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ACU backs ‘Vnuk’ campaign

The Auto-Cycle Union, as the governing body of motorcycle sport, are working to fight the ‘Vnuk’ judgement which, if implemented in full, could effectively end motorcycle sport activity.

ACUIt is clear to see from the Government Impact Assessment that “when compulsory competitor-to-competitor third party liability insurance was introduced in Finland it effectively ended grassroots motorsport in the country because this cost became prohibitive for the amateur motorsport enthusiast”

John Collins, Chairman of the ACU said “It’s really important that we get as many people to sign the petition as possible. The ACU will be responding to the Government consultation on behalf of its members and the more people who can get behind this campaign, the better”

You find the petition here: http://bit.ly/2i6Cgsf

Visit the campaign website at www.fightvnuk.co.uk

Things to do in 2017

  • Renew NAST membership (can be done in March at AGM 4th March – details soon)
  • Renew ACU licence – Message or email Yvonne for your ACU affiliation code (or if you are a member of APIRA http://eurodragster.com/news/news.asp?Story=november25#november25 )
  • Sign the petition or you may have wasted your time doing the previous 2 things!

Dear All 
Help us save UK Motorsport

Following the landmark ‘Vnuk’ case, the European Court of Justice has ruled that national laws must be changed to ensure that all mechanically propelled vehicles are insured for third-party losses regardless of type of use, in all places, at any time.

This applies to everything from Formula One racing cars, to mobility scooters, to antique trams and everything in-between (obviously includes all forms of motorcycle sport).

The UK Government opened a consultation on Wednesday 21st December, seeking views on two proposed ways forward. You can read more here: www.fightvnuk.co.uk.

So how can you help? We have started a petition asking that HM Government under no circumstances implements the ‘Vnuk’ judgement in a way that encompasses vehicles involved in motor and motorcycle sport activities.

Website: www.fightvnuk.co.uk

Petition: http://bit.ly/2i6Cgsf

Can I ask you please to sign the petition to show the Government the strength of support we have in Motorcycle sport and then please disseminate this email as far and as wide as you can to all the Membership and likewise encourage all our Licence Holders and anyone you know who rides motorcycles/enjoys the sport as a competitor/official/spectator to sign the petition.  

Kind regards

 Gary Thompson MBE BEM

General Secretary

Telephone:  01788 566414

Fax:  01788 573585 

Website:  acu.org.uk

PrizeGiving2016

Avon Park International Racing Association, Shakespeare County Raceway, Supercharged Outlaws and the National Association of Supertwins are pleased to announce details of their combined Championship Trophy Presentation Evening to be held on Saturday 4th March 2017 in the Avon Room of the Hilton Warwick, Stratford Road, Warwick CV34 6RE located on Junction 15 of the M40. The evening will honour the 2016 APIRA Champions and runners up and APIRA and SCR Perpetual Award winners, together with winners and runners up from the UK Supercharged Outlaws. The evening will commence at 6:00 pm with pre dinner drinks at the bar followed by a full sit down dinner which will be served at 7:00 pm. The Championship presentation begins at 8:30 pm. There will be a disco till late provided by Kenny’s Bar resident DJ Jamie, and making the presentations will be track announcers Shaun Wilson and Jerry Cookson. There will be the usual raffle as well during the course of the evening. Tickets will be £25 per adult and £15 for under-twelves which includes a three-course sit-down meal finished with tea and coffee. A vegetarian option will be available on request but please tick the box on the booking form. APIRA have negotiated a preferential rate for rooms in the hotel. These are priced at £86 for a double or £76 for a single. All rates are inclusive of breakfast, car parking and VAT. To book your room, please call the reservations team on 08008 568000 or visit the website at www.hilton.com/warwick quoting reference code ASCRA. Cut off point for bedrooms on the special rate is twenty eight days prior to arrival. You can download your booking form (PDF format) from the Shakespeare County Raceway web site at www.shakespearecountyraceway.co.uk Payments can be made by BACS; account details can also be found on the booking form. Please note that all booking forms should be returned to the address on the form by 18th February 2017. If you have any queries then please call 01789 720180, or E-Mail shakespearecountyraceway@gmail.com. 2015 Perpetual Award winners please note that all trophies should be returned to APIRA/SCR as soon as possible or in the case of NAST to Yvonne Mott.

NAST AGM will be held before the event – details nearer the day. Any items for discussion/Agenda as well as voting for MINT ‘bike and CREW please message Yvonne on Facebook.

Halloween at SCR 22/23 October

 

Halloween

In addition to Sunday’s Bracket Gamblers for cars, and due to popular demand, SCR wll be running a Halloween Gambler for Bikes, open to all bikes. Normal Bracket Race rules will appy. If anyone wishes to enter you can find the entry form from the link below as a pdf. Complete the form and bring it with you along with £10 entry, which goes straight into the winners pot, and hand to Sue in the Signing on office. Qualifying on Sunday morning and eliminations in the afternoon but all subject to the usual track and weather conditions permitting. See you at the strip!

http://www.shakespearecountyraceway.co.uk/docs/2016_SCR_Bracket_Race_Sign_Up_Form.pdf

Extreme Bike Santa Pod

Those of you trembling with the cold in 2 weeks time at the Extreme Bike (finals for 8.50, 9.50 ETB/NAST and NAST/STTG Gas etc.) will be pleased to know that this round will now be at the Race, Rock and Roll event and last weeks UK National Finals will now be for all classes in 2017.

Dave (the hat) Smart – currently leading the NAST ET championship. National Finals, Santa Pod

2016 APIRA and SCR Prize-giving

PrizeGiving2016Avon Park International Racing Association, Shakespeare County Raceway, Supercharged Outlaws and the National Association of Supertwins are pleased to announce details of their combined Championship Trophy Presentation Evening to be held on Saturday 4th March 2017 in the Avon Room of the Hilton Warwick, Stratford Road, Warwick CV34 6RE located on Junction 15 of the M40. The evening will honour the 2016 APIRA Champions and runners up and APIRA and SCR Perpetual Award winners, together with winners and runners up from the UK Supercharged Outlaws.
The evening will commence at 6:00 pm with pre dinner drinks at the bar followed by a full sit down dinner which will be served at 7:00 pm. The Championship presentation begins at 8:30 pm. There will be a disco till late provided by Kenny’s Bar resident DJ Jamie, and making the presentations will be track announcers Shaun Wilson and Jerry Cookson. There will be the usual raffle as well during the course of the evening.
Tickets will be £25 per adult and £15 for under-twelves which includes a three-course sit-down meal finished with tea and coffee. A vegetarian option will be available on request but please tick the box on the booking form.
APIRA have negotiated a preferential rate for rooms in the hotel. These are priced at £86 for a double or £76 for a single. All rates are inclusive of breakfast, car parking and VAT. To book your room, please call the reservations team on 08008 568000 or visit the website at www.hilton.com/warwick quoting reference code ASCRA. Cut off point for bedrooms on the special rate is twenty eight days prior to arrival.
You can download your booking form (PDF format) from the Shakespeare County Raceway web site at www.shakespearecountyraceway.co.uk Payments can be made by BACS; account details can also be found on the booking form. Please note that all booking forms should be returned to the address on the form by 18th February 2017. If you have any queries then please call 01789 720180, or E-Mail shakespearecountyraceway@gmail.com.
2015 Perpetual Award winners please note that all trophies should be returned to APIRA/SCR as soon as possible or in the case of NAST to Yvonne Mott (will be at Extreme Bike).

NAST AGM will be held before the event – details nearer the day.

UK National Finals (not quite for twins)

Saturday

With a cloudy but dry forecast the ‘UK National Finals’ at Santa Pod was round 7 of the NAST championship and round 3 of the new SP ETB series. A full day of qualifying with 3 sessions completed by all, despite a couple of oil-downs , with session 2 dominated in ETB/NAST by 4 out of the top 5 competitors being in SuperTwins. The blustery conditions were affecting this group with several breakouts due to the changing conditions. Gas saw a series of 9.3s runs by Alfie Udall on the Harley Sporster who was closely followed by Scott Collier, Suzuki TL (consistent and reliable ‘bike now for sale to make room for new project) , but  Markus Mueller on the SS Harley was having problems on every run and Les Harris and Ivana v d  Berg were no-shows.

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Sunday

After an overnight shower the strip was ready for action by 10.30. Gas had a further qualifying session where Alfie produced another 9.3 to remain number 1 qualifier and by the end of the day winner of the Gas class with Scott Collier a close second.

With 18 bikes in ETB/NAST first round came quickly at 11.00 where Fiona Moor, Dave Smart and Peter Harrison successfully moved to round2. Peter Harrison was the only winner in this round with a stunning 0.0072 reaction time to beat ex-twin racer Joe Elliott and he was rewarded with a bye in the next round. Unfortunately he red-lit in the semi-final but went home with some well-earned points after the electrical problems at the start of the season.

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A day at the seaside

With the summer slowly fading into long dark nights and cooler days the opportunity to spend a weekend at the coast presented itself in the form of the Brighton Speed Trials, and what a trial it was. Tim Boutle on the CX Turbo and Robbie Dobbie with the Honda SP1 had entered this classic event. Tim being a veteran of 2 previous trips to ride down Madiera Drive suggested that it is best to arrive at 6 in the morning on Saturday. So after travelling down on Friday in torrential rain it was with trepidation Robbie arrived while still dark, before the nightclub on the Drive had closed. With the Honda wearing slicks (no damp tracks please) and a silencer that hopefully would pass the noise limit of 110dB the ‘music’ issuing  from the disco’ surely wouldn’t! As the sun began to rise and dry the tarmac a few revellers were in for a shock as illegally parked cars were being towed away to make room for the temporary pits. While the organisers were setting up the event a short walk down the ‘track’ was suggested so that there would not be any surprises when the first practice session arrived. Also joining the NAST racers were Cary Wadey and his daughter and in attendance, and seemingly as at all straight line events, was Dave Massam on his trusty bicycle.

After signing on and being scrutineered it was off to the noise test area. The CX would have no problems as the turbo would silence the exhaust gases. The SP1 narrowly scraped through at 108dB. The cars were already practising while all this was going on and we eventually got called for the practice session. After arranging the different classes in sequence as per the programme and then in numerical order we had the opportunity for a tyre-warming before being aligned with the timing beam. Start was a simple red and green light sequence with no reaction but the 64 ft. time, then e.t. and speed were recorded. Tim warmed his tyre and proceeded up Madiera Drive with Robbie the next in line. After smoking the tyre and no real grip on the start-line he elected to start in second gear. No problem there but at about 3/4 track the bumps and camber created some alarming handling problems due to the slick and rigid rear end. In the interests of self-preservation a cruise through the finishing line did not see the end to problems as the braking area was even bumpier! (one competitor even warned him that it would be difficult to ride quickly from his own experience  – how to undermine your confidence!)

Note for next time, ride a bike with rear suspension and probably a street tyre. The 2 competition runs were no better after removing the wheelie bars and adjusting the steering damper. However our Supertwinners had a fantastic day and despite the problems Robbie came second in his class. Shortly after the final runs were completed the rain which had been hiding further up the coast arrived in Brighton to give us a good soaking – summer eh?

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