2020 Presidents Trial Regs Available

With the cancellation of almost all trial events recently – some good news!! Entries are now open for the rescheduled 2020 Presidents Trial, running on Sunday 18th October.

2020 Presidents Trial Regulations

2020 Presidents Trial Entry Form (PDF)

2020 Presidents Trial Entry Form (DOC)

“Camel Vale Motor Club invite you to this years rescheduled Presidents Trial, held in Bonyalva Woods near Hessenford, just off the A38 near Castle Motors.

We are planning to run a full event, with sections chosen to minimise the potential need for recovery.  Entries will be limited to allow for adequate distancing. You can compete with or without a passenger (masks are compulsory if your passenger is not from the same household).

Please forward this onto anyone else you think would like to come and compete – or marshal. We hope to see you all on what we are expecting to be a warm and sunny autumn day!! ;)”

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

2020 ACTC AGM Agenda

ACTCHere is the agenda and additional documents for the 2020 ACTC Annual General Meeting, which will be held via Zoom on Monday 24th August 2020.

2020 August ACTC AGM Agenda

Also for reference here are the draft minutes from the last ACTC meeting in May 2020.

2020 May ACTC Meeting Minutes

Agendas and minutes of all previous meetings will be added over time here.

Please let your clubs ACTC representative know your opinions on any of the issues to be discussed or voted on – this is the time for your voice to be heard!

Passengers

As per the latest MSUK and government guidelines, passengers from different households are permitted, but both driver and passenger must wear a face mask at ALL times when in the vehicle. Events may choose to allow drivers to run without a passenger. Further guidance should be provided in event regulations and final instructions.

As per the latest ACU guidelines, sidecars are permitted but must have crew members from the same household.

The regs for the upcoming Exmoor Clouds have been updated, allowing passengers from different households and drivers to run with or without a passenger, and accepting entries for sidecars with crew members from the same household.

Exmoor Clouds Trial 2020 Regs Available

Entries are now open for the 2020 Exmoor Clouds Trial, to be held on Sunday 6th September.

(the regs have been updated, allowing passengers from different households and drivers to run with or without a passenger. Also the bike regs have been removed as unfortunately the event is now not able to cater for bikes and sidecars.)

2020 Exmoor Clouds Entry Pack – CARS (DOC)
2020 Exmoor Clouds Entry Pack – CARS (PDF)

“Welcome to the 49th Exmoor Clouds Classic Trial, this year with a twist! Once again we are grateful to Derek Merson for his continued support of this event. In these uncertain times, we have decided to run the Exmoor Clouds as a single venue event based at Headon Woods, an ideal Classic Trials location, and hope to deliver at least 14 sections plus 2 timed tests for you all, with the possibility of some brand new sections mixed in!

Last year’s event was very well received by competitors, and we hope to continue that momentum this year and provide a challenging day’s trialling in the September sunshine.

Every precaution is being taken to ensure a safe day of sport for everybody, so why not join us for another epic on Exmoor on the 6th of September!”

Start Venue : Headon Woods, Minehead, TA24 8SR

No Motorsport Until at least July 2020

Latest from Motorsport UK.

In light of recent developments in the COVID-19 crisis, and following the address to the nation by the Prime Minister on the evening of 23rd March, Motorsport UK has today extended its suspension of all organising permits and Certificates of Exemption for motorsport events until at least 30th June.

This move provides clear guidance to event organisers, venues, competitors, officials and volunteer marshals of the role that Motorsport UK must play in supporting the broader UK public health agenda.

In recent days the feedback from our members and the community was a need for increased clarity to allow them to plan appropriately and, should the need arise, put in place necessary contingency measures.

Motorsport UK Chairman, David Richards explained, “Motorsport UK has a vital role to play with its community in re-inforcing that, at this time of national emergency, we must all stay at home to play our part in protecting the NHS and ultimately saving lives.  Today, the government have required that we effectively lock-down for a period of three weeks, however given that the most vulnerable in our society are required to isolate for three months, it is evident that the most responsible course of action was to propose a longer suspension of our sport.  When we reflect back on this time, it will be a brief, but vital, hiatus from our everyday motorsport life and we must put this in perspective.  This is a time of national unity and we need to come together with the broader public community to do all we can to support this battle and ultimately save lives.”

Motorsport UK will continue to monitor the prevailing advice from the UK Government in respect of the COVID-19 international pandemic and will update the motorsport community accordingly.

2019 Final Championship Tables

Here are the final championship tables for 2019. Congratulations to all the winners.

2019 Championship Tables

CARS – National Championship Winners
2019 Wheelspin League : Matt Facey
2019 Crackington League : Stuart Bartlett
2019 Navigators League : Nick Sherrin

CARS – Regional Championship Winners
2019 North Regional League : Dean Partington
2019 Midlands Regional League : Paul Merson
2019 South Regional League : Paul Merson
2019 West Regional League : Craig Allen

MOTORCYCLE – National Championship Winners
2019 Pouncy League : Kathy Martin
2019 Red Rose League : Geoff Westcott

Due to lack of competitors scoring in the Motorcycle Regional Championships there will be no awards for these in 2019, but with the increased motorcycle membership for 2020 it is expected to be able to award them in 2020.

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

John Bell [email protected]

New competition licence requirement for 2020

Motorsport UK recently announced a revamp of their competition licences, the main change being that from 1st Jan 2020, all competitors of events running under a Motorsport UK permit (so all car competitors) must have a competition licence. They have introduced a new free licence for Clubman events called RS Clubman. Below are some key points for all competitors :

For 2020, all ACTC championship events are classified as Clubmans.

If you are entering on a bike, bike with chair or three-wheeler – there is no change – you need a relevant ACU or AMCA licence (dependent on which permit the event is using).

If your are entering in a car – you must get the new free RS Clubman licence issued by Motorsport UK.

If you are a passenger in a car and aged 18 or over –  you must get the new free RS Clubman licence issued by Motorsport UK.

If you are a passenger in a car and aged less than 18, then a letter of parental consent is required, you do not need a licence.

All event entrants (driver and passengers) must also be a member of either the organising club, or an invited club.

Online application for the free RS Clubman license is recommended. This can be done easily on the Motorsport UK website.

Drivers and passengers will be also able to apply for the free RS Clubman licence at event sign on. A photo is NOT required. Please do not rely on their being application forms available to fill in, print and complete your own application, which can be handed in at sign on.

Two medical questions are asked on the form/on-line application. They are : 1. Do you have any serious medical condition that affects your ability to drive and control a car? 2. Are you epileptic or do you suffer from any fits, fainting spells or blackouts or take any medication to control this? Medical information will be confidential to Motorsport UK and not passed on to any third party.

Competitors with Motorsport UK licenses higher than RS Clubman can use that license for a trial.

Further information is available on the Motorsport UK website here.

RS Clubman licence holders will benefit in the following ways :

MSUK are extending existing member benefits to include reduced cost fuel, reduced cost tyres, free eye tests, discounts at Halfords, reduced insurance premiums and many more money saving deals.

Your personal accident insurance cover has improved substantially to offer you peace of mind, and everyone in the sport is now covered by a £100m public liability provision.

 

2020 ACTC Championships Entry Form

ACTC

Click here to use our online entry system.

Car competitors – Special ACTC Membership Benefits for 2020

By arrangement between ACTC, ASWMC and Motorsport UK you can compete in the 2020 Car Championships with the free RS Clubman MSUK Competition Licence – saving yourself £29 for 2020 and ACTC membership is frozen at just £11.

As announced by Motorsport UK in November 2019, you WILL need a FREE MSUK “RS Clubman” Competition Licence to compete in ANY motorsport event in 2020. You can apply for this from 18th November 2019 at https://www.motorsportuk.org/

As an ACTC Championship Contender you’ll get an automatic invite to the Club events as well as the normal 15 invited Clubs.

There are 10 Car Championship Awards on offer across the Wheelspin and Crackington Leagues. There is also a Navigator League as well as other discretionary awards based on up-coming talent and for those overcoming adversity!

Bike Competitors – FREE ACTC Membership for 2020

Yes that’s right, free membership for 2020. All that we ask is that you come out and compete as much as you can to build your Championship points and hopefully continue your membership in future years.

This initiative is being offered in an attempt to kick-start the Bike Championships by attracting enough contenders to make it a truly competitive season.

There is the Pouncy League for solo motorcycles and the Red Rose Bowl for sidecars and three wheelers with multiple awards in each depending on the number of entries.

Never has there been a better time to join ACTC so why not have a crack at the Championships in 2020?

Not only will you be a Championship contender and receive a quarterly e-copy of Restart Magazine, but your valued membership will help to support the protection and future of our Sport by supporting the ACTC having a voice with important issues such as Rights of Way and fighting against higher fees which are starting to be imposed by Local Authorities for the use of lanes designated as Byways and Footpaths.

Place an Advert in Restart and get FREE ACTC Membership

Purchase a minimum of a half-page advert for the 4x editions of Restart (£35) and get free entry to the ACTC Championships.

ACTC – Become a member, get involved and help support and shape the future of our sport!

Enter online here, or if you would rather send your entry in by post then use the form below.

ACTC Entry Form 2020 (PDF)

ACTC Entry Form 2020 (DOC)

Please email or post your entry form to John Bell – [email protected], postal address is on the form. You can pay by online transfer, or cheque.

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

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