Tamar Trial 2021 Entries Open

Entries are now open for the 2021 Tamar Trial, to be held on Sunday 17th October.

2021 Tamar Trial Entry Pack (Cars)
2021 Tamar Trial Entry Pack (Motorcycles)
2021 Tamar Trial – Online Entry

“Launceston & North Cornwall Motor Club welcomes you to the 74th Tamar Trial to be held on Sunday 17th October 2021, catering for motorcycles, combinations and cars.

As always we try and keep the route fresh and varied and this year will see us re-visit the north coast of Cornwall for the first time in a few years and hopefully, into some new territory in West Devon, the trial will still include the favourite hills from previous years.

The start venue will be Proper Ansome Café, Maunders Yard, Link Road, Launceston, PL15 9HS and the finish is the 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 hope you will join us on the 17th October and we look forward to offering you a good day’s trialling in a beautiful part of Devon and Cornwall.”

Start Venue : Proper Ansome Café, Maunders Yard, Launceston, PL15 9HS

Mechanics Trial 2021 Regs Available

Entries are now open for the 2021 Mechanics Trial, to be held on Sunday 10th October.

For 2021, the Mechanics Trial is a round of the ACTC Championships.

2021 Mechanics Trial Entry Pack

“Following an extended and unwelcome hibernation, Stroud & District Motor Club are delighted to invite you to join us on the 10th October 2021 for the Mechanics Trial 2021.

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, 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.”

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

Taw & Torridge Trial 2021 Entries Open

Entries are now open for the 2021 Taw & Torridge Trial, to be held on Sunday 19th September.

2021 Taw & Torridge Entry Pack (CARS) [PDF]
2021 Taw & Torridge Entry Pack (BIKES) [PDF]

2021 Taw & Torridge Entry Form (CARS) [DOCX]
2021 Taw & Torridge Entry Form (BIKES) [DOCX]

“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

2021 ACTC AGM Agenda

ACTCHere is the agenda and additional documents for the 2021 ACTC Annual General Meeting, which will be held via Zoom on Tuesday 31st August 2021.

2021 August ACTC AGM Agenda

Also for reference here are the draft minutes from the last ACTC meeting in April 2021.

2021 April 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!

Forestry England re-opens to motorsport from Easter 2021

After comprehensive stakeholder consultation and an independent review, Forestry England today announces that motorsport will continue to benefit from access to the nation’s forests.

The review highlighted a number of areas of mutual interest between Forestry England and motorsports and all parties agreed to collaborate closely, evolve working practices and sustain motorsport in the forest.

Forestry England will, coronavirus-permitting, consider licences for individual events from Easter 2021 and will review them every year as the plan develops and any changes happen.

More info on the links below :

https://www.acu.org.uk/news/2021/02/acu-welcomes-continuation-of-motorsports-in-englands-forests/

https://www.motorsportuk.org/new-deal-for-motorsport-to-access-the-nations-forests/

https://www.forestryengland.uk/news/new-deal-motorsport-access-the-nations-forests

2021 ACTC Championships Entry Form

ACTC

Click here to use our online entry system.

NOTE: Championship entries have been carried over from 2020. If you joined the championship in 2020 you do not need to re-enter or pay an entry fee for 2021.

HOWEVER, if you would like paper copies of the 2021 Restart Magazines or if you did not enter the 2020 Championship and wish to enter for 2021 please use the online entry system, or if you would prefer to enter using post/bank transfer the forms are at the bottom of this page.

Car competitors – Special ACTC Membership Benefits for 2021

By arrangement between ACTC, ASWMC and Motorsport UK you can compete in the 2021 Car Championships with the free RS Clubman MSUK Competition Licence – 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 2021. You can apply for this 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 2021

Yes that’s right, free membership for 2021. 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 2021?

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 2021 (PDF)

ACTC Entry Form 2021 (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.

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.

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.

 

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