VMCC South Durham

The South Durham Section of the Vintage Motorcycle Club

The Beamish Trophy Trial

BTT 2017

On the home page under Regulations Available you will find the links to the Regulations and Entry Request in both Excel and PDF formats for the 45th Beamish Trophy Trial to be held on Sunday 17 September 2017.

The procedure we are adopting is the same as last year:

If you will please download the Regulations and read them! Then download and complete the Entry Request. We prefer it if you complete the Excel spreadsheet and email it back as that saves us time and you money, however if Excel is a mystery to you, download the PDF version, print it, complete it and send it back by post. Closing date is 10 March 2017.

We will send you an Entry Confirmation by 24 March and request the entry fee.
You should return the completed Entry Confirmation together with the Entry Fee by 2 June 2017.

For the next two months we will be very busy riding old motorcycles so you will not hear from us again till we send out the Final Instructions on or about 8 September.

If you know anybody who does not have email or finds all this too difficult please ask them to send a stamped addressed envelope and we will post hard copy Regulations and Entry Requests

Overview

  • By Friday 10 March     You send in an Entry Request by Friday 4 March
  • Friday 24 March     We will confirm if your entry has been successful, send you an entry confirmation and request the entry fee.
  • By Friday 2 June     You send in your signed entry confirmation and fee.
  • Friday 8 September     We issue Final Instructions together with start times
  • Sunday 17 September     You collect route cards and riding numbers at the start

Newsletter Nov 2016

Results 2016

The results for the 2016 Beamish Trophy Trial can be downloaded here

Results Letter

Results List

Tropy Winners List

Newsletter Jan 2016

Time to get those Beamish entries in!


We are again inviting entries for the 44th Beamish Trophy Trial to be held on Sunday 18 September 2016. Any motorcycle or three-wheeler first registered or manufactured prior to 1st January 1980 is eligible. We have an upper limit of 150 entries quite simply because it otherwise becomes impossible to get everybody through the sections and checkpoints in time.


Overview.

By Friday 4 March     You send in an Entry Request by Friday 4 March

Friday 18 March     We will confirm if your entry has been successful, send you an entry confirmation and request the entry fee.
By Friday 17 May             You send in your signed entry confirmation and fee.
Friday 9 September          We issue Final Instructions together with start times
Sunday 18 September     You collect route cards and riding numbers at the start

Regulations and Entry Requests can be downloaded under Regulations Available at:


Beamish Entry Documents.


Please read the Regulations - they should answer most queries.


The Entry Request Form is available as either an Excel spreadsheet or a PDF document for printing.  It is simpler, quicker and cheaper to use the spreadsheet version and email it back.  The PDF is there for those who prefer the printed version but the completed form will have to be returned by post.


Priority is always given to people whose entry was declined the previous year. We should recognise this automatically


I look forward to seeing you in September.



Email:[email protected]

Our mailing address is:
Tom Norman
16 South Crescent
Hartlepool
TS24 0QD
Tel: 01429 865771

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Results 2014

Results of the BTT held on September 21st 2014 can be downloaded here
Award winners list can be downloaded here

Velvet PathBTT 2012 - Velvet Path

The Beamish Trophy Trial is run by South Durham Section of the Vintage Motorcycle Club.

Originally, the trial was run for 27 years by The Friends of Beamish and then by Durham Classic Motorcycle Club from 1998 until handing over to South Durham VMCC in 2008.

The trial covers just over 100 miles of Northern Dales in Cumbria, Durham and Northumberland and has a number of testing off-road sections.

The start and finish is at The New Board Inn, Hill Top, Esh, Co. Durham.

For further information on the trial, visit the Trial website in the link below.

www.beamishtt.com

Newsletter No 36 December 2014

The 2014 Beamish Awards Evening passed off successfully. Many thanks to all the Marshals and Entrants who turned out on the night and a very special thank you to the entrants who donated prizes for the Marshal's draw. Namely - Brian Metcalfe, Dave Moffatt, Steve Wigglesworth and of course, Hugo Wilson.   
 
As I have written earlier, this year there will be a new procedure for entering the Beamish Trophy Trial and a new process for allocating entries.  This new process is described in the attached Regulations but to recap -

    The closing date for entry requests for the 2015 Beamish Trophy Trial is 27 February 2015.
    You will be notified by 7 March whether your entry has been succesful. This is all very early in the year for a September event however it does allow entrants to plan ahead.
    Entrants will be divided into decade classes by machine age - 1920s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s and '70s.
    There will be 25 starting slots for each decade.
    Unfilled starting slots will be carried over to the next decade class.  So, for example using the 2014 entry:  
     

Decade     Initial Allocation     No. of Entrants     Initial Allocation plus carried forward     Outcome
1920s     25     4           All entrants succesful 25 slots, 4 entrants
1930s     25     10     46     All entrants succesful 46 slots, 10 entrants
1940s     25     12     61     All entrants succesful, 61 slots, 12 entrants
1950s     25     55     74     All entrants succesful, 74 slots, 55 entrants
1960s     25     51     44     Ballot necessary, 44 slots, 51 entrants
1970s     25     37     25     Ballot necessary, 25 slots, 37 entrants
 
Where a ballot is necessary, first preference will be given to riders whose entry was declined the previous year.
What does this all mean? - To be certain of an entry, ride an older bike.  The vast majority of entrants will get an entry.  If, unfortunately your entry is declined you can be certain of an entry the following year.
 
Another change this year is that you can now submit your entry request electronically by filling your details into the Excel spreadsheet attached to this email and then emailing it back to [email protected]  If this is however beyond your computer competence you may still print out the Entry Request PDF form, complete it and post it back to the address on the bottom of the form - Tom Norman, 16 South Crescent, Hartlepool TS24 0QD.
 
Please do not send money until your entry is confirmed in March 2015.
 
Hopefully all that is clear, but if not, please feel free to contact me.
 
It only remains for me to wish you all the very best for Christmas and lots of very safe riding in 2015.

Newsletter No 35 November 2014

17 November 2014
Good evening
 
A quick reminder that this Thursday, 20 November is the Beamish Trophy Trial awards night at 7:30pm at Middleton St George Cricket Club, Waterside, Middleton St  George, Darlington DL2 1JQ.
 
If you are a Trophy Winner and are unable to come I would be grateful if you could let me know - it avoids long awkward silences while we see if you are coming forward!
 
The collection on behalf of MacMillan Cancer Care raised £330 - a record for the Beamish, so thank you all very much for your generosity towards this excellent charity.
 
A huge Thank You is due to all the Marshals and Observers who helped on the day - without you none of this would have been possible.
 
A special mention for Martin Preston for taking on Fuel Distribution at short notice and also to Colin Goode and Sarah Norman for providing the breakdown cover.
 
There were 138 starters on the day and remarkably few breakdowns/retirements.
 
I promised to introduce a fairer method of allocating entries for the 2015 Beamish Trophy Trial. The method that will apply for the 2015 BTT will work as follows:-
 
At the start of the process, previous entrants will be sent an 'Entry Request' with a specified Closing Date.
 
Once the Closing Date has passed, entries will be allocated by Decade Class.  Each decade will have 25 starting slots. In other words, 25 for '20s bikes, 25 for 30's and so on.
 
If there are, say, 10 entry requests for '20's bikes they will all get an entry and 15 will be carried over to the next Decade Class, so there will be 40 starting slots for '30's bikes.
 
Eventually a Decade Class (usually 60's and/or 70's) will be over-subscribed.
 
Priority will be given to those whose entry was declined the previous year and then the balance distributed by ballot.
 
This means that to be sure of an entry you need to enter (and ride!) an old machine but even if declined you are certain of an entry the following year. I believe that while adminitratively more complex it is fair and transparent.
 
Finally some dates for your diary:
 
Thursday 20 November 2014 -  Beamish Awards Night. 7:30pm Middleton St George Cricket Club, Middleton St  George, Darlington DL2 1JQ

Monday 1 December 2014 -  Entry Requests for 2015 Beamish Trophy Trial Issued
 
Friday 27 February 2015-  Closing Date for Entry Requests
 
Monday 9 March 2015 -  Succesful Entries confirmed
 
Sunday 20 September 2015 - 43rd Beamish Trophy Trial

Newsletter No. 32 March 2014

Good evening.
 
Since the Regulations and Entry Form for the 42nd Beamish Trophy Trial were issued on 28 February completed Entry Forms have been flooding in and this year's event is now nearly full.  If we are unable to accept your entry I will write and tell you (and return your cheque as well!) but for the avoidance of uncertainty I will send another newsletter at the end of April confirming who has an entry. The continued popularity of the event does mean that we will hold a ballot for entries next year.  I will write more about this nearer the time.
 
My main reason for writing tonight, is however, to ask for your help.  The Beamish like many other events incorporating off-road sections is at very real risk from the De-Regulation Bill currently passing through Parliament. Much excellent work is being done by many motoring organisations under the umbrella of LARA to ensure that we retain the use of unsealed roads for motor vehicles but the outcome is by no means certain.
 
We now need as many people as possible to write to their MPs expressing their concerns.  Like me, you have probably never written to your MP but please - make this the first time - it really is very important.  Attached to this newsletter is a draft letter which can be altered and personalised as much as possible.  In writing please stress the continuity of the event - British social and transport heritage - and stress that loss of public rights could not be replaced by landowners’ permission - that has been proved by events that ran on former RUPPs.
 
There is also a LARA Factsheet which will give you some background and which can be included with your MP letter.  If you recieve a reply to your letter we would be interested to recieve the details. If you are unsure who your MP is please follow this link.
 
 PLEASE TRY TO WRITE!
 
Thank you for your time.

Useful Downloads
Lara Factsheet .pdf  MPs Covering Letter.doc
MPs Covering Letter.pdf (If MS Word is not available)

Newsletter No. 31 February 2014

Welcome to the Beamish Trophy Trial E-newsletter No.31   
February 2014
 
28 February 2014
   
 
Good evening.
 
Please find attached the Regulations and Entry Form for the 42nd Beamish Trophy Trial to be held on Sunday 21 September 2014.

Download entry form here
Download regs here
   
If you have any difficulty downloading them please let me know and I will see what we can do.
 
In general we have tried to keep things the same as last year - including the entry fee!
 
As we usually end up over-subscribed I recommend you send in your entry as quickly as possible.  We do not normally send out confirmations of entry until the Final Instructions are issued at the beginning of September, however the only exception is when, for whatever reason, we are unable to accept your entry.  Usually this is because the event is at capacity.
 
A final plea - please ensure your cheque is made payable to 'South Durham Section' - nothing more and nothing less.  It helps if you sign it as well!

Hope to see you in September.

Tom

Newsletter No. 30 November 2013

Well, the Beamish Trophy Trial Awards Night took place at the Middleton St George Cricket Club on 21 November 2014.  The room at the Cricket Club was virtually full with entrants coming from far and wide and many marshals and helpers present as well.
 
The trophies were presented by Gerry Beer. Most VMCC members will know Gerry but for those who do not, Gerry has been a member of South Durham Section since the very early days, first becoming Chairman in 1977.  He was a regular BTT entrant for many years and in recent times, ably assisted by his fellow members from the BSA Owners Club, he has run the Studdon Hairpins checkpoint and observed section.

After the presentation of trophies we had another important part of the evening - the Marshal's Draw.  The Beamish requires some 50 Marshals, Observers and helpers on the day to allow it to run smoothly.  We owe a huge debt of thanks to these people who happily give up their Sunday to spend it stood on a windy hillside somewhere in Weardale.  Even more surprising is that whatever the weather, they all seem to remain resolutely cheerful.

Alan Smith receives the Pops Hinde Trophy

In appreciation, some entrants have donated prizes which are presented by drawing names from a hat (my hat on this occasion!).  The prizes this year were:


A fine bottle of malt whiskey presented by Dave Moffatt.


Four bottles of wine presented by Dick Hobart.


A years subscription to Classic Bike magazine as well as three Classic Bike T shirts presented by Hugo Wilson.


Many thanks guys, it was much appreciated.

Dave Moffatt receives the Richard Hope Memorial Trophy
With the formalities out of the way, the buffet was demolished with extraordinary speed although everybody seemed to get something.  The evening then reverted to form with much talking going on.
 
During the evening we showed some video kindly shot by Roy Sturgeon on the day.  We plan to put this on a DVD together with most of the still photographs that many have provided, mentioning especially Ian Lamb and Phil Model.  I dont think Phil is even interested in motorcycles!
 
 
 I was recently given a copy of OTL.  What is OTL? - merely the organ of the Velocatte LE Owners Club.  OTL = 'On the Level' - presumably a reference to horizontally opposed cylinders rather than falling off on the Beamish.  This edition contained a report written by Marcus Allard describing his first BTT on an LE.  We felt this was such a sterling effort that he was awarded the newly-minted Robert Atkinson Trophy.  Anyway here is Marcus' article reproduced with the kind permission of Marcus and OTL.
 

Stuck!!


The Beamish Trial 2013
It was the afternoon of  Sunday 22nd September, and the LE was stuck fast. I eased out the clutch and opened the throttle, but the back wheel just dug itself deeper into the boggy ground. I was high on a moor in Weardale in theNorth Pennines and a long way from the nearest road. Before this, the furthest I had ridden my LE was  about 5 miles from my home in Twickenham  to the Kempton Park autojumble.  How had  I ended up here?


The Beamish Trophy Trial is a traditional reliability trial open to motorcycles built before 1980 that has run for the last forty years or so. It takes place in the beautiful  landscape of Weardale and Teesdale to the west of Durham.
 
An old friend who had taken part a few times had told me what a great event it was, so this year I decided to have a go.  The  problem was that neither my LE nor my Valiant was suitable for the off road sections, so I decided to buy something more appropriate in the shape of a 1954 Francis Barnett Falcon in ‘green lane’ trim. I bought it on ebay on the strength of the photos and description, and needless to say it was in much worse condition than anticipated. After a few weeks of slow progress in rectifying a long list of problems, my entry to the trial was confirmed and the race to get the bike ready in time began in earnest. The conversion to green lane trim turned out to be a series of hideous bodges perpetrated by previous owners, so I ended up returning it to more or less standard condition. This used valuable time and two days before the trial it wasn’t running and there was a long list of things still to do. I decided the only thing to do was to compete on the LE, and if necessary miss out some or all of the off road sections.
 
The trial starts and finishes at a pub in the village of Esh, near to Durham. I drove up on the day before, collecting my friend and his son on the way, along with their bikes, a 1946 ish Matchless G3L and a D1 Bantam. We set up our tents in the grounds of the pub, together with quite a few other participants. After a few beers we were ready for a good night's sleep ready to be up early for our start time of 9 o'clock.
 
A fantastic variety of machines were assembled for the start, including pre-war Velocette, Rudge, Scott, and Sunbeam, lots of Tiger Cubs and BSA singles in trials trim, a very pretty Morini Regalorita, an MZ and a Panther trials outfit. Bravest entrant was a chap called Chas who had come over from the Isle of Man with his 1942 Harley WLA, intending to do all of the off road sections.
 
I had expected to be told that I was mad to attempt it on the LE, but in fact the other entrants were very positive and encouraged me to have a go at the sections. We set off in glorious sunshine along empty roads, and the LE was running well, the ammeter showing a healthy charge and only a slight hesitancy above 40 mph. After a few miles we turned off the road for the first time. We rode along a mainly grassy track, which caused no problem except where the ruts were too deep and the legshields  were too wide to allow easy progress. The next off road section was more challenging it started off wet and slippery, with lots of rocks, and then became a long descent with a mixture of ruts, puddles of unknown depth, and boggy parts. I was becoming more confident now, and realised that sometimes it is best to attack the obstacles and maintain speed. The rocks had made me worry about damaging the sump or exhausts, as the ground clearance on the LE is hardly generous, and sure enough, I hit a rock and there was a loud bang. I feared the worst, but it was only the legshield, which was now a slightly different shape.
 
The track now went steeply downhill, and I put the bike in neutral so I had fewer things to concentrate on ( I don’t think that this is really the technique recommended by experts, but it worked for me). More road  riding on glorious empty swooping roads followed, before we arrived at a ford. This was an observed section at which one would lose points for failing to proceed. By now I was confident that the LE could handle things, and went through with no problem. The marshals stopped each rider and we had to answer questions on motorcycling history. I am happy to report that I correctly identified Velocette as the manufacturer that first introduced the positive stop gearchange mechanism, thus adding more points to my score.
The next off road section was the notorious Haggs Bank. I was advised to walk the course before attempting it. It was steep, covered in loose rocks, had several tight turns, and there was a large stone step right across the track towards the top. There were lots of spectators as well, and at this point I decided that discretion was the better part of valour and took the tarmac alternative.
 
Lunch was at the Allenheads Inn which is in a former lead mining village. There is a heritage centre and fascinating industrial archaeology, but we had no time to see it. There were a huge number of bikes here – about 120 competitors as well as lots of other bikers on classic and modern machines. The LE attracted much interest, from former owners and from people who had never seen one before. We didn’t stop for long as we were among the last to arrive, and set off for the next section. This turned out to be the one I had freewheeled down earlier, but in the opposite direction, which meant it was uphill. This turned out to be a bit of a challenge. I got stuck a couple of times, with the front wheel sunk up to the hub in boggy ground as I tried to avoid the largest bumps. However, a bit of assistance got me going again and all was well until steam started pouring out of the engine. It turned out not to be a head gasket as I feared, but was coming from the vent pipe. I had no choice but to carry on, and then freewheel down the next long downhill road section, before topping up from a stream.
 
The next off road section was straightforward, but the following one was a steep and rocky track and was observed by marshals, meaning that I dropped points for failing to complete it in one go. A very steep and windy road section caused me problems until I realised on the second attempt that I had been in second rather than first!  I didn’t attempt the next off road section on the advice of my riding companions, and following that it was a slightly hurried ride back to the finish. The Bantam at this point lost its clutch cable and then got stuck in first, resulting in some interesting manoeuvres at junctions.
 
We arrived back at the pub after a wonderful day’s ride.  The LE had behaved really well despite being asked to do things that the designers certainly had not intended, and the scenery, organisation and weather had all been first class. My thoughts are already turning to next year – I will probably take the Francis Barnett (if it is ready), but what about an LE trail bike with longer forks, no legshields or footboards, a sump protector and longer rear springs?
 
I ended up coming about 40th out of around 120 entrants, and I was delighted to be awarded the Robert Atkinson Cup for most outstanding achievement, which was I received for completing the event on an LE with all the controls on the left hand side. Coincidentally, on my arrival home, I opened the latest issue of On The Level to see a picture of my LE with the modified controls!
 
Marcus Allard
  
 
Just a reminder  - the Regulations and Entry Form for the 42nd Beamish Trophy Trial to be held on 21 September 2014 will be issued by the end of February.  If you have received this newsletter you are on the mailing list!

Tom


Newsletter No. 29 October 2013

As you know we collected on behalf of MacMillan Cancer Support again this year.  You will see from the letter below we managed to raise £103 for this very worthwhile cause.  Many thanks to all for your generosity.
 
Attached to this email you will find the final Results and Trophy Winners list.  The eagle-eyed among you may have noticed that the draft Trophy Winners list had made no mention of the Connaughton Contractors Shield for the 'Vehicle travelling the greatest distance to the Trial under its own power'.
 
I had ommitted this result deliberately because on first looking at the results I didnt believe it and thought I had better check that I hadn't made a mistake.  I am delighted (and very impressed!) to be able to tell you that Paul Bromley is the clear winner this year, having travelled all the way from the Wirral to the Trial, competed, then road home again - on a Vespa!  Puts a lot of motorcycles with several times his engine capacity to shame!  Well done Paul

On a sadder note but still on the scooter theme, the Northern Echo published a nice obituary for long-time Beamish entrant John Taylor.  I did ask them for permission to reprint it but as they havent bothered to reply I have gone ahead anyway.

Just a reminder - the official ‘Beamish Awards Night’ will be held at our regular venue: Middleton St George Cricket & Social Club, Water View, Middleton St. George, Darlington, DL2 1JQ starting at 7:30pm on Thursday 21 November 2013. There will be a buffet, distribution of goodies for the marshals, a video and still photograph display and the presentation of trophies.  We are also inviting all the marshals, observers and helpers so it is an opportunity to thank them. We really hope you can make it and it would be a big help in planning the catering if you could drop me an email or phonecall to let me know you are coming.
 
The Regulations and Entry Form for the 42nd Beamish Trophy Trial to be held on 21 September 2014 will be issued by the end of February.  If you have received this newsletter you are on the mailing list!
 

Newsletter No 28 September 2013

Welcome to the Beamish Trophy Trial E-newsletter No.28   
September 2013
 
27 September 2013
   
Good evening.
 
Well the Trial has been and gone since last I wrote.  In total there were 143 starters on the day from a total entry of 160, There were 134 finishers, 9 non-finishers, most off whom broke down & many had to be recovered back to the start .  Many thanks to Mike and Brian for providing the recovery.    
 
The weather was brilliant with bright sunshine most of the day.  The wind was cool and was a factor for the marshals in the more exposed spots.
 
Thanks to all our many helpers including: North Durham Motor Club, The Friends of Killhope Lead Mine, North East Classic Motorcycle Club, BSA Owners Club, Northumbria VMCC who marshalled Westgate Ford and High House Lonnen. Thanks also to the many members, partners and friends of South Durham VMCC who worked so hard prior to and on the day to enable all of the sections to be open & the event to be completed successfully.
 
We are also indebted to the Mark and the team at The New Board Inn, who allowed us to use the pub site for the start/finish again and the facilities at the pub for tea/coffee/meals/toilets. We would also like to thank all of our trophy sponsors. A massive ‘thank you’ to all the landowners and users who allowed us access to their land and property once again.
 
Attached to this newsletter you will find the draft results and trophy winners list.  (See Links Below) These are draft because they may still contain errors I havent spotted! If you do spot an error please let me know.  They are in PDF format and I hope you will be able to open them ok.  If you can't the don't worry because the final printed copies together with date bars and badges where appropriate will be sent out next week.
 
A word on trophies.  Many of the classes in the Beamish Trophy Trial are over-lapping so it is possible for one person to win a considerable number of trophies.  While one likes to recognise achievement it makes things a bit boring and discourages everyone else if one person wins too many.  So we have defined two groups - Trophy awards (the upper one) and Class awards (the lower one).  No individual can win more than one trophy in either group. If an entrant has already won an award in that group the next trophy in that group will go to the entrant with the next highest number of points.  I hope thats clear - at least I think I understand it!
 
There will be an official ‘Beamish Awards Night’ at our regular venue: Middleton St George Cricket & Social Club, Water View, Middleton St. George, Darlington, DL2 1JQ starting at 7:30pm on Thursday 21 November 2013. There will be a buffet, distribution of goodies for the marshals, a video and still photograph display and the presentation of trophies.  We are also inviting all the marshals, observers and helpers so it is an opportunity to thank them. We really hope you can make it and it would be a big help in planning the catering if you could drop me an email or phonecall to let me know you are coming.
 
The Regulations and Entry Form for the 42nd Beamish Trophy Trial to be held on 21 September 2014 will be issued by the end of February.  If you have received this newsletter you are on the mailing list!

Download results
Download Award Winners List

Photos BTT2013

Newsletter No 26 Feb 2013

24 February 2013
   
Here are the Entry Form and Regulations in PDF format for the 41st Beamish Trophy Trial to be held on 22 September 2013. To read them you will need Adobe PDF Reader.  If you don't have it you can download it for free from the link on the home page.

Download 2013 Regulations

Download 2013 Entry Form

Planning is proceeding well but there has been a recent hickup in that the management of The New Board Inn used for the start and finish has recently changed hands. We have made contact with the new management and we are confident that we will be able to use the Board Inn as usual.  Howver if any change of venue is necessary we will let you know in good time.
 
Please complete and return your entry as soon as possible as total entries are limited to 150.  Preference will be given to older machines.
 
There is no need to include a stamped addressed envelope.  We do not acknowledge individual entries but do undertake to advise you within 2 weeks if your entry cannot be confirmed and you have been added to the waiting list.
 
Final Instructions and start times will be issued in the first week in September.
 
TYRES
Tyres used on the Beamish Trophy Trial must be suitable for On Road use and road legal. The Section wishes competitors to join in the spirit of the event by choosing tyres that are non-aggressive in appearance or destructive in use.
 
For the purposes of the Beamish Trophy Trial Road Tyres are defined as having a gap between the tread blocks NOT exceeding 6 mm, and a maximum tread depth of 10 mm.
 
Trials tyres ae defined as having a gap between the tread block exceeding 6mm but not exceeding 17mm.
 
These measures are needed to limit tyre damage to the tracks used in the event which are mostly private land and so retain the goodwill of the landowners thus ensuring the continuation of the event.
 
I look foward to seeing you all in September.

Tom

Newsletter No.25 December 2012

Welcome to the Beamish Trophy Trial E-newsletter No.25
December 2012

Greetings
The official Beamish Awards Night on Thursday 22 November 2012 went off well and it was virtually standing room only at Middleton St George Cricket & Social Club.

Many trophy winners had travelled considerable distances to attend despite the atrocious weather.  It was particularly pleasing to see a good selection of the marshals and helpers who give so generously of their time.

The proceedings were lent a touch of glamour by Angela Rushworth stepping in to present the trophies.  Angela is a long-standing marshal and you have probably met her when signing-on.

During the evening we showed some video footage taken by Roy Sturgeon. This proved very popular on the night and copies are available.  It is completely unedited but captures the mood of the day very well.  If you would like a copy please send me a cheque for £3 payable to South Durham Section.

Once again we were able to have a draw for the Marshals and Helpers. Many thanks to those who supported this:
Dave Moffat
Dick Hobart
Geoff Nunn
Hugo Wilson of Bike Magazine

I have some sad news to impart.  We heard during November that Robert Atkinson had passed away.  As many of you will know Robert was the 'Father' of the Beamish Trophy Trial having started the event way back in 1971.  Robert ran the event for nearly 30 years and made it into the major event it has become.
Robert was a great help to me and was a ready source of advice and help.  I have tried several times to persuade him to present the trophies at an awards night, especially so this year as it was the 40th trial.  However Robert was an intensely private man and he resisted all my pleading.  He will be sadly missed.

The Regulations and Entry Form for the 41st Beamish Trophy Trial to be held on 22 September 2013 will be issued by the end of February.  If you have received this newsletter you are on the mailing list!
It only remains for me to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Newsletter No.24 November 2012

5 November 2012

Good evening.

Well the Trial has been and gone since last I wrote.  In total there were 129 starters on the day from a total entry of 160, There were 118 finishers, 11 non-finishers, most of whom broke down & many had to be recovered back to the start.  Many thanks to Mike and Bobby for providing the recovery.    

The weather was generally good on the day with even some sunshine. The ground was however still wet and High House Lonnen proved especially challenging. The following Monday’s weather was horrendous and we were very fortunate to avoid it.

 Thanks to all our many helpers including: North Durham Motor Club, The Friends of Killhope Lead Mine, North East Classic Motorcycle Club, BSA Owners Club, Northumbria VMCC who marshalled Westgate Ford and High House Lonnen. Thanks also to the many members, partners and friends of South Durham VMCC who worked so hard prior to & on the day to enable all of the sections to be open & the event to be completed successfully.

We are also indebted to the Dianne and Adrian at The New Board Inn, who allowed us to use the pub site for the start/finish again and the facilities at the pub for tea/coffee/meals/toilets. We would also like to thank all of our trophy sponsors. A massive ‘thank you’ to all the landowners and users who allowed us access to their land and property once again.

The off-site parking arrangements seemed to work. As you know the farmer makes no charge for this facility but we collect for a charity of his choice. Thanks to your generosity we have been able to present MacMillan Cancer Support with £197, an increase on last year.

There will be an official ‘Beamish Awards Night’ at our regular venue: Middleton St George Cricket & Social Club, Water View, Middleton St. George, Darlington, DL2 1JQ starting at 7:30pm on Thursday 22 November 2012. There will be a buffet, distribution of goodies for the marshals, a video and still photograph display and the presentation of trophies.  We are also inviting all the marshals, observers and helpers so it is an opportunity to thank them. We really hope you can make it and it would be a big help in planning the catering if you could drop me an email or phone call to let me know you are coming.

The Regulations and Entry Form for the 41st Beamish Trophy Trial to be held on 22 September 2013 will be issued by the end of February.  If you have received this newsletter you are on the mailing list!

Tom Norman

 



  

  
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