Bovey Down Trial 2019 – New Date

Entries are now open for the 2019 Bovey Down Trial, now running on Sunday 12th May.

2019 Bovey Down Trial Entry Pack

“Windwhistle Motor Club Ltd. is pleased to be able to run this non-championship event again this year. The club continues to develop this event and are looking to alter sections again this year. The
event is as competitive or friendly as you like to make it, however with sections run in groups, coffee breaks with onsite catering and toilet facilities it serves well as a great social event.

We offer you the opportunity for at least 3 daylight attempts at Norman’s Hump and Clinton as used in the MCC Exeter Trial and other sections which the landowner has kindly allowed us to create are included. No competition licence is required. In an attempt to encourage younger club members entries may be accepted from drivers aged 16 and over who do not hold a full RTA licence provided they are accompanied by someone that does, who is over 17 and is also an experienced trials driver and must produce a valid club membership card. A membership application form to the Windwhistle Motor Club will be available by email on request to the event secretary, or from the club website, to encourage entrants to join us on a more regular basis.

There will be a local charitable catering facility on site all day. Bacon rolls, pasties and homemade cakes etc. and a toilet facility. The flint surface at the venue can be aggressive on your tyres – perhaps use this opportunity to use up old tyres. If you still have some KL78s or Kingpins K4S we will allow you to use them.

In 2019 this will be almost 4 weeks before the Lands End trial. Please enter early as we can only accommodate around 40 entries in the restricted space available to us.”

Venue : Bovey Down Woods, Stafford Cross, Southleigh, EX24 6JJ (don’t use this postcode for sat navs though! The map shows the correct location).

March Hare Trial 2019 Regs Available

Entries are now open for the 2019 March Hare Trial, to be held on Sunday 24th March.

2019 March Hare Trial Entry Pack

“You are invited to take part in the 19th running of Falcon Motor Club’s March Hare Trial, the only Classic Reliability Trial to be held in the Chilterns. The history of the March Hare goes back to when the event was first run in 1958 and the modern March Hare still uses some of the sections used in that first event. This year we will offer the competitor at least 15 competitive sections and two special tests, all set in the picturesque Chiltern countryside. The route is approximately 84 road miles.

This is a Clubman event and is open to Falcon Club members and members of Stroud & District M.C., MGCC, VSCC, West Suffolk MC, Eastern Counties MC, Farnborough District MC, Anglia Motor Sports Club, 750 MC and the Motor Cycling Club. Drivers do not need to have a competition licence. We can invite more clubs, which we will do on request, on a first come first served basis.

The start will be at the Watling Street Truck Stop, Old Watling St, Flamstead, AL3 8HA which is on the A5, by junction 9 of the M1. Map reference 166/085151
The finish will be at the Chequers Inn, Watling Street, Redbourn, Herts. AL3 7AD (a Chef & Brewer Pub Restaurant).”

Start Venue : Watling Street Truck Stop, Old Watling St, Flamstead, AL3 8HA

Syde Classic Trial 2019 Regs Available

Stroud & District Motor ClubEntries are now open for the 2019 Syde Classic Trial, to be held on Saturday 2nd March.

2019 Syde Classic Trial Entry Pack

“Stroud and District Motor Club would like to invite you to the Syde Classic trial at Harcombe Farm, Syde, GL53 9PN.

Trials have been held at Harcombe Farm since 1946. The event will feature at least 8 sections, attempted on 3 or more rounds & 1 special test. We will be running the classes in classic 1-8 format.

The sections will be a combination of field and woodland, classic type sections in the woods and of the PCT type in the field. Competitors will run in class order. This offers competitors in each class similar conditions on sections.

What better way to spend a Saturday in March than join us, either as a competitor or as a marshal. We look forward to seeing you for what should be an enjoyable event.

The Organising Team,
Gary Browning, Joe Browning, Paul Eamer & Nicola Gladwyn

Start Venue : Harcombe Farm, Syde, GL53 9PN

ACTC on Tour / Launceston Meeting

Here are some notes from the ACTC on Tour meeting held by the Stroud Motor Club on 13th January.

2019 January ACTC on Tour Meeting Report

A reminder that Launceston & North Cornwall Motor Club are having a meeting on 28th February at Trethorne Leisure Park, to which the ACTC and other motor clubs and members have been invited.

Further details on the upcoming Launceston meeting are below.

28th February OPEN MEETING at Trethorne update

This is a reminder that the purpose of setting up this meeting was, and still is, to provide an opportunity for members of our club, neighbouring clubs, and representatives of the organisations we are involved with, to come together and start a conversation about “The Direction of our Grass Roots Sport” and ways to come together to make its existing or new forms more attractive to both competitors and organisers.
 
Sorry that may sound a bit pompous, but it is clear from conversational comments and reports that there are problems with what we do now and we need to look at the future.
 
In early January I sent email invitations to as many local clubs, as I thought might be interested, whose emails were listed on the ASMC website, as well as to ACTC, BTRDA, MCC.  I may have missed some people but I know word has also got around, and I hope as many of you as can will come to the meeting.
 
The Agenda is not yet fixed but will include:
 
Cooperation between clubs
Management of the calendar
Age profiles of both competitors and organisers
The costs of competing
Regulations
New types of events
Follow up
 
Trethorne (https://www.trethorneleisure.com) is easy to find (Map Ref 201/ 284833). 3 miles west of Launceston turn off the A30 onto the A395 and in 100yds R into Trethorne. Keep R along drive to the Leisure Centre where there  is some parking. There is also more parking to the left of the Drive.
 
If you will be coming please ring me Warin Kelly on 01822 870393, or Pat Gomm on 01566 784348, so that we can get an idea of numbers, and make sure we have a big enough room.
 
If you are unable to attend but have any comments on this matter please feel free to post them on our club face book page. Or send  them to John Turner at [email protected] who will be happy to include them in our newsletter.

Warin Kelly, Chairman, Launceston & North Cornwall Motor Club

Chairmans Trial 2019 Regs Available

Holsworthy Motor ClubEntries are now open for the 2019 Chairmans Trial, being held on Sunday 17th February.

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

“A Dual National B and Clubman’s event For Cars

A Round of the 2018 REIS Insurance ASWMC Classic Reliability Championship

We are grateful to Kivells Auctioneers for allowing their car park and facilities at the Holsworthy Cattle Market to be used for the start again this year.

We should have at least 17 sections and 2 special tests in a route of 55 miles. Please come and have fun with us.”

Start Venue : Holsworthy Livestock New Market, Holsworthy, EX22 7FA

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