Welcome to the seventh edition of ACTC Newsletters - a regular communication to keep you updated with info from around the Classic Trials scene.

Up and coming Events

The Clee Hills Trial - Sunday 19th January 2020

2020 sees the 40th anniversary of the launch of the modern Clee Hills Trial. The hills remain much the same as last year, with a few tweeks to reflect criticisms of last time and few extra changes are included to make life in Class O a little easier.

There is also a return to Hungerford now that the tree that blocked it has been cut through to allow a gap for us to pass.   The so called “big boys” return to Strefford Wood which with all this water we are having should be VERY interesting. Much work has been done on many of the other sections to ensure that the lower classes don’t have quite such a depressing time. The start venue has to be one of the best in the country, with a Hotel (Ludlow Travelodge); a pub for Saturday night dinner AND Sunday morning “full English” plus a Petrol Station all on the same site.

Cotswold Clouds - Sunday 2nd February 2020

Stroud and District Motor Club welcomes you to enter the 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 there will be an option for non championship  pre-1960 front engine cars in Class 2a.

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.  We will keep you updated with entries via their 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.

Regulations being issued and entries open after Christmas.

Final Championship Standings

Following the conclusion of the season at the Camel Classic, here's how the tables stack up!

These results are now final.

Wheelspin League (based on Overall position)

    Best 9 Total Events Scored  
Matt Facey 78 87 11  
Dave Haizelden 68 68 9  
Ray Ferguson 67 75 12  
Paul Merson 56 61 11  
Dean Partington 54 57 10  



Matt Facey has won the 2019 Wheelspin Championship! With 1st overall on the Allen Trial he takes his 1st Wheelspin title, only a year after he won his 1st Crackington Championship.

Last year's Wheelspin champion Dave Haizelden has been narrowly beaten into 2nd place, besting Ray Ferguson by a single point. Paul Merson was the best performing Class 8 this year, finishing in 4th, 11 points behind 3rd place. 4 time Wheelspin winner Dean Partington has to settle for 5th this year, 2 points further back.

Crackington League (based on Class performance)

    Best 9 Total Events
Stuart Bartlett 80.6 80.6 9
James Shallcross 79.3 79.3 8
Stewart Green  63.8 63.8 8
Sam Holmes 53.8 53.8 6
Aaron Haizelden 51.3 51.3 5

The Crackington was tipped to be a close finale, and it certainly ended up that way! Stuart Bartlett had it all to do on the Camel Classic to keep James Shallcross in 2nd place, and with a dominant performance he did just that, taking his maiden ACTC championship by 1.3 points.

At the finish, the two competitors shook hands and both drivers and navigators congratulated each other on a great season and battle for top honours. 

Ever present Stewart Green secured 3rd place on the Camel, and Sam Holmes held on to 4th after his class win on the Allen the weekend before.

Aaron Haizelden dominated Class 5 on the Camel Classic to displace Stuart Highwood from 5th place. He was pushed close by Craig Allen, who missed out by 1.3 points.

Navigators League

    Best 9 Total  Events Scored
Nick Sherrin 91.8 109.0 11
Hollie Wood 91.2 91.2 9
Hannah Ferguson 90.8 121.1 13

The navigators league also came down to the wire, but ultimately the positions remain unchanged from the Allen, with Nick Sherrin emerging victorious on 91.8 points after a good year sat next to Paul Merson, just 0.6 points ahead of Wheelspin winning Nav Hollie Wood

3rd place went to Hannah Ferguson after another full year of navigating for father Ray. The Fergusons closed the gap on the Camel Classic, but ultimately Hannah finished just 0.4 points behind second spot.

Pouncy League (Solo Bikes)

1st Place has been dominated again by Kathy Martin and Chris Barham takes 2nd place, 52 points behind. With lots more competitors for the 2020 Pouncy league, it looks set to be a more competitive battle for the Championship next year!

Red Rose Bowl (Sidecars)

Hats-off to Geoff Westcott who puts a lots to our sport and has secured a well deserved 1st Place to take the Red Rose Bowl.

ACTC 2020 Membership

Car competitors - Special ACTC Membership Benefits for 2020

You can compete in the 2020 Car Championships with the new free RS Clubman MSUK Competition Licence - saving yourself £29 for 2020 and ACTC membership is frozen at just £11. 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.

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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)

Tight Battle on the Neil Westcott Memorial Trial

Exmoor Motorcycle Club got a fantastic 130 strong entry for the Neil Westcott Memorial Trial, running on the same day as the Allen Trial. Competitors faced 17 sections and 1 special test around Exmoor, set up for two and three wheelers.

Tom Powell and Simon Groves took Class D, beating Alan & Patrick Keat into 2nd by 7 points after strong climbs on Bratton and the 2 hills at Aville. Steve Urell and Julie Williams finished 3rd, a further 6 points behind the Keats. 

Andy Petherick beat Chris Barham in the all-BSA Class A, finishing on 59 points to Chris' 77. Class B1 went to Steve Grinter on his Honda XL185, beating Paul Studley on his Honda CRF and local man Ben Dyer on his Beta Alp into 2nd and 3rd. The enormous Class B2 was an extremely close battle, with 6 riders separated by 4 points at the head of the field. R Pike won the class by a single point from Graham Airey and B Shuttleworth, with S Wallwin, Guy Winsor and T Pike all a further 3 points back on 14 marks dropped.

K Wooter took Class C as the sole entrant on 23 points, and C Noad won Class E and the Neil Westcott Memorial Trophy on 8 marks on his 250 Honda. 

The New ACTC Facebook Group

Are you joining ACTC for 2020? 

Come along and join the new ACTC Facebook Group, open to all championship contenders and members of ACTC. The group is up and running, so join to keep up to date with all the latest news! 

Find the new group here, or search for "ACTC Classic Trials" on Facebook.

Stuart Bartlett Cleans Up on the Camel Classic

Camel Vale MC would once again put on a fantastic trial to host the finale of the 2019 ACTC Championships, and the 72 strong entry faced 15 sections and 2 timed tests on a typically tough days sport in Cornwall.

Stuart Bartlett took the Dave Keat Trophy for 1st overall and the 2019 Crackington League with a fantastic run, dropping just 3 marks on Chestnut Rise. He was 15 points ahead of 2nd overall, which went to the Class 7 Melos of Phil Thomas. 3rd overall went to Aaron Haizelden on 19, who finished 21 points clear of Dave Haizelden in Class 5. Ben Tonkin finished 4th overall and 2nd in Class 7 on 23 points, with Craig Allen rounding out the top 5 on 24 points in his Class 4 Beetle.

Class 8 went to Tom Powell also on 24 points, with Dean Partington 2 points behind on 26. Class 6 honours went to Roger Teagle, with 25 points, beating Gary Browning by a single point. Duncan Stephens won Class 3, driving Matt Facey's BMW, and James Shallcross did all he could in terms of Crackington points by winning Class 1 on 45 marks. 

Alan & Patrick Keat narrowly beat Leon Torres & Mark Courtney in Class D, edging the win by 2 points. Chris Dustow won the Wadham Stringer Award dropping 6 marks on his Class B2 machine, beating Martin Cheeseman by a single point and John Jago by 3 points overall. 

2020 Calendar

The 2020 Event Calendar is now available to view on the ACTC website, showing the dates of all events in 2020. It can be viewed in full here, below is a list of all championship rounds.

Thu 3 Jan Exeter
Sat 19 Jan Clee
Sat 2 Feb Cotswold Clouds
Sat 16 Feb Exmoor
Fri 22 Feb Northern
Fri 8 March Chairmans
Fri 29 March Torbay
Wed 10 April Lands End
Fri 24 May Yorkshire Dales
Sun 6 Sept Exmoor Clouds
Sun 20 Sept Taw & Torridge
Thu 3 Oct Edinburgh
Fri 18 Oct Tamar
Fri 25 Oct Kyrle
Fri 1 Nov Tarka
Fri 15 Nov Hardy
Fri 29 Nov Allen
Fri 29 Nov Neil Westcott
Fri 6 Dec Camel Classic


MSUK Competition Licences

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.

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