New Rule r.e. Rearward Vision

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.

More details on the consultation can be found here : https://www.motorsportuk.org/assets/actionsheetforconsultation-2.pdf

Newsletter / Class Reps

We are planning to launch regular ACTC newsletters. Please sign up via the link below if you want to be kept up to date with all things classic trials :

https://www.actc.org.uk/newsletter

(If you are an ACTC championship contender then you have already been added, you will also continue to receive notifications of event regs etc.).

Also we are actively seeking class representatives, please contact Dave Haizelden ([email protected] or 07841 860121) if you would be willing to represent your class.

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