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Royston Claude, NSMSCs’ Presidents Trial, NSMSC’s Ivan Manning T/Trial Results, NSMSC’s Richard Sage T/trial Regs, Bath & WoE Knut Championship Trial Regs, Wells Miller Cup Champ Trial Regs, Frank Mutters

Hello all,

Several of us were at Royston Claude {Roy} Mantells’ cremation at Westerleigh yesterday afternoon. A simple Humanist celebration of Roys’ 91 years life & times. Roy had the last word, having written his own epitaph contained in one of his rhyming ‘poems’. Perhaps you will understand that it was a celebration when I tell you that the last music played was ‘Right said Fred’ We hope it gave comfort to Roys’ widow, Velma, & all his Family.

Turning now to various past & future Events noted in order of submission. Goodness me, we’ve some Regs for a 2017 Event already, I s’pose that means it’ll be Christmas soon?

The Regs & Entry Forms for the first Centre Championship Trial of the 2017 season, the Wells & District “Miller Cup Trial” on 22nd January are here: wells-miller-cup-regs-220117 and here: wells-miller-cup-champ-trial-entry-form-220117

NSMSC’s Ivan Manning Championship Time Trial is reported on by Jerry Walters, who says:

“Morning Frank,

Results of North Somerset Club’s Ivan Manning Trophy Time Trial, held at Malthouse Farm, Chelwood on Sunday 20th November, are attached for the website.

This event was the final round of the 2016 Wessex Centre Time Trial Championship, and as seems to be the norm at this venue, the weather tried it’s hardest to disrupt proceedings. Fortunately storm Angus moved away just before the start, but the course still had to be drastically eased and shortened.

As usual the battle in the Trials class was between Jason Hamblin and Andy Frost, and this time it was Jason who got the upper hand. He lost just 21 marks on observation plus 2 on time to take the class win and overall premier from Andy, who lost 28 on observation plus 3 on time. Kye Steel made one of his rare appearances to take third place losing a total of 53 marks.

In a smaller than usual Scrambles class field, the battle for the win was between Dad and his lad. In the end age and experience proved decisive and Gary Newman narrowly took the win on 87 marks, from his son Nathan Newman who lost 90 marks. Although Tom Smith set standard time, he lost 98 marks in the observed sections which dropped him down the third spot.

Cheers Jerry”

The full Results are here: nsmsc-ivan-manning-tt-results-201116

Regs for the NSMSC’s Richard Sage Electrical RTC T/trial on 11th December are here: nsmsc-richard-sage-ttrial-regsandentry-form-111216

Don’t forget the NSMSC Presidents Trophy penultimate Centre Championship Trial is on Sunday – See you there competing or Observing?

The Regs & Entry Forms for the last Centre Championship Trial of the 2016 Season, the Bath & West of England Knut Trophy Trial are here: bath-woe-knut-trial-champ-regs-111216 and here bath-woe-knut-champ-trial-entry-111216

Frank mutters: The last Wilts Border Trial at the Piggeries had 36 Entries a vastly greater number than the previous Event at the Piggeries which had a miserly feeble Entry of just 7 of you. Letting you all into a little secret, the 36 of you have saved Events at the Piggeries, the Club were within a knats’ whisker of giving up on the Venue. You can’t afford to dishearten the Club Officials by not supporting them if you want to keep on having something to do on Sundays!

The Centre Expert Championship is by no means decided as Ollie Humphries, Lee Hassall & Ben Skinner are all still able to be the winner, current Champ Kurt Brain will vacate the Title as he can gain a max of 42 points if he enters & wins on Sunday & again at the Knut, Ollie is leading on 59 but has to finish 2nd or better in the Presidents & the Knut to improve his current points total of 59 [i.e. he could get to a max of 69], Lee on 42 & Ben on 38 can add to their points total at both Events as they’ve both only ridden three Rounds. Ben’s in good Form having won the Hurran last weekend where Lee & Ollie rode as well, so I reckon it’ll be decided at the Knut. If any ‘spoilers’ enter – Tom Culliford ? Toby Martyn? Tom Hooper? it’ll complicate things even more! Three Championship classes are decided already as Richard Elliott, Dai Clothier & Henry Pym will be O40, O50 & Clubman Expert Champions as they can’t be overtaken in these last two Rounds, so congrats to all three.

Its been a busy two or three weeks for us as our Clive is under the weather, i think everything that contributors have sent in has now been posted, but let me know if I’ve missed anything.

Now to start marking the Trials Officials Licencing Seminar Questionnaires!


ps I hear Scott Trial Charity Team rider Barry Roads had his bike impounded – whoops

Roy Mantell, RIP, & Funeral Details.

Good morning,

We’ve just heard the sad news that Roy Mantell passed away, peacefully, on Friday afternoon. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.

We will advise the funeral arrangements when known.


Alan Brown of Bristol Grass Racing Combine tells us that Roys’ funeral will be at Westerleigh Crematorium on Thursday week, the 24th of November at 1:45pm.


A New Club affiliates to the Centre! NSMSC’s Smokehouse T/Trial Results, NSMSC’s GMB Trophy T/T Regs

Good morning!

Speedway GP at Cardiff this evening. See you there? I know BGRC’s Vic   O & Alan B will be there, & don’t forget their BGRC British Championship Grass Track in August.

Tuesdays Board Meeting included a new Club in the Centre, the 101minis Club. your contact is Amy Selman – see below.

Main Contact Name Miss Amy Selman
Telephone 0784 6611515

The Main Man is  Chris Bullock & they will run at the Tormarton Practice track site by the M4 junction. The focus is on ‘pit bikes’ & I know Brian Higgins, ACU Chairman & Track Inspector has been up to check things out & a Track Certificate will be in place very shortly. So watch this space. We wish them every success & look forward to their first Event

Results of the NSMSC Smokehouse Time Trial are here NSMSC Smokehouse T:Trial Results 020716 & Jerry Walters comments  “‘Afternoon Frank,

Results of Saturday’s North Somerset Club Valley Smokehouse Time Trial, held at Scars Wood, Lulsgate, are attached for the website.

Once again it was Jason Hamblin who took the overall and trials class win, losing just 6 marks on observation. Rising star Ben Sinclair took the runner up spot on 13 marks, with veteran Simon Prideaux not far behind on 16.

As usual at this venue, the rocks and roots took more of a toll in the scrambles class. Andy Frost took a fairly easy class win on 50 marks after Charlie Frost was forced to retire. Gary Newman was second in the class on 72, well clear of Tom Smith on 101.

Jerry ”

Regs for the Wednesday evening NSMSC GMB Trophy are here NSMSC GMB Garages TT Regs & Entry Forms 200716

Sad news of a fatality at Castle Combe Road Races last weekend:

In a joint statement Castle Combe Racing and the NG Road Racing club said: “NG Road Racing and Castle Combe Circuit deeply regret that Jer Thomas succumbed to his injuries overnight, following an accident at the Esses section at Castle Combe Circuit on Saturday July 2, 2016.

“Our thoughts and sympathies are with Abbi, Rebecca, Caitlin and all family and friends.

“Further Information will be released when available.”

See you soon: Frank


West Wilts Tanner Trudge Regs available. BGRC Track Racing this Sunday cancelled.

Hello all,

We said the West Wilts ‘Tanner Trudge’ Time & Observation Trial Regs would be published soon – well, here they are WWMC TannerTrudge Regs & Entry 120616  It’s a 90 minute affair with a limit on the Entry so it’s first come first served as you would expect & we look forward to seeing you there!

BGRC have had to cancel this Sundays event scheduled at their at Hanger Farm venue as it’s too wet to get into the venue!


Mike Cornish’s Funeral detail. Wells John Stait Centre Champs TTrial Regs. Centre Trials Championship Tables & advance info.

Hello again,

Jerry Cross has passed on this message from Lee Cornish:

“Mike’s Funeral will be held at Wookey Hole Church on March 6th at 12.30pm. Lee also says that anyone who knew Mike well should get there early, as it’s a small church.  After the Service, there will be a get-together at Wells Football Club.”

Jerry has also sent the Regs Wells Centre Champs John Stait TTrial Regs – 220315  & Entry Form Wells Centre Champs John Stait TTrial Entry Form for 220315 for the eponymous Wells Centre Championships Timed Trial.

Pete Dury has updated?, no perhaps its compiled the Centre Trials Championship Points Table after the First [Kingswood] Round   2015 Centre Champ Tables as at 23:02:15  & he says


Championship positions after the first round attached.

There are 4 new classes in the championship this year – a Twinshock Class and 3 Youth Classes, Expert, A and B. There must be minimum of 3 competitors in each class for points to be awarded.

Although only one rider completed the course in the Twinshock class, three riders started so the winner of the class does get the points.

However, there were no entries in the Youth A class and only one entry in the Youth Expert and Youth B classes –  so no points were awarded in any of these classes.

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

Cheers:   Pete Dury”

For everyones information, as you will have seen from the Centre Fixture card the next Trials Championship Round is Mendip Vales Traders on Easter Sunday, West Wilts are hoping to run The James Cup Trial at Becky addy Woods on Easter Monday as a Centre Championship Round, subject to the necessary Permissions, so the first two weeks of April may well have 3 Championship Rounds in 8 days! as the Frome Clubs Wyndham Haines Champ Trial is on the 12th April.

WWMC are also hopeful that things might fall into place to run a Saturday evening Timed Trial, a  Tanner Trudge, & a Sunday Hare & Hounds at Naish Hill in mid June, so watch this space!

One confirmed Event is BGRC’s British Clubmans Championship Grass Track which will be on Sunday 24th of May, lets hope the new track gives a good days racing without too much dust


Zach Wajtknecht- Track Racing Champ again! Wells Presidents Trophy TT Regs

Hello! I hope we’ll have a good turnout for the Ron Jefferies Centre Championship Trial at Weston Town Lane tomorrow!

See you there I hope, it’s good to see the Frome Club up & running M-X & Trials again

Zach Wajtknecht took the Senior Youths Track Racing Championship on Saturday 30th August & then became the youngest ever 250cc British Track Racing Champion on the Sunday, going unbeaten through his race program. Easier said than done I’m sure, & he beat ex-champions Adam Shipp and David Knowles who took second and third respectively. Quite a weekend, & another large feather in Zach’s hat. 

Jerry Cross reminds you that the Wells Centre Championship Presidents Trophy Timed Trial will run ar Rookham on 5th October. Click here to find the Regs:  Wells Presidents TTrial 051014  or find them on the “2014 Wessex Centre Events: Regs & Entry Forms” Page

Wilts Border Endeavour Trial on Sunday, & lots more

Good morning all,

Firstly, Theresa reminds you all that Wilts Border have their Endeavour Trial on Sunday at the Piggeries. 10:30 start. All welcome.

Secondly, Jim Webb. At the Board Meeting we were  pleased to hear that Jim is a little better, although he is affected on his left side, the good news is that he can talk & has been able to spoon feed himself a little. V. as you know doesn’t drive & I’m sure would appreciate any offers to help drive her down to the Farley Ward at Salisbury General, the Warminster Link helps a couple of days a week, Club Chairman Steve Baughan & Mary Crease are helping out as well. We’ve told V. to call us if she gets stuck for transport, as she doesn’t like not to be able to see him every day. Call V. on 01985 840257 if you can help.

Thirdly, the Board agreed to nominate Zach Wajtnecht for the Pinhard Trophy, so that’s in hand. We also agreed to write to the Trials & Enduro C’ttee following the inconsistent Rules application in the 2013 British Sidecar Newcomers Championship Class, which has adversely affected Josh & Luke Golding

I’ve had a call from Triss Ball’s Dad,  John, he sounds fine & is driving again, but sadly Rita is so poorly that she is being looked after in RUH at Bath. It never rains but it pours doesn’t it?

What else? We’ve posted Regs for the NSMSC’s Presidents Trophy Trial which is a Centre Championship Round on 24th November, NSMSC Presidents Trophy Trial Regs 241113 & their Gordon Brown Chase 90minute Timed Trial on 20th October NSMSC Gordon Brown Chase 90min TT 201013. Kingswood have revised the Results of the Hawkesbury Trophy Trial held last weekend.

As he always does, Pete Dury was quick off the mark with his Championship Table updates 2013 Wessex Centre Champ Tables as at 30:09:13, & he says:

“Latest Championship update attached after the Kingswood Hawkesbury Trial which was round 6 of the Wessex Centre Championship.

Looks like the leaders generally increased their leads in the championship with Kurt Brain increasing his lead in the Expert class to 26 points and Rob Scott pulling away from the pack in the Clubman Expert class to the tune of a 32 point lead. Tom Pike has increased his lead in the ‘B’ class but Chris Adams has closed in on Ian Graham, the leader of the ‘C’ class who now only has a 3 point lead.

In the age group classes Martyn Wilmore has taken the lead from an absent Nigel Tompkins in the Over 40 class with Dai Clothier marginally increasing his lead in the Over 50 class. However, Merv Walker is climbing up the table having missed the first round and is putting pressure on Rob Treble who hangs on to second place.

Next round is the West Wilts Errington Cup Trial on the 13th October at Perry’s up above Bath on Lansdown near the race course. Entries are accepted on the day but you can get a discount if you enter by Wednesday 9th October.

As always, please point out any errors I may have made.

Cheers    —    Pete”


And now it’s Cheers from Frank


Todays [29th September] Hawkesbury Trophy Championship Trial Results, Errington Cup Champ Trial Venue, the ‘proper poorly list’ 2nd FIM Gold Medal for Zach Watjknect, etc

Hi all,

Good to see lots of you today, ages since we’ve seen Rich Sully for instance.

The Results of the Hawkesbury are posted for you on the usual Page or click here Kingswood Hawkesbury 290913. As you know I was on 10 & so I guessed the Expert winner as Kurt/Ben? as Ben had four nice cleans, but Kurt had a couple of dabs which he had to work very hard for. Results now tell me that Kurt only lost 19 in total whereas Ben was very nearly double at 37. Fred & Ollie both picked up a five when riding over the rightmost arrow on the second big log crossing. It’s fair to say it was a comfortable Section for Experts, but decidedly dodgy for many of the rest of you , which I quite understand, the downhill take off to get over the log & the big drop the far side of it was daunting, so much so that many of you asked for ‘5’s’

I’ve also noticed in the Results at least one rider who rode the yellows but is noted as  “B” class, so remember these are provisional Results.

Next Championship Trial is West Wilts Errington, please note closing date is Wednesday 9th October & you can enter on the day for extra fee, the Venue is at ‘Perrys’ up opposite Bath Racecourse. The info in last Friday’s TMX is duff & needs correction which is in hand but may not be corrected until the 11th October TMX due to publishing schedules. You can download the Entry Form on the appropriate Page here.

Now, a brief report on our proper poorly list,

First, Jim Webb Jims stroke has been a serious one [that’s my intepretation] Based on the fact that he has been fed by tube, I will have better info available to report at Tuesdays Board Meeting. All our thoughts & best wishes are with & for Jim, & of course V.

Second Tom Crease, Tom is ok but didn’t feel it wise to come out to Elmington Manor today, I had thought to myself it mightn’t be a good idea, so early in his recovery. Tom decided, as I thought, the climb from the parking area up to the ‘plateau’ at the top was too much too soon. Otherwise he sounds ok. Believe me, I’ve been there as you know, it takes a while to be confident that vigorous exercise isn’t going to damage you again.

Third, John Ball. John is Triss’s Dad, I gather from Jon Bees that John suffered, what I believe was a mild heart attack [again it’s my interpretation] after suffering chest pain three weeks .. ish ago, & has had a couple of stents fitted to narrowed arteries. Again we all send best wishes for a full recovery, but as John has been a full time carer for Triss’s Mum for several years, there has necessarily been a lot of upheaval for the whole Family.

Final ‘proper poorly’, a report on a young man. I spotted Gareth Talbot with a wrist support at todays Trial. The result of a between Section crash on a Top Trial Team Beta while minding for Becky Cook at either the last World Round, or at next days Ladies Trial des Nations in France. Gareth get well soon.

On a more positive note, I’m sure all will be delighted that Zach has won his 2nd consecutive FIM U21 Gold Track Racing medal, you cant do better than that, I hear he will have done parade lap at the British Masters this afternoon.

Controversy at the last British Championship Sidecar Trial Round, I’ll comment on  this later in the week.

Time for cocoa! Frank


Mick Perry says … , three sets of Regs, one set of Results, Centre Championships return from the Summer breaks, Frank Mutters, Andy Noad only Centre rider in the Scott Trial

Hello again,

Mick Perry has been in touch to tell you all that the Western Daily Press IS going to continue publishing his Reports which  will be published on Tuesdays & his Previews which will be published on Fridays or Saturdays. Thanks for letting us all know Mick, that’s excellent news.

BSSA’s Jan Watkins has sent across the Results of the Brian Hudson Timed Trial which was the week-end before last click here for them BSSA Brian Hudson TT results for 15.09.13 , & Regs for the next two Rounds of the Alan Brown Series, find them here BSSA 5th Alan Brown Series Regs for 131013 & here for the BSSA 6th Alan Brown Series Regs for 031113

Kingswood have published Regs, which Andrew has sent across for the 3rd Club Summer Series Trail which you can click here for Kingswood 3rd Summer Series Trial regs for 27101

Remember you can find all these things on the appropriate Page.

Now for a few mutterings:

I’m really pleased to see Zac Wajtknecht won the FIM Grass Track Youth Gold Trophy 125cc at Morizes in France on the 14th September. We hear Zac produced a stunning displayed to win the Youth Gold Trophy for the second time in two years. Zac Wajtknecht took the victory ahead of Lukas Fienhage in second and Darrel de Fries in third. Zac must be a really strong contender for the Pinhard Prize this year.

I’m also really pleased to see Richard Jenkins has had his first Podium in World Sidecar Cross, a 2nd overall at Rudersberg in Germany. apparently it is a track that is favourable for left hand chairs, even so Richard the driver & Dan Chamberlain in the chair scorched their way to a 6th & 3rd place. Even though they were ‘only’ second best British crew home in each race their consistency was brilliantly rewarded. Lets hope it’s the first of many, & will include the top step one day.

Also, I reckon Victoria Payne is the 2013 A class Ladies & Girls Champion, although she didn’t win the final Round at Fremington Edge on Saturday after she was pushed down to second place by a young woman, I hadn’t heard of  before,  Bronwyn Palmer from Perth. Nevertheless Victoria has entered every Round this year & thoroughly deserves her success, all of us who have watched her getting better & better, over quite a long time now, must be very pleased for her. I’ve no doubt that Mum & Dad Aleta & David, Uncle Terry & Grandad Payne are very proud of her achievement.

So Michael Brown is now a British for the first time after a really close battle with James Dabill, the Championship being decided on the tie break – best Result in the last Round – with Ross Danby 3rd on the JotaGas.

Laia Sainz managed to win all the Rounds of the FIM World Ladies Trials Championship that she entered & with them the Championship, dashing the hopes of Becky Cook, Emma Bristow & the others, but our Ladies, Becky, Emma & Joanne Coles must have been very pleased to win the Ladies Trial des Nations in France.

Back here at home, the break during the summer from the Centre Trials Championships came to a halt yesterday with the NSMSC’s Ivan Manning Timed Trial Champ Round & with the Kingswood Hawkesbury Trials Champ Round coming Sunday. See you there?


ps The Scott Trial Entry List is published, from a quick glance, Andy Noad is the only entrant from our Centre, I don’t know if his start Number [4] is good or not? He shouldn’t run out of daylight at least! Sam Ludgate is No 143, Andy Blackman No 145, Ricky Wiggins is in at No 157, Ross Danby is at 170


Yes, I know it’s Raining, but BGRC’s got 12 Outfits & 45 Solos lined up for Sunday’s Bristol Blazer ….

Alan Brown tells me the stakes are all in, the roping is in place, so it’s all systems go for Sunday’s re-arranged Meeting. Practice is from 11:00 to 12:00 with Racing from 13:00hrs. It’s a 46 race programme too. If I wasn’t at Naish Hill for the West Wilts Hare & Hounds beginning at 11:00hrs I’d be at Hangar Farm Lower Stanton St Quintin [just North of the M4 Junction 17]

Meamwhile I’m taping “Motor Sport can be Dangerous” Warning Notices to Hardboard Backings for WWMC to use on Sunday. Talking of dangerous, Phyllis saw either a Police or Ambulance vehicle whizzing down our Lane yesterday Siren wailing & Lights flashing, found out why this morning on local News, two guys trampled by cattle down in Turleigh, one fatally. WWMC Vice Chairman, Terry Phelps next door neighbour had the same thing happen to him a couple of years ago & the iron work to immobilise his head to allow his  neck vertebrae to fuse & recover had to be seen to be believed.

The Centre was out in Force at the SSDT, we saw Terry, Aleta & Victoria Payne together with Terry’s Dad, Andy Perry, Chris Adams, Mike & Chris Fear, Cris Wrigley & Janet Hillier, Ted Heather, Dave Norris, Gareth Talbot & Nipper Allen. We didn’t see Mark & Theresa Talbot but I’m sure they were rushing round supporting their Riders. From out of Centre we saw George Sartin for the first time in ages from SW Centre & Tom Welch from Western Centre. Adam Norris had probably our best result winning the O 40 Class [from John Shirt junior], Scott Cameron seemed to be struggling a bit but he still managed, I think 6th O 40. Brother Mark was having his usual steady ride – to enjoy his six days. Fred Adams had a good ride we thought, I hope he’s pleased with his week. Craig & Becky were steady all week although Becky was probably disappointed with the points difference between herself & Emma Bristow. We weren’t up for the pre65 event [fortunately] it was very nearly a washout. One day abandoned & the result decided on 1 lap of 15 sections. The main event was similar with horrendous 60mph winds on the tops of the hills on the Wednesday & I guess rain all day on the last Saturday [we started coming home on Saturday morning without even thinking of trying to watch any Sections] Looking at marks lost on Saturday it was probably the hardest day, ordinary mortals are getting tired physically & mentally & thinking its nearly over now & then the weather kicks you in the teeth!

The little Japanese lady stuck to it, she even had one clean on Monday Tuesday & Wednesday, if truth be known it was much too difficult for her, but when you are less than 1.5m tall any Trial is going to be difficult!

Come back soon – after dinner – Ive got some NSMSC Regs to Post together with the Wells John Stait Results to put up

Bye for now Frank