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Nigel Tomkins - funeral details

The funeral for Nigel will take place on Tuesday 8th February, 12.30pm at Westerleigh Crematorium. Afterwards at the restaurant at Westerleigh for anyone who wishes to join the family. Bright colours, Family Flowers only, donations in lieu to Cancer Research UK. Tributes to Nigel [on 23Jan2022]

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]

ACU Western AGM postponed

The decision has been taken to POSTPONE the Annual General Meeting until March at the earliest. It was to be held at the Gala Club, on Monday, January 10 alongside the monthly board meeting. Next Monday's board meeting will still go ahead however, on Zoom. Login details will as usual be sent to centre officials and club delegates. [on 5Jan2022]

Hurran gets green light

Great news, Glos & Cots MC members have been working hard to gain permission from Natural England and The National Trust to continue the 50 plus year tradition of the Hurran Trial in Ebworth woods. The effort has been rewarded with Natural England approving the licence today (14th December). Natural England have specific conditions that have to be met, and entrants must respect the venue or future events will be in jeopardy. Watch this space to learn when entries open as the limit of 100 is soon filled. There will, as usual, only be routes for Expert, Clubman/Expert, and Clubman. (And this will be Round 1 of the 2022 Western Trials Championship.) [on 14Dec2021]

Full Entry Sapperton won by Gareth Talbot

Stroud Valley's Trial at Breakheart was in fine form with single figure wins in Expert, Club and Sports routes over 2 laps of 18 fully manned sections.

Have a look at BVM's video log to see how.

[on 30Nov2021]

Regional Clerk of Course Seminars

ACU Western is pleased to announce that there will be 2 Clerks of Course refreshers before the end of the year.

Ian Wixon of West Glos and Dean Forest MCC has just run the first Regional Clerk of Course Seminar in the Forest of Dean.

There is also a trials regional Clerk of Course seminar on 8th December (Wednesday) at 7.30pm in the east of the centre at Breakheart, Dursley, organised by Phil Marsh of Stroud Valley MC and run with Wessex Centre's Mark Talbot. There is a limit and there are 4 spaces left. Please let Phil Marsh know at if you want to attend. Hopefully we will be able to organise a mop up seminar early in the new year as well. [on 15Nov2021]

For Sale: Special Factory Beta Evo 250

Factory Beta special - click for bigger image


When the trials manufacturers bring out their new models, a special version usually follows - lighter, blinger and even easier to flick through the sections. Beta is well-known for its Factory editions and this 2019 250 Evo is just that bit more special.

The 2019 frame has been replaced with a lighter 2012 frame which has more lock, but all the rest of the parts are from the 2019 bike.

Here's the bits which will make it appeal to let's say, the older rider: low compression head insert, and an internal flywheel weight. The clutch has been modified so it doesn't drag too.

Factory Beta special - click for bigger image

Titanium bolts have been used where possible and it's ideal for the older rider who doesn't/can't hop the rear wheel!

Price is £4,000 and the bike is based near Stroud - contact Nigel on 0776 122 1046.

[on 09Nov2021]

Glos and Cots MC Hurran Trial news

Because the National Trust has been catching up with the felling of trees in Ebworth woods and all the usual parking spots are completely full of timber. The stacks are waiting for HGVs to collect them, and the hard wood is waiting for inspection and sale. It is highly unlikely that the timber would be moved before the GC Trial date of 21st November.

The club has decided that the best course of action for both the National Trust, club, and competitors is to delay the 2021 Hurran Trial and run it on 16th January 2022 in Ebworth (weather permitting).

Tom Welch, Clerk of Course. [on 26Oct2021]

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]

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]

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:


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

[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 [on 11Jul2015 22:30]