ACTC on Tour / Launceston Meeting

Here are some notes from the ACTC on Tour meeting held by the Stroud Motor Club on 13th January.

2019 January ACTC on Tour Meeting Report

A reminder that Launceston & North Cornwall Motor Club are having a meeting on 28th February at Trethorne Leisure Park, to which the ACTC and other motor clubs and members have been invited.

Further details on the upcoming Launceston meeting are below.

28th February OPEN MEETING at Trethorne update

This is a reminder that the purpose of setting up this meeting was, and still is, to provide an opportunity for members of our club, neighbouring clubs, and representatives of the organisations we are involved with, to come together and start a conversation about “The Direction of our Grass Roots Sport” and ways to come together to make its existing or new forms more attractive to both competitors and organisers.
 
Sorry that may sound a bit pompous, but it is clear from conversational comments and reports that there are problems with what we do now and we need to look at the future.
 
In early January I sent email invitations to as many local clubs, as I thought might be interested, whose emails were listed on the ASMC website, as well as to ACTC, BTRDA, MCC.  I may have missed some people but I know word has also got around, and I hope as many of you as can will come to the meeting.
 
The Agenda is not yet fixed but will include:
 
Cooperation between clubs
Management of the calendar
Age profiles of both competitors and organisers
The costs of competing
Regulations
New types of events
Follow up
 
Trethorne (https://www.trethorneleisure.com) is easy to find (Map Ref 201/ 284833). 3 miles west of Launceston turn off the A30 onto the A395 and in 100yds R into Trethorne. Keep R along drive to the Leisure Centre where there  is some parking. There is also more parking to the left of the Drive.
 
If you will be coming please ring me Warin Kelly on 01822 870393, or Pat Gomm on 01566 784348, so that we can get an idea of numbers, and make sure we have a big enough room.
 
If you are unable to attend but have any comments on this matter please feel free to post them on our club face book page. Or send  them to John Turner at [email protected] who will be happy to include them in our newsletter.

Warin Kelly, Chairman, Launceston & North Cornwall Motor Club

Durham Dales Trial 2019 Regs Available

Entries are now open for the 2019 Durham Dales Trial, which is now a full ACTC Championship round, and now runs earlier in the year on Sunday 10th March.  Separate regs and entry forms for cars and bikes are below.

2019 Durham Dales Trial Entry Pack (Cars)
2019 Durham Dales Trial Entry Pack (Bikes)

“The 2019 Durham Dales Classic Trial has a compact route of 54 road and 22 miles on tracks around the North Pennines and Durham Dales visiting many of the sections from previous years including all the favourite ones. We will use variable tyre pressures, diversions and a few restarts to make the trial more enjoyable for all competitors. The start venue is at the Parkhead Station, Stanhope Bishop Auckland Co Durham DL13 2ES (Map Reference 87/000433). Hot food and drinks will be available before the start and after the finish.

This year’s event is Round 5 of the ACTC National / Regional Championships for cars. It is a great opportunity to score some points in very spectacular scenery. The National B event is open to members of member clubs of the ACTC. We have the eight standard car classes for those drivers wishing to enter the ACTC Regional Championships.

The Clubmans event, which doesn’t require a MSA Competition Licence, is open to members of M-ECVC and members of invited clubs: Fellside AC, MCC, VSCC, Wigton MC, Preston & District VCC, Ilkley DMC, Airedale & Pennine MCC. Except for class 0 the Clubmans event will follow the same route and sections as the National B.

Please note that since 2008 car passengers in National B classes have been required to be a member of one of the invited clubs. Passenger membership of the Middle-England CVC will be available at signing-on.

Should you be unable to enter this year perhaps you would be willing to marshal. We can promise you an enjoyable day in the country, interesting cars and bikes, good company great atmosphere and a FREE Lunch . Contact Peter Phillips at [email protected] or phone 07477354535.

Up to date details of the trial can be found on our website
www.durhamdalesclassictrial.org.uk

Whatever you drive, we are looking forward to seeing you on the 2019 Durham Dales Classic Trial.”

Start Venue : Parkhead Station, Stanhope, Bishop Auckland, Co Durham, DL13 2ES

Northern Trial 2019 Regs Available

Fell Side Auto Club LogoEntries are now open for the 2019 Northern Trial, running on Saturday 23rd February.  Separate regs and entry forms for cars and bikes are below – but the easiest way to enter is online here

2019 Northern Trial Entry Pack (Cars)
2019 Northern Trial Entry Pack (Bikes)

“The 2019 Northern Classic Trial has a compact route of 57 road and 20 forestry miles around the Northern Lake District visiting many of the sections from previous years including the infamous Sandale, Black Hole and Big Cockup. We will use variable tyre pressures, diversions and a few restarts to make the trial more enjoyable for all competitors. The start venue is at the Hope’s Auction Mart in Wigton, they are geared up for farmers and we fit in well. Very good hot food and drinks will be available before the start and after the finish.

The National B event is open to members of member clubs of the ACTC. We have the eight standard car classes for those drivers wishing to enter the ACTC National and Regional Championships. This year’s event is Round 4 of the ACTC National Championship. It is a great opportunity to score some points in very spectacular scenery. Please note that since 2008 car passengers in National B classes have been required to be a member of one of the invited clubs. Passenger membership of the Fell Side Auto Club will be available at signing-on.

The Clubmans event, which doesn’t require a MUK Competition Licence, is open to members of FSAC and members of invited clubs: – MCC, VSCC, Wigton MC, Preston & District VCC, Durham AC, Middle-England CVC, Ilkley DMC, Airedale & Pennine MCC and other ACTC Affiliated Clubs. Except for class O the Clubmans event will follow the same route and sections as the National B.

Should you be unable to enter this year perhaps you would be willing to marshal. We can promise you an enjoyable day in the country, interesting cars and bikes, good company and great atmosphere. Contact Myke Pocock at [email protected] or phone 01228 530555.

Up to date details of the trial can be found on our website www.fellsideac.co.uk.

Whatever you drive, we are looking forward to seeing you on the 2019 Northern Classic Trial.”

Start Venue : Hopes Auction Mart, Syke Road, Wigton, Cumbria, CA7 9NS

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]

ACTC on Tour

As part of the ACTC restructuring and revitalising efforts, and with a view to the future of Classic Trials, we have launched an ‘ACTC on Tour’ initiative.

The ACTC, represented by Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary are looking to meet with members of the Trialing community in their local area, to listen and hear what they have to contribute to this vital and ongoing process, and to hopefully get some input from individual competitors as to how they would like the sport to move forward into the future.

We are looking to the Clubs and their Trials members to arrange their local venue, and together we can arrange a mutually agreeable date and time to have an informal discussion and exchange of ideas.

This is an initiative to hopefully bridge the perceived ‘communication gap’ between the ACTC and the individuals of the Trialing community.

If you feel that your voice hasn’t or isn’t being heard, you could strongly lobby your Club to organise a meeting in your local area, or join in one of the meetings arranged by another Club .

Currently we have :

Stroud and District Motor Club are meeting on Sunday 13th January, 7.30pm, at Fromebridge Mill, GL2 7PD [J13, M5, start venue of Cotswold Clouds]
Hopefully this venue will also be convenient for people from the Bristol clubs and Ross and District etc.

Launceston and North Cornwall Motor Club on Thursday 28th February, with a venue in the Launceston area to be confirmed, and they are inviting other local clubs to participate.

Other Club meetings, dates and venues to be added as arranged.

Cheers

Carl

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

Chairmans Trial 2019 Regs Available

Holsworthy Motor ClubEntries are now open for the 2019 Chairmans Trial, being held on Sunday 17th February.

2019 Chairmans Trial Entry Pack (Cars)
2019 Chairmans Trial Entry Pack (Bikes)

“A Dual National B and Clubman’s event For Cars

A Round of the 2018 REIS Insurance ASWMC Classic Reliability Championship

We are grateful to Kivells Auctioneers for allowing their car park and facilities at the Holsworthy Cattle Market to be used for the start again this year.

We should have at least 17 sections and 2 special tests in a route of 55 miles. Please come and have fun with us.”

Start Venue : Holsworthy Livestock New Market, Holsworthy, EX22 7FA

Launceston Trial 2019 Regs Now Available

Launceston & North Cornwall Motor ClubEntries are now open for the 2019 Launceston Trial, running on Sunday 10th February.

2019 Launceston Trial Entry Pack (Cars)
2019 Launceston Trial Entry Pack (Bikes)

“Launceston & North Cornwall Motor Club invite you to the 2019 Launceston Trial.

The trial will again run in its popular format as a single venue trial held in Eastcott & Lew Woods. As always we hope to introduce some new sections and of course sections from the Tamar Trial will be included. This year the Start area will again be in the old wood yard so there should be sufficient space for parking there.

The catering van has been booked and will be in attendance throughout the day providing hot rolls and baps etc. and hot & cold drinks.

Membership to Launceston & North Cornwall Motor Club for the year will as usual be offered anyone who enters the trial. Therefore competitors from any club, or indeed if you have yet to renew your club membership, all are very much welcome to enter the trial as you will automatically become a member of the organising club upon entry. And of course as the event is run under a Clubman permit there is the added bonus that you don’t need a competition licence to enter.

We hope you can join us on Sunday 10th February and look forward to providing you with a good day’s sport.

Venue : Lew Woods, Lewdown, Devon, EX20 4NY