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Cancelled - WVAC John Langford Trial

The Wye Valley club will not be running the trial on the 26th September. Hopefully the club can have a face to face meeting soon and sort out some plans for next year, when it is hoped they can run at least 2 maybe 3 trials, one of which is likely to be a Rockshocks Twinshock championship round. [on 14Sep2021]

Stroud's Solo/Jack Wooldridge Trial.

The date is 3rd October. Entries open 4th September at 7am with a limit of 100 riders. Hopefully 2 laps of 18 sections. Observers will be very welcome. More details for observers and riders on the club's own site. Entries/Regs [on 1Sep2021]

West Glos Double weekend of fun.

Thhe Stony Green trial is all set to run on 19th. Entries are open now, more info on the West Glos website. [on 25Aug2021]

Board Meetings and 2022 Dates

The Centre has managed conduct its board meetings with video conferences since events resumed in 2020. The September meeting will be in person at the Gala Club, Fairmile Gardens, Gloucester on 13th September and start at 20:00. The October meeting will be the dates meeting so clubs and delegates have a few weeks to get your heads together for dates. [on 21Aug2021]

Ledbury MCC - new date for British Grasstrack Championship

Great news - Ledbury MCC is set to run the rain-hit British Championships on September 25. Ledbury MCC's Sally Palmer: "Following the tremendous support, emotionally and financially from every single person involved in our fantastic sport, we are now in a position to re-run the ACU British Grasstrack Championships.

This will now take place on Saturday 25th September 2021 with Sunday 26th September as a reserve date (hopefully will not be needed)

We are currently working with the ACU to finalise all details, which we hope to share with you all in the next few days. In the meantime get the date in your diaries, on your planners and calendars and lets get this Championship done."

Rain forced the cancellation of the Championship event and the Flyer on August 7/8, which was a huge disappointment after a huge amount of work put in by the club for its first event since 2019. Everyone in the centre will be hoping Ledbury MCC will be rewarded for their efforts with this re-arranged event. [on 12Aug2021]

Wyegate Trial 2022

Following Covid-enforced cancellations in 2020 and 2021, the West Glos & Dean Forest MCC team are planning for the Wyegate Long Distance Trial next year. Because it's been missed twice, the club is hoping to make it twice as good in 2022 - read more. [on 19Jul2021]

Malvern Trial Postponed

Malvern club's planned trial for June 6 is postponed. A new date is to be announced and the club, which has a small number of volunteers running events, plans to work out a way forward and visit the excellent Bodenham venue to see what work may need to be done. When a date is agreed with ACU Western Board we'll bring you news of the new event date.. [on 19Apr2021]

Wyegate Trial Cancelled

Sadly the West Glos & Dean Forest MCC Wyegate Long Distance Trial has been cancelled - Read More.

The good news is that the club is looking at running other, smaller events, so keep an eye on the West Glos site and here for more news when we have it.

[on 16Mar2021]

Julian Bishop - RIP

Sadly Julian Bishop passed away on December 20. Jules was a motorcyclist through and through, and was committed to everything the West Glos club did for around 50 years. Full tributes are on the West Glos website, and we remember him here - he was an arch-organiser as well as competitor. Our thoughts are with his family. He will be deeply missed. [on 21Dec2020]

Archive video footage

Archive video footage of two ACU Western events has been brought up to date by one of our site sponsors BVM Moto. BVM's YouTube channel features 1987 video of a Cheltenham Home Guard MCC event at Upper Hill Farm and a Wye Valley AC event at Craswall (both link to YouTube). More archive video is on the way, and links to both these events and much more on ACU Western's past can be found on the ACU Western Archive [on 10May2020 22:09]

Thank you to our sponsors - please support them

Clearly these are tough times for business and we are right behind our valued website sponsors who are weathering this period. BVM Moto, Haines and Co, and Thunder Road's knowledgeable and committed staff are on the end of a phone line, email or message even though they cannot open their doors to the public. BVM and Haines are offering mail order currently too - please continue to support them if you can.

We're lucky to have independent dealers in every trials manufacturer in BVM and Thunder Road in our patch. Haines has well over 30 years experience in enduro, trail riding and long distance trials is now dealing in the reborn Fantic marque, offering two stroke enduro, cross country and MX models, retro Caballero trailbikes and a new range of eMTBs, and of course an unrivalled range of CCM and Gas Gas parts.

Between them the boys at BVM have three lifetimes' experience in trials - all three are Expert level riders who know their way around big events including the SSDT.

Thunder Road stocks trial, trail and enduro machines, and is a Honda, Suzuki and Indian dealer. While we're unable to ride, check out BVM's YouTube channel for top quality video content - 'how to', keep fit and event coverage is second to none.

And when all this is over, we hope to be handing out some trophies from Crystal Images. [on 13Apr2020]

Environmental Mats

Competitors are reminded that whenever a machine is being refuelled at an ACU-authorised event, it must stand on an environmental mat. This is a rule of the ACU designed to protect our sport and the environment, Trials Standing Regulation 9: "ENVIRONMENTAL MATS - All machines and generators must stand on an Environmental mat whilst being refuelled."

[on 19Jan2020]

Defibrillator - the Yellow Bag at Trials

You should all know what is in that Yellow Bag. If someone, anyone; You, A Rider, A Marshal or even a spectator has a medical emergency that could be heart stopping then watch the video of how the thing works. It may give you enough confidence to get on with saving a life! [on 05Jun2017]

Gloucester and Cotswold MC ACU Benevolent Fund Donation

The Gloucester & Cotswold Motor Club would like to thank all riders who opted not to receive awards at their trials. This has resulted in a donation of £500 being made to the ACU Benevolent Fund. Thank you, all of you. [on 26Feb2017]

Stroud Valley MC Yercombe Lodge and ACU Benevolent Fund Donation

Stroud Valley MC has donated £300 to two good causes - £150 each to Yercombe Lodge near Dursley, which brings the total it has given to 400 in two years, and the same amount to the ACU Benevolent Fund. The day centre and residential home provides valuable care to families who need it. [on 26Feb2017]

Cub Help

Antony Bowie would like to know more about a bike he's bought. He writes:

"I have a 1963 Triumph TR20 Tiger Cub that according to a hand written note that came with the bike when I purchased it was owned or used by Jon Bliss in the 1960's:

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Purchased new in 1963 by the late John Husband. Ridden in 1964 Wye Valley Trial by Jon Bliss to win the Western Centre Championship. Numerous trial success over the years.

This is a rare and original ex works trials bearing matching frame and engine numbers. Still has original high tensile Dunlop rims, original Energy Transfer Ignition Alpha big end fitted and Italian piston which need full engine temperature to eliminate exhaust smoke.

I would be most interested to hear any history/information on the bike (registration number EAD 248A which may or may not have been with the bike from new) and even have a photograph of it in action if such exists that I can see and keep with the records."

Contact Antony at Antonybowie@aol.com

[on 8Jan2017]

ACU Western - Name Change/Logo

Did you notice our logo changing? That is because all the ACU's regions have dropped the 'Centre' and our re-branding means we are now 'ACU Western'. You will continue to see references to the Centre in some of our documents and web pages for a while, but they will be phased out as soon as practicable. We don't have to scrap any paperwork already printed, so the change will be as green as possible. If you don't already have the new logo for your documents then contact the ACU Western Secretary for the file. [on 31Dec2015]

Stroud Valley MC Charity support

Stroud Valley have recently paid a visit to Yercombe Lodge at Stinchcombe where they handed over a cheque for £250 to help fund the Day Centre and Residential home. Chairman Phil Marsh explained to them that SV are a not-for-profit club, so they like to put surplus money from organised events back into the community. The money will go towards activities in the Centre, like cooking or crafts, as well as their frequent day trips. The club have also been supporting the Alzheimer's Society recently. [on 17Sep2015 13:40]

Photo Help - Geoff Gibbons

Would any of our readers have, or know of, any photos of the late Geoff Gibbons who was a rider and supporter of events in the centre?

His son, Bill, spotted this one on our site where he was handing over the keys to a Ford Transit to Malcolm Davis.

He still has a cup, named after him, given in the CHG's British Championship Sphinx Trial. Bill hopes that 'some of the old hounds out there may have some kicking about (Jon Bliss has already sourced one, which was fab) It'd be great to see some more pics of him knee deep in the mud, scans and electronic copies would be great. I'm not expecting people to part with originals. Thanks ever so much in advance. Regards Bill (David) Gibbons.'

We will pass any emails on to Bill if you send to editor@acuwesterncentre.org.uk [on 11Jul2015 22:30]