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NSMSC Richard Sage Electrical T/trial Results. Final 2017 Centre Trials Championship Tables.

Good morning all,

Here are Sundays NSMSC Richard Sage Electrical T/trial results: NSMSC Richard Sage T Trial results 171217, & Jerry Walters says “Results of yesterday’s rescheduled North Somerset Club Richard Sage Electrical Time Trial are attached for the website.

The Scars Wood, Lulsgate course was in a much drier condition than it had been 7 days earlier…for the first few laps. However it wasn’t long before the onset of rain started to make the course, and some of the observed sections very challenging.                  Best regards, Jerry”

Editors note, you’ll see a disqualification in the Results, which is unusual! Paul Manning, as Secretary of the Meeting, had to disqualify himself as he’d had machine troubles & changed machines mid event!

The Final 2017 Centre Trials Championship Tables are here: Final Champ Tables 2017  Thanks, as usual, to Pete Dury who makes these happen for us throughout the year

Updated Knut Trophy Results, Congrats to Jon & Matt, Wells ” ‘Mike Cornish’ T/Trial Results” & more NB NSMSC RICHARD SAGE RUNS NEXT SUNDAY. NSMSC Eco Angus T/Trial Regs …

Afternoon all,

We went out to the Knut Trial today, wondered whether we wanted to or ‘ought to’ in the end the vote was yes lets go! Easy enough for us to get there via Langridge Lane where we caught up the Norwegian registered van at the top, just two small fallen trees on the Bradford > Bath A  Kitted up in overtrousers etc before leaving home bearing in mind the forecast snow at 12:00hrs At the start it began around 10:20hrs, although several riders had driven through or around (impassable) snow on their way! Thanks to the band of hardy Observers which included Nipper Allen, Mike & Chris Fear, Gary Scrivens, Andy Jefferies Dean & Colin Hassall, ourselves only until 12:00hrs , thanks to Mark Talbot who relieved us, I expect Theresa Talbot Bob Burt & Colin Noad were as well. Heard the North Somerset Time Trial was cancelled & events over towards Oxford were cancelled as well.

Full wet weather gear was the order of the day as the snow settled but as it was above freezing it became sloppy & gooey mud so grip & throttle control was at a premium in Section 11 where we were. Mark Elms reckoned it was maybe 40 years back when he was a schoolboy riding on Exmoor since he’d last ridden in conditions like today! All 3 routes were doable, but became more difficult while we were still there. Anyway we were back home by 12:30 for coffee from the flask, hot soup and our sandwiches. We’d got the boiler oil leak sorted (new pump – I suspect oil leaking through the bearings – but last night another problem showed up maybe play in the motor bearings as well allowing the fan impeller to chatter on the casing. So when we got back I decided I’d only run it in extreme emergency i.e. sub zero temperatures.

So I’ll sit back & wait for the Results & post them later.

Meanwhile, Congratulations to this years National Sidecar Expert Champions, Jon Tuck & Matt Sparkes who clinched it a fortnight ago in the Final Round by winning the final Round. Josh & Luke Golding were 3rd there & 3rd overall in the Championship as well as winning  becoming Southern Experts recently. David Tuck & Joe Newman were 3rd on the day which secured their 3rd place in the Intermediate Sidecar class.

Now for the Wells&DistTC Mike Cornish TTrial 031217 Results which Martin Lawford has sent over with this resume of the day, ”

Apologies this is so late in the week! ( More apologies the Boiler saga has slowed things a bit this week – Ed.)

Please find attached results of last Sunday’s Mike Cornish timed trial at Maesbury Rings.

The event attracted almost a full entry, which certainly made for a busy hr’s riding on a fairly compact course. Charlie Frost came from the back to set standard time and in the process took the non trials class win, but it was Jason Hamblin who took the premier from Pete King and Paul Manning.

The non trials class was hotly contested with Nick Shephard and Nathan Newman keeping Charlie on his toes and the top 6 only separated by 13 marks.

Regards,   Martin

NSMSC Richard Sage Electrical T/Trial will run next week  – Message from Jerry Walters

“Afternoon Frank,

North Somerset MSC were forced to cancel today’s Richard Sage Electrical Time Trial at Scars Wood, Lulsgate, due mainly to a waterlogged parking field.

We’re hoping to run in  a week’s time (Sunday 17th December) at the same venue, weather permitting. All entries will be carried over automatically, unless riders contact Paul Manning to cancel their entry. Entries remain open for anybody who hasn’t entered but would like to ride on the new date.

Best regards   Jerry”

Here are the NSMSC’s Eco Angus T/Trial Regs & Entry form for 14th January: NSMSC Eco Angus T:Trial Regs & Entry Form 140118

Last but not least, I’m confident you will all want to acknowledge the work that Permit Secretary Mike fear has put in for you all since 1980 as our Centre Permit Secretary. That’s 37 years worth, I know that Mike couldn’t have done it for so long without Chris’s help. They also organised the Centre’s Fixture Card. Thank you both.

Bath & West of England Knut Trophy Final Centre Championship Results (added 20:00hrs 10th Dec)

Here they are:  Bath&WoE Knut Trophy Centre Champ Trial Results 101217  Centre Champ Kurt lost 29, but visitor Tom Moss just dropped 16 to take the win. I suspect he diverted to ‘our’ trial as a result of a cancellation? Kevin Hart rode AB losing just 42 with Henry Pym second on 62. A tough day for the B class where Morgan Blacker was best on 99! Charlie Newman was second on 106. The yellow route C class was bested by Sean Donagy on 38, runner up Ian Newcombe parted with 90,. John Roberts was best o40 on 83 with Richard Elliott R/up on 92 Kevin Miller outdid the other o50’s losing 24 and Dai Clothier was R/up on 34 Chris Wrigley pushed Dai hard though & ended up just 1 mark back. Thanks to Janet for looking out for Phyllis when she was struggling back for section 11.  Neither of us recognised rider 21 who was first Expert through 11 with a stylish ride. Now we know it was Tom Moss, with luck we’ll remember him for next time. Section 7 was the most difficult of the day with no Expert cleans, Tom lost 6 here, the best Expert aggregate score and the only AB clean was from Kieran Reeves, who also was best aggregate score on 8. As Theresa says on the Results “blizzard conditions”, so i think the organisers were sensible for abandoning the two sections on the way out to Shackles they are very exposed & would have been very unpleasant for anyone to Observe

Frank   ps Todays Provisional Knut Results amended by Secretary. and posted to website @22:15hrs


Yesterdays NSMSC’s Centre Trials Champs Presidents Trophy Results

Good morning all,

Jerry Walters sent over these Results yesterday, before my bedtime (!) but I was busy getting info about faults & cures with Riello oil burner pump failures. On Saturday morning we found a leak from the pump that needed & needs sorting out. & didn’t check mail before we did go to bed.

Anyway here they are:  NSMSC Presidents Centre Champ Trial Results 261117.xls  We observed Section 1 which proved fairly comfortable for all 3 routes. Our Section only took one “5” all day & that was from an A/B rider. Tony Hewitt riding number 13 had 3 particularly controlled slow rides, most stylish! Tyler Rendall up from Tiverton found it a little more difficult but he wasn’t riding smoothly like Tony, more on & off with the right hand. Good to see Stuart Keedwell out on the Fantic I hope the RT Keedwell Group will be sponsoring the National Championship Events again next year. In the expert Class, Centre this years Champion, Kurt Brain took the premier on 21m/l with last seasons Champion, Ben Skinner R/up on 33 m/l. As we only saw Nipper Allen’s Section 2 apart from our own  I’m not sure how difficult the others were, but talking to Ben after the finish – he was parked next to us – he thought the winner would have lost some 20 – 40. Pretty good assessment eh! Section 7 which only had a Main & Expert variation was the most difficult judging from m/l.

A good event from our perspective with a reasonable entry of 49 but only 2 of the 5 Experts were “Wessex” riders which is a little disappointing. Thanks to all Observers, with just one Section needing an official – Mandy Jefferies, the Secretary of the Meeting – to observe it. As we didn’t see Stuart Robinson I guess he volunteered to observe as Alicia was giving Harry Jefferies some needed competition in the Youth A/B class. What a contrast, Harry must be close to 1.83m (6′ to you pre decimal folk) & Alicia is well, diminutive? It’s good to see three Ladies riding, Alicia, Chloe & Janet Hillier. Victoria Payne wasn’t entered so I suppose she was somewhere else yesterday.

Don’t forget the next Round is the Knut at Bath, Lansdowne, or the BVM test day this Wednesday.



Final 2017 Time Trials Championship Tables, NSMSC Ivan Manning T/Trial Results & Richard Sage Electrical Regs/Entry Forms, Wells & Dist 2018 Centre Trials Champ Miller Cup Regs & Entry Forms

Afternoon all,

Several things for you to peruse this morning, firstly Tony Colman has issued the Final Centre Championship Time Trial Points tables you can find the Trials Class here  2017 Final TT Champs Trials Table   & the NonTrials class here  2017 Final TT Champs NonTrials Table

Tony comments “Hi Frank, attached are the final TT championship tables after all 6 rounds. Andy Frost had the trials class sewn up after 5 rounds so rode the non-trials class in the 6th round (which he won).      As last year it was mainly between him and Jason Hamblin.                    In the non-trials class Tom Smith was a clear championship winner. Regards, Tony Colman”               All your thanks to Tony for being “Master” of the Tables. – Ed.

Secondly, Jerry Walters has sent over the Results of the North Somerset MSC’s Ivan Manning Centre Champs. Time Trial which are here,  NSMSC Ivan Manning TTrial Results 191117.xls and says,             ‘Evening Frank,

Results of Sunday’s North Somerset Club Ivan Manning Trophy Time Trial are attached for the website. As is often the case at the Malthouse Farm, Chelwood venue, the course was physically demanding and the observed sections took a lot of marks from most riders.  Also attached are regs for our next Time Trial; the Richard Sage Electrical Trophy.                 Best regards, Jerry’

Those Regs are here,   NSMSC Richard Sage TTrial Regs & Entry Form for 101217

Don’t forget either that NSMSC are running the Centre Trials Champs Presidents Trophy this Sunday the 26th.

Thirdly, Jerry Cross has forwarded the Regs & Entry Form for the first 2018 Centre Trials Championship Round which the Wells & District Trials Club is running on 21st of January next year. Find the Regs here  Wells & Dist Miller Cup Centre Champ Regs 210118 Regs  & the Entry Form here,  2018 Wells & Dist Miller Cup Centre Champ Trial Entry Form 210118

As ever keep those feet up: Frank


Regs Available: Bath & WoE’s Knut Trophy Centre Champs Trial on Dec 12th

Afternoon all, The Regs & Entry Form are available for the last Centre Trials Championship Round, the Knut Trophy Trial promoted by the Bath & West of England Club. Online Entry is also available if you navigate to the ACU Online Event Entry page. Here are the Regs, Bart & WoE Centre Champs Knut Trial Regs 101217 & here is the Entry Form, Bath &WoE Centre ChampsKnut Trophy Trial 101217

See you soon: Frank

BSSA: $th Alan Brown T/trial Results & Phil Sparkes Non Expert Trial (27th Dec) Regs & Entry Form

Hi all,

Please find the Results of the BSSA Centre Timed Trial Champ. 4th Alan Brown here, BSSA 4th Alan Brown TTrial Results 051117  , 12 laps for the quick boys I see, & Andy Frost back to winning ways being clean in the Sections, with R/up Jason Hamblin losing just 4 on time & clean as well. A little bit more difficult for the Non Trials class with best in class, Nathan Newman being clean only in Section 3 & losing 10 on time.  The Regs for BSSA’s next Event, the post Christmas Phil Sparkes non expert Trial are here, BSSA Phil Sparkes Trial Regs&Entry 271217


Centre Trials Championship Tables as at 06/11/17

Hello all,

Here are Pete Dury’s updated Trials Champ Tables following Sundays Wilts Border Autumn Trophy  2017 Wessex Centre Trials Champ Tables as at 061117  Pete’s confirmed what I hinted at yesterday, that Kurt Brain is Centre Champion again. I can only echo Petes comments below:

“Hi All

Championship update attached following Sunday’s Wilts Border Autumn Trophy Trial.

With only two rounds to go, congratulations go to Kurt Brain who has won the Wessex Centre Championship for the 4th time and adds the title to his recently won Western Centre Championship. Well done Kurt.

Henry Pym has one hand on the Clubman Expert class title needing just a 4th place in one of the last two rounds to repeat last year’s class win.

The Clubman class is now a three horse race between Steve Wallwin, Charlie Newman and Tony Hayden although Steve is looking favourite at the moment.

Sean Donaghy reinforced his runaway win of the novice/sportsman class by winning yet again on Sunday to make it 5 wins on the trot.

Rich Elliot’s win on Sunday leave with just 5 points needed over the last two rounds to secure the Over 40 title while Dai Clothier is one win away from taking the Over 50 title for an amazing 6th year in a row.

As always, please let me know if you spot any errors or have any queries.   Regards    Pete Dury”

Don’t forget tonights Board Meeting:  Frank

Yesterdays Wilts Border Autumn Trophy Centre Champ Trial Results, Sporting Mentions

Good Morning all,

Out to Dinner last night! Dropped off the WWilts Youth Dave Townhill Division Trophies with Robin Townhill in Bratton before going on to Clive & Helen’s in Edington to eat.These WWMC Youth Division were last awarded ten years ago & like other Clubs (?) we have many donated Trophies that don’t get used anymore so the Club has decided to dispose of them appropriately – where we know who the donor was,  we try to contact them & return them to the family or, – if they do not want them, just to “get rid”

Anyway, a super Trial at Breakheart, nice weather too, apart from one brief shower of rain as a cold front came over. For the first time Wilts Border used the ACU online Entry system & when Theresa closed it at 15:00hrs on Saturday she had 45 entries. On the day she had 30 more! One clear advantage of the system is that the Secretary of the Meeting only has to get the pre entered riders to sign on as only Licenced/RegisteredACU Members can get through the online entry system. It also shows how many people don’t let Organisers know of their intent to ride.

Centre 2018 Trials Champion in Waiting Kurt Brain was Expert winner on 11 marks lost, without any 5’s & only Sections 3 & 12 taking marks from him on more than 1 lap. I think that this win will assure him of this years Championship, but we’ll wait for Pete Dury to issue his Points Table update to confirm. As an aside Congratulations to Kurt on being this years Western Centre Trials Champion, ending Simon Welch’s long reign. It went to the final Wye Valley Traders Round though, where Kurt needed to be R/up to become Champ irrespective of Simon’s result. As it turned out Kurt won & Simon could only place 4th.

The Autumn Trophy Results are here: WBorder Autumn Trophy Results 051117

I’ve a number of sporting achievements to mention.

First, we don’t often mention the straight line boys in the Centre, but Martin Bracey has for four consecutive years won both the 125cc Racing & the Classic Japanese Racing class of the NSA (National Sprint Association) Champs. The RS Aprilia runs in the low 14seconds at around 93mph over the line & the Honda CB250RS gets him to the line in the mid 15seconds at around 88mph.

Victoria Payne has placed 5th in this years ACU Ladies Trials Championship. Congratulations!

Congratulations also to Todd Kellett on winning the Beach Race again this year. brother Ty  took the last Finishers certificate THE “R.WOODWARD WILSON” MEMORIAL TROPHY. LAST OFFICIAL FINISHER ON TIME.) at the Scott Trial & fellow SW Centre rider Chris Shorey took the THE “S.HUGHES”TROPHY.OLDEST OFFICIAL FINISHER OVER THE AGE OF 40. Chris has some record up there, it was his 37th consecutive ride, & he doesn’t ride week in week out.

I mentioned Joe Millard a couple of weeks back, well he’s now  this years British Sidecar Cross Champion together with driver Stuart Brown. More congratulations.

The British Sidecar Trials Championship hotted up at the last Round, with just one Round to go Jon Tuck/Matt Sparkes are 1 point ahead of Nigel Crellin/Chris Molyneux, 164:163, Josh/Luke Golding are 3rd on 137. On the day the Zona1 Round saw Josh & Luke push Nigel & Chris back into 3rd place which let on the day winners Jon & Matt slip into that tiny points lead. Watch this space!

Keep smiling: todays sunshine helps!      Frank


Wells & District – Mike Cornish Trophy Time Trial – 3rd December. Franks Holiday snaps

Good morning,

Here are the Regs & Entry Forms for the Wells & District Trials Club’s Mike Cornish Timed Trial, the Regs, Wells & D Mike Cornish TT Entry Form021217  Wells & D Mike Cornish TTrial Regs021217  , &   Thanks to Jerry Cross for sending them across

Tom Culliford – Mission Accomplished – A Scott Trial Finishers Award at the first attempt  21/10/17

Sam Ludgate – Scott Trial 21/10/17  – Another Finishers Award – He’s already got 8 Silver Spoons in the Trophy Cabinet

Here’s a couple of holiday snaps

The MV would never finish a wet race – If it rained it would end up without sparks!

 & as some of us go back a while, does it look familiar? Yes, war reparations taken up by BSA as the Bantam.

See you soon – Wilts Border Autumn Trophy Centre Championship Trials Round on Sunday maybe?