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]

2018 Championship Tables (up to Yorkshire Dales)

Here are the current championship tables, including 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 (up to Yorkshire Dales)

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]

GDPR Regulations

ACTC is committed to protecting our member and observer data privacy and have added a Privacy Policy to the website at https://www.actc.org.uk/info/publications/ in advance of the new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) which comes into force on 25th May 2018.

In order to keep the highest level of membership services, we need to keep accurate personal data. Please keep us informed of any change to your personal information including email address by emailing us at [email protected] – or write to the current Data Protection Officer Barbara Selkirk at The Brook, Dumbleton Lane, Earditon, Tenbury Wells, Worcs, WR15 8JR.

Events You May Not Have Heard Of Before

Here are links to info on a couple of trial events coming up soon that you may not have heard of before. Both in deepest Cornwall – both well worth a visit!

The Flora Trial, on Sunday 6th May 2018
Run by Pendennis Motorcycle and Light Car Club.
Starts from near Redruth.
More info here : http://pendennismcc.co.uk/regs/

The Peninsula Trial, on Sunday 27th May 2018
Run by West Cornwall Motor Club.
Starts from near Penzance.
More info here : http://westcornwallmotorclub.com/category/events/

Please support both events if you can.

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]

Yorkshire Dales Trial 2018 Regs Available

Entries are now open for the 2018 Yorkshire Dales Trial, to be held on Sunday 13th May.

Yourkshire Dales Trial 2018 Entry Info

“ROUND 8 OF THE ACTC CHAMPIONSHIP AND ROUND 3 OF THE ACTC NORTHERN CHAMPIONSHIP FOR CARS & MOTORCYCLES.

We are delighted to invite back all CLUBMEN, ACTC, ACU and VSCC competitors for the fourth running of this popular event. You are promised another excellent variety of sections and a new one introduced to keep you on your toes. We have also increased the off road mileage between sections as requested by some of our regular motorcycle competitors.  Pateley Bridge cattle market is again playing host, ensuring a compact route plus ample parking for competing vehicles, plus trailers and tenders. The adjoining café will be open for food and drink for the duration of the event, whilst fuel is available nearby.

As in previous years we will be running a raffle in aid of the Air Ambulance. This charity is very dear to the hearts of our landowners and making a donation to this charity greatly helps us to obtain permissions to use our sections and farm tracks.

The Trial will have Clubmans and Nat. B permits, with the normal classes for cars & motorcycles. Plus as last year there will be additional separate classes with awards :-

Class 0 :- to cater for those preferring not to tackle the more difficult sections there will be an open car & a closed car class.

Class V :- Long & Short wheelbase classes  for VSCC eligible cars. (VSCC members may alternatively enter either class 2 or 5)

Class X :- Road legal motorcycles that do not comply with classes A to D.

Also this year we have applied for and obtained an ACU Special Events Permit which allows motorcycles and motorcycle sidecar outfits fitted with road legal tyres that do not comply with ACU tyre regulations TSR8 to enter the event in this class. 

 As last year we are also giving an award to the best Japanese production car entered in class 5, so come along and enter your X90’s & MX5’s (This award will not affect the normal class positions in class 5).

We are also giving an award to the best Historic non production Trials Car built prior to 1970, under 1200cc, complying with and entered in Class 8.

We hope you can enter for a really good days trialling.  If you are unable to compete and would like to marshal please contact Rupert North on 07887 376739 or [email protected]

Russ Coppin, Airedale and Pennine MCC Ltd.”

Start Venue : Pateley Bridge Auction Centre, Bridgehousegate, Pateley Bridge, HG3 5HN

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]