November Newsletter

Well another month has flown by and here I am writing to you all again, I can say all as I have it on good authority that there is more than one reader!

Last month saw us hosting one of our biggest events of the year the Tamar Trial, with an entry of 60 it was all systems “go”, our new start venue at Tresmeer Village Hall seemed to go down well with many of the competitors and marshals taking advantage of the £6.00 all you can eat breakfast, much to the relief of the hall volunteers, some of whom turned up at 5.00 am to get the cooking under way, the Hall is now £300.00 better off so thanks to all.

The route covered approximately 75 miles with a good variety of sections to try and catch out the unwary but David Haizelden was on the ball (unlike his trailer) and only dropped 3 points all day to take the overall win in the car classes. Andrew Kearns took the solo motorcycle class and Alan Wear won the class for the motorcycle combinations. The event finished well within daylight which has always been a concern of the organising committee, so all good. Special thanks to Adrian Booth for lending me his Land Rover for the opening vehicle.

The ACTC are looking to restructure and are looking to meet with members of the trialling community to listen and hear what they have to contribute to this vital and ongoing process.

It has been suggested that if our club and its members would like to arrange a venue then they will arrange a mutually agreeable date and time to have an informal discussion and exchange of ideas, hopefully this can happen.

Anyone wanting to contact ACTC should do so by speaking to, or emailing Carl Talbot (Chairman), Pete Hart (Vice Chairman) or Bill Bennett (Secretary).

Forthcoming Events

The Ron Beer Sporting trial is on the 27th of December at Harrowbarrow. Regs for this are on the website and you can even do an online entry, no more putting forms and a cheque in the post, but if you are volunteering to marshal you will need to “ring” Mike Wevill 01566 784451 ( I’ll get his email address one day).

Spry Sporting Trial on the 27th of January 2019 at Trevilla Farm, Marshgate.

February 28th 2019 we are having a special meeting open to all club members to ascertain the future direction of the LNCMC, your support is needed. Chairman Warin Kelly has written a special piece on this, venue to be decided upon.

In my last newsletter I mentioned I was off to do the MCC Edinburgh trial safe in the knowledge that the Dellow was declared fit, what a mistake !! Son-in-law Matt and myself.set off at 1.00am from Darley Dale for the run down to Tamworth Services arriving at around 2.25 and was duly scrutineered and signed on. We left at 3.30 am as per our time and travelled about fifty yards when the gearbox jammed up, after a failed attempt to fix it, it was back in to the services for another cup of hot chocolate and at 4.00am call the recovery service. After much procrastinating on their part and waiting for them to find a driver (you know how hard it is finding a lorry driver in the Midlands) a vehicle finally turned up at 8.30 and we were loaded and on our way back to Darley Dale. So after breakfast it was off to watch competitors at Excelsior and what might have been, hey ho motorsport teaches you to be philosophic.

Don’t forget that if you would like to contribute to this epistle it would be most welcome.


And now a word from our chairman regarding the future of the club;

In our committee meetings over the last year or so one concern has kept coming up, namely falling entries and the increasing difficulty of finding marshals and people to take on the key roles in events with their increasing bureaucratic demands.

That’s more than one concern you may say, but it comes down to one thing, what is the future of our grass roots sport? This is relevant to other clubs as well as ourselves and raises many questions.

Entries are falling in all our events.  Championship Classic Trials, BTRDA Trials formula events, ASWMC production car trials (no championship contender entered our round this year), and our closed to Club events (with the exception of the Launceston) get a very poor entry. Are we running events that present competitors want? What do the up and coming generation want? Is the expense of a competitive vehicle, entry costs etc getting too high for our competitors? Or is it just a blip at the moment?

Often we seem to clash with other clubs events. Not always the same type of event but nevertheless a clash divides the pool of competitors and marshals. Are we trying to run too many events? Do we need to make more effort to coordinate the whole calendar?

Is Sunday the best day for events? What about evening events in the summer? (As used to happen). Shorter more intensive events?

Marshalls generally are getting older, and less mobile. Where is the next generation? Actually not the next generation who are probably already in their 50s, but the following generation with all their enthusiasm of youth.

The same question can be asked about committee members and event organizers.

Are there too many Clubs? or should we work together more to run group or inter club events?

Have our events had their day? What sort of events do people want?  Is there a generational split? 

We cater for both bikes and cars. Is there a difference between what each would like?

With so many other things going on in our lives is our sport needed any longer?   Is it right to continue in these days of global warming?

In order to discuss such questions and look to our future we have decided to hold an open meeting on Thursday  28th February next year. It is clear that other clubs are experiencing similar problems so we will be extending an invitation to all the local clubs as well as ACTC and will welcome anyone with imaginative ideas for our sport.  People we have spoken to so far have responded positively and we hope this meeting will be the start of wider discussion.  The venue will be advised in due course.

If you 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 who will be happy to include them in our newsletter.

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 and select a suitable venue.



LNCMC October News

Welcome to the October news, all of a sudden the weather seems to have changed from a sunny September to blustery wet October, but many people will not be too unhappy with that with various trials looming upon us it will make the hills a little more interesting. We recently held the David Ayers sporting trial and thanks to Mike Wevill for the report below.
Launceston & North Cornwall Motor Club held a MSA and BTRDA National Championship Trial at Marshgate on 16 September as part of the Cornish Trials weekend.
Competitors came from as far afield as Yorkshire and Kent. Whilst the entry was relatively low it did include two former British champions.
There was a mixture of grass and woodland over 21 hills on steep but firm dryish ground.
Low scores were the order of the day on a closely contested event.
Eventual winner was John Fack who managed to beat his twin brother Jerome by just 1-point double driving the same car.
Local man Alan Murton was close behind to manage a superb joint third place. Alan’s performance was even more impressive given that he had to work on the car until midnight the night before having to rebuild the front end which had been wrecked in the previous day’s trial. M W
Our next event is the Tamar Classic Road Trial, entries are already coming in and with a re-vamped route and start venue it has all the promise of a very good event. Signing on will be at Tresmeer Village Hall where the hall volunteers will have arrived at 6.00 am to prepare breakfast for all the competitors, so eat well, but please make sure you thank them, or they will be blaming me for a loss of sleep and grumpy customers. The event requires a large amount of marshals and it would be really appreciated if any volunteers could phone Mike Wevill 01566 784451 It would help to make his life just a little easier.( I would have enclosed his e mail address but he can never remember it).
On the 27th of December we hold our Ron Beer Sporting Trial at Harrowbarrow near Callington, it will give you a chance to get out in the fresh air and blow away the Christmas cobwebs, again marshals needed please.
I recently passengered for the first time on a Sporting Trial, I was Mike Wevill’s passenger on the Robin Alexander Trial, a very enjoyable day although at my age I have to admit to not being quite as adept at rolling around the car in strange positions which included getting far too close to Mike, neither he or I have mentioned anything of it since.
To all intents and purposes I have the Dellow ready for the long haul to Derbyshire for the MCC Edinburgh Trial this weekend, I always look forward to this event with the beautiful Derbyshire countryside and to be able to spend some time with my granddaughter who is lucky enough to live in the heart of the Peak district.
This newsletter is for you people out there, so feel free to contribute even if it is just for a sale or want it helps to fill the page. Keep an eye out for a certain black Ford Pop, the ex Caudle / Turner machine is in new hands and they promise to get it out on the hills and not just polish it.

David Ayers Results Plus Tamar Trial Regs and Entry Form

We are happy to announce that we now have the final results for the David Ayers Trial 2018 which can be downloaded below.

Thank you to all who competed and marshalled, we hope you enjoyed the event.

David Ayers 2018 Results (95 downloads)

We also have the Regs and Entry Form for this years Tamar Trial which takes place on Sunday the 21st of October. You can download the Regs and Entry Form below;

Tamar Trial 2018 Entry Form (95 downloads) Tamar Trial 2018 Car Regs (97 downloads)

Tamar Trial 2018 Motorcycle Regs (77 downloads)

The Tamar Trial can also be entered with the Online Entry system on this website. To use the entry system follow this link 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

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

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 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

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.

Motor Traders Car Trial 2018 Regs and Entry Form

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

Motor Traders 2018 Entry Form (80 downloads) Motor Traders 2018 Regs (107 downloads)

The trial will take place on Sunday 8th July 2018 by kind permission of John Werren and family at Waterloo Farm, North Petherwin, Nr. Launceston, PL15 8LL (MR 190/285880).