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Frome’s Selwood Novice/Bradley Cup Centre Championship Trial Result. Timed Trial Championship Rules.

Hi guys,

Must rush Phyllis has just said dinners ready, Results posted in the usual place, Gary was the man today together with Rob Scott, James Dean. Richard Elliott, Jerry Glover, Dai Clothier & youth riders in their classes respectively,

Hope I’ve got it posted OK for you, I’ll look again  after dinner US GP permitting.

OK dinner over, yep the results for today are where I had put them. What a great day today, I didn’t get at all cold, Phyllis was in lovely sunshine all day, & thanks for your ‘Thanks for Observings. It was genuinely a pleasure.

Collected our TMX today, & after we got home I quickly scanned it, & I see the FIM has gone No Stop for outdoor trials next year, I think that probably removes the arguments over Stop/NoStop as NoStop  will be what all you aspiring World Champ riders need to practice  [Well Michael Brown, Dibs, Alexz, Jack Shepherd etc] & will want to ride in your Centre Champs?

Remember there was a tie on points for 2nd place in the T.Trial Champs! Some digging around in the Centre Archive has found the 1982 ‘Sun Life” Timed Trial Championship Rules – as it happens Phyllis had a set that she  used when she had to attribute the correct Championship points at the Tanner Trudge.

These Rules tell us that ties on points are settled in favour of the driver firstly with the most wins, if that does not resolve the tie it moves on to the driver with most seconds etc. If these tie breaks still don’t break the tie then the driver with the fastest time in the last Championship Timed Trial takes precedence. Is that clear? I shall make a point of including these Rules in the handouts that Regional CofC/Steward Seminars receive.

So after 30 years the Rules have had to be read again!!!


ps Fernando wins F1 Drivers Championship after Sebastien has alternator failure [next weeks Headline perhaps?] & don’t forget the North Somerset “Presidents” Trial next Sunday

ACU National Council Yesterday 17/11/12

Good morning all, & its lovely & sunny here now after the early morning frost. Hope there will be some sunshine at the Frome Championship Trial today at Frys Bottom.

The disappointing news at Rugby yesterday is that the MSA [Motor Sports Association] has proved intractable over their requirement to obtain their authorisation for Trials which use the Public Highway. In spite of the considerable effort & several Meetings that the Directors & ACU staff have had with the current MSA ‘Big Chief” we haven’t got anywhere. The outcome of this is that, as it is unlawful to run an event using the public road without MSA authorisation, ACU permits for such events will not be available unless you have the MSA Authorisation. You can’t get around it by organising non ACU permitted events either as it applies all events, whoever is the organiser.

I know you will say well we haven’t done this or that for years & maybe you haven’t had to, but it seems it has been a question of a ‘blind eye’ being turned to it in the past, & now the new ‘Big Chief’ [who has been with MSA for 23years already] has taken a strict view of his responsibilities.

So beware, you will need to obtain Authorisation. You should be able to find help on the process to obtain Authorisation via the ACU website [look

at the  MSA Authorisation Process page. Debbie Walmsley at Rugby can also help if you talk to her. I think you will find that the first time is the worst! if you run an annual event the second time will be easier & eventually it’ll be second nature [but an unwelcome necessity just the same]

See you in an hour or so: Frank

2013 Centre Trials Championship Rider Questionnaire – Here’s your chance to have your say!

Remember I said the Board was seeking feedback about Observation Rules for its 2013 Centre Trials Championship?

You don’t? Thought so. Well this is your chance to have your say. Download the Questionnaire [its editable Word Document so you can type in your answers] & then Mail me the completed Questionnaire [or let your Wessex Centre Board Delegate have it] & DO IT NOW

The link below will download it for you

Centre Trials Champ 2013 Riders Questionnaire 081012

For completeness, I’m printing it below so you can see what I’m on about





I’d be grateful if you could complete & return the  attached Questionnaire to the Centre Board via your Wessex Club Board Delegate or to myself  before the next Wessex Board Meeting on 06/11/12

Centre Championship Trials Riders Questionnaire about the 2013 Championship Rules

 The Championship Observation Rules adopted for 2012 [No Stop] have attracted criticism from some riders. The Centre is now seeking feedback from both Organisers & Riders in order to decide what Observation Rules to run under for it’s 2013 Championship








The Rules eventually adopted for the British National Solo Championship    
 The No Stop Rules              TSR 22B    
The Stop Permitted Rules    TSR 22A    
Riders Name/Completed by[Anonymous responses will be ignored!]  ………………………………………….
Wessex Grading [please tick your grade] Expert Clubman Expert
Clubman Novice
o40 o50
Youth Expert Youth


Hope to hear from you soon: Frank


North Somerset MSC Ivan Manning TT Results from 23/09/12

Good Morning all,

Jerry Walters has sent over Sundays Results. I see Simon Prideaux was best, Jason Hamblin R/Up & Fittingly Paul [Manning] was 3rd.

More thoughts to follow if time permits, Off to Farleigh Castle later on – we’ve got to get set-up for West Wilts’ Hare & Hounds on Sunday.



West Wilts Hare & Hounds – Confirmed for 17th June, Centre Trials Championship Table amended update

It’s me again! a couple of other things I’ve just thought of:

West Wilts tell me they have finally fixed a date for their first Hare & Hounds of the year at Naish Hill after much headscratching, it’ll be on June 17th & the Regs will be up on the Club website,, as soon as the Permit is available.

Not sure I put up a link to the last Table Pete Dury sent across – apologies if I didn’t – but this link gives the positions before tomorrows Traders Trophy Round    click Centre Trials Championship Tables as at 06/04/12 here


Bath Clubs Peace Trial Cancelled, New ignition system fitted, Latest Trials Championship Tables etc. Board decision re Trials Championship Rounds

Bath Club News

I’m sorry to have to report that our Peace-Trophy Trial,due to be held on Saturday 5th November,has been cancelled. Unfortunately our usual venue,Rodney Farm,is not available to us at the moment,so we had no alternative but to cancel this year’s event.

We do however hope to run the Knut Trial this year and look forward to seeing you all again on Sunday December 11th.We’re planning to go to our usual venue at Dyrham Woods.More details nearer to the event.     Nipper Allen.

Franks’ News – had a new ignition system fitted last Friday. Thanks to NHS & RUH!

Centre Champion News – Merv Walker is ‘walking away’ with the  ‘C’ Novice class with 6 wins from 6 rounds. It’s extremely unlikely he will be beaten! It also looks most likely that Gary Marshman can take the Expert Class as, if he rides the next three rounds all those scores will count, whereas Ben Lovelace will drop a score if he rides the next three. It looks as if Colins’ Championship run will finish this year, unless some extremely unlikely events happen.

In AB Kevin Hart only need one third place ride to clinch it, although Trevor Ashford Dean Lovelace & Rob Scott are going to sort out the 2nd to 4th places between them I reckon. B class looks as if it’ll be Kevin Miller from Andy Kibby. I won’t embarrass our O/40 & O/50 riders, no I’ve changed my mind, I will! O/40: Mark Talbot leads Colin Bennett & I reckon he’s the favourite & in O/50 it’ll be Martin Strang.

Board Decision re this years Trials Champs:

“Following the October Board Meeting it was agreed that as some of the Wessex Centre Championship Trials have had to be cancelled for 2011 the Championship will be decided by  taking into account the best scores from all but two of the rounds held. Therefore if 10 rounds are held 8 scores will count but if a rider only rides in 6 of the rounds then all six of his scores will count.”





Stork Time

We are delighted to announce the arrival of another future riding star, Alfie Jake Hamblin, whose proud Mum & Dad are Amy & Jason.

Alfie was born yesterday, by Caesarian Section, after a long [36hr] labour at about half past five in the afternoon. As Alfie was a fortnight late & weighed in at 10lbs 2oz I’m sure all our Mums will empathise with Amy.

Our very best wishes to all of them including proud Grandad, Kevin. We look forward to seeing them all at Centre events.


ps & if you read the Wiltshire Times, there are pictures of Grace & Freya Noad in last Fridays edition