BSSA Glenis Sinclair Time Trial Results, Trophy hunters beware

Hello all,

Here are the results of BSSA’s Time Trial held last Saturday:  BSSA Glenis Sinclair Memorial T:Trial Results 140517  Jason Hamblin took the Premier Award  with 11 laps, no marks lost in Sections & setting standard time. Tom Smith was best Non Trials losing just two on time but 27 in Sections including 12 in Section 5 which was clearly the one that caused most trouble.

A word of caution for the curious, see:  the tigress returns Chris & Janet are selling their house in France & coming back home to live. So Trophy hunters please note.

See you soon: Frank




SSDT, Malers Funeral, NSMSC: Results Weymouth Trophy, Regs & Entry Form Fowlers Trophy

It’s Friday evening, following the finish of the Scottish Six Day Trial.

What wonderful week everyone had up there, we chose not to go this year & missed what must be the best ever weather, six days of wall to wall sunshine. What makes it worse is that every morning the Trials Guru (John Moffat) was anchoring Nevis Radio’s live You Tube broadcast from the West End Car Park. From 07:00hrs each morning i was shouting up the corridor, ‘it’s sunny up there’ on Monday, ‘it’s sunny again’ on Tuesday , ‘it’s still sunny’ Wednesday,’ we ought to have gone’ Thursday, ‘what a year to choose not to go’ Friday, ‘still sunshine, I wonder if Dougie can do it’ on Saturday. This didn’t improve Phyllis’s early morning mood! Next year it’ll hiss down?

In the end, as I rather hoped in one way, Dougie couldn’t do it, a precautionary dab in Section 5 was his only dab all week. Equalling, Gordon Jackson’s epic ride, we now have two legendary rides to talk about. Dougie is someone you would bet on soaking up the pressures that he must have been feeling from Day 2 onwards, & especially on Saturday morning, but with only one clean sheet, Sam Haslam’s, on  Saturday it obviously wasn’t an easy last day. That record 11th win for Dougie won’t be repeated for a while or more probably ever, and his single dab week has never been bettered.

So ‘local’ riders? I said earlier all our ‘runners’ were about where you might expect after the first day, they finished, Adam 39th 103m/l Special First Class Award, Scott 80th 216m/l, Ist timer Tom 91st 235m/l, Fred 105th 276m/l, Craig T 107th 279m/l, Gareth123rd 305m/l {all First Class Awards}, Mark C 158th 370m/l, Ian 180th 420m/l {both Second Class Awards} & Vicky 245th 616m/l Finishers Award. From this distance, Adam may not have had as good a ride as usual as John Shirt was higher up the finishing list & Ian would have hoped to do better, but I hear an off on Tuesday detuned him for the rest of the week & an X-ray back in Bath confirmed a broken rib, but that’s what you need to ride the Scottish, determination & grit to get you to the finish. Congratulations to all our riders, we’re proud of you.

Best ‘fairly local’ rider was SW Centre’s Joe Baker who placed 16th & Western Centre’s Matt Cristopher in 188th.

“Maler”s Funeral was held today, none of you will be surprised that all the Chapel seats were full & there were many having to stand outside in the entrance. “the girls”, Marcia, Jane & Paula jointly paid a family tribute which had many happy anecdotes, & Tony Beeching gave a thoughtful address which also had ‘typically Dave’ anecdote about Dave & a roll of chestnut paling being ‘rescued’ from the M40 which managed to unroll itself across the carriageways. As Tony said afterwards, no-one can compare with Dave as a raconteur, we are all shadows of the ‘master’ All were invited back to Pilton Village Hall afterwards & a lot of reminiscing went on. A lot of Dave’s poetry was passed around to remind us of another strand of the zest for life that Dave had. A remarkable man, a remarkable ‘family man’ he will be remembered with affection.     As you might expect amongst sporting motorcyclists, there was evidence of sporting injuries, Andy Scrivens with a collar bone broken Good Friday at Owlesbury – spat off an M-X outfit, & John Young had a bad encounter with a bike starting roller at the montlhery revival 2017 last weekend & has lost the tip of a little finger.

Results of the North Somerset Weymouth Trophy Time Trial at Ubley Drove are here: NSMSC Weymouth Trophy T:trial Results 060517 Steve Holcombe took the Premier award setting standard time & going clean in the sections, matched by Andy Frost who also went clean but dropped 4 on time  to take the best Non Trials machine class. The Regs & the Entry Form for the next NSMSC event, the Fowlers Trophy T/trial at Hanham Mills on 7th June (a Wednesday) are here: NSMSC Fowlers Trophy T:trial Regs & Entry Form 070617

The WWMC Tanner Trudge Entries are up to 25 today so get those Entry Forms filled in & sent of to Phyllis.

Its not ‘keep your feet up’ this time it’s ‘safe riding’ : see you soon Frank

NSMSC – Colin Stenner Electrical Results for 29th April, SSDT Day 1 comment

Good Morning everyone,

Jerry Walters says “Evening Frank, Results of Saturday’s North Somerset Club Time Trial at Mannings, Pensford are attached for the website. The notoriously slippery and marshy course held up much better than usual resulting in a low scoring trial and a tie for the overall premier between Jason Hamblin and Harvey Dark. Best Regards: Jerry”

I see that Jason & Harvey were both clean in the Sections & only lost 2 on time – Fastest over the ground was Andy Frost on a non trials machine who lost his 16 on Observation in Sections 1 & 3.

Meanwhile up in Fort William, you can watch what’s going on at the start on YouTube with Nevis Radio. They have John Moffat giving the commentary – who better?

Provisional Daily Results had Adam Norris on 5 marks lost, but the final ones had him with a 5 in Section 28 dropping him down to 37th with 10 m/l. All our other runners are placing around where you would expect. Joe Baker from SW Centre is 14th on 3m/l, Matt Christopher from Western Centre is on 56m/l in 172nd place. As usual it’s tight at the top with the first 16 riders having lost 3 marks or less with 5 clean sheets.

Again there’s sunshine in Fort William, & its down the road to the Corran Ferry today.



BSSA 3rd Alan Brown Centre Champs T/Trial Results for 23rd April

Hello again,

please find the BSSA Centre Time Trial Champs 3rd Alan Brown event results here:  BSSA 3rd Alan Brown Champ T:Trial results 230417xls

Andy Frost took the Premier Award from R/up Jason Hamblin, with Andy setting standard time & coping a little better on observation in the difficult Section 6 which took Andy for 17 in their 8 laps & Jason for 22. Jason lost 4 marks on time to Andy & they both lost a three in section 5. In the non Trials class Tom Smith came out best, losing 74 in  the Sections & just 2 on time, although R/up Ben Sinclair was even quicker over the ground than Tom with no time penalties but with 94 lost in the Sections.

Ian Fortune was getting in some practice for the SSDT, but only managed 4 laps before having a back problem & retiring! Not the preparation you need for 6 long days in the Highlands, but we hear that he’ll be ok for the start.


Dave Male, RIP

Good morning.

We are sorry to have to bring you the sad news that Dave Male passed away last Friday, the 21st of April. As many will know Dave had been fighting diabetes with regular dialysis and finally lost the battle. Our sympathies go to Betty and Marcia, Jane & Paula.

The funeral will be at Shepton Mallet Crematorium at 12:00 mid day on the 12th of May, and afterwards at Leigh on Mendip Village Hall.

Sadly: Frank

NSMSC Weymouth Trophy Regs for 5th May, WWMC Tanner Trudge Regs for 11th June

Good morning all!

There’s two sets of Regs for you to download, fill in and return to Secretaries of the Meeting, the NSMSC’s Weymouth Trophy, here: NSMSC Weymouth Trophy Regs&Entryforms 060517 & the West Wilts MC’s Tanner Trudge 90 minute Time Trial which are here: WWMCTannerTrudgeRegs & Entry Form110617

It’s just been pointed out that we haven’t published this Years Fixture List (thanks Gary), we’re onto it & will publish as soon as we have it in the appropriate format!

If you have an idle moment Google Unibus – we saw one yesterday – a shaft drive scooter with 269cc Villiers engine – I was unaware of it – but if you ever had a Vespa or Lambretta you’ll immediately see the same design considerations in the finished vehicle.

Keeping an eye on the weather in Fort William as well, see you soon: Frank

BSSA 90 Minute Time Trial – Regs for 14th May, cancelling Events, Isle of Wight 2Day Trial Reminder, It’ll soon be the SSDT.

Good – Friday – Morning

Regs are available for the BSSA Glenis Sinclair Memorial & Eco Angus Trophy 90 min Time Trial on the 14th of May. You can find them here: BSSA Regs&EntryGlenisEcoAngusTTrial140517

There was some interesting discussion at the last Board Meeting about cancellation of events in the light of a trial Event which a Club had recently cancelled  before its closing date. For many current riders, I guess closing dates are a relic, as riders expect to be able to enter on the day? So why, I wonder, do most Entry Forms specify a closing date & then add that entries can be taken on the day? I suppose it’s because Clubs would like to be able to gauge the interest in their Event beforehand & – this argument has been rehearsed many times previously – so that they can set out a course suitable for the numbers and ability of all the riders they know about. Entries on the day are therefore a “bonus” for the Club?

All Clubs are Member Clubs which exist purely to service the needs of its Members, some Members will be very active in Club activities & some may even be ‘sleeping’ members. The active ones have to make decisions after considering a range of factors, they will then make the decision in the Clubs best interest. Some of those decisions may, almost certainly will, not be agreed with by all the Members?

So where is this discussion going? I think I’d conclude from the above that if I want something to happen or to be changed I need to get more  involved with my Club(s).  What do you all think?

Not too long now before the start in Fort William of the SSDT. We hope all Wessex Centre riders have a trouble free mechanical & physical week! First timer Tom Culliford (264) will be riding all week in the company of the very experienced Adam (Norris 265) & Scott (Cameron 266). Victoria Payne has riding number 272. Going forward in start times there’s an interesting trio of over 40 foreign riders grouped together in Gilles Burgat (193) Dominique Guillaume (194) & Fred Michaud (195). A little nearer the front of the field are Gareth (179) & Craig (180) Talbot & Ian Fortune (181). Fred Adams (70) rides, as far as I can see, without another local rider for company but Fred’s an experienced resourceful rider these days so it won’t faze him. Victoria is one of just 5 ladies this year, Emma (Bristow), Sandra (Gomez), Chloe (Richardson), Jess (Bow)n & Victoria, as Becky (Talbot) is riding pedal powered two wheel competitions this year!.

On a sad note I see that Ted (Heather)’s Route Marking partner, & friend David Miller has also joined that “SSDT Supporters Club in the Sky “which will leave Gordon Halley to lead the new team that will be out early & late, putting out & collecting up signs, for the riders every day.

See you soon: Frank

ps Don’t forget the IoW 50th Anni TwoDay Regs&EntryForms 22&230417 Info about it is here IoW MCC 50thAnni 2 day info 2017

Centre “Jobs” – Gazette Editor, Permit Secretary. Trials Champs – Mendip Vale “Traders Trophy” Results & Updated Trials Champ Tables

Here’s a reminder to all, next years Centre AGM will see vacancies for a Gazette Editor & a Permit Secretary.

The Permit Secretary’s task is clearly defined – you need to receive review & approve Permit applications & the Supplementary Regulations & if satisfactory issue the Permits. The present incumbent – Mike Fear – also  arranges the funding, production & printing of our annual Centre Fixture Card.

The Gazette Editor maintains the Centre website by publishing submitted & commissioned information, comment & reports about the sport & riders in the Centre.

The Mendip Vale Traders Trophy Centre Championship Trial results are available here:   This year the Traders was held on a Saturday, while in recent years  it has usually been  ‘fixed’ in the Centre Calendar on Easter Day. A fairly healthy entry of 53 riders with the 39 finishers doing 3 laps of 15 sections. Expert winner Kurt Brain dropped just 7 in total, 4 of them in Andrea Cottles’ dry section 13, on the top of the valley where he dropped 4 in total finally managing a clean on his third lap! Rivals, Centre Champion & R/up Ben Skinner had just a dab here & 3rd placed Lee Hassall cleaned it each time. Clubman Expert winner, Kevin Hart managed to shed 11 of his total 19m/l here as well, whereas R/up Jon Bees only need a dab in his three visits, so I guess it was quite do-able but you had to get it right! Phyllis Sweetings’ Section 3 down in the slippery valley bottom also took a lot of marks especially in the slick lower part of the climb.

Pete Dury has, as usual, promptly updated his Championship Tables which are available here: 2017 Centre Trials Champs Tables as at 03_04_17


See you soon: Frank

North Somerset’s Jack Ball Chase Results & Colin Stenner Electrical Time Trial Regs

Mornin’ all

Jerry Walters has sent over the ‘stuff ‘above, you can find the Jack Ball results here: NSMSC Jack ball Chase Results 260317 & the Colin Stenner Time Trial details here: NSMSC Colin Stenner T:Trial Regs & Entry Form 290417   Jerry says”Bit busy to write a report this time, now that British Summer Time has arrived!” – i know what he means – you can get out in the garden after work – we’re busy on the Hawthorne hedge – we should just have had Hornbeam & Beech – three’s no nasty spikes on them!

Good to see Luke & Josh, & Victoria both having 2nd places in the most recent Sidecar & Ladies National Trials Championship Rounds. Chloe Cross won the the Non Championship Support Class too.

See you out at the Traders this afternoon?