2019 April ACTC Meeting Agenda

Here is the agenda for the forthcoming ACTC Meeting, which will be held on Sunday 14th April 2019.

2019 April ACTC Meeting Agenda

Also for reference here are the minutes from the last ACTC AGM in September 2018.

2018 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!

As you can see it’s a full agenda and it’s important we have a good turnout so that the view of as many clubs as possible can be considered.

Presidents Trial 2019 Regs Available

Entries are now open for the 2019 Presidents Trial, running on Sunday 28th April.

2019 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.

There have been extensive thinning and felling works in the woods recently, this has opened up some new areas to us. 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, or the chance for someone you know to be able to give our sport a try.

Please forward this onto anyone else you think would like to come and compete. We hope to see you all on a warm and sunny spring day!”

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

ACTC Awards Dinner 2019

We would like to invite you to the ACTC Dinner and Awards Presentation, celebrating the 2018 trialling season at 7pm for a 7.30pm start on Saturday the 6th of April 2019 at the Buckerell Lodge Hotel, Exeter, Devon.

Accommodation is available at Buckerell Lodge, and can be booked direct with the hotel. This is the evening preceding the Torbay Trial, therefore trailer parking has been arranged to accommodate competitors. The hotel is approximately five miles from the Torbay start.

The required dress code for the evening is smart (No jeans please).

Ticket prices are £29.95. If you wish to attend, please complete the form linked below and return by Friday the 22nd of March 2019.

2019 ACTC Awards Dinner

Could anyone with a current trophy please contact Alan to arrange collection (ideally from the start of a trial). For any additional information please contact Alan Selwood – 07890 962191 or [email protected]

If you would like to book accommodation, please contact:

Buckerell Lodge Hotel
Topsham Road
Exeter
EX2 4SQ
01392 222625

Please mention the ACTC when booking.

We look forward to seeing you on the evening.

Alan Selwood

Torbay Trial 2019 Regs Now Available

Torbay Motor Club LogoEntries are now open for the 2019 Torbay Trial, this year running on Sunday 7th April. You can download the regs and entry form below but it’s much easier to use the Torbay Motor Club’s online entry system at torbaymotorclub.co.uk/forms-torbay-trial

2019 Torbay Trial Entry Pack (Cars)
2019 Torbay Trial Entry Pack (Bikes)

“The Torbay Trial will run as qualifying rounds of the 2019 ACTC and the ASWMC Classic Reliability Championships on Sunday 7th April 2019, and will again cater for Car and Motorcycle Classes.

We are not sure we can promise the same snowy winter wonderland conditions as last year but you can be assured we shall make all efforts to make this an enjoyable and challenging days sport.

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. The road route will be similar to 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.

For cars we are again running an additional Clubmans Permit for members of the 15 invited Motor Clubs which will include a relaxation of the rules in terms of wheel size and allow tyres from the ACTC 2017 Tyre List. 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.

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 www.torbaymotorclub.co.uk 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)

Keith Sanders & Dave Haizelden”

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

Bovey Down Trial 2019 Regs Available

Entries are now open for the 2019 Bovey Down Trial, running on Sunday 24th March.

2019 Bovey Down Trial Entry Pack

“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 groups, coffee breaks with onsite catering and toilet facilities it serves well as a great social event.

We offer you the opportunity for at least 3 daylight attempts at Norman’s Hump and Clinton as used 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.

In 2019 this will be almost 4 weeks before the Lands End trial. Please enter early as we can only accommodate around 40 entries in the restricted space available to us.”

Venue : Bovey Down Woods, Stafford Cross, Southleigh, EX24 6JJ (don’t use this postcode for sat navs though! The map shows the correct location).

March Hare Trial 2019 Regs Available

Entries are now open for the 2019 March Hare Trial, to be held on Sunday 24th March.

2019 March Hare Trial Entry Pack

“You are invited to take part in the 19th running of Falcon Motor Club’s March Hare Trial, the only Classic Reliability Trial to be held in the Chilterns. The history of the March Hare goes back to when the event was first run in 1958 and the modern March Hare still uses some of the sections used in that first event. This year we will offer the competitor at least 15 competitive sections and two special tests, all set in the picturesque Chiltern countryside. The route is approximately 84 road miles.

This is a Clubman event and is open to Falcon Club members and members of Stroud & District M.C., MGCC, VSCC, West Suffolk MC, Eastern Counties MC, Farnborough District MC, Anglia Motor Sports Club, 750 MC and the Motor Cycling Club. Drivers do not need to have a competition licence. We can invite more clubs, which we will do on request, on a first come first served basis.

The start will be at the Watling Street Truck Stop, Old Watling St, Flamstead, AL3 8HA which is on the A5, by junction 9 of the M1. Map reference 166/085151
The finish will be at the Chequers Inn, Watling Street, Redbourn, Herts. AL3 7AD (a Chef & Brewer Pub Restaurant).”

Start Venue : Watling Street Truck Stop, Old Watling St, Flamstead, AL3 8HA

Notes from Motorcycle Co-Ordinator (Chris Barham)

As the present ACTC Motorcycle Co-Ordinator, I have recently been asked about some discrepancies which have showed up in the supplementary regulations for bikes on some events which have regs out already for 2019.

To try and clear some points up this is how the ACTC Classic Trials Series – Rules and Regulations (Appendix B1) stand at this moment in time. This is NOT the whole appendix just some answers to the questions I have been asked.

Class A. This is for British built motorcycles, frame and engine, pre 1970.

All Classes A to C. The minimum wheelbase is 1320mm. Therefore such models as the Montessa 4Ride, Ossa Explorer and TRS XTrack are permitted in Class. The previous 1350mm wheel base rule was changed in January 2018 as technically some older but popular bikes such as the Yamaha Serrow XT225 were a tad short!

Sidecars. To comply to Class D rules sidecars must have a nose cone fitted and a seat for the passenger. If an Enduro outfit is entered minus nosecone it should be classed as Class X.

Tyres. All bikes should be using trials block pattern tyres front and rear (ACU regs TSR8). These are tyres with block tread pattern no more than 13mm deep, a spacing of no more than 9.5 mm between blocks and 13mm between rows of blocks. To easily summarise – No Enduro style tyre, especially rear, or Maxxis Trialmaxx tyres. (thank good old KTM for getting that tyre produced!) Again if a bike is presented at scrutineering running incorrect tyres, it should be classed as Class X or not permitted to compete in the case of an aggressive Enduro rear tyre! Class C (450cc +) can use Continental TKC80 and Michelin T63 tyres due to the difficulty in finding suitable rubber for the wheel rim sizes they normally run.

All of these rules can be found on the ACTC web site. To clarify these are the present rules stated for ACTC events. Effective from 1 January 2018. The ACU Trail Bike championship has variations on these regs (Wheelbase, fuel tank size and seat length).

If in the future these regulations are amended, well that’s for discussion at a later date and if any club wishes any guidance for scrutineers and motorcycles please contact me and I will assist as necessary.

Chris Barham

2018 Final Championship Tables

Here are the final championship tables for 2018. Congratulations to all the winners.

2018 Championship Tables

CARS – National Championship Winners
2018 Wheelspin League : David Haizelden
2018 Crackington League : Matt Facey
2018 Navigators League : Nick Sherrin

CARS – Regional Championship Winners
2018 North Regional League : John Charles
2018 South Regional League : Stuart Highwood
2018 Midlands Regional League : Sam Holmes
2018 West Regional League : Aaron Haizelden

MOTORCYCLE – National Championship Winners
2018 Pouncy League : Kathy Martin
2018 Red Rose League : Martin Keswick

MOTORCYCLE – Regional Championship Winner
2018 North Regional Pouncy League : Andrew Hesketh

Due to lack of competitors scoring in the South, South West and West Motorcycle Regional
Championships there will be no awards this year in these regions.

The rule that the top three from each of the National Championships are not eligible for
Regional awards also reduced the number of competitors eligible for awards in these
regions.

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

John Bell [email protected]

2019 ACTC Championships Entry Form

ACTCHere is the entry form for the 2019 ACTC championships.

Entry costs just £11, this covers both the national and regional championships, and includes an electronic (PDF) version of each of the 4 issues of Restart magazine for the year.

To enter your navigator for the navigators championship costs just £4.

If you would like a hard-copy printed version of Restart magazine, £11 gets you all 4 issues for the year, delivered to your door.

ACTC Entry Form 2019 (PDF)

ACTC Entry Form 2019 (DOC)

Please post to John Bell, address is on the form.

ACTC Bulletin – July 2018

Reflecting on this year as chairman, and noting a general undercurrent of malaise and negativity these past few years surrounding the ACTC, I recently called a meeting of the Officers of the ACTC to try and formulate some suggestions to put to the member clubs for discussion prior to this September AGM, to see if we as an organisation, can try and create a more positive and productive future for the ACTC.
What brought this into focus was the declining number of ACTC championship contenders, [it seems largely brought about by the dual permit and clubmans events, as overall Trials entries are not declining to any great extent] and the related situation this decline in championship contenders raises with regards the overall funding of the ACTC.

I think it is important to re-iterate that the ACTC is an organisation of Clubs, and as such does not represent individuals. It was broadly created to inform and help, where possible, organisers of Classic Trials events. To bring co-ordinated conformity to the basic rules and regs. of Classic Trials, such that individual competitors could be confident in complying on entering events on a national level.
I feel, without a doubt, that the ACTC has successfully fulfilled its role.

This then begs the question, why the undercurrent of malaise and negativity around the organisation ?

My thought is that in these times there is even more need of an organisation to represent Classic Trials nationally, be that at the MSA or via the likes of LARA at governmental level.

To this end I would like to suggest a new mission statement for the ACTC :

‘ACTC – working for the future viability of Classic Trials’

We need to raise some fundamental questions for discussion, both individually and within our member clubs regarding the structure and ability of the ACTC to fulfill this new mission statement.
Hopefully clubs can condense these discussions and bring them to the September AGM either as separate proposals or for discussion around the points raised below.

I am hoping that this will generate some new enthusiasm for people in the sport to get involved, through their clubs, in securing a positive and secure future for Classic Trials.

Two initial question to put to the member clubs :

  1. Is the suggested ‘mission statement’ a worthy goal for the ACTC to strive for ?
  2. Is the ACTC in its current format suitable to fulfilling this mission statement ?

We identified 3 main areas to put to the clubs for discussion prior to this September AGM:

A. Voting at ACTC council meetings. [currently one vote per club]

Suggested new 4 [or drop top tier for 3] tier structure, which more correctly represents
the clubs organisers and membership numbers within the ACTC.

Tier 1 = Clubs with multiple Public Highway Classic Trials = 4 votes
Tier 2 = Clubs with one Public Highway Classis Trial = 3 votes
Tier 3 = Clubs with Single Venue Classic Trial = 2 votes
Tier 4 = Clubs who do not run a Classic Trial = 1 vote

B. Financing of the ACTC.

Accounts/budget to be split into two types of income and expenditure, split between Governance costs and Championship costs.
Any Championship must be self funding such that there is no financial burden on ACTC Governance.
ACTC clubs subscriptions should be linked to the above 3 or 4 tiered voting structure.

C. Structure.

A suggested 3 tier organisational structure.
3 x Directors – Chairman, General Secretary and Treasurer/Company Secretary.
[quorum at AGM/General meeting = 1]
6 x Electoral Officers – 3 Directors [see above] + Motorcycle organiser/representative,
Car organiser/representative and Marketing Officer
[quorum = 4, inc.1 director]
Various club representatives are asked to fulfill the other jobs within the ACTC, e.g.
Championship scorer, Restart editor, bookkeeper, ROW officer, Webmaster, etc..
No limit on numbers, jobs can be broken down into manageable sizes.
[quorum one third number of member clubs]

Hill Reversing Guide

ACTC TRIALS DRIVING – HILL REVERSING GUIDE – ‘BRAKING IT DOWN’

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

Awareness:

  • 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

Braking:

  • 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

Steering:

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

2. Stopped on a Section

Awareness:

  • 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

Steering:

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

3. Reversing Down

Awareness:

  • 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

Steering:

  • 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