ACTC Awards Dinner 2020

We would like to invite you to the ACTC Dinner and Awards Presentation, celebrating the 2019 trialling season at 7pm for a 7.30pm start on Saturday the 28th of March 2020 at the Exeter Court Hotel, Exeter, Devon.

Accommodation is available at Exeter Court, and can be booked directly with the hotel. This is the evening preceding the Torbay Trial, therefore trailer parking has been arranged to accommodate competitors. The hotel is also the start and finish venue for the Torbay Trial.

The required dress code for the evening is smart (No jeans please).

Ticket prices are £29.95. If you wish to attend, please complete the form linked below and return by Friday the 13th of March 2020. For any additional information please contact Alan Selwood – 07890 962191 or [email protected]

2020 ACTC Awards Dinner

If you would like to book accommodation, please contact:

Exeter Court Hotel
Kennford
Exeter
EX6 7UX
Tel: 01392 832121

Please mention the ACTC Room Discount & evening function when booking.

We look forward to seeing you on the evening.

 

Camel Heights Trial 2020 Regs Available

Entries are now open for the 2020 Camel Heights Trial, running on Sunday 1st March.

2020 Camel Heights Trial Entry Pack

(the cover page says 2019, but it is regs for the 2020 event)

“Here are the regs for the Camel Heights Trial to be held on 1st March in Dunmere Wood near Bodmin. This is an excellent single venue event with challenging, slippery forest sections. The event is again open to solo motorcycles and sidecars this year.”

Venue : Dunmere Wood, near Bodmin, PL30 3AA


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Exmoor Trial 2020 Regs Available

Entries are now being taken for the 2020 Exmoor Trial, to be held on Sunday 16th of February.

2020 Exmoor Trial Entry Pack

“Welcome to the 2020 Exmoor Trial, which is a round of the 2020 ASWMC/ACTC Car and ACTC Motorcycle Classic Trial Championships, ASWMC Classic Reliability Trial Championship.

This year Chris Barham has designed the Exmoor route for the first time so expect to see something different. The route is approximately 75 miles on OS Map 180 in the Barnstaple area of north Devon with a real mixture of sections which are non-car/motorcycle breaking including the now well known High Bray which can be quite a challenge at this time of year.

The route will include stops for fuel near the start and during the route. Refreshments will be available for purchase at the McDonalds Restaurant which is the start and finish venue.

We hope you will enter this event and find the day both interesting and challenging, we are working hard to make it as competitive as possible.

Start Venue : McDonalds, Roundswell Retail Park, John Penrose Rd, Barnstaple EX31 3RY

Launceston Trial 2020 Regs Now Available

Launceston & North Cornwall Motor ClubEntries are now open for the 2020 Launceston Trial, running on Sunday 9th February.

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

2020 Launceston Trial Entry Pack (Cars)
2020 Launceston Trial Entry Pack (Bikes)

“Launceston & North Cornwall Motor Club invite you to start our 100th year by competing in the 2020 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.

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.

We hope you can join us on Sunday 9th February and look forward to providing you with a good day’s sport.

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

Northern Trial 2020 Regs Available

Fell Side Auto Club LogoEntries are now open for the 2020 Northern Trial, running on Saturday 22nd February.  Separate regs and entry forms for cars and bikes are below – but the easiest way to enter is online here.

2020 Northern Trial Entry Pack (Cars)
2020 Northern Trial Entry Pack (Bikes)

“The 2020 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, Ladyside 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.

All drivers and their passengers will require a Motorsport UK RS Clubmans Licence to compete in the Trial. The licence is free of charge and can be obtained by completing the application form on the Motorsport UK site. It will be possible for passengers without a licence to complete an application form at the signing-on, however they will still need to be members of an invited club. One year passenger only membership of FSAC will be on offer at signing-on.

The Clubmans event, which requires a Motorsport UK Clubman Licence for both the driver and passenger, 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 MC, MCC, Stroud & District MC, Eastwood DMC, Holsworthy MC, Falcon MC, Midland AC and Bristol MC.

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 on [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 2020 Northern Classic Trial.”

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

Cotswold Clouds Trial 2020 Regs Available

Stroud & District Motor ClubEntries are now open for the 2020 Cotswold Clouds Trial, to be held on Sunday 2nd February.

2020 Cotswold Clouds Trial Entry Pack

“On Sunday 2nd February 2020 we welcome you to join us, as we have done since 1963, for our annual Cotswold Clouds Classic Trial. Over the years many competitors and spectators have enjoyed the Cotswold Hills, and this year will hopefully be no exception. Some sections have been eased to suit all classes but still present a challenge, and of course, we still have the old favourites to be climbed including Crooked Mustard, Nailsworth Ladder and Wicked Juniper. Also we are keeping the option for non-championship registered pre 1960 front engine cars in
Class 2.

The Clouds, winner of the ACTC Trial of the Year award in 2016, remains a successful and popular trial attracting a full entry for many years. The organising team of Nigel Moss, Gill Hayward, Ben Giles and Suzanne Burns look forward to receiving your entries, so please complete and return the enclosed entry form as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. We will keep you updated with entries via our website and the Clubs Facebook page.

The excellent facilities at Fromebridge Mill will again be the start venue, where signing on and scrutineering will also take place as per previous years. Tea, coffee and hot food will be available as usual. No trailers should be taken to the start but they can be left at SKF as previously.

The trial will finish at the Minchinhampton Common Golf Club where good food and drinks will be available at very reasonable prices, so please support them.

If you’re not planning to compete this year, please consider offering your services as a Marshal. These offers are so very much appreciated and we literally couldn’t do it without you. Our Chief Marshal is Gill Hayward, so please give her a call on 01453 884691 or 01453 873787 if you are able to help in any way.

We look forward to seeing you on the hills.

Start Venue : Fromebridge Mill, Fromebridge Lane, Gloucester, GL2 7PD

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

ACTCCar 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!

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.

Enter Online

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

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