends Lane, Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, GL10 3RH

Exmoor Clouds Trial 2017 Regs Available

Entries are now open for the 2017 Exmoor Clouds Trial, to be held on Sunday 15th October.

2017 Exmoor Clouds Trial Entry Pack

“Welcome to the 46th Exmoor Clouds, and once again we are grateful to Derek Merson for his continued assistance of the event. We are pleased to once again be a round of both the ACTC Trials Championship and also the ASWMC Classic Car Trial Championship. The start/finish venue is the excellent Rest & Be Thankful Inn, Wheddon Cross, which has proved to be a very popular venue. Right in the heart of the Exmoor National Park, one of the smaller of the National Parks. Last year’s event was well received and we hope we have improved the event once again, and are sure that we can offer you a superb day’s motorsport in some of the best locations you will find. Exmoor in the autumn is still a wonderful place to be. We would like to thank the Exmoor National Park and Somerset County Council for their help and assistance and we also extend a special thanks to each and every marshal. We look forward to seeing old friends and new for another epic on Exmoor on the 15th.”

Start Venue : Rest & Be Thankful Inn, Wheddon Cross, Minehead, TA24 7DR

Kyrle Trial 2017 Regs Available

Ross & District Motor Sports Club LogoEntries are now open for the 2017 Kyrle Trial, to be held on Sunday 29th October.

2017 Kyrle Trial Entry Pack

“Ross & District Motor Sports Club have pleasure in welcoming you to the 40th running of The Kyrle Trial. Yes, 40 years ago the first Kyrle Trial was organised in April 1977. A single venue event by Richard Andrews up on May Hill and it was won by Eric Wall in his Canhi. I am pleased to say that some of those original organisers are still involved today.

Major new change for this year is that we are running a Clubman’s trial alongside the main trial. You do not require a Competition Licence for the Clubman’s trial. We also include mandatory Road Traffic Act insurance in the entry fee.

We are staying with our autumn date to avoid the Goshawks. We will be starting early to make the most of the daylight. Don’t forget, the clocks change the night before the trial.

The Clerk of the Course team is the same as last year, Nigel Green and Paul Bartleman. They have been out and about during the summer taking a look at old and new sections and have found some new ones and some that have not been used for many years. Weather wise prepare for anything, hill wise, real hills and certainly lots of mud. We will use some old favourite sections together with the new or resurrected hills.

The start will be at our usual spacious and well-equipped Whitchurch venue with fuel (cheapest in the Ross area), a good café and ample parking. The finish of the trial remains at our Club House in Ross-onWye where tea, coffee and soft drinks will be available and the bar will be open to help quench honest thirst!

Please note the date, Sunday 29th October and come along to marshal if you cannot enter. Tom Baker will be pleased to hear from you at any time on 07795 278899.

We look forward to seeing you for another good day’s trialing with around 12 competitive hills and two observed tests. Remember, our hills are not rough, but they are tough and steep.

Nigel Green, Paul Bartleman, Stuart Harrold, John Tatlow, Neil Forrest, Glenn Morgan, Tom Baker and the Organising Team.

Start Venue : Symonds Yat Services, A40 Northbound, Whitchurch, Ross-on-Wye, HR9 6DP

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!