attended the Pickling Yards for Round 1 of the 2023 championship. We all
expected to get very wet, but in the end, we stayed mostly dry and had a great day’s
sport. Thanks as always to Rey and Dave for setting out 10 sections that varied
between grip-free clay and gravel with loads of traction.
all riders and supporters for taking part in out traditional Landowners ( Englefield
Estates) Charity trial, to Anne, Jacqui and Christine for event admin, to the catering
boys and everyone who contributed to the raffle prizes.
It was good
to see so many people ( both new and old) entering into the friendly, sporting,
multi-generational activity we enjoy.
forward to the CTC round 2 at Ellison’s Woodlands near Greenham on Saturday 25th
The 1st round of the our 2023 season will be at the Pickling yards in Mortimer on this Saturday, 7th Jan The trial starts at 11am . Nearest postcode is RG7 3UG All the usual classes will be catered for. As the new ACU system is proving a little challenging, we will be using old style day entries for this event. If at all possible, please bring cash (or a cheque) to cover the £15 entry fee, The Nomads membership of £5 if required & £3 for an ACU 1 day licence also if required. We will be using normal self-mark punchcard system.
The Mike Slatter trial was held in surprisingly good weather at the Pickling Yards in Mortimer. It was a great and well supported trial with 45 entrants riding 4 laps of 10 sections. Huge thanks to the Haines family for organising the event, plus all the usual team supporting. We should also pass on our thanks to the Englefield Estate for their ongoing support.
Andy Withers also kindly provided us with great photos and a report on the event which you can find below. The detailed results can be found here – nb. In the interests of getting the results out, I have scanned the handwritten results sheets:
Aldermaston Nomads MCC – The Mike Slatter Trial 27th November 2022 Report: Andy Withers Photos: Awsportsphoto Aldermaston Nomads’ held their first Open Trial for many years with the Mike Slatter Trial on the Englefield Estate near Mortimer in Berkshire. The trial was held in memory of Mike Slatter who in 1962 was one of the four founding members of the Aldermaston Nomads MCC. Mike, who’s passion was sidecar trials passed away six years ago. The trial included the final round of the Southern Centre George Allan Pre65 and the Twinshock Championship. Forty five riders took on the four laps of ten sections with carefully crafted sections challenging all three routes with plenty of water and mud. Brice Haines and the team made good use of the natural features of the venue including a good long lap around the varied terrain.
Tom Hawthorne topped the A route losing just three marks and outscoring top Air Cooled Mono rider Luke Hora on his Fantic. Hora put in a particularly good performance in his first ride back from a broken wrist losing just four more than Hawthorne. There was a Hawthorne double with John topping the Pre65 C class to gain his second round win of the championship series on his Tiger Cub. Second placed Graham Barton was six marks down on Hawthorne on his James but topped the George Allan Trophy series overall. Tony Billingham maintained his lead in the Twinshocks with nearest challengers Mik Machinek and Geoff Muston finishing down the order. John Zottl on his immaculate TY Yamaha topped the class losing just a single mark for the equal best result on the route with Adrian Steele who was best modern on his TRS also scoring one. Talmag stalwarts Neil Osman and Kelvin Bint went head to head at the top of the Pre67 class on the B route, Osman on his Drayton BSA C15 outscoring Bint’s standard 350cc Triumph, veteran John Eckhart showed tremendous determination finishing third in class. On the C route Trev Newell put in an inspired ride losing just a single dab on his Royal Enfield, lost coming out of a ditch on section 8, he outscored Jim Gray to top the Pre65 class, Gray was the best rigid on his Ariel. A five for Gray from a misjudged climb over roots on section 4 causing the bulk of his scoring, Andy Withers was three back on nine, one more than best modern Ron Walters who finished on eight. Riders hope that the Aldermaston Team will be able to repeat this excellent trial in 2023, thanks to the club organisational team and the full compliment of observers.
Thanks, as ever, to Rey and Dave for marking out another good trial at Ellisons on Saturday for Rd 5 of the Nomads CTC championship.
Good to see good competition in all classes – except A route when the newest bike in the paddock suffered an electrical failure and a DNS!
Please try to support the Nomads OTC trial on Sunday 27th November ( ride or observe – there will be classes for old and new bikes). This will be at teh ever popular Pickling YArds in Mortimer.
Full results here:
Whilst it is an Open to Centre trial for Pre65 and twinshocks, all usual club classes will be catered for. Dependign on adult entries, we hope to be able to take Youth A & B on Routes B & C as CTC riders. Watch out for updates as the date approaches.
The Aldermaston Nomads are pleased to able to announce the Mike Slatter Trial – incorporating round 3 of the George Allan Pre’ 65 & Twinshock Championship . This will be a Trial aimed at Twinshock and Pre65 bikes with sections set to suit.
There will also be some modern bike entries accepted though we anticipate favouring the classic community.
The event will be at the ever-popular Pickling Yards at Mortimer (RG7 3UG) on Sunday 27th November 2022 . This venue has been used for many years and is well suited to classic trials. . We will be using observers at this event, so if you can help, please contact Brice ( email@example.com ) or myself ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
A Route : Moderns ‘A’ Air Cooled Mono ‘A’ Twinshock ‘A’ Pre ’67 ‘A’.
B Route : Pre ’65 George Allan ‘B’ Twinshock’B’ Pre ’67 ‘B’ Air Cooled Mono ‘B’ Moderns ‘B’
C Route : Rigid,Pre ’65 ‘C’ Twinshock ‘C’ Pre’67 ‘C’ Air Cooled Monos ‘C’ Moderns ‘C’.
Entries will be through the ACU website https://www.ride-acu.uk/ and are open now. We will be taking day entries if not full. Access to the venue is from 9:30 with the start at 10:30.