Allen Trial 2018 Regs Available

Entries are now open for the 2018 Allen Trial, taking place on 25th November.

2018 Allen Trial Entry Pack

Enter Online Here

“The 2018 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 07811241553

We look forward to seeing you and offering you an enjoyable day’s trialing on the 25th November.”

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

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.

2019 Clee Hills Trial

Good news, the Clee Hills Trial is back! Put 20th January 2019 in your diary.

The long-standing organising team are now bolstered by some extra willing helpers, bringing their experiences on both 2 and 4 wheels, so January’s event in Shropshire is on the ACTC calendar for 2019.

Open to competitors on 2, 3 and 4 wheels, we aim to continue our track record of getting all classes well matched and equally successful whilst enjoying a great day’s classic trial in the lovely Shropshire scenery.

The route will start and finish from the Squirrel Pub SY8 1LP near Ludlow, next door to an adjacent Travelodge, SY8 1LS, ample trailer parking close by at the Ludlow Park & Ride and fuel on the site too. There’s room for on-site scrutineering which we hope to run both on the evening before and in the morning.

The route is refreshed, featuring more tracks and less mud, yet still running the twin loop system that gets us all done in the mid-winter daylight. Come and have (another) go at epic sections like Priors Holt 1, Hungerford, Jenny Wind and Meadowley Wood.

About 70 miles around Wenlock Edge, along the spectacular ridge of the delightful Long Mynd, some old lanes and some woodland tracks, and relatively non-damaging in our Class 0 option.

The event will run as a Dual Permit, with Clubmans accommodating those entrants without a comps license, for example MCC drivers. VSCC triallers continue to be especially welcome, bringing delight to other drivers’, the marshals and spectators alike.

Further details and entry form/regulations (to follow) from the trial’s upcoming website
http://cleehillstrial.info

Hardy Trial 2018 Regs Available

Entries are now open for the 2018 Hardy Trial, to be held on Sunday 18th November.

2018 Hardy Trial Entry Pack

“Welcome to the 2018 Woolbridge Hardy Classic Trial, back  after a year’s absence. 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 have some new sections on land near Crewkerne, so the route will differ from previous years. We are using the Lockton insurance scheme for cars, whereby the entry fee includes £7.50 plus IPT for all competitors. 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. Hot food and drinks will be available at the start and finish in the New Club House/Restaurant

Please use the online entry system here : https://woolbridge.co.uk/forms/car-trials-18th-november-2018-hardy-classic-trial/

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

Kyrle Trial 2018 Regs Available

Ross & District Motor Sports Club LogoEntries are now open for the 2018 Kyrle Trial, to be held on Sunday 28th October.

2018 Kyrle Trial Entry Pack

“Ross & District Motor Sports Club have pleasure in welcoming you to the 41st running of The Kyrle Trial. Yes, 41 years ago the first Kyrle Trial was organised in April 1977. A single venue event by Richard Andrews up on May Hill and it was won by Eric Wall in his Canhi. I am pleased to say that some of those original organisers are still involved today.

Last year we successfully introduced a Clubman’s trial alongside the main trial. You DO NOT require a Competition Licence for the Clubman’s trial. We also include mandatory Road Traffic Act insurance, which this year costs £8.40 per car and is included in the entry fee.

We are staying with our autumn date to avoid the Goshawks. We will be starting early to make the most of the daylight. Don’t forget, the clocks change the night before the trial. The Clerk of the Course team is the same as last year, Nigel Green and Paul Bartleman. They have been out and about during the summer taking a look at old and new sections and have found some new ones and some that have not been used for many years. Weather wise prepare for anything. Our hills are suitable for all classes and driver skills. We will use some old favourite sections together with the new or resurrected hills, with our October date we have a good portfolio of hills to choose from.

A new start venue this year, unfortunately the café we have used for many years will be closed for refurbishment. The finish of the trial remains at our Club House in Ross-on-Wye where tea, coffee and soft drinks will be available and the bar will be open to help quench honest thirst! Please note the date, Sunday 28th October and come along to marshal if you cannot enter. will be pleased to hear from you at any time on. We look forward to seeing you for another good day’s trialing with around 12 competitive hills and two observed tests. Remember, our hills are not rough, but they are tough and steep.

Nigel Green, Paul Bartleman, Stuart Harrold, John Tatlow, Neil Forrest, Alan & Hilary Baker, Ollie Jenkins and the Organising Team.”

New Start Venue : Jo’s Diner, Whitchurch, Ross-on-Wye, HR9 6EG

Tamar Trial 2018 Regs Available

Entries are now open for the 2018 Tamar Trial, to be held on Sunday 21st October.

2018 Tamar Trial Entry Pack (Cars)
2018 Tamar Trial Entry Pack (Motorcycles)

“Launceston & North Cornwall Motor Club and MG Car Club Devon & Cornwall Centre welcome you to the 72nd Tamar Trial to be held on Sunday 21st October 2018. This year’s Tamar will see a few changes. Notably we have both a new start and finish this year. The start will be at Tresmeer Village Hall, PL15 8QT, M.R. 190/235875 just a short distance from our new finish at Wilsey Down Hotel, Hallworthy, PL32 9SH, M.R. 190/182878.

The route will see competitors return to the Tamar Valley this year for some sections which have not been accessible for a few years as well as some new additions. The trial will of course include the favourite hills of recent years with the popular lunch stop at Marystow Church Hall. Last year we were pleased to be able to complete the trial in daylight and we hope to do so again.

This year we are also giving competitors the option to enter and pay online at www.lncmc.co.uk/online-entry/

We are once again running the car side of the trial under a dual-permit. This allows non-championship contenders or those who perhaps only enter a few events over a year the chance to participate in the trial without the need for a competition license.and offering an award for the Best Japanese Production Car for the second year. For the Cars, on event insurance cover, as is now common place, is included within the entry fee.

We look forward to offering you a good day’s trialling in a beautiful part of Devon and Cornwall.

New Start Venue : Tresmeer Village Hall, PL15 8QT

2018 ACTC AGM Agenda

ACTCHere is the agenda and additional documents for the 2018 ACTC Annual General Meeting, which will be held on Sunday 2nd September 2018.

2018 ACTC AGM Agenda

Also for reference here are the draft minutes from the last ACTC meeting in April 2018.

2018 April ACTC Meeting Minutes (Draft)

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 – this is the time for your voice to be heard!

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]

2018 Championship Tables (up to Yorkshire Dales)

Here are the current championship tables, including both the car and bike regional championships. They are now all listed in a single document instead of what would now be 12 separate ones.

2018 Championship Tables (up to Yorkshire Dales)

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

John Bell (Championship Secretary)  e-mail: [email protected]

Events You May Not Have Heard Of Before

Here are links to info on a couple of trial events coming up soon that you may not have heard of before. Both in deepest Cornwall – both well worth a visit!

The Flora Trial, on Sunday 6th May 2018
Run by Pendennis Motorcycle and Light Car Club.
Starts from near Redruth.
More info here : http://pendennismcc.co.uk/regs/

The Peninsula Trial, on Sunday 27th May 2018
Run by West Cornwall Motor Club.
Starts from near Penzance.
More info here : http://westcornwallmotorclub.com/category/events/

Please support both events if you can.

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

2017 Car and Motorcycle Final Championship Tables

CARS – National Championship Winners
2017 Wheelspin League : Dean Partington
2017 Crackington League : Ray Ferguson
2017 Navigators League : Hannah Ferguson

CARS – Regional Championship Winners
2017 North Regional League : David Golightly
2017 South Regional League: James Shallcross
2017 Midland Regional League : Mike Chatwin
2017 West Regional League : Paul Merson

MOTORCYCLES – National Championship Winners
2017 Pouncy League : Kathy Martin
2017 Red Rose League : Geoff Westcott

MOTORCYCLES – Regional Championships
2017 North Regional Pouncy League : Philip Sanders
2017 South Regional Pouncy League : Chris Barham
2017 South West Regional Pouncy League : Kathy Martin
2017 West Regional Pouncy League : Kathy Martin

2017 North Regional Red Rose Bowl League : Al Lidgate
2017 South Regional Red Rose Bowl League : Geoff Westcott
2017 South West Regional Red Rose Bowl League : Geoff Westcott
2017 West Regional Red Rose Bowl League : Geoff Westcott

Due to lack of entries there will be no awards this year for the Motorcycle Regional Championships. I hope we can get a much bigger entry next year.

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

John Bell [email protected]