Next weeks Wilts Border “Border Cup” is Postponed. Probable Dates for Regional Licencing Seminar & the 1st Wessex Youth Training Day, Cotswold Special etc. etc.

Hello again,

please note that Wilts Border’s Border Cup, a Round of the Centre Trials Championships planned for Sunday 1st February has been postponed. Further info  about a rearranged date when available.

We’ve now got a probable date for a Regional CofC/Steward Trials & Enduro Licencing Seminar. Subject to the Permit being issued, it’ll be in Swindon, at Swindon & District Motor Cycle Club HQ at the Gas Club, Gypsy Lane in Swindon from 19:00hrs – 22:00hrs, on Thursday 12th February. It is likely to be the only Seminar for this year. Although the venue is in Wessex Centre, Members of Club’s from other Centres will be welcome as are other Wessex Centre Club Members

So, if you need to Licence or renew your existing Licence & are not a SDMCC Member  please let me know ASAP & in any case not later than 5th February

Pete Culliford tells me that the 1st Wessex Youth Trials Training day is expected to be on Saturday 14th February in S. Gloucestershire. I’ll confirm that as soon as I can.

Did you see the letter from Jon Bliss in JD’s ‘Trials Torque” in yesterdays TMX? Jon says he is effectively banned from the Sammy Miller Trials Championships as there is a Rule saying more than 50 chassis [original or replica] must have been made. Jon’s home built Cotswold machines would only be eligible for Classes 3 & 6 , in any case, because as far as I can see as Jon’s machine has the Honda, or Honda copy engine. Eligibility & conformity with specifications for ‘older’ ** machines in competitions does seem to open a can of worms amongst entrants. It seems a pity that a revolutionary {?} special, and certainly the Cotswold is produced with different thinking, is unable to compete against more conventional twin shock machines. I wonder if this years Sammy Miller Championship Rules are more ‘cock-up’ than conspiracy? ‘Back in the day’ there was a first Majesty produced & I don’t recall the Rules back then effectively excluding the first Majesties from the British Championship.

Is there time for a change to the Rules? The first Round of this years Championship is on March 29th, it’s The Cotswold Cups Trial organised by Golden Valley MCC.

** Jon’s machine is not ‘older’, because it’s a new machine incorporating design features of yesterday. I also know that older machines are also quite far removed, in some cases, from what left the factory all those years ago.

Any Opinions?                     Frank



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