BSSA Reg Lewis Trial Postponed, Sad news at Ted’s funeral, Dave Norris RIP. Centre Champs John Stait T/Trial Regs & Entry Form, Swindon’s Corinium Entries open online 20th February

Hello all,

Jan Watkins has just Mailed to say “Hi Frank, Sorry to inform you that the BSSA Reg Lewis Trial has been postponed until further notice. Please let people know  via the web-site. Regards, Jan”

We went to Ted Heather’s Funeral on Tuesday, in a lovely gesture Derek Daniels followed the hearse in on Ted’s last bike, an OSSA MAR which he’s had since Ted sold it to him 13 years back. Although Derek has restored it beautifully, it was only the day before that it had oil put in the gearbox & fuel in the tank. It fired up first kick!

We were impressed, but not at all surprised, that 4 members of the SSDT Committee flew down to attend, it shows how Ted was appreciated ‘up there’: as you would expect many of us ‘older’ Wessex Centre stalwarts were there as was SW Centre VP George Sartin all paying our respects. We don’t think there was vacant seat at the Service.

Sadly, back at Corsham Cricket Club, we heard that Dave Norris, Adams’ Dad has also passed away. So our thoughts are also with Delya, Lee & Adam, & Adam’s family. It doesn’t seem long since Adam was on that TY80 when he & Rob Sartin were two outstanding schoolboy riders.

Jerry Cross has sent over the Centre Timed Trial Championship, John Stait Trophy Regs, & Entry Form. Several months of negotiations with the new Landowner have paid off & it’s going to run at the usual Rookham venue. The Regs are here: Wells John Stait Champ TTrial Regs 190317 & the Entry Form is here: Wells John Stait Champ TTrial Entry Fom 190317

Bodaff reminds me that Swindon & District MCC’s Corinium Enduro Entries will be open on line on Monday!  More details are on the club website or Club Facebook page, or via the Riders//Members – Club Event Entry Tab on the ACU Website

Keep em up: Frank




Centre AGM – Changing of the Guard! Date changes. Regs available for ..

Hello all,

The dust has settled on the AGM, & the old guard will be changing. A brief Report follows.

Roll call of Clubs: All affiliated Clubs were represented except BGRC, Frome, Mendip Vale & Wells.    Apologies were tendered & accepted for Alan Brown & Vic Osman of BGRC.  {Editors comment: Mendip haven’t been represented at the AGM at any of the last six, Frome have only been represented for  three of the last six & Wells haven’t been represented at four of the last six. That suggests the Centre is not in “good health”}

The retiring President, Martin Bracey presented the Harry Croft Trophy to Mike Fear, The Chairman, Keith Wooster remarked that new people were needed on the Board  The Hon Secretary echoed the Chaimans remarks. {that’s the third consecutive year he or the Secretary have said that – Ed.} The Hon Treasurer said we had an excess of income over expenditure only because there were no Inter Centre Event Teams to be supported, but the income showed there were fewer riders & fewer events in the Centre.

The Treasurer presented his Financial Report for the year which was discussed & formally accepted. The Gazette Editor presented his Report reviewing his tenure & announced he was standing down at the next AGM Read that Report here: Gazette Editors Report for 2016 070217

All Officials were elected unopposed, & were exactly the same people as last year, except that your new President will be Denys Plaster of NSMSC, outgoing President Martin Bracey becomes an ex officio Vice President, & Bob Burt replaces Denys as our 4th VP.

The Board Meeting followed & the Officers appointed are the same as  last year as well. Mike Fear announced this would stand down as Permit Secretary at the next AGM

So that’s two important positions you, out there in the Centre, have got to take on to keep your sport running {everyone in the room was over 50 years old – as usual – Ed.}

Please note the following date changes/corrections to your Fixture Card: West Wilts James Cup Centre Trials Champ from 19th March to 26th March, Kingswood Abbotside Enduro from 30th July to 23rd July, BSSA Glens Sinclair T/Trial is on 14th not 13th May.

Regs are available for:


Wilts Border Centre Restricted Trial on 5th March here: WBorder Salutation Novice Regs 050317 & WBorder Salutation Novice Entry form 050317

West Wilts Centre Championship Trial on 26th March here: West Wilts JamesCupChampTrial regs & EntryForm26:03:17

Out of Centre: How about a weekend away? there are 22 classes & choice of two courses either with or without roadwork in the Isle of Wight MCC 50th Anniversary Two Day Trial on 22nd & 23rd April. Info & Regs are available here: IoW MCC 50thAnni 2 day info 2017 & IoW 50th Anni TwoDay Regs&EntryForms 22&230417

It’s time to get involved Guys:  Frank



Centre AGM Report, NSMSC’s Terry Bunn Championship T/Trial results from 05/02/17

Hi all,

Centre AGM Report to follow

In the meantime the NSMSC Terry Bunn Trophy Time Trial Results are here: NSMSC TerryBunn CentreChamp TTrial Results 050217 & Jerry Walters reports ”

Evening Frank,

Results of Sunday’s North Somerset Club Terry Bunn Trophy Time Trial held at Malthouse Farm, Chelwood are attached for the website.

This was the first round of the 2017 Wessex Centre Time Trial Championship, and Andy Frost threw down the gauntlet by taking an easy overall victory losing just 3 marks on observation plus 4 on time. Kye Steel grabbed 2nd spot in the trials class on 21 marks, just ahead of Jason Hamblin, who seems to be struggling to stay in contention on his new Honda 4Ride trail bike.

In the non trials class Tom Smith Tom Smith was also in a league of his own, setting standard time and losing just 21 marks on observation which also gave him the overall runner up spot. Harvey Dark took second place in the class on 61 marks just ahead of rapidly improving Ben Sinclair on 76.

Regards: Jerry”


More news to follow: Frank

Centre AGM tomorrow. NSMSC’s Wynnes Trophy Time Trial Regs & Entry Form for 26th Feb available

Afternoon all:

A reminder about the Centre AGM tomorrow: 8:00pm at Warmley Community . Riders, it’s your chance to come & make suggestions for improving the way the Centre does things

Jerry Walters has sent over the Regs & Entry Form for the NSMSC’s Wynnes Trophy T/Trial which you can find here: NSMSC Wynnes Trophy T:Trial Regs & Entry Form 260217 26.2.17

The ‘paid up ‘ entry list for the SSDT is growing quickly, I notice that Wessex Centre riders, Scott & Mark Cameron, Victoria Payne, Ian Fortune, Craig & Gareth Talbot have already guaranteed their rides. Dabill isn’t riding it this year, & there aren’t any Lampkins on the list yet so it may be a more open competition this year? We will see.


Ted Heathers Funeral is on 14th February, BSSA 2nd Alan Brown Time Trial Results

Hello all,

Rachel Heather has just called me to say that Ted’s funeral will be at the West Wilts Crematorium at Semington on Tuesday 14th February at 1:45pm. TMX’s  John Dickinson will have a short piece about Ted in this Thursdays edition, & the Trials Guru, who you know has an affinity with the SSDT,  has an appreciation of Ted.

Jan Watkins has sent across the Results of last Sundays BSSA 2nd Alan Brown Series Time Trial. An entry of 51 with a couple of non starters, Tom Smith took the Premier Award doing 10 laps, setting standard time & losing 93 marks in the sections. Pete King was best A class with Jason Hamblin R/up, Ade Dark was R/up in the non trials class. The Results are here: BSSA 2nd Alan Brown TTrial Results 290117


Ted Heather, Ray Dury, RIP. NSMSC’s Terry Bunn Time Trial – Change of Venue

Hello all,

We are sorry to have to announce that Ted Heather, another well known Centre member, has passed away recently following complications after surgery.

Many of you will know that Ted was a former Centre President & Harry Croft Trophy holder, and although he hadn’t involved himself in the Centre for some time, he was still a working member of the Scottish Six Day Trial organisation, in the Parc Fermee & putting out the daily Route Marking.

Ted was one of those quiet people who put a lot into the sport – numbers of Riders had the benefit of a little “help’ from Ted which wasn’t always appreciated as much as it should have been

When we have more information we will be post it here.

A name that most of you don’t know? is Ray Dury, who also passed away recently, he was Centre Trials Recorder Pete Dury’s Dad. Ray started  working in the Douglas motorcycle factory in Kingswood in 1935 when he was 14. He rode trials after serving the RAF during the war & rode Trials in the 1950’s & early 60’s on a variety of machines, together with Gerald Kibby & Arthur Mellors as a Kingswood Club member. Pete would love to see any Trial Result Sheets of Events  his Dad rode in. Maybe Gazettes of that vintage might turn something up? If anyone can help please get in touch via the Gazette or directly with Pete.

North Somerset MSC announce that due to the current spell of wet weather they have had to change the venue of next Sunday’s Terry Bunn Trophy Time Trial from Scars Wood, Lulsgate to Malthouse Farm, Chelwood.


Wells & District’s Miller Cup Centre Champs Trial 22nd Jan. Results & Champ Points Table.

Hello all,

Its taken the Wells Team quite some  to produce  the Provisional Results because: weren’t there a lot of you? 109 in total with 35 Entries received before the closing date that meant 64 Entries to be processed before the start!

Some of you entered one class & rode a different Route, some of you, I think are in the Results in a Class you aren’t actually eligible for, although of course some of you may not have a current centre Grading & could then ride an age related Route.

Never mind, it was wonderful to see you all.  It was even more impressive that all Sections had an Observer, thanks to you all.

With 109 Riders the Clubs usual observer Boards only go up to 80, so there was some hasty improvision to manufacture cards to score Riders 81 – 120! Staceys Observer Cards only go up to 100 so they wouldn’t have coped although issuing two cards would have solved it! We found the ‘old fashioned’ Observer sticks which were quickly found & pressed into service that counted Rider Numbers 1 – 60 on one side & 61 -120 on the reverse with space for recording 4 laps if needed & the pencil were still a perfectly useable solution.

Punch cards would have worked but then you really need two Observers a Section, & you always seem to lose a punch at the end of the day, besides the ‘discussions’ that also ensue when rider interprets his ride differently to the Observer! Still, these days,  it’s a wonderful challenge for the Oranising Club to solve!

Scanning the Results it looks as if the Sections were about right on the yellow route, and on the main Route although the Expert & A/B routes challenged the Class winners severely. Section 8 looks like it was a stopper for the Experts with only Tom Culliford actually getting out of it (only once though)

A few random thoughts about the day, good to see Kevin Nicholas back in action on an ex Scott Cameron Beta, although he’ll need a lot more practice before he becomes the really handy rider we know he can be – how many years away Kevin, 30ish? Kevin Hart was on for a nice clean in my section before he ‘lost’ the Section markers & wasn’t able to recover although he was still well in control, Ben Wilmore was riding a ‘pre 65’ Triumph twin engined Cotton that he rode in a manner that suggested it handled differently (& better) than it ever did 50 years ago! It sounded nice though. Adam Colburn is back riding again, there was a tidy looking Saracen (was that a Puch engine in there) a Fantic 305, Kurt Brain the Expert winner was on a TRS I think? Roger Johns & the Charity Scott Trial Team raised £3500 in total with the Len Hutty Memorial Trial contributing a significant part of it – from memory the Charity Team was Roger, Kevin Hart, Barry Roads Paul Anstey & and Ray Haslam.

Best ride of the day on my sections hard route was Ian Fortune on his last lap, a beautiful flowing clean with forward momentum all the time – he got it exactly right.

The Results are here: Wells – Miller Cup Champ Trial 220117

and the Championship Points Table is here: 2017 Wessex Centre Champs Tables as at 230117  Thanks to Centre Recorder, Pete Dury




NSMSC: EcoAngus Time Trial Results for Sunday 15th Jan

Hello all,

Jerry Walters has sent over the Results of the above, & as Jerry says,

‘Evening Frank,

Results are attached for Sunday’s North Somerset Club Eco Angus Trophy Time Trial, which was held at Ubley Drove on the Mendips.

This venue often attracts a full entry and despite the damp conditions the event was oversubscribed again. On a drying course Ricky Hudson was in his element and took a well deserved overall win losing 25 marks. An off form Jason Hamblin just clinched the runner up spot on the tie breaker, from Pete King, after both riders finished on 32 marks.

In the scrambles class Andy Frost revelled in the tight and twisty sections, taking an easy win on 35 marks. It was a closer battle for second spot with Tom Smith just taking it on 58 from Harvey Dark on 61.

Cheers: Jerry”

NSMSC Eco Angus T:trial Results 150117

Wells: Centre Champ Miller Cup Trial 22nd Jan – Any Observers Out There?

Hello all,

CofC Jerry Cross tells us that the Miller Cup Centre Championship Trial will be three laps of 15 sections. As it’s the Wells Clubs first Championship Trial for quite a while Jerry is very keen to ensure it all runs smoothly for you, & one of the Club’s biggest concerns is to get Observers for all of them.  If you can help out please let Jerry know asap.

See you there: Frank

ps Early Entries i.e. getting them in by next Wednesday will help everything to run more smoothly as well.

Wilts Border: Border Cup Results 8th January, North Somerset Centre Champs Terry Bunn Time Trial Regs & Entry Form for 5th February, Franks Mutterings …

Hello again,

we’ve a few things for you to take note of:

First the Results for the Kington Cup Wilts Border Trial last Sunday, w-border-kington-cup-results-080117-1  – good to see an excellent entry!

And next the Regs & Entry Form for the North Somerset Terry Bunn Trophy Centre Championship Time Trial on The 5th of February, nsmsc-ttrial-champs-terry-bunn-050217

Didn’t we have a battle for the 2016 Centre Trials Champion where it ended up all change after the last Round. Just how a Championship should be, in doubt until the final Round. I know there weren’t as many riders contesting the Expert Class as we would like but I’d like to thank all those guys who supported us & who were in  with a shout at the Knut Trophy. At the end of the Knut, the Result of the Trial & the Championship had to come down to the last tie breaker!

I did see a comment somewhere about a ‘works’ rider being able to score points ( I presume because whoever made the comment thought it had affected the Championship positions) but it made no difference to the final Result. The “works” rider in question has to be Toby Martyn & I think we should all be pleased that Toby chose to enter one of our Events. It’s a bit like saying that the Rules should be ‘bent’ i.e. the Rules should be changed to exclude Works Riders from the Championship, think about that, then someone would want to exclude riders not Resident in the Centre, then …  Well the Centre wants to encourage our own Riders to improve, & how do we encourage that, not by running a “closed” Championship I’m sure, the one restriction placed on Entrants is that they are Members of a Club Affiliated to the Wessex Centre.

If I recall correctly, Toby was announced as a Vertigo contracted rider this year (?) & I for one wish him all success in future Events, hope he stays injury free & fulfils his undoubted potential. I’m sure that all of you out there do as well & just wish a little bit of Toby’s skill rub off on us or if we don’t compete these days that we can at least admire them at home & abroad.


ps: My 2017 ACU Handbook came with todays Post