Notes from Motorcycle Co-Ordinator (Chris Barham)

As the present ACTC Motorcycle Co-Ordinator, I have recently been asked about some discrepancies which have showed up in the supplementary regulations for bikes on some events which have regs out already for 2019.

To try and clear some points up this is how the ACTC Classic Trials Series – Rules and Regulations (Appendix B1) stand at this moment in time. This is NOT the whole appendix just some answers to the questions I have been asked.

Class A. This is for British built motorcycles, frame and engine, pre 1970.

All Classes A to C. The minimum wheelbase is 1320mm. Therefore such models as the Montessa 4Ride, Ossa Explorer and TRS XTrack are permitted in Class. The previous 1350mm wheel base rule was changed in January 2018 as technically some older but popular bikes such as the Yamaha Serrow XT225 were a tad short!

Sidecars. To comply to Class D rules sidecars must have a nose cone fitted and a seat for the passenger. If an Enduro outfit is entered minus nosecone it should be classed as Class X.

Tyres. All bikes should be using trials block pattern tyres front and rear (ACU regs TSR8). These are tyres with block tread pattern no more than 13mm deep, a spacing of no more than 9.5 mm between blocks and 13mm between rows of blocks. To easily summarise – No Enduro style tyre, especially rear, or Maxxis Trialmaxx tyres. (thank good old KTM for getting that tyre produced!) Again if a bike is presented at scrutineering running incorrect tyres, it should be classed as Class X or not permitted to compete in the case of an aggressive Enduro rear tyre! Class C (450cc +) can use Continental TKC80 and Michelin T63 tyres due to the difficulty in finding suitable rubber for the wheel rim sizes they normally run.

All of these rules can be found on the ACTC web site. To clarify these are the present rules stated for ACTC events. Effective from 1 January 2018. The ACU Trail Bike championship has variations on these regs (Wheelbase, fuel tank size and seat length).

If in the future these regulations are amended, well that’s for discussion at a later date and if any club wishes any guidance for scrutineers and motorcycles please contact me and I will assist as necessary.

Chris Barham

2018 Championship Tables (up to Allen)

Here are the current championship tables up to and including the Allen, with 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 (to Allen)

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]

2018 Championship Tables (up to Torbay)

CARS

2018 Wheelspin League (up to Torbay)
2018 Crackington League (up to Torbay)
2018 Navigators League (up to Torbay)

2018 North Regional League (up to Torbay)
2018 Midlands Regional League (up to Torbay)
2018 West Regional League (up to Torbay)
2018 South Regional League (up to Torbay)

MOTORCYCLES

2018 Pouncy & Red Rose Leagues (up to Torbay)

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

John Bell   e-mail: [email protected]

Bike Related Matters No. 8

Hi guys, I’m back. It was quite an adventure, but for once didn’t feature bikes.

By now most of you will know that I’ve expressed my wish to retire from this job the AGM in September, or sooner a replacement can be found before then. I’d like to thank all those that have sent messages of gratitude and appreciation for the work I have done. Thank you

On the flights to & and from NZ there was plenty of time to think – over 60 hours of it. I reached the conclusion (partly due to the numerous positive messages received), that I owe you a brief explanation (its not because the job is ‘too hard’ as one old wag suggested). By being ‘in post’ I had contact with a lot of people, mostly great folk working hard for the sport – its been a priviledge.  However, I’ve felt like the proverbial round peg in a square hole – that most of the resources I’ve invested (time, effort and money) have been wasted. There are irreconcilable differences in approach and outlook between myself and senior management of the ACTC. By senior management I mean some of the senior officers and clubs. I could go into greater detail but that would risk making matters too personal. A body such as the ACTC is a really good thing to establish consistency across the independent clubs running trials.

I really enjoy this form of trialling and believe the format should be protected, but the organisation needs sorting out – I find the Chairman’s comments in the recent Restart ‘interesting’. I would like to see Classic Trials (aka LDT’s) flourish & spread, and believe this can be achieved.

So, I hope that someone is found to take over and wish them well. I intend to carry on riding the events I can and if I can help with specific matters I will, so please get in touch.

Now that this slot has been established it would be a shame to not continue it. I’m hoping that until a replacement is found for me you guys will send bits in to fill it. If you send them to me I’ll compile them. If you want your name with held please say so & I’ll honour that request.

The North is a busy place next month (May) with events in Yorkshire & County Durham – both excellent events. So come on you not so soft southerners – treat yourself & enter. You may find the north not so grim – I came from Kent 44 years ago & am still enthralled by the countryside & friendly folk up here, and you’ll see both of them by entering these trials.

Graham –  [email protected]

2018 Championship Tables (up to Northern)

CARS

2018 Wheelspin League (up to Northern)
2018 Crackington League (up to Northern)
2018 Navigators League (up to Northern)

2018 North Regional League (up to Northern)
2018 Midlands Regional League (up to Northern)
2018 West Regional League (up to Northern)

MOTORCYCLES

2018 Pouncy & Red Rose Leagues (up to Northern)

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

John Bell   e-mail: [email protected]

Bike Related Matters No. 7

As they say in the north, nah then. Number 7, that means half a year has lapsed, so where are we?

With the cancellation of the Clee Hills, the Northern is my first event of the year and will be over when you read this. Due to my advancing years, Troglobike (my much loved & used Enfield) has got heavier. Finding about half the bits needed for a bike in corners of my garage I decided to build a BSA B40 based, lighter bike and intended having it ready for the Northern, so I sold Troggy. I sold it to a guy called David who has promised to use it as was intended, the Northern will have been his first ACTC type trial. I know the guys at the Fellside Club will make him welcome (as they did me in my first LDT), and trust you will all do the same.

Due to unforeseen DVLA and oiling problems, the B40 is late, so I’m stepping out of my comfort zone into the 21st century and riding a Honda. Wowser, who would have thunk it! I’m actually looking forward to it.

It is a great trial, made better by the time of year, but the weather can be a challenge in its self. Hope to have sorted the BSA in time for Pateley Bridge. But the important thing is to enter & have fun.

Due to the nature of Class A bikes, they are exempted from a few of the restarts. Whereas the cars have coloured disks to convey their class to the Marshals, the bikes don’t –they aren’t practical. This is confusing for marshals if they don’t recognise which class a bike is in and are astonished as a class A bike rides through a restart. How about Class A having the background to their riding numbers coloured in with highlighter pens (or strips of coloured insulation tape) to identify them – this could be extended to other bike classes if necessary. Is this necessary and has anyone got a better idea to help make life simpler on the day?

I’m patiently waiting for contributions to this from you lot – where are they? Let us know what is going through your heads. Does this deafening silence mean all is hunky dory or its too scary to say? Although the organisers really do try hard, I think they would appreciate knowing if they are doing anything right or wrong. You might have an idea that makes trialling more fun – share it. Tell us about the trials, tribulations and triumphs (with small t) of these events. Are we suggesting things that will spoil your day out or are just plain stupid?

Some of you will know what has been going on about sidecar nose cones. Do we need them, don’t we? I’ve looked into this and even asked the ACU because their spec is open to interpretation. We would love to give a clear cut answer & specification, but the ACU can’t, so we can’t yet. There is hope on the horizon, but if you want a copy of the ACU’s opinion, please email me & I send you back a copy.

There has been an historic mess created about some of the eligibility rules, so a dedicated team (John Bell) has been wading through years of paperwork to discover that the last vote was to lower the permitted wheelbase to 1320mm. I know (and agree) this is an illogical and divisive dimension. But for the time being we’ll have to use it. I’ve proposed we change to a criteria (dry weight claimed by manufacturer) that will clearly separate the trail bikes considered in the spirit of our sport, from the dedicated modern trials bikes that we are trying to avoid in the competitive classes (not in the spirit but are welcome in class X). Hopefully this will be accepted and implemented from 1st Jan 2019.

Again, as many of you will know, I’m off to the other side of the world from 25th Feb until 26th March, visiting family. Please don’t ring me during that time because it will cost both of us a fortune on the mobile and my wife (staying at home) won’t know what you’re on about if you ring the landline. If anything crops up while I’m away, please send an email – that way it won’t get lost and I’ll deal with it ASAP.

Graham –  [email protected]

P.S. Thoroughly enjoyed the Northern even if the transition from Enfield to Honda was greater than expected – I had a score that an English cricketer would have been proud of! Very wet ground but dry sky!

Bike Related Matters No. 6

Although this is entitled Bike Related Matters, and its my thoughts about bikes & bikers, I think this month’s theme could apply to the car fraternity as well.

Over the last 6 months my thoughts have been concentrated on the future of Classic Trials. However, a bike rider reminded me of the past (thanks PD). He was quite right, we all owe a huge debt to the guys that have organised the sport over the last X years, ensuring it is here today for us to enjoy. RESPECT AND THANK YOU FROM US ALL!

A lot of these guys are now becoming like a good cheese – Extra Mature and better for it. They have filled various posts, worked hard and at times put the sport before themselves (and spouses/families). I’m thinking mainly of the Club stalwarts who have organised and run the trials, but it covers all volunteers.

Now I’m speaking to more Clubs around the country I’m finding the same guys have been responsible for a long time. I won’t name names because that is unfair, but it is a common tale. We (the entrants) have let them do it, assumed they will do it again the next year, and the next. I know of some who have left their trials car or bike gathering dust because they are busy organising events for the rest of us.

Is it fair – no. Is it a good thing – of course not. Is it in our (or the sports) interest – well, no, it’s not.

Think about it. If they said enough is enough, I wouldn’t blame them, but what would we do? We live in a selfish world, but please, don’t say they enjoy it – rollocks! A lot of folk complain about ‘glitches’ – I think well, tough, what have you done to help. I’ve overheard comments such as ‘they are stuck in the past’ – who’s fault is that if new blood doesn’t volunteer. One person said ‘I’m too busy to do that job’ but rode in 11 trials (that I know of) that year – that is another excuse I don’t accept. If we care about the sport we can spare a couple of evenings or a day to ensure the sport happens. How many hours do you spend in front of or in the TV/X box/pub/washing the car, defoliating etc?

Let’s get a grip and make sure we all do our bit. Don’t wait to be asked, go & offer. Become an apprentice to the CoC or help get permissions for the sections. A lot can be done in the evenings, before or after the day as well as on the day. Help & learn from those who have years of experience and wisdom, don’t let it disappear. Wouldn’t it be great to let these guys have a day off to compete behind the handlebars or wheel in the trial they have kept running for years? Would it be a total disaster if occasionally we gave up one entry to help run a trial, there’s a lot worst that could happen.?

Its a strange thing, but once you volunteer, put something back, folk often find they are happy to do some of these jobs, enjoy the sport more, and the biggy, help their sport to be there for themselves in years to come . That is a win/win surely?

To para-phrase JFK:- Think not what your Club does for you (and it does hell of a lot), but think what you can do for your Club.

Just a quick point for organisers – please let folk help – take on an apprentice. I don’t know why the Clee Hills was cancelled (shame – I was looking forward to it), but if any organiser is faced with doing similar, please shout help to the rest of us. Most issues can be resolved if we are aware of them, there is a lot of brains & brawn out there in Classic Trials land.

Well, thats better. Sorry to rant, I don’t think it will do any good, but I’m happy to be proved me wrong!

Graham (email: [email protected])

P.S. Bernie needs some more good reliable marshals for the Durham Dales (May 27th), Weardale is great that time of year, there’s plenty to see & do for a couple of days.

Bike Related Matters No. 5

Hi Guys

Before I accepted this ‘job’ with the ACTC, I asked for a ‘job description’ or list of responsibilities, what’s involved? I knew the remuneration would be extremely poor, but hey, someone has to do it and I’m used to being poor.

The answer I got was ‘whatever you make it’.     Mmmm, time to think.  The way I see it is that the Motorcycle Co-ordinator (the job had a title at least!) is a two way communication conduit between the ACTC and the motorcycle entrants. My job is to report back to the riders the decisions and reasons behind them of the ACTC, and conversely inform the ACTC how their decisions will affect the riders before they make them, what the riders think and pass on any ideas the riders may have. In other words, the Motorcycle Co-ordinator should be an impartial intermediary and help the bikes be assimilated. The other main object is to provoke thought and debate by all, to try to ensure these decisions are well founded.

All this has got me thinking – a novelty, you may suggest.

It’s obvious that ACTC Classic Trials started as a car sport with the ACTC formed to regulate it (some car folk may not be aware of the Scott trial etc, their rich heritage and how old they are). At some stage, for some reason, they accepted motorcycle entries – discuss & debate. My view is that this is a good thing – a symbiotic relationship. We all want the same thing. I even know two guys that have started Classic Trials on bikes & changed to cars. Wowser! We are stronger together against the selfish, badly informed lobbies trying to stop off road sport and the mix creates a good atmosphere.

The entries are often a similar numbers of cars & bikes. Hopefully, the bikes are here to stay and will become part of ‘the establishment’. I’ve not witnessed any animosity between cars and bikes, at the trials they seem to complement each other. The organisers all seem very helpful and friendly to both.  A lot of marshal’s (essential volunteers) and spectators, like to see both. But I’ll leave you with three questions   a) To the Riders – have you tried to help, offered your services or those of friend, got involved in the Clubs etc. Or, to put it another way, apart from paying the entrance fee are you pulling your weight?  And b) To the ACTC & Clubs – do you offer the bikes parity? Do you realise what a large untapped resource these guys may be and are you happy for them to be absorbed into ‘the establishment’?   And c) What happens if bikes consistently dominate entry lists – can we all cope with that?

Maybe the time has come to answer these questions, to be honest with ourselves and at ease with each other. I like the mix, it makes it more fun. But I think car entries will reduce, and I know there’s a large untapped pool of bikes who would like these events. Between us, we can not only continue, but if we get it right, optimistic me suggests we’ll thrive.

Hopefully that’s got you all thinking as well – another novelty?

Apparently the entries for next years Championships have started to arrive. The Regionals seem to be popular, so come on, get entered & lets get these established.

I’m now getting more feed back – great, it’s a healthy thing, come on, spill the beans & tell me what you think.

Graham (email: [email protected])

P.S. since writing this I’ve become aware of a biker helping with the admin. of an established trial, perhaps this will lead to him doing the whole job – well done P.D. There are probably more of you that I’m not aware of – as the Americans say ‘way to go’. If we all do one small thing there won’t be enough jobs to go around, and the sport will be much better & stronger. Oh yes, way to go indeed!  

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]