2020 ACTC Championships Entry Form

ACTCCar competitors – Special ACTC Membership Benefits for 2020

By arrangement between ACTC, ASWMC and Motorsport UK you can compete in the 2020 Car Championships without needing a paid 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!

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.

Clee Hills Trial 2020 Regs Available

Midland Automobile Club LogoEntries are now open for the 2020 Clee Hills Trial, taking place on Sunday 19th January.

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2020 Clee Hills Trial Entrypack (Cars)
2020 Clee Hills Trial Entrypack (Bikes)

“WELCOME TO THE CLEE HILLS TRIAL IN SOUTH SHROPSHIRE

2020 sees a return to what appeared to be a very popular start venue last year – The Squirrel just of the A49 at Ludlow with its Travelodge next door, and petrol available at the Co-op supermarket also next door.

2020 sees the 40th anniversary of the launch of the modern Clee Hills Trial organised by Simon Woodall and Barbara Selkirk, with both still involved in the organisation, Simon as Clerk of the Course, although he has not done all 40, he has done a lot of them. The hills remain much the same as last year, with a few tweeks to reflect criticisms of last time, plus the return of Strefford Wood for the upper classes. A few extra changes are included to make life in Class O a little easier.

Once again we welcome those on Two, Three or Four wheels with a few changes to the classes to reflect the use of more trials derived machines.

We continue with our unique twin loop system, which should ensure that all competitors can get round the course in the short January daylight. There will be a few more challenges for the expert drivers and riders, but also new incentives to welcome the trialling novice to our wonderful motorsport. So for those of you who know of a prospective trialler, perhaps we can entice them out on a road based Classic Trial. About 75 miles around Wenlock Edge and the delightful Long Mynd, some old lanes and some woodland.

Classic!

Start Venue : The Squirrel, Foldgate Lane, Ludlow, SY8 1LP

Camel Classic Trial 2019 Regs Available

Camel Vale Motor ClubEntries are now open for the 2019 Camel Classic Trial, to be held on Sunday 1st December.

2019 Camel Classic Trial Entry Pack

“The Camel Classic Road Trial first ran in 1983 (called the Octo for the first two years) thanks to two new trialers Hans Viertel and Pete Allen. The event flourished every year and soon became a round of the Chester Motor Club Trials Championship and later ACTC and ASWMC Championship rounds. The original organising team of Hans and Pete were still running the event 31 years later in 2014.

Sadly Hans suddenly passed away in 2015 which was a huge loss to Camel Vale Motor Club and the trialling community. Hans was described by many as a true gentlemen and he is greatly missed by all. He really was totally immersed in trials; be it as a competitor, marshall or organising the Camel Classic in December every year. We hope his memory can live on in this event for many years to come.

Again this year the Camel Classic will be run as a dual permit event so that non-championship competitors may enter under the Clubmans permit and will not be required to produce a Competition Licence.

For the first time ever in 2015 we invited motocycle solo’s and outfits to enter the trial. This was a success and all the riders enjoyed the event so we will continue this for future years.

Hope you enjoy the event!

Start Venue : The Borough Arms, Dunmere, Bodmin, PL31 2RD

Allen Trial 2019 Regs Available

Entries are now open for the 2019 Allen Trial, taking place on Sunday 24th November.

Online Entries : Enter Online Here

Paper/Post Entries : 2019 Allen Trial Entry Pack

“The 2019 Allen Trial will once again start and finish at The Bull Inn at Hinton, just off the A46 approximately 2 miles south of Junction 18 on the M4. The event will include all the old favourites (Guys Hill, Travers & John Walker). We have retained Fry’s Bottom with the through route and hopefully a new section.

Once again we are running the trial under a Dual-Permit (National B & Clubman). The Clubman Event (open to invited clubs) allows non-championship contender to participate in the trial without the need for a competition licence We have an award for the first overall in the clubman event. This year we are also accepting online entries payment to be made by online transfer or posting a cheque.

We will be using the same trailer parking as last year.. Follow feedback towing assistance will be available both before and after the event if required.

In recent years the trial has been well subscribed so to avoid disappointment don’t delay with your entry. If you are unable to enter but could come and marshal we would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact Mark Tooth 01454 329231 or Pete Hart 0117 9372611 07811 241553

We look forward to seeing you and offering you an enjoyable day’s trialing on the 24th November.”

Start Venue : The Bull Inn, Hinton, SN14 8HQ

Hardy Trial 2019 Regs Available

Entries are now open for the 2019 Hardy Trial, to be held on Sunday 17th November.

Online Entries : Enter Online Here

Manual/Postal Entries2019 Hardy Trial Entry Pack

“Welcome to the 2019 Woolbridge Hardy Classic Trial. The event is a round of the ACTC car and motorcycle championships and also counts for the ASWMC Classic Trials Championship, and we look forward to receiving your entries. The Bridport & Weymouth Motorcycle Club is again running the motorcycle classes under a separate ACU permit. We are also again running a Clubmans event for club members and others without a competition licence, including a 4 wheel drive class; these will run strictly behind the main event and are not permitted to overtake main event competitors.

We are using the Lockton insurance scheme for cars, whereby the entry fee includes £15.12 for all competitors. There is no opt-out for anyone who has their own insurance, but this small extra cost for those competitors is outweighed by the benefit to competitors who previously paid more per event, and the certainty that everyone competing is covered for road use. Motorcycles are covered by a similar arrangement as part of the ACU permit process.

The start and finish will again be at the Clay Pigeon kart track at Warden Hill on the A37 between Dorchester and Yeovil. There is parking for trailers. Results for the ACTC championship classes will be displayed at the finish on a provisional basis only. They will be then be e-mailed or posted to competitors who will be given seven days to raise any queries in accordance with Blue Book D26.1.3. Hot food and drinks will be available at the start and finish in the New Club House/Restaurant.

Start Venue : Clay Pigeon Kart Track, off A37 between Yeovil and Dorchester, DT2 9PW

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

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]

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