Launceston Trial 2019 Regs Now Available

Launceston & North Cornwall Motor ClubEntries are now open for the 2019 Launceston Trial, running on Sunday 10th February.

2019 Launceston Trial Entry Pack (Cars)
2019 Launceston Trial Entry Pack (Bikes)

“Launceston & North Cornwall Motor Club invite you to the 2019 Launceston Trial.

The trial will again run in its popular format as a single venue trial held in Eastcott & Lew Woods. As always we hope to introduce some new sections and of course sections from the Tamar Trial will be included. This year the Start area will again be in the old wood yard so there should be sufficient space for parking there.

The catering van has been booked and will be in attendance throughout the day providing hot rolls and baps etc. and hot & cold drinks.

Membership to Launceston & North Cornwall Motor Club for the year will as usual be offered anyone who enters the trial. Therefore competitors from any club, or indeed if you have yet to renew your club membership, all are very much welcome to enter the trial as you will automatically become a member of the organising club upon entry. And of course as the event is run under a Clubman permit there is the added bonus that you don’t need a competition licence to enter.

We hope you can join us on Sunday 10th February and look forward to providing you with a good day’s sport.

Venue : Lew Woods, Lewdown, Devon, EX20 4NY

Durham Dales Trial 2019 Regs Available

Entries are now open for the 2019 Durham Dales Trial, which is now a full ACTC Championship round, and now runs earlier in the year on Sunday 10th March.  Separate regs and entry forms for cars and bikes are below.

2019 Durham Dales Trial Entry Pack (Cars)
2019 Durham Dales Trial Entry Pack (Bikes)

“The 2019 Durham Dales Classic Trial has a compact route of 54 road and 22 miles on tracks around the North Pennines and Durham Dales visiting many of the sections from previous years including all the favourite ones. We will use variable tyre pressures, diversions and a few restarts to make the trial more enjoyable for all competitors. The start venue is at the Parkhead Station, Stanhope Bishop Auckland Co Durham DL13 2ES (Map Reference 87/000433). Hot food and drinks will be available before the start and after the finish.

This year’s event is Round 5 of the ACTC National / Regional Championships for cars. It is a great opportunity to score some points in very spectacular scenery. The National B event is open to members of member clubs of the ACTC. We have the eight standard car classes for those drivers wishing to enter the ACTC Regional Championships.

The Clubmans event, which doesn’t require a MSA Competition Licence, is open to members of M-ECVC and members of invited clubs: Fellside AC, MCC, VSCC, Wigton MC, Preston & District VCC, Ilkley DMC, Airedale & Pennine MCC. Except for class 0 the Clubmans event will follow the same route and sections as the National B.

Please note that since 2008 car passengers in National B classes have been required to be a member of one of the invited clubs. Passenger membership of the Middle-England CVC will be available at signing-on.

Should you be unable to enter this year perhaps you would be willing to marshal. We can promise you an enjoyable day in the country, interesting cars and bikes, good company great atmosphere and a FREE Lunch . Contact Peter Phillips at [email protected] or phone 07477354535.

Up to date details of the trial can be found on our website
www.durhamdalesclassictrial.org.uk

Whatever you drive, we are looking forward to seeing you on the 2019 Durham Dales Classic Trial.”

Start Venue : Parkhead Station, Stanhope, Bishop Auckland, Co Durham, DL13 2ES

Northern Trial 2019 Regs Available

Fell Side Auto Club LogoEntries are now open for the 2019 Northern Trial, running on Saturday 23rd February.  Separate regs and entry forms for cars and bikes are below – but the easiest way to enter is online here

2019 Northern Trial Entry Pack (Cars)
2019 Northern Trial Entry Pack (Bikes)

“The 2019 Northern Classic Trial has a compact route of 57 road and 20 forestry miles around the Northern Lake District visiting many of the sections from previous years including the infamous Sandale, Black Hole and Big Cockup. We will use variable tyre pressures, diversions and a few restarts to make the trial more enjoyable for all competitors. The start venue is at the Hope’s Auction Mart in Wigton, they are geared up for farmers and we fit in well. Very good hot food and drinks will be available before the start and after the finish.

The National B event is open to members of member clubs of the ACTC. We have the eight standard car classes for those drivers wishing to enter the ACTC National and Regional Championships. This year’s event is Round 4 of the ACTC National Championship. It is a great opportunity to score some points in very spectacular scenery. Please note that since 2008 car passengers in National B classes have been required to be a member of one of the invited clubs. Passenger membership of the Fell Side Auto Club will be available at signing-on.

The Clubmans event, which doesn’t require a MUK Competition Licence, is open to members of FSAC and members of invited clubs: – MCC, VSCC, Wigton MC, Preston & District VCC, Durham AC, Middle-England CVC, Ilkley DMC, Airedale & Pennine MCC and other ACTC Affiliated Clubs. Except for class O the Clubmans event will follow the same route and sections as the National B.

Should you be unable to enter this year perhaps you would be willing to marshal. We can promise you an enjoyable day in the country, interesting cars and bikes, good company and great atmosphere. Contact Myke Pocock at [email protected] or phone 01228 530555.

Up to date details of the trial can be found on our website www.fellsideac.co.uk.

Whatever you drive, we are looking forward to seeing you on the 2019 Northern Classic Trial.”

Start Venue : Hopes Auction Mart, Syke Road, Wigton, Cumbria, CA7 9NS

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

Cotswold Clouds Trial 2019 Regs Available

Stroud & District Motor ClubEntries are now open for the 2019 Cotswold Clouds Trial, to be held on Sunday 3rd February.

2019 Cotswold Clouds Trial Entry Pack

“On Sunday 3rd February 2019 we welcome you to join us, as we have done since 1963, for our annual 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. Having seemingly managed to reduce the annual queue for Mustard, we are introducing a slight change of format to see if we can manage the same for Axe. Also introducing a Clubmans Class for pre 1960 front engine cars.

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. The organising team of Carl Talbot, Mark Hobbs, Nigel Scotford, Ben Giles and Suzanne Burns look forward to receiving your entries, so please complete and return the enclosed entry form as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. We will keep you updated with entries via our 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.

If you’re not planning to compete this year, please consider offering your services as a Marshal. These offers are so very much appreciated and we literally couldn’t do it without you. Our Chief Marshal is Nigel Scotford, so please give him a ring on 01453 884691 or 01453 873787 if you are able to help in any way.

We look forward to seeing you on the hills.”

Start Venue : Fromebridge Mill, Fromebridge Lane, Gloucester, GL2 7PD

2018 Final Championship Tables

Here are the final championship tables for 2018. Congratulations to all the winners.

2018 Championship Tables

CARS – National Championship Winners
2018 Wheelspin League : David Haizelden
2018 Crackington League : Matt Facey
2018 Navigators League : Nick Sherrin

CARS – Regional Championship Winners
2018 North Regional League : John Charles
2018 South Regional League : Stuart Highwood
2018 Midlands Regional League : Sam Holmes
2018 West Regional League : Aaron Haizelden

MOTORCYCLE – National Championship Winners
2018 Pouncy League : Kathy Martin
2018 Red Rose League : Martin Keswick

MOTORCYCLE – Regional Championship Winner
2018 North Regional Pouncy League : Andrew Hesketh

Due to lack of competitors scoring in the South, South West and West Motorcycle Regional
Championships there will be no awards this year in these regions.

The rule that the top three from each of the National Championships are not eligible for
Regional awards also reduced the number of competitors eligible for awards in these
regions.

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

John Bell [email protected]

Exmoor Trial 2019 Regs Available

Entries are now being taken for the 2019 Exmoor Trial, to be held on Sunday 27th of January.

2019 Exmoor Trial Entry Pack

“Welcome to the 2019 Exmoor Trial, which is a round of the 2019 ACTC Car and Motorcycle Classic Trial Championships, ASWMC Classic Reliability Trial Championship. There is a new organising team this year, as many of you will know, John Barthram and Rodney Murch have stepped back from their organising roles which they have carried out for 32 years. Therefore this year sees some big changes to the route. As of last year we have moved away from the long haul from Exmoor back to Barnstaple to collect your tow vehicle. We will be finishing at the Muddiford Inn again which was appreciated by many last year. The trip across the high ground of Exmoor will not be included this year as this added many miles to the route for just a few sections.

This year’s route is approximately 70 miles on OS Map 180 in the very north of Devon with a real mixture of sections which are non-car/motorcycle breaking including High Bray which can be quite a challenge at this time of year, we are also pleased to include Hurscott, another favourite which was totally washed out a week before last year’s event after a lot of repair work by NDMC members. Fortunately a local farmer took it onto himself to repair the lane for which we are very grateful. The route will include stops for fuel near the start and during the route. The event will have a Motorsport UK dual permit, Clubmans & National B. Those who enter the Clubmans event do not require a Motorsport UK Competition Licence, if you want to contend the Championships then you will have to enter the National B event. Motorcyclists who do not have an ACU Trial Affiliation can purchase a One Event Trial Registration, ideal for beginners to have ago. Breakfast will be available for purchase at the McDonalds Restaurant, further refreshment and meals will be available at The Muddiford Inn finish venue. 

For those who do not wish to travel on the morning of the trial can find accommodation at either the Cedars Inn (near start venue), tel: 01271 371784, or Travelodge Barnstaple Roundswell Services, (even nearer the start venue) tel: 0870 191 1845.

We hope you will enter this event and find the day both interesting and challenging, we are working hard to make it as competitive as possible.”

Start Venue : McDonalds, Roundswell Retail Park, John Penrose Rd, Barnstaple EX31 3RY

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 Kyrle)

Here are the current championship tables up to and including the Kyrle, 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 Kyrle)

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]