ACTC on Tour

As part of the ACTC restructuring and revitalising efforts, and with a view to the future of Classic Trials, we have launched an ‘ACTC on Tour’ initiative.

The ACTC, represented by Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary are looking to meet with members of the Trialing community in their local area, to listen and hear what they have to contribute to this vital and ongoing process, and to hopefully get some input from individual competitors as to how they would like the sport to move forward into the future.

We are looking to the Clubs and their Trials members to arrange their local venue, and together we can arrange a mutually agreeable date and time to have an informal discussion and exchange of ideas.

This is an initiative to hopefully bridge the perceived ‘communication gap’ between the ACTC and the individuals of the Trialing community.

If you feel that your voice hasn’t or isn’t being heard, you could strongly lobby your Club to organise a meeting in your local area, or join in one of the meetings arranged by another Club .

Currently we have :

Stroud and District Motor Club are meeting on Sunday 13th January, 7.30pm, at Fromebridge Mill, GL2 7PD [J13, M5, start venue of Cotswold Clouds]
Hopefully this venue will also be convenient for people from the Bristol clubs and Ross and District etc.

Launceston and North Cornwall Motor Club on Thursday 28th February, with a venue in the Launceston area to be confirmed, and they are inviting other local clubs to participate.

Other Club meetings, dates and venues to be added as arranged.

Cheers

Carl

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]

Regional Championships in 2017

New for 2017  – Regional Championships.

Joining the ACTC automatically registers you as a competitor in all the Championships, National and Regional – no additional paperwork is required.

Regional Championships will be scored as per Crackington on Class results.

All your 2017 results will be retrospectively added when you join the ACTC – up to the summer break.

Cars:

North – Clee Hills, Northern, Yorkshire Dales, Durham Dales
Midland – Clee Hills, Cotswold Clouds, Exmoor Clouds, Kyrle
West – Exmoor, Taw & Torridge, Tamar, Camel
South – Torbay, Exmoor Clouds, Hardy, Allen

Bikes:

North – Clee Hills, Northern, Yorkshire Dales, Durham Dales
West – Exmoor, Tarka, Exmoor Clouds, Neil Westcott
South West – Chairmans, Taw & Torridge, Tamar, Camel
South – Torbay, Exmoor Clouds, Hardy, Neil Westcott