Category Archives: Centre Champs

facebook, new Centre website, more mutterings!

Hi all,

the “new” Centre website can be found at:  https://wessexcentreacu.wixsite.com/wessexcentreacu

many of you are aware I don’t do Facebook. I’ve now found out why I don’t, this apocryphal tale is, I understand, appearing in many places on the internet, I came across it in a Saab related website.

Before I do that though, here’s a few little sporting snippets. SSDT News, Adam Norris has an Entry, so does Tom Culliford, a lot of foreign entries too. We chose not to go & observe Kingswood’s Avery Cup Centre Championship Trial yesterday week, we’d had the East wind blowing  across our garden the day before & decided then that it wouldn’t be smart to go out on Sunday & stand around on cold ground  in a a sub zero temperature (taking the wind chill into account). I’m delighted that all Sections had Observers, hats off to them all. Kurt has carried on winning & could well manage to defend both his Centre Trials Championships when the final Points Tables are published.

The weather is affecting events as you know, Wilts Border cancelled their Trial last Sunday as was the opening Round of the Wessex Plant Hire British Sidecar Trials Championship (down on Dartmoor?). The BSSA Reg Lewis Trial on Sunday 11th March is already cancelled

And now “A seniors perspective of Facebook

For those of my generation who do not, and cannot, comprehend why Facebook exists I am trying to make friends outside of Facebook while applying the same principles.
Therefore, every day I walk down the street and tell passers-by what I have eaten, how I feel at the moment, what I have done the night before, what I will do later and with whom.
I give them pictures of my family, of me gardening, taking things apart in the garage, watering the lawn, standing in front of landmarks, driving around town, having lunch, and doing what anybody and everybody does every day.
I also listen to their conversations, give them the ‘thumbs up’ and tell them I like them.
And it works just like Facebook!   I already have four people following me:

Two police officers, a private investigator and a psychiatrist.”

Well it made us both laugh, & I’m happy not to leave footprints in the worlds server farms for others to track down. I wonder how many of us have given away or told the world where our two wheeled pride & joy is stored without thinking? I had this conversation about thieves, theft& facebook with someone who wanted to renew their Competition Licence just this morning.

Frank

Centre AGM: Warmley Community Centre Tomorrow. Results of yesterdays NSMSC Centre Champ Time Trial & Regs & Entry Forms for NSMSC’s Wynnes Trophy T/trial on 25th February.

Hello all,

Here are a few things to update you with:

The Terry Bunn Centre Champs Time Trial results are here, NSMSC Terry Bunn Centre Champs T:Trial results 040218 & Jerry Walters reports:

Evening Frank, one last posting before you retire!

Results of yesterday’s North Somerset Club Terry Bunn Trophy Time Trial attached for the website. This was the opening round of the 2018 Wessex Centre Time Trial championship and attracted a near capacity entry to Scars Wood, Lulsgate.

The course was in prime condition following saturday’s rain and Andy Frost carried on where he left off, easily winning the Trials class and taking the overall premier on just 9 marks. Pete King was a comfortable second in the Trials class on 25, with Paul Manning third on 34.

Jason Hamblin is one of many Time Trial riders who have recently switched to KTM Freerides, and he put his cards on the table by ‘cleaning up’ in the Non Trials class and taking the overall runner up spot on 23 marks. Tom Smith grabbed second in the class on 39 with Andy Scrivens third on 63.

Regs and entry form also attached for North Somerset Club’s next Time Trial – the Wynnes Trophy at Malthouse Farm, Chelwood on 25th February.

Thanks for publicising all our events on the website in recent years and enjoy your time off!

Best regards
Jerry’

The Regs for the Wynnes Trophy Time Trial Jerry mentions are here: NSMSC Wynnes Trophy T:trial Regs & Entry Form for 28:02:18

I hadn’t posted the latest Centre Trials Championship Points Table, that Pete Dury had collated previously, as with only one Round so far I reckoned that you would all have good idea of who was where? So here you then: 2018 Wessex Centre Trials Champ Tables as at 050218

Don’t forget the Centre AGM will be held at 20:00hrs at Warmley Community Centre tomorrow, the 6th February. Why not be there & quiz the Board? Tell us what we’ve got wrong (or right) for you during the year. Your ideas are important.

That’s it for the moment:  Frank

Dedicated? Indulge me please. Centre Champs: Wells Miller Cup Trial RESULTS from today, multi Centre & organiser fixture list

Hello all,

Went out to the Miller Cup today (despite having seen the weather forecast), it was very wet, if you were there you know that already. Thank you to who-ever corrected me from thinking “we’re all daft” to “we’re all dedicated”. Two laps of 15 sections with 4 or 5 (?) of them in the wood. Ours No 11 looked difficult on all 3 routes. So it proved the downhill entry with a tight turn up a gripless bank took plenty of marks, the yellow route was i suspect a little easier after that, the Main route took plenty of marks as well, although Kevin Nicholas was very disappointed he was fived early on in the section after he had fought his way to the ends  cards. The Expert & Clubman Expert route took most people for fives, I’d guess there were maybe three to six rides that were recorded as “3’s”. Gareth Talbot & his 4stroke Beta sounded nice & his 2nd lap ride was much improved. Champion Kurt had a couple of dabs on his first ride in the tricky beginning & fived on his 2nd lap. I gather some Sections had to be self observed which is always disappointing for both riders & the organisers, & apologies to you if you were waiting longer than usual to be called in, the rain & the observers cards didn’t get on today so recording your scores was much more difficult than usual. Results will be posted as soon as I have them, but I’m guessing they may not be available until tomorrow

What’s this, a multi Centre & organiser fixture list? Retiring Centre Permit Secretary, Mike Fear has collated & updated his Fixture List – this includes Western & South Western Centre fixtures as well as our own, you can see it here:  Mike fears Master Dates List as at 140118 Whoever follows Mike has a hard act to follow, there is a possible aspirant but until the Centre AGM we shan’t know if someone will take the job on, fingers crossed then.

Indulge me please,

They say never look back, & i haven’t often mentioned the “good old days while I’ve been the Steward of your Gazette, but here’s a picture at the 2017 Scott Trial, it’s the section before Surrender. So there’s no riders you say? No, but look at that bike, its the ultimate aspiration for many of us in the 60’s a Greeves Scottish. Once upon a time, I had one of those!

If you’ve never been to the Scott you should go & watch, it was cracking Section you can see a start card & the exit was a 180degree left just after the very top bit of water you can see. If you’ve never entered the Scott & you’re a youngish Centre Expert do it, you might regret it but you’ll never forget it. It’s one of our ultimate challenges & it’d be nice to think that maybe , just maybe Harry Jefferies will …….

Good to hear Mark & Scott Cameron, Tom Culliford, Victoria Payne & Craig Talbot all have confirmed entries for the SSDT – it’s got to be more difficult than last year hasn’t it? I hope the weather god doesn’t make it 6 days of rain like todays to make up for last years 6 days of sunshine.

See you soon: Frank.

Here we are boys & girls, todays Results

Wells Centre Champ Miller Cup 210118

Congrats to Kurt Brain, winner on 25m/l R/up was Ben Lovelace on 43 & Tom Culliford 3rd with 46, the Clubman Experts was headed by Ian Wakeford on 24, Ant Millar R/up on 27 & Henry Pym was 3rd on 30. So you can see it was very competitive despite the conditions, oh & I should mention that the AB’s rode the white Expert route in our Section. I won’t make any more comment in the interest of getting these Results posted for you all to see.

 

 

 

NSMSC’s EcoAngus T/trial Results, BSSA’s 2nd Alan Brown T/trial Regs, Centre Champ Miller Cup Trial is on Sunday

Hello all,

We’ve a few things things to bring you up to speed with,

The results of the NSMSC’s Eco Angus Time Trials held last Sunday are here, & Jerry Walters says

‘Evening Frank,               Results of yesterday’s North Somerset Club Eco Angus Time Trial, held at Ubley Drove are attached for the website. (Find them here: NSMSC EcoAngus Ttrial results 140118  – Ed)       Although weather conditions were favourable, there was enough moisture in the ground to make the course quite challenging for the 58 strong field. Section 3, a descent into a tight turn followed by a slippery, rutted climb was the biggest mark stealer, but most of the other observed sections were also quite tricky.                        Regards,                         Jerry’

I see that both Andy Frost & Jason Hamblin were riding the Non Trials Class, Andy took the Premier on 21 marks lost (18+3) with Jason R/up on 31m/l (24+7), although in the tricky Section 3 Jason lost 6 & bested Andy’s 9m/l,  as you’ll see neither set fastest time, that went to Tom Smith who lost 80 on observation. The trials class was headed by ‘evergreen’ Paul Manning who lost 33 split 24/9 with a new name to me (?) David Jordan R/up on 24/15. I think we might have an interesting Centre Time Trials Non Trials Machine Championship this year, anyone care to open a book on it? [but remember NSC 3.12.1 !]

The Regs & Entry Form for the BSSA 2nd Alan Brown Time trial on 11th Feb. are here: BSSA 2nd Alan Brown Regs&Entry Form 110218

Finally a reminder that the first Centre Trials Championship Round is on Sunday – the Wells &DTC’s Miller Cup – the Regs have already been posted but ….  again Wells & Dist Miller Cup Centre Champ Regs 210118 Regs & 2018 Wells & Dist Miller Cup Centre Champ Trial Entry Form 210118

See you all there I hope: Frank

 

First Round of this years Centre Time Trial Championships – NSMSC’s Terry Bunn Trophy on 4th February!

Here we are,

Jerry Walters has sent across the NSMSC  Regs & Entry Form for the first of the Time Trial Championship Rounds. Find them here, NSMSC Terry Bunn Centre Champ T:trial Regs&EntryForm 040218

Don’t forget the first Observed Trials Championship Round is the Wells & District Clubs’ Miller Cup on the 21st Jan

See you at one or the other?  Frank

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

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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

Frank

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