Torbay Trial 2024 Entries Open

Torbay Motor Club LogoEntries are now open for the 2024 Torbay Trial, this year running on Sunday 17th March.

2024 Torbay Trial Regulations (CARS)
2024 Torbay Trial Regulations (BIKES)

2024 Torbay Trial Online Entry

“The Torbay Trial will run as qualifying rounds of the 2024 ACTC and the ASWMC Classic Reliability Trial Championships on Sunday 17th March 2024 and will again cater for Car and Motorcycle Classes.

The Trial will start and finish at Exeter Court Hotel, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UX. This is adjacent to the A38 dual carriageway approximately 2 miles from the end of the M5 motorway.

This event has grown in popularity and has often reached full capacity; to avoid disappointment it is recommended that you submit your entry early.

The online entry form has been simplified this year as some people struggled to upload their Club Membership Card and Competition Licences.

There is now the option to upload these details at point of entry OR provide them for manual checking at signing-on (like the old days!).

If you are not planning to compete but can help to Marshal, then please contact Dave Haizelden Clerk of Course – 07841 860121.

Keith & Dave, Torbay Motor Club”

Start Venue : Exeter Court Hotel, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UX

Rosenreg Mini-Classic Trial 2024

Stroud & District Motor ClubEntries are now open for the Rosenreg Mini-Classic Trial, to be held on Sunday 24th March.

2024 Rosenreg Mini-Classic Trial Regulations

2024 Rosenreg Mini-Classic Trial Online Entry

“Stroud and District Motor Club are running the new Rosenreg Mini-Classic Trial, this will be a single-venue classic trial, replacing the Bidfield Trial. There will be at least ten sections/tests all on private land, split between grassy field and woodland. Running order will be announced on the day – an entry list indicating this will be provided at signing on and available on the clubs website.

Start Venue : Ansteads Farm, Stoncombe, Stroud, GL6 7NG

Chairmans Trial 2024 Entries Open

Holsworthy Motor ClubEntries are now open for the 2024 Chairmans Trial, being held on Sunday 25th February.

2024 Chairmans Trial Regulations (Cars)
2024 Chairmans Trial Entry Form (Cars)

2024 Chairmans Trial Regulations (Bikes)
2024 Chairmans Trial Entry Form (Bikes)

No online entries this year – so dig out those dusty envelopes and stamps!

“We hope to see you at Holsworthy MC’s Chairman’s Trial 2024. With a mix of old and new sections it will be a great day out in the North Devon country side.

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 16 sections and 2 special tests in a route of 60 miles. Please come and have fun with us.

If your bike or car isn’t ready or you just want to get out and about you could always come and help us marshal which is always greatly appreciated. (if so please contact Alan Beckly).

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

Launceston Trial 2024 Entries Open

Launceston & North Cornwall Motor ClubEntries are now open for the 2024 Launceston Trial, running on Sunday 3rd March.

Online Entry : https://www.lncmc.co.uk/online-entry/

2023 Launceston Trial Regulations (CARS)
2023 Launceston Trial Regulations (BIKES)
2023 Launceston Trial Entry Form

“Welcome to the 38th running of the Launceston Trial, we invite you to join us on Sunday 3rd March. 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 variations of previous sections. There will be a port a loo on site, and the popular on site catering will be in attendance again.

Entry, and signing can all be completed online. www.lncmc.co.uk/online-entry/

All drivers (and passengers, aged 18 and over) must have a 2024 RS Clubman license from Motorsport UK. This can be obtained online on their website. Passengers under the age of 18 do not need this licence but will require parental consent.

Note – club membership cards will be forwarded after the event.

We hope you can join us on Sunday 3rd March and look forward to providing you with a good day’s sport.”

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

March Hare Trial 2024 Entries Open

Entries are now open for the 2024 March Hare Trial, to be held on Sunday 3rd March.

2024 March Hare Trial Regulations

2024 March Hare Trial Online Entry

2024 March Hare Trial Entry List

“Encouraged by overwhelming positive feedback after the 75th Anniversary Trial, Falcon Motor Club have elected to run a similar event this year under the guise of the well known March Hare Classic Trial. We plan to run the event to a similar format as the 75th Anniversay Trial with entry open to both cars and motorcycles.

Starting at Porky’s Diner at Honeybourne near Evesham and finishing at Egypt Mill, Nailsworth, the 72 mile route will again include many of the historic sections once used by The Colmore & Guy Fawkes Trials, this year including a section at Kineton, last used around 70 years ago. Many of the sections are ‘gentle’ so those who compete in our field trials or have less capable/older machinery can enjoy the event without undue risk. None of the sections will be rough, but this year there will be a few testing ones on muddy surfaces, so those at the top of the Classic Trials scene will still find the event challenging in places. For those more used to road rallies or field trials, there is the unique experience of travelling over 14 miles of ‘white’ roads with the rest on minor Cotswold lanes and everything prepared with a reasonable ground clearance should be fine on these lanes.

We hope to make the event an annual round of the ACTC championship next year, so this will be a dry run to check we’ve got the level of challenge right – an entry level trial, but with a few ‘stoppers’ to challenge everyone. We are also re-introducing the old Falcon ‘Triple’ award – the Cotswold Stone Trophy, for anyone who can achieve a Gold Medal three years in a row.

Trailer parking is available at the finish in Nailsworth, and a proposed route to follow from there to the start at Honeybourne will be provided.

For car entrants an RS Clubman competition licence is required for both driver & passenger – for motorcycle entrants an ACU licence is required – please ensure you read the event regulations carefully.

The organising team looks forward to receiving your entry. If you are unable to enter, please consider volunteering to marshal by contacting the event secretary with your offer to help.”

Start Venue : Porky’s Diner, Weston Road, Honeybourne, Evesham, WR11 7QF

2023 ACTC Championships Awards and 40th Anniversary Dinner

2024 marks the ACTC Championships 40th Anniversary – To mark the occasion, we intend to have an extra special Awards Evening on Saturday 16th March 2024 at

Padbrook Park Hotel, Swallow Way, Cullompton, EX15 1RU

As well as the Awards for the 2023 Championship Season we will be celebrating this milestone with a look back at forty years of competition. It is also an opportunity to pay tribute to previous Award winners over this period, many of whom we hope will be attending.

A 3 Course Dinner will be served from 7pm, you can book your place and select your menu options from the QR code below or this link : https://forms.office.com/r/a4s6JePyJB

Accommodation can be booked with the Hotel directly (please state that you are attending the ACTC Dinner) and ample parking is available for those bring their Trials vehicles on trailers for the Torbay Trial which is the following morning.

2023 Final Championship Tables

Here are the final championship tables for 2023. Congratulations to all the winners.

2023 Championship Tables

CARS – National Championship Winners
2023 Wheelspin League : Jack Selwood
2023 Crackington League : Nick Deacon
2023 Navigators League : Dee Champion

CARS – Regional Championship Winners
2023 North Regional League : Julian Lack
2023 Midlands Regional League : Charlie Merson
2023 South Regional League : James Shallcross
2023 West Regional League : Philip Thomas

MOTORCYCLES – National Championship Winners
2023 Pouncy League Overall : Mark Wills
2023 Pouncy League Class : Stephen Kingstone
2023 Red Rose League : Steve Urell

MOTORCYCLES – Regional Championship Winners
2023 North Regional League : Garry Hirons
2023 South Regional League : Mark Bowden
2023 South West Regional League : John Reeves
2023 West Regional League : Mark Bowden

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

John Bell [email protected]

2024 ACTC Championships Entry Form

ACTC

Click here to use our online entry system.

The 2024 ACTC Championship will soon be upon us, we have reduced the price’s for cars to £10 and bikes are now £5. The prices for printed Restart magazine’s and the navigator’s league has stayed the same.

Cars : £10 (£4 for Navigator)      Bikes : £5

Printed copies of Restart magazine is £12.

Enter online here (payment by Paypal or card).

If you would rather send your entry in by post then download the form below.

ACTC Entry Form 2024 (PDF)

ACTC Entry Form 2024 (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.

Spare Wheel Mounting

With the commencement of the second half of the 2022 trials season, it has been observed that some cars are not following the MSUK Year Book (previously called the “Blue Book”) rules on spare wheel mounting.

Please read the relevant section of the rules (T 10.10) to make sure your car conforms.

Quote below from Section T of the 2022 MSUK Year Book. This can be downloaded from https://www.motorsportuk.org/resource-centre/

10.10. In all Classes, spare wheels must be firmly secured by a permanent fixing.
10.10.1. Not more than two spare wheels may be carried externally, and these must be fitted as close as possible to the bodywork (excluding bumpers).
10.10.2. No part of the spare wheel(s) may be mounted externally in front of the windscreen or on the roof.
10.10.3. Cars with an external rear-mounted spare wheel in the manufacturer’s standard position may add a second spare wheel, mounted flush with the original wheel, with no spacer.
10.10.4. The spare wheel(s) or mounting(s) may not extend rearwards more than 200mm from a vertical line passing through the rearmost part of the original bodywork (excluding bumpers), or more than 100mm beyond the rearmost part of the original bumper position for the model of vehicle, whichever creates the lesser protrusion. An alternative maximum dimension, not exceeding 400mm, may be included in an accepted specification for a car in Class 7(c).
10.10.5. In all cases, wheels fitted in the manufacturer’s original position and number, are acceptable.

If in doubt, please ask.

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