Monthly Archives: May 2011

‘Chattering’ goes international! Tuck/Cross National Sidecar Championship Trial on Sunday 29/05/11


Dave Edolls from the other side of the pond [Canada] comments:

“I have just found the Regs for the Reg Lewis Trial – I moved to Canada in 1984 and stopped sidecar trials arround 74, although I remained scrutineering bikes and cars through to 84.
My surprise was that I recognised and knew the officials , things dont change, even remember Allan Brown, John Awford etc
what happened to Graham Manning , Allan Brown etc ?”

regards dave eddolls {}

Not sure I can answer that question Dave, so it’s up to you readers to bring him up to date.
You can do that via the website by adding comments to this post. They won’t show immediately but should be quickly approved & be visible/available.
I’ve included Dave’s mail address as well in case you want to get in touch directly.

Don’t forget Sundays Tuck/Cross National Sidecar Championship Trial based at Lambs Lair start time 10:00 o’clock organised by BSSA. I suspect any helpers will be welcome as there are always jobs to be done – Oh & there will be a catering van at the start as well!

Keep your feet up: Frank

Whats new on the site Wednesday 25th May

Hi all,


Trying to work through the backlog of Info you need that limited computer power has  made more difficult than usual to do!

1 We’ve posted Regs & Entry Forms for BSSA’s 4th Alan Brown Timed Trial. Please note the date change from the Fixture Card. It’s now on the Saturday Evening at Filers Wood start at 17:00hrs on Saturday 11th June 2011

2 We’ve posted Results of the North Somerset Colin Stenner Electrical Timed Trial held 7th May 2011

I think that’s got things up to date!

Don’t forget the West Wilts H&H on June 5th either!

North Somerset’s RTC Timed Trial Results for the Fowlers Trophy 25/05/11 & Regs & Entry Form for the Weymouth Trophy Timed Trial on June 4th 2011

Prompted by Kevin Hamblin, I’ve used another computer at home here to post [I think] the Regs & Entry Form for the Weymouth Trophy TT. Please note they are separate downloads – that’s because its how they get sent to me, I usually combine them before Posting them, but with fairly minimal computing facilities at the momeny I haven’t even tried that this time!

Let me know if they dont download for you.

You should also be able to find [on the Results page] Results for NSMSC’s last Wednesday evening [thats the 28th May!] Fowlers Trophy  Timed Trial

Again. let me know if you can’t download them


We’re back! & Ian Shuttleworth beats former World Champion Dougie Lampkin!

Hello all, in case you’ve been missing our intermittent comment, information & random thoughts, we’re back from Scotland.

I had thought beforehand I might be able to give a daily ‘report’ or post a few pictures from the the Highlands for you but it didn’t happen!
Here’s a few reasons why, first my computer started playing up the week beforehand (it’s now being replaced but that depends on our technical consultant, Clive, investing in a new one so we can ‘benefit’ from his old one. This is making editing/posting Regs. Results etc difficult with the basic facility we are having to use.
The computer problem meant it’s not possible to download pictures from the digital camera to the computer to make them available to upload to the web-site.
Secondly my camera started to play up as well! It’s a known problem with its CCD imaging sensor – so its packed up ready to be sent off, for a free replacement CCD (only to 30/06/11) after which Canon regard it as obselete!
Thirdly to access the internet with the free (& open) wifi services now widely available You don’t necessarily have the security that we have built in on our domestic network. So we took the decision not to post anything onto the site while away from base.

So there you are. I shall post some thoughts on the SSDT later but here’s one headline for you.

Ian Shuttleworth beats former World Champion Dougie Lampkin!
Yes it’s true, Ian struggled all week from what we saw but ‘chapeau’ to him (if you don’t understand that, watch Eurosport’s Giro/Tour/Vuelta cycling coverage) It is a big compliment.
Ian got a ‘Finishers Certificate’ Dougie didn’t. Why?
Because Dougie tried an unnecessary line in one of the early Fersit subs which involved jumping from one rock to another, it was also off the obvious linein the stream bed. We were told by Mr Observer that Michael Brown had just done that & Dougie tried the same thing (TMX suggested it was Ben Hemingway who had just done the jump) but got it wrong. Whatever, it was totally unnecessary & put Dougie out of the trial. Later in the week, well next day actually, I heard the comment from within the family that Dougie wanted to ‘entertain’ the crowd, well maybe, but the art of winning is to be conservative, only sticking your neck out when there is advantage to be gained. There most certainly wasn’t at that section, all there was were 5 marks to be lost. Amongst the top runners a 5 was going to win or lose the Trial. Physchology? If Dougie thought he’d physch out the opposition by showing he could do it the hard way it backfired didn’t it? And there’s so few rivals actually watching you at the SSDT – although word gets to other riders very quickly of course.

So I repeat, “chapeau” to Ian Shutts’ ride. Frank

ps Ian wasn’t the only Wessex Centre rider to ‘beat’ Dougie of course. all of them did apart from Craig Talbot who had an unfortunate off just before the Fersit group, which left him without a couple of gears & needing an engine/box rebuild & unable to start on Friday.