Monthly Archives: October 2010

Here’s what you are waiting for!

Yes I know I’ve kept you waiting but we’ve had to destroy a wasps nest in the compost heap today!

So here we go, in a jiffy you’ll have the restricted to Club Bath & WoE ‘Peace Trophy’ Trial Regs for this Saturday – 6th November – Frome Dinner day by the way, & three sets of Centre Championship Trials Regs, the Wilts Border Autumn Trophy for this Sunday 7th November, The Frome Selwood Cup & Novice Trial on 21st November & the Bath & WoE Knut on 12th December posted up for you.

More stuff to follow: Frank

Heres more of that stuff: Jerry Walters has sent across the N Somerset Gordon Brown Chase Timed Trial Results from last Sunday, & while I’ve been busy doing all this Andrew Fear has winged in my direction the Results from todays Kingswood Trial & a set of Regs for their 4th Restricted to Club Series Trial – that’s one to shake off a few of those extra lbs after gorging yourselves at Christmas.

Keep it coming all of you & thanks – so much stuff to get up today that you are going to have to wait a bit to be see & be bored with my selected Scott Trial photos: Frank

Seven Days since the Scott Trial & Centre Results & Regs to post for you

So why has it taken him so long to update us? You are asking?

A four days stay near Richmond was extended with a couple of days down near Cambridge to see young William, his Mum & Dad & his other two grandparents! Then I had to read last weekends Sunday paper, two issues of T&MX & two Wiltshire Times, then draft a question for discussion at ACU National Council next month, but here’s some inconsequential chatter.

Friday afternoon: drove up to Orgate to check the level – not much water coming down, chatted to the farmer  who was out on his quad when along come Barry Robinson in a Golf & then Eric Kitchen in a large Range Rover, Eric complaining how long it took to get through Leyburn {on Market Day} Eric & Barry had obviously arranged to rendezvous there with Eric saying he’d been lent on to present the Award at the Cricket Club. Discussion about tomorrows weather – not so good so the levels might be up. Some photographic banter that seemed to be aboutgetting quite good if they stuck at it! On to Langthwaite & walked up the Hill toBooze & Slei Gill to stake out Saturdays first viewing spot & there’s five people walking towards us. Hello Phyllis & Frank says Ray Perkins so a quick chat with him & Malcolm Rathmell & Michael Brown, not much water in the Gill we think, but a good place {we’ve viewed from here before} as long as the weather is ok. We reckoned we could get there just about when the first man comes through in the morning. Walked back via Storthwaite & just as we get back to the river there’s a van turning down the river track with Lee & Ricky Wiggins looking for Surrender. Not lost exactly but in that ‘I wouldn’t start from here” place when asking directions. Then over to Surrender where all the likely lads were staking it out.

Off to the Overton House Cafe in Reeth for dinner ,try the Scarborough “woof” if it’s on the menu when you’re there & then back to the Pub we were staying in & a familiar looking van was in the car park – yes Lee & Ricky were staying in the same place!

Saturday morning breakfast & off to Langthwaite – no time to stop at the start field – weather just good enough for us to say OK we’ll go up to Booze Moor & chance the weather. We didn’t make it in time for the first rider but only missed 3 or 4, Tony Moulder, No 8, went through as I got the camera out, couldn’t understand how No 201 came through so early – guessed it was a Charity Rider – but No the programme says its Carl Tennant – the Trials Central List has Carl as No 13 so TC is wrong! Lots more water today – it poured down about 5 o’clock in the morning apparently, the section proved fairly difficult for some, Ricky Wiggins took a different line to most, & hopped it neatly across to the ends cards. Guessed riders had been instructed to make genuine attempts at sections as most fallers & stoppers didn’t ride out & away. Phil Alderson came through with several riders in the section – good riders can do that – ride a different line to avoid the hold ups in the section Harold Crawford instantly recognisable without riding gloves as always. Michael Brown was through very quickly, probably at the front on corrected time. Didn’t see Dougie though that was a surprise surely both of us hadn’t missed him? Lots of Marshals here as they had to set the afternoon return loop route after the last man through. Right, then  off to Surrender {section 57 of 77}, we were early so parking was easy, walked across & had a sandwich, still no riders, so we went on to Roy’s Rocks which had two subs {TMX’s Eric pictures are of the 2nd} we just looked at the first.

12:42:37hrs & Michael Brown [173] is first man through, had a couple of dabs though, Jonathan Richardson [178]  is next again with a one or two dabs at 12:45:12hrs, so Michael is comfortably ahead on corrected time, James Dabill [194] is through at 12:51:51 & cruises through feet up  – pretty to watch – he’s got to be up there even if he’s not fastest this year {quickest finisher the last 2 years} what’s this? Jarvis is next through at 12:58:56 so don’t rule him out. Jack Sheppard  [122] on the 125cc Beta came through at 13:03:50 looking quite handy – how does someone from the flat Eastern Centre cope with flowing water & rocks & boulders I wonder? [actually it’s because he’s good – we’ve never seen him before] – he ‘s got to be in with a shout for best newcomer. I’m rooting for Ricky for that award  but without someone to show you the way its hard – Ricky comes through at 13:18:37 so he’s not likely to grab that, but another nice thinking ride not following the obvious {when you’re knacked} line with a pivot turn to line up the ends cards. Graham Tales [135] is through at 13:42:51hrs – now there’s a man with 19 silver spoons already so we’ll forgive him paddling through the tricky bit! Here comes Tony Moulder [8] 13:56:59 hrs so he’s obviously going to be out of time but hopefully will make it to the finish. Haven’t got the time that Chris Shorey [114] went through but he’s looking strong & like a certain finisher.

That’s nearly it for the day, walk back to the car, & off to the start/finish field. Have a chat with Penny Ludgate who says Sam’s gone road racing this year – including Thruxton – but not on an Enfield of course. Sam was already in but Penny was still waiting for Ben.

Saturdays Dinner at Piazza II in Richmond – quick simple & nice pizza & summer fruit cheesecake.

Sunday morning, awake at 04:40 decide not to put the TV on for the F1 GP in S Korea – when I did at a civilised hour they still hadn’t raced, 3 laps behind a pace car, & then a long delay  with Red Bull not wanting to race & Lewis Hamilton keen to ,Mark Webber already out, & the race not stopped. Off to Breakfast to hear from Ricky that Dabill was the winner, Dougie had broken down again with the same ignition trouble as last time – what an advert for Beta & Ricky was 30th – just out of the spoon awards. Jack Sheppard didn’t make it to the finish & Jon

I didn’t see full results until Thursday , but as well as Ricky there was a good ride from Rob Pollard 31st & he Endeavour Trophyt  for Chris Shorey [TMX says he’s done 30 now – so I was right he should know the way round!  Sam Ludgate had a spoon & Ben a finishers Cert. Best newcomer was Richard Sadler  & best under 21 Jonathan Richardson. Michael Brown lost 65 on observation, compared to James Dabill’s 39 & Graham Jarvis’ 43

So that’s it for another Scott year!

I’ll post some pictures & Centre stuff tomorrow: Frank

It’s Wednesday! Scott Trial this week-end, Stuff.

Nice morning here, hope it is with you.

Mutter Mutter. So Becky Cook lost her title. The king is dead, Long live the King! I think I said that it was down to her, & according to TMX, it was her mistake – managing to ride out of a section as she missed some markers, in a section that she would have cleaned otherwise. Pressure? Maybe a difficult section, where she had done the hard stuff & relaxed too soon? We will hear in due course I expect. The hardest test will come next year in the Championships. Maybe Joanne Coles ‘wanted it’ more this year – congratulations to the new Champion.

We’ve posted up for you Regs for North Somerset’s Presidents Trophy Centre Championship Trial [28th November] & updated the Centre Trials Champ Table – sorry for the delay with these.

Scott Trial –  not a lot of local interest here this year – no riders that live in Wessex Centre that I can see – but Geoff Herbert & Tony Moulder are in, Ricky Wiggins is a first timer & it will be very interesting to see how he goes – it’ll be an eye opener for him I know. No Amos or Fujigas this year – or any foreign riders at all. Julian Harvey [E Centre] is on the reserve list, SW Centre have George & Rob Pollard in & Chris Shorey – how many consecutive years has he done now I wonder. Both the Ludgates, a couple of Lampkins, Grimbo, Dabill, Austermuhle, Alexz Wigg, Michael Brown there I reckon I’ve mentioned the winner by now. A great day out for everyone on Saturday.

Most interesting ‘The Sporting Motorcyclist’ this month  several letters slapping down the comments of ACU Chairman Jim Parker about Stephen Westleys resume of the South East Trials Combine brainstorming session about the future of Trials. Contact me if you would like to have me share them with you.

Oh & I was surprised to see a press release telling us about the Weston Beach Race on the ACU website – didn’t seem to me we needed to give publicity to a rival [non ACU] event. Am I wrong about that?

That’s done controversial for a bit, keep your feet – see you soon. Frank

ps For Sale – Knackered and rusty old ‘F’ reg 2000cc petrol Transit minibus with exhaust falling off – 18 days tax and 23 days MOT (and not a hope in hell of it passing) – good engine only 68,000 miles – offers

Wanted – Transit van (or similar) around the £1,000 mark.

If interested talk to Pete Dury

West Wilts Club Apologises

We’ve been asked to put up this Public Apology from  the West Wilts Club.

West Wilts Motor Club – An Apology

“Hi, I’m Frank Sweeting, Chairman of West Wilts Motor Club & it’s Thursday October 7th.

I want to publicly apologise to all the Riders who entered the Farleigh Castle Hare & Hounds Event we planned to run in 10 days time on the 17th of October, & had to cancel on 22nd of September. The Club has let you down.

I know the 117 of you that had entered by Tuesday 5th October are gutted. So are we.

Tom Gerken, the Secretary has been in touch with all of you, since he came back from leave on Tuesday to arrange return of your Entry Fees – which hadn’t been banked of course.

West Wilts Motor Club are extremely sorry for messing you around, but as you would expect the date had been agreed with the Landowner for a long time.

Brian Shuttleworth the CofC  had Plotted the Course, Working Parties had been Organised & It Was All Systems Go until Monday 21st September, when Permission was Withdrawn for ‘land management reasons’. the Landowner was very apologetic & is happy for us to come back next year with preferential choice of dates.

We tried (& failed) to find another venue at short notice & as that proved impossible, we put cancellation notices up on the Club & the Wessex Centre websites on 23rd September.

Yours in Sport, Frank Sweeting”

Wow, that sounds like a big disappointment for the Riders, & also the Club. I suppose it happens but its still unwelcome. probably their biggest Event of the year as well

We should have the latest Centre Trials Championship Tables for you a little later on today – with thanks to Pete Dury, Trials Recorder.

See you soon – Frank

Picture Post! Here’s some Photos for you to puzzle over

Some of you older viewers will remember Picture Post won’t you? For our younger brethren – the magazine died out like the dodo.

Never mind your Rambling Editor, take a look at the Summer Holiday picture below & try to put names to the people seen below. That’s a pretty unusual [rare even] bike in the picture foreground as well. What do you think it is?

Wessex Centre Trials take a holiday

There's a link to a well known Centre Rider/Organiser here somwhereHere’s a picture the Editor commissioned specially. There’s a connection to a well known Centre Rider & organiser in there somewhere!

We saw half a horse the other day

Don’t recognise the horse in the next one, but I think I recognise one  of the rescue team. So where was this photo taken?

[Picture not large enough for your detective work? If you mouse over the images & click you should find a full size image]

I don't believe that's Scotland?

Yep, thats a proper road with hairpin bends in the fourth picture, that must be in biker country? I do wonder about the safety handrails behind our intrepid bunch though. I guess it was risk assessed

"Say Cheese"

& finally  as we are thinking about [& doing it very well in the picture above] smiling for the  photographer I wonder if our happy group were prompted by some sort of subliminal association – a sign like this perhaps?

That’s it for now – Frank

Monday 11th October’s Mumblings & Postings

Hello all,

Yesterdays West Wilts Errington Cup Results are posted for you.

WWMC hope you enjoyed yourselves, a lovely day just the job! Thanks to Brian Shutt. CofC, Clive Jones, Phyllis Sweeting Secretary on the day, & Secretary Chris Kelly who had the flu but still got the Results out for you. Phyllis had 3 riders, Hedley  & Trevor Ashford, & Martin Strang pay Entry Fees with Vouchers, as the Club gives riders options of an Award or Vouchers redeemable against Fees for Club Events. Any Rider feedback about this? Good idea or Bad idea, No idea? Funny thing is we’ve pencilled in their Entries for next year already – as they all won their Respective Classes!

We also have the Regs & Entry Forms for the Southern Experts Solo & Sidecar  Trial down in Widdecombe, Devon on 5th December. Solos have classes for Experts & Youth A on the hard Route & also Clubman Expert & Youth A on an  easier Route. Sidecars have Expert & Clubman Expert classes. Hope there’s plenty of support from our Centre – so get that Entry in to Chris Mawer asap.

Just to keep you on your toes – remember on the Results Page to choose the correct years Errington Results as I’ve got them ordered ‘oldest first’! I’ll think about that some other time!

With thanks to Mary Crease & Brian Newbury, we now have the full complete List of Centre Trials Champions from 1950 to date posted!


Brockley Cup Trial – Cancelled, Centre Trials Champ update, 3rd Party Road Insurance

Here we are again!

First off – Mendip’s Brockley Cup Trial has been cancelled Andy Leahy tells us. With 3 other Trials within similar travelling times  Champ – including our own Kingswood Club & a Yeo Vale SW Centre Championship Trial the Valers have decided not to run.

Mary Crease has mailed me the missing names on the Centre Trials Championship List we currently have posted – thanks Mary. A little bit of work will tidy up the List & I’ll tell you when it’s updated – in a few days I hope.

If there are any ‘grassers’ out there that know the list of Centre Champions in Track Racing we would like to have those available as well. Moto-X’ers [Scrambles] Champions would be nice to know – I expect it would include Rob Taylor, Gary &  Neil Hudson Bryan Goss & …….. but I’m guessing here.

Had a note from Chris Wrigley: he says

“Hi Frank just going through buying process for road insurance and came upon a little known “gem” namely quoting rath09 (or by going to Sherco website and clicking that link)  They will issue /insure any (even 18 year olds) for third party risks including during  trials competition( between sections) for a flat premium of £105.00/year. Just thought this kind of info should be useful.

They also do fire & theft from garage type insurance  flat rate any bike @£99.00.  [WOW now that’s a BARGAIN – Frank]

Being an old git I got fully comp for 250 Sherco @ £80.00 via bike insurer ( a comparison site but the ABI code for a Sherco is listed as Bultaco… model… Sherco so you have to put in make as Bultaco. It seems to me that ABI codes are always c. 3 years behind what is actually going on in the market place.”

That sounds really useful info for anyone who wants to ride ‘traditional road trials” – if you don’t have your own 3rd Party insurance, you have to buy the [ACU] offered one event for what is it ? about £12-50 for each event. With Long Distance trials being very popular as well with Centre Riders maybe they need to look into Doodson as insurer as well?

That’s it for the moment – hope to see lots of you on Sunday – if you are quiet [when there’s a Trial on? !] you can see spotted & green woodpeckers at Folly Woods – the Errington Cup Venue.


ps Not a Centre Resident, but hasn’t Ricky Wiggins done well in his British Championship campaign this year? 4th in Expert “A” class

Monday 4th October’s Chatter

Good morning to all,

Delighted that we made the decision last week not to go to Wilts Borders ‘Endeavour’ Trial at the Piggeries – we thought it might be muddy! Anyway we had lots of apples to pick & store!

Theresa has sent out results & we should have them posted here by tea time. The same goes for the Wells Clubs Presidents Timed Trial Regs this coming Sunday, the Southern Experts Regs [5th December at Hound Tor with solo & sidecar classes] & the North Somerset Timed Trial 24th October.

I notice that Jon Tuck & Matt Sparkes are still showing the rest of the trials chair brigade the way in the British Championship. Can they be beaten with 1 round to go?

Update 19:00hrs: The Southern Experts must wait for another day, but the Wilts Border Endeavour Results are up, ditto North Somersets Timed Trials on both 5th September [the RT Keedwell] & 26th September [the Ivan Manning]. The Regs for the Wells Presidents TT are also posted. Haven’t had time to check the links so if you don’t get to them please let me know asap.

Pleased to see the West Wilts Club team in the British Enduro Champs placed 3rd from 7.

Check for more chatter soon: Frank