“Launceston & North Cornwall Motor Club and MG Car Club Devon & Cornwall Centre welcome you to the 73rd Tamar Trial, to be held on Sunday 20th October 2019, catering for motorcycles, combinations and cars.
As always we try and keep the route fresh and varied and this year will see us visit a variety of different, both old and new, true classic sections which we hope will appeal to all classes and competitor. With a morning route covering parts of Bodmin Moor, then through the Tamar Valley and on to sections in West Devon, the trial will still include the favourite hills from previous years.
The start venue will be as last year from Tresmeer Village Hall, PL15 8QT and the finish returns to the re-named and re-furbished Frog & Bucket Pub, PL15 7LP in South Petherwin, just outside of Launceston. Both the start and finish are only a few miles from the A30 dual carriageway.
We are pleased to be able to offer the easy to use online entry system again available at www.lncmc.co.uk/online-entry/, alternatively postal entries are still welcomed.
We are once again running the car side of the trial under a dual-permit, both National B and Clubman. 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.
We hope you will join us on the 20th October and we look forward to offering you a good day’s trialling in a beautiful part of Devon and Cornwall.”
“THE MECHANICS TRIAL originates from the late 1970’s when the clubs Headquarters were located at the Mechanics Arms PH 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 at Sallywood Farm 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 tricky 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.“
“We are grateful to the Clovelly Estates Trust for allowing their car park and facilities at the visitors centre to be used for the start and finish again this year. We do not promise mud for a trial in September but we do have an abundance of sections in the spectacular North Devon countryside. We should have at least 17 sections and 2 special tests in a route of 55 miles. Please come and have fun with us.
Brian Andrew (Clerk of the Course)”
Start Venue : Car Park of The Clovelly Visitors Centre, Clovelly, Bideford, EX39 5TL
Motorsport UK have a proposed new rule out for consultation, coming as a result of a fairly nasty accident on an AWD trial. The exact wording of the rule has yet to be formalised, but unless something else happens it will be on the statute book from January – in essence it will say that any car without a clear line of vision over the drivers shoulder inside the car must be fitted with two external mirrors. The rule will apply to ALL trials, Classic; Sporting; (Production) Car; and All Wheel Drive.
New Rule out for Consultation:
Rearward vision whilst properly seated within the confines of the vehicle’s bodywork or ROPS must be possible. Vehicles with solid rear bulkheads or an obstructed view along the centreline of the longitudinal access must be fitted with either external rear view mirrors or a reversing camera. Mirrors and/or cameras must be operational during competition.
Implementation date: 1st January 2020
Reason: Trials events often require reversing manoeuvres in confined and/or undulating circumstances. For the crew’s safety they must be able to attempt such manoeuvres from within the confines of the vehicle.
The rule comes from the Cross Country fraternity where a driver looked out and behind his vehicle whilst he reversed off a section as he had neither mirrors not a rear window. As he did so his head became trapped between the vehicle and a tree and he was very badly injured.
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.
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
Could competitors check that their scores are correct. Please quote your competition
number for that event if querying a score.
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.
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!