March 2019 Newsletter

Yet another month whizzes by and I find myself back at the keyboard trying to think of interesting things to tell you of what’s been happening in the club and wider. February the 10th saw the annual Launceston Trial ably put on by Nigel and team.  Myself and Andy Prosser went out to marshal and somehow managed to do three hills with only one minor incident (well minor to us as it wasn’t Andy or me who collided with a tree) fortunately the unlucky rider wasn’t too badly hurt but it will probably a couple of weeks before he is back on the hot seat again. The event had a very good entry of 48, with a nice mix of 2, 3 and 4 wheeled vehicles. The Club is very lucky in having such a large area of woods to use and as always are very grateful to Mr Newman for allowing us the use of it. Well done to all the organising committee for putting on a first class event, and allowing me to get home in time to watch the second half of the England rugby match : enough said.

Launceston Trial 2019 Final Resuls – http://www.lncmc.co.uk/download/7599/

On the 28th of last month we held the Special Meeting at Trethorne with a very good turnout of 46 people from far and wide. It was encouraging to see such a turn out with delegates from various clubs and organisations, all sharing a common concern for grass roots motorsports, I will leave it to our chairman Warin Kelly to give you the full overview.

On the 29th of this month we will be holding our Annual Presentation of Awards and (free) buffet at Trethorne. This is a very sociable evening and hopefully award winners will make the effort to attend which all helps to make the evening more enjoyable for the organisers as well as the winners of various coveted trophies.

The club AGM will take place on the 4th of April , this is your chance to come along and voice your opinion on how the club is run, someone could even take over the job of writing the monthly newsletter  if they so desire,(caution : pigs flying) or maybe stand for a job on the committee.

Meanwhile in the garage things have not been moving at the planned pace, the engine is still out of the Dellow, and whilst the supercharger is actually bolted to the engine after much faffing at making brackets etc. that’s about as far as it has got due to a series of unplanned absences from the garage, but I am now hoping to get back in there and get things moving.  My entry for the Lands End Trial is in so by hook or by crook I have to get the project finished and maybe even tested, could be a bit of an eleventh hour job mate.

Cheers
J.T.

Points Raised in the Open Meeting on 28th Feb 2019
The meeting was well attended by nearly 50 people,from at least 10 clubs as well as representatives from Motorsport UK, ASWMC,and ACTC. Discussions covered a wide range as the notes below indicate

Current Concerns
It was agreed that entry numbers are dropping except in a few areas such as Autocross and Quads.
Financially entry fees are not a problem but vehicle upkeep and repairs are.
More clashes of dates with different disciplines and clubs.
The sport is not seen as P C.
There are more people working at weekends.
 
Cooperation between Clubs and Associations
ASWMC are no longer holding their dates meeting as there had been such poor attendance.
 There is no control over what dates clubs use.
 Clubs and Disciplines need to work together on this to reduce clashes.
Time needs to be built into the Calendar to allow for repairs and rests between events.
Regs vary from Club to Club and Trial to Trial. This makes it difficult especially for new competitors.
Clubs could work together to co-organise events. This is common with hillclimbs and rallies.
 
General.
There are too many rules and regulation and they need updating and simplifying.  Class structure needs modernising e.g. for sidecars and quads.

MOTs should be necessary for all vehicles even in off road events.  This helps to take the onus off the club and onto the competitor to present the vehicle in a safe condition. Some insurance companies are now requiring exempt vehicles to be MOT’d.  A show of hands at the meeting indicated that this should be put to Motorsport UK.

There is a lack of marketing and profile of the sport.

We need to get youngsters attracted to the sport so they will become spectators and then competitors.

Competitors want to be able to make late entries to events as happens with bike events- this involves more paperwork being carried out at signing on.

Better deals are needed with Insurance Companies.

Make events more friendly for modern cars e.g. SUVs, traction, slip diffs and front wheel drives. 

It was not thought there was a future for electric cars in our sport at present due to expense of vehicles, and the cost and number of batteries required for a road event .

New Types of Events
Evening Events e.g. grass auto tests
Inter-club competitions
Camping Events.  Saturday afternoon, camping overnight, and continuing on Sunday
Touring Assemblies
Taster Events (I event per year per discipline)
Treasure Hunts.

 It was a useful meeting though there was little interest at the end in forming an informal group to take matters forward. However it was agreed hold an open follow up meeting on Thursday  23rd May 2019.  at Trethorne Leisure Centre  7.30pm.for 8.00 pm by which time people will have had the chance to report back to their own clubs and get further thoughts.
 
If you will be coming to the meeting please ring me Warin Kelly on 01822 870393, or Pat Gomm on 01566 784348,so that we can get an idea of numbers.
 
In the meantime please feel free to post any ideas on our club face book page.
Or send them to John Turner at billjan299@gmail.com who will be happy to include them in our monthly newsletter.
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Our AGM on the 4th of April will be held at Tresmeer Village Hall. At 8.00pm.

  • Having served in their respective posts for many years Warin Kelly and Pat Gomm here by give notice that they will not be standing for re-election.
  • Also needed is a Motor Cycle Rep as no one on the present committee is an expert on this part of our sport.

With the Club coming up to its 100th anniversary next year it will be good if younger members.

28th of February Open Meeting at Thethorne 7:30pm for an 8:00pm start.

28th of February Open Meeting at Thethorne 7:30pm for an 8:00pm start.
 
This is just a reminder that there is a special meeting tomorrow evening to discuss “The Direction of our Grass Roots Sport”.
 
The meeting will take place tomorrow at Trethorne ( https://wwwtrethorneleisure.com ) which is easy to find (Map Ref 201/ 284833). 3 miles west of Launceston turn off the A30 onto the A395 and in 100yds R into Trethorne. Keep R along drive to the Leisure Centre where there is some parking. There is also more parking to the left of the Drive.
 
The meeting is 7:30pm for an 8:00pm start.
 
The Agenda is not yet fixed but will include:-
 
Cooperation between Clubs
Management of The Calendar
Age profiles of both competitors and Organizers
The costs of competing
Regulations
New types of Events
Follow up
 

28th February OPEN MEETING at Trethorne update

This is a reminder that the purpose of setting up this meeting was,and still is, to provide an opportunity for members of our club, neighbouring clubs, and representatives of the organizations we are involved with, to come together and start a conversation about “The Direction of our Grass Roots Sport” and ways to come together to make its existing or new forms more attractive to both competitors and organizers.

Sorry that may sound a bit pompous, but it is clear from conversational comments and reports that there are problems with what we do now and we need to look at the future.

In early January I sent email invitations to as many local clubs, as I thought might be interested, whose emails were listed on the ASMC website, as well as to ACTC, BTRDA, MCC.  I may have missed some people but I know word has also got around, and I hope as many of you as can will come to the meeting.

The Agenda is not yet fixed but will include:-

Cooperation between Clubs

Management of The Calendar

Age profiles of both competitors and Organizers

The costs of competing

Regulations

New types of Events

Follow up

Trethorne  ( https://wwwtrethorneleisure.com )is easy to find (Map Ref 201/ 284833). 3 miles west of Launceston turn off the A30 onto the A395 and in 100yds R into Trethorne. Keep R along drive to the Leisure Centre where there  is some parking. There is also more parking to the left of the Drive

If you will be coming please ring me Warin Kelly on 01822 870393, or Pat Gomm on 01566 784348,so that we can get an idea of numbers, and make sure we have a big enough room

If you are unable to attend but have any comments on this matter please feel free to post them on our club face book page.

Or send  them to John Turner at billjan299@gmail.com who will be happy to include them in our newsletter.

MORE NEWS

One a bright note our Launceston Trial this Sunday in Lew and Eastcott Woods ( Map Ref 201/ 461846) has an entry of over 40,  which is great for a non championship event.

 If You have not entered come along and Marshall. It is a great off road day out in the woods and the Burger Van will be there all day. We even have a swimming pool at the start for the Masochistic (don’t be tempted!)

Warin Kelly

01822 870393

February 2019 Newsletter

 Monthly Newsletter February 2019

Here we are already into the second month of the year and just to remind us all it’s Winter we as you will know have experienced significant snow fall but at least it isn’t on a weekend when we have an event planned.

From the club committee members point of view it has been a disappointing start to the year in that we had to cancel the Spry Sporting Trial due to lack of entries. This cancellation makes it even more important that members and non members attend the special meeting on the 28th of this month at Trethorne https://www.trethorneleisure.com/ to discuss the future of our club and the activities/events it puts on. The meeting starts at 8.00PM with tea and coffee being available from 7.30pm. For those travelling from afar there is a restaurant within the complex should you wish to indulge in something more substantial before the meeting.

On the 10th of this month is the Launceston Trial, held as a single venue classic trial for cars and bikes at the Eastcott Woods area not far from Lewdown, entries are due to close by the middle of the preceeding week so if you wish to enter you need to get a move on, the easiest way being the on line entry system via the club website. Those of you who are not entering and have some time to spare we are hoping you will volunteer to marshal, Warin Kelly is sat by the telephone awaiting your call on 01822 870393. Go on ring him, make his day !

2019 Calendar of Events

February 10th Launceston Trial Lewdown

March 29th Presentation of Awards with buffet at Trethorne, + Films

March 31st Northgate Sporting Trial, Ashleigh , Lifton

April 4th Club AGM, all welcome

July 7th Motor Traders Trial, Waterloo Farm, North Petherwin

August 11th Testing Production Trial, Cannaframe

September 15th David Ayers Sporting Trial, Trevilla Farm, Marshgate

October 20th Tamar Classic Road Trial

December 28th Ron Beer Sporting Trial, Harrowbarrow

As you can see the committee have a full range of events taking place throughout the year, but it has to be stressed that this is run by “that same old committee” in other words it would be great to have a few new faces joining us if only to keep us awake during some of the less interesting items in the meetings (not that there are many). Why not come along to the AGM , if only to voice your opinion on aspects of the club workings and maybe throw in a few fresh ideas.

In other news – after my mention in the last newsletter of possibly boosting the Dellow’s performance with a supercharger I was amazed at getting some responses which were much appreciated (even more proof that some of you read this minor offering) and I now have a Shorrock Supercharger on the garage workbench waiting to be fitted. It seemed such a harmless idea to fit a blower but as with all these things the job grows. It won’t fit on the side of the engine next to the inlet so it’s going the other side once I have finished mounting the alternator on the opposite side from where it has happily sat for the last six years. I am however very fortunate to have a small engineering company next door to me, neighbour Joe made me a lovely three belt pulley, all turned out of a single piece of steel bar, no going back now.

If you’ve got a specialist small engineering job that needs doing I can highly recommend these guys :- https://www.facebook.com/southweststeam/

Stay warm and don’t forget to send in contributions billjan299@gmail.com

J.T.

 

Launceston Trial 2019 Regs and Entry Form, Ron Beer 2018 Results

The regulations and entry forms for the Launceston Trial 2019 are now available to download below.

Launceston Trial 2019 - Car Regs (151 downloads) Launceston Trial 2019 - Motorcycle Regs (189 downloads)

Launceston Trial 2019 - Car Entry Form (85 downloads) Launceston Trial 2019 - Motorcycle Entry Form (134 downloads)

This single venue classic trial for both motorcycles and cars is held in Lew & Eastcott Woods, Near Lewdown (approx. 10 miles from Launceston) and will take place on Sunday the 10th of February.

Ron Beer 2018 Results

The Ron Beer 2018 results are available to download below;

Ron Beer 2018 Results (76 downloads)

Many thanks from the club to landowner James Tancock and all the marshals. We hope the competitors enjoyed the day and hope to see you at Trevilla on 27th January 2019. LNCMC

Club Newsletter – September 2018

After a prolonged absence, our newsletters are making a return. This is thanks to John Turner who has taken the time to compile this months newsletter.

We aim to be putting out the newsletters on a monthly basis. If you would like to contribute anything to one of the newsletters then please feel free to email John at johnturner@lncmc.co.uk

This months newsletter can be downloaded at the link below;

Newsletter September 2018 (175 downloads)

Introducing Our New Online Trials Entry System

We have been working behind the scenes of an online entry system for the website as there has been some demand for it. We will be using it for our trials going forward. We are still going to be accepting paper entries as well.

The Testing Trial is the first event we have added to the entry system which takes place in a little under two weeks.

To use the entry system follow this link http://www.lncmc.co.uk/online-entry/ and then click on the register link to register your details. You can then login and make a trials entry. Please don’t be put off by the length of the registration form as you only need to fill out the sections that are relevant to you.

Payments are accepted through Paypal but you don’t require a Paypal account to pay your entry. You can enter your card details on Paypal’s website when submitting your entry to pay as a guest.

If you have any problems using the new system then please send us an email at info@lncmc.co.uk

Testing Trial 2018 Regs and Entry Form

The regulations and entry form for the Testing Trial 2018 are now available to download below.

Testing Trial 2018 - Regs Motorcycles (85 downloads) Testing Trial 2018 - Regs Cars (105 downloads)

Testing Trial 2018 - Entry Form Cars (81 downloads) Testing Trial 2018 - Entry Form Motorcycles (72 downloads)

The trial will take place on Sunday 12th August 2018 at Cannaframe Farm, Trewint, Cornwall, PL15 7SD (entrance to the venue) (Map Ref: 201211/792) and will consist of a number of observed tests. Marks will be awarded for completion of each test or section correctly as well as times taken where appropriate. There will be a number of tests and rounds dependent on time and size.

It is hoped there will be a BBQ provided where hot food will be available to purchase with funds going to the Club’s charity.

Additionally, due to GDRP we are going to need to get consent from club members to continue sending out emails about our upcoming events. So if you receive emails from us regarding events and wish to continue doing so then please sign up to our mailing list.