Alton & District Motor Cycle & Car Club
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Club round pics
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| 2011 R3 Frensham |
| 2012 R6 Frensham |
Pictures from Open Trials may be found in their web pages.
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Annual Review of 2017
By Mick Coles - Club Chairman
We ran our full program of Trials and even managed an Observer on all of our Open sections. The downside was number of riders was generally low. Our social events attracted a small hard core of support.
We ran our full program of Trials set out with an expanded crew of Clerks and helpers. With setting out, Dave and Colin have been most involved, which has helped me, as I had become the Club’s default Clerk. Ray and Kerry have been the mainstay with signing on. There have been many “helpers” but of special note has to be Bob Hampton who often just appears all the way from the New Forest. Many thanks to you all.
8 rounds of Club members Fun Trials. Held under AMCA rules with a give away fee of just £10 for members. They also attracted many new riding members. It has been suggested we add a harder route or upgrade the existing “B” route to provide a slightly increased challenge.
The 3 Open Observed Trials ran successfully but with lowish entries. "Observed status” was only achieved thanks to great attitude from riders and doubling up by officials. We are indebted to the small band of regular Observers for the time they put in with us and other clubs. The Keith Davies was in particular, a very good natured event.
Fun is what The BBQ Trial is about and so it proved, such that it was decided during the free BBQ, that no results were needed.
Despite the great job done by Mick Morris with permits of all kinds, we continue to struggle appointing officials and arranging venues in good time. This is something that needs addressing as it puts pressure on those who already do plenty for The Club.
The season ended with the news that Butser Lime Works is effectively out of bounds for the foreseeable future. With this is mind we continue to seek out extra venues. Hence we start the new season at new venue for us, Privett Tunnel Cutting.
For many years Chris Small has looked after our stock of Trials marking kit, including making sure the big blue box is always ready to go. He has recently said he would like to hand over the task some time in the future.
It’s more of the same as the bank balance continues at a healthy level. This is despite making charitable donations and running many low fee or free events for members.
Anne does our banking and produces annual accounts for auditing.
Anne runs this, including booking and paying for the village hall.
Bruce and Robin continue to organise our very reasonably priced bar at our club meetings.
Mostly monthly, these meetings start with a Committee gathering and get through Committee stuff ASAP, it would be great to see more members pop along.
Our other social events included:
Beach Night - where a dozen of us hang out on Hayling Beach before coming together to frenzy on Fish n Chips.
The Alle-Oop and The Greens Walks attract some keen entries, the walks aren't testing and the Apré Walk is a big part of it.
Skittles was again held at The Whistle Stop in Liss it was greatly appreciated by all the members and friends that came along.
Christmas Party and Awards evening this year will be on 8th of December. Bruce continues to do a great job sorting the numerous awards.
The BBQ after the fun Trial proved very popular as members, friends and riders came together to sample the free delights provided by Pat and Will. This year there was plenty of gas.
At around 85 our number of members dropped slightly, but again the percentage of riders was up.
Only a handful of riders requested an ACU magic number.
Will looks after membership matters.
News Letters are our main publication and expense, we try to keep them monthly but this year we missed one.
The web site, which Will tries to keep as up to date as possible, features an ever growing archive about our Trials going back nearly 20 years.
We also produce our own riders punch cards, now in their mark 6 incarnation as Will chases his aim, to have the best possible punch cards. We also have our own Observers cards, these are weather proof, but yet to get an extreme test.
Most urgent is the need for a dedicated person to plan and run Trials.
Observers, all clubs suffer with a lack of Observers, in this part of the country none of the many strategies seems to guarantee a full team. Maybe a person dedicated to finding Observers could take the pressure from Event Secretaries
Clerks, we have quite a few Clerks but as ever, more would always be welcome.
Secretaries, simpler paperwork at AMCA events has proved popular with our team of Clerks, as does our simple route and class system. Helping a secretary at an event could help you find out if this is for you.
Event Clashes, many members say they like our 1st Sunday of the Month default Trials date, it does seem to work out OK, so we only change from this in special circumstances such as The Len Hutty Trial.
Club nights, it would be great to see more members on these Tuesday evenings.
It would be impossible to list everyone who has helped out this year. So I will end with a big generic thank you to you all.
These were planned to be used, some never made it to print - so a few are newly published.