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Stroud Valley MC Summer Series Trial

Entries open on on Friday, July 1 for a round of the club's Summer Trials Series on Saturday, August 6.

This trial is a rearrangement of the rained-off trial earlier this month and some entrants have had their entries carried over. Others are unable to ride however, so a small number of spaces will be available - the limit is 50 riders.

There will be two routes - clubman and sportsman, and entry is £10 plus £5 club membership.

To enter, visit the ACU website, and search for the event from there - entries close August 5 or sooner if full. [on 30Jun2022]

Glos and Cotswold Summer Series Trial

Entries are open for round 2 of the club's Summer Series on Saturday, July 9 at 4pm at Hayes Coppice near Monmouth.

To enter, visit the ACU website, and check out the regulations there or on the ACU Western calendar for details of classes - entries close July 7. [on 27Jun2022]

Wye Valley Trevor Hunt Trial - Rockshocks Classic Championship

Entries are open for Wye Valley AC's round of the Rockshocks Classic Trials Championship on July 24. To enter, visit the ACU website, and check out the regulations there or on the ACU Western calendar, where there is also a printable entry form. [on 27Jun2022]

Zona 1 Dennis Saunders Trial

Zona 1 MCC will stage the Dennis Saunders Trial at Bidfield Farm, near The Camp, Stroud on Sunday, July 17. Run under Stop Allowed rules, the entry is limited to 80 riders. There will be the usual three routes and five route options and entries close 16th July at noon. To enter, visit the ACU website, and check out the regulations there or on the ACU Western calendar [on 17Jun2022]

July date changes

Gloucester and Cotswold MC's July 3 date for a Saturday trial is now July 9, and Zona 1's July 10 date is now July 17 - these changes were approved at the latest ACU Western board meeting. Entries aren't open yet but we'll let you know when they are. Check the calendar for the new dates

[on 17Jun2022]

Stroud Valley Summer Series Trial - Cancelled

Unfortunately due to an issue with the landowners cattle and the forecast of heavy thunderstorms, which will make parking impossible, we have been forced to cancel this event on Saturday, June 18.

We would like to instead run on Saturday the 6th of August and your entry will be automatically transferred to this date. Alternatively please let us know and we will refund you.

Apologies of the inconvenience. Thanks very much. Stroud Valley MC

[on 24May2022]

Scottish 6 Day Trial

Congratulations to the brave locals who had a tough week. Results are out on the SSDT website. and, of course, you will have seen BVM's own excellent coverage (Whilst winning a 1st Class award, we may add!) [on 9May2022]

Fox Helmet concerns

We've heard reports that 'If you are using a Fox Helmet V3 RS be advised that the ACU approval has been suspended until further notice.' on social media. If you are an owner then please double-check or take a spare to any event until we hear more. [on 9May2022]

Malvern Centre Trials Championship Round postponed

Unfortunately the Malvern round has been postponed. Tom Vivian, Malvern & District MC & LC: "I regret to say we have postponed the Malvern Championship Trial at Bodenham in June, future date yet to be decided/agreed by the Board. Unfortunately I do not have enough support to run in June. I am discussing options with other clubs and hope we will be in a position to run maybe as a joint venture later in the year. Bodenham is an excellent venue and the farmer is very accommodating, I hope we can continue to run events there." [on 30Apr2022]

For Sale: Yamaha Majesty 175

The late Nigel 'Wizz' Tomkins' special Majesty is for sale. Here's the spec: Click for bigger pic by Steve Workman

Mini majesty frame,swinging arm moved forward nearer the engine sprocket, Gas Gas forks, parallel fork yokes, tubeless rear tyre, V Force 4 (8 petal reed valve), rebore with cast piston, Electrex world electronic ignition, OKO carburettor, Hiro style front exhaust pipe, footrests lowered and moved back.There is a 200cc barrel and piston to go with it.(Nigel preferred the175cc.). Price: £4,000. All inquiries to Doug Nolan on 07791640213. Click on the picture for a closer look, and there are more photos on the link at the top. [on 7April2022]

Wyegate 2-Day Trial - CANCELLED

Sadly the event has been cancelled. read more. [on 27Mar2022]

Reunion #10

It's time to think about coming out of hibernation, warmer weather, lighter evenings and the first of this years reunions. Come on all you old Fogies, dust off the Zimmer, clean up the walking stick, polish your glasses and make a note in your diaries (you can come if you don't need to do any of this). Motorcyclists from any facet of the sport, last time it was gratifying to see a number of road racers there. We are happy to see anybody no matter how tenuous their connection with Motor-Cycle sport, everybody welcome. 26th April Wooton Hall, Barnwood, Glos. GL4 3JS. John Miles, Centre Vice-President [on 21Feb2022]

Trials stewards - we need you

The centre board appoints Stewards for Centre Championship Trials. Due to recent retirements we are looking for experienced Steward/Clerk of the Course licence holders to officiate at Championship Trials. This involves attending the event and ensuring that the ACU rules are followed and making a report for the Centre Board. Usually very enjoyable and not very onerous. A fee is paid for this duty. If you are interested and would like to help the please contact Jennie Jones the Centre Secretary.

Tony Noel, Chairman ACU Western

[on 12Jan2022]

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]