Welcome to the first edition of ACTC Newsletters which will be a regular communication to keep you updated with info from around the Classic Trials scene.

Committee Matters

As Dave Haizelden prepares for taking on the role of ACTC Chairman from September 2019 he will be speaking with many competitors to get a cross-sectional view of what’s working well and what needs attention. It’s already clear that there need to be better connections between competitors and the ACTC Committe and Dave has taken an action from the April 2019 meeting to resume the establishement of Class Representatives who can feed specific comments and concerns to a central co-ordinator.

Other work will be commencing over the summer period to ensure some drive and direction for the ACTC. While plans are still in development there are some overall objectives which he would like to achieve.

1. Enable Competitors to be better connected and have a voice with ACTC

2. Bring ACTC to the centre of Classic Trials rather than sitting on the perimeter

3. Generate and promote benefits in ACTC membership

4. Develop a real interest and sense of community when competing in ACTC championships

5. Provide regular News Bulletins to ACTC members

6. Support Clubs in promoting Championship events to increase entries

7. Investigate incentives to attract new or returning competitors

While these thoughts are developing we urge you to voice any specific ideas through to Dave for consideration - this is your opportunity to influence the future of our sport.

Give Dave a bell on 07841 860121.

Simon Groves wins the Presidents Trial

18 cars had an enjoyable day in Bonyalva Woods, about 5 miles from Looe in Cornwall. One of them was a Skoda Estelle, being double driven by 2 first timers to classic trials, Leon May and Michael Eveleigh. Mike Greenwood won an amalgamated class 1 and 4 on 75 points, driving James Shallcross' Peugeot 205 for the first time. David Haizelden in his Scimitar SS1 won class 5 on 53 points. Roger Teagle won class 6 in his VW Beetle, also on 53 points. 3 Marlin owners had a close battle in Class 7, the victor being Steven Ball on 73, closely followed by Roger Hoskin on 80 and Derek Rogers on 90. Class 8 was dominated by Simon Groves, ending the day on just 19 points, with Paul Merson on 27 points and Roger Hancock on 35.

Organisers Ryan Tonkin, Ben Tonkin and James Shallcross would like to thank all the marshals and competitors who came to support the event. They are unfortunately not able to accept bike entries - due to the amount of illegal riding that takes place in these woods on a daily basis, the Duchy will currently not entertain the option of allowing 2 or 3 wheeled entries. So it makes it that much harder to cover all the costs. Hopefully the number of entries can be maintained or even increased in the future. There are murmurs of some very limited road mileage in future to allow use of some of the adjacent woods and lanes... the more support the event gets the more likely this will happen!

Full Results can be viewed here. Videos on Youtube here.


The benefit of discounted Event RTA Insurance that’s been offered by MIS for the last 2 years has now eroded away as they have increased their charges back to pretty much the full rate. Competitors should therefore consider if, depending on how many events they enter, it may be better value to get this extended cover on their own annual Insurance policy.

John Bell has put lots of time and effort in trying to find good deals for ACTC Club Members. He has successfully negotiated reduced rates with REIS and identified a competitive deal from David Auden Insurance.

For more details please check the ACTC Committee April 2019 Meeting Minutes, Appendix 4, 5, 6 and 7.

Ray Ferguson & Michael Hiley win in the Dales

A strong entry of 58 bikes and 35 cars had a dry but challenging day in the picturesque Yorkshire Dales, with Liege crew Ray & Hannah Ferguson and Honda rider Michael Hiley taking the overall wins. Sam Holmes in his 1300cc Beetle, and Joe Stollery, Ian Thompson, Lee Abbott and John Kenny all also finished the day on clean sheets. There was a good mix of classes in the top 10 for the cars, with cars from 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8 featuring. Stuart Bartlett took class 8 from Dean Partington and Paul Merson, with Sam Phillips in 4th, a great result on his first ACTC event. John Charles in another Liege and Fred Mills (Marlin) finished on 2 & 3 points respectively, with John winning Class 7. Adrian Tucker-Peake was 7th overall and 1st in Class 6, with Barry Redmayne 1st in 5 and 3rd overall in his Suzuki X90, dropping a single point. John Heppenstall won Class 1 in his Peugeot 205. In the bikes, Joe Stollery was the sole clean sheet in a 13 strong Class A, aboard his Indian Woodsman. Ian Thompson took Class B1 on his Yamaha Serow, with B2 (and 2nd overall) being won by Lee Abbott on his Yamaha TTR. John Kenny on his Beta Enduro won Class C, beating Jon Lawson, out on his 2nd event on his Honda XRV. 

Full results can be viewed here. Photos by Dave Cook here. Videos on Youtube here.

Championship Chatter

With the first 9 rounds of the 2019 season completed, it's last years Crackington winner Matt Facey that currently tops the Wheelspin Championship, with 37 points from 5 rounds in his class 3 BMW. This comes from 3 2nd place finishes, on the Clee Hills, Exmoor and Cotswold Clouds, and a 3rd place on the Northern. Class 4 Beetle driver Sam Holmes is just 2 points behind on 35 and has only scored on 4 rounds, after winning the Clee Hills in January and finishing 2nd on the Yorkshire Dales last month. He's tied on points with Yorkshire Dales winner Ray Ferguson, who only sits in 3rd due to scoring on 6 events. The Class 8 drivers Paul Merson and Dean Partington close out the top 5 with 28 points each, with Aaron Haizelden not far behind on 24 with 8 rounds remaining.

Kathy Martin heads up the Pouncy League on 68 points, having scored in 8 out of 9 events this year. Chris Barham sits in 2nd on 33 points, but is still well in contention having scored on only 4 events, with the best 9 to count come the end of the season. Bernie Pugh is 3rd, having scored 8 points for the organising of a successful Durham Dales.

Stuart Bartlett finds himself leading the Crackington at the Summer break, with a 1st or 2nd in class in 4 of the 5 events he has completed. He's 8 points clear of Keith Dobinson in 2nd, who took class wins on the Durham & Yorkshire Dales in his Suzuki X90. Aaron Haizelden is in 3rd, 1.4 points ahead of James Smith, currently an impressive 4th on his debut year in the drivers seat. James Shallcross rounds out the top 5, and is just 1 point ahead of Stewart Green, with John Charles and John Bell also within 2 points of James.

The Navigators League has a familiar look to it, with Hannah Ferguson and Nick Sherrin, passengers of Ray Ferguson and Paul Merson respectively, occupying the top 2 positions so far. Kieran Bartlett is in 3rd, just 2 points behind Nick. 

The latest championship tables (up to the summer break) can be viewed here :

2019 Championship Tables (up to Yorkshire Dales)

Up and Coming Events

30th June - Testing Trial

Again being run as a taster event so MCC membership is not essential. Entries available from the MCC site under the member's section, and any non members interested contact Simon Woodall ([email protected]) and I'm sure he'll be happy to help. Caterers and toilets onsite with plenty of space for overnight camping/parking. Marshals are as always required and any offers to Nick Farmer on Facebook, or [email protected] or 07973986803.

1st Sept - ACTC AGM

The following items are currently out with Clubs for discussion prior to Clubs being asked to vote. If you have specific views or comments or would like more information then please contact your Club Rep.

1. Separate Class for X-90's (Class 5X)

2. Move Mid-engine cars currently in Class 6 to Class 5

3. Replace Minimum Wheelbase Dimension of 1320mm for Solo Bikes with Minimum Seat Height of 700mm 

4. Relaxation of the compulsory Sidecar nose cone rule

8th Sept - Exmoor Clouds Trial

The first event after the summer break, running earlier than previous years.

15th Sept - Taw & Torridge Trial

Previously been the first event following the summer recess and has previously been run in very dry and very wet conditions.

More details on both of the September Trials in the next newsletter.

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