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
Regulations and Entry Requests can be downloaded under Regulations Available at:
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.
BTT 2012 - Velvet Path
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.
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.
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?
5 November 2012
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!