The Scottish Auto Cycle Union (SACU) is the governing body for motorcycle sport in Scotland. Formed in 1913, we have more than 40 affiliated clubs organising events for all ages and abilities. We issue competition licences, provide event insurance and training for officials and each sporting discipline has its own committee, elected by the clubs, to help promote and develop their sport.
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We are in the process of adding new pages to the website and adding details of What’s On at the weekend. If clubs send us in details of events and entry forms they can be added to the website. The more we get the more we can put up.
After a meeting with SMS Development Officer, Rory Bryant, students from the University West of Scotland Motorsport Club were recently given the opportunity to sample some two wheel motorsport courtesy of the Bob MacGregor Trials Academy, in Ayr. (http://www.trialsacademy.co.uk/)
The eager students (the majority of whom had never even sat on Trials bike, prior to the event) were given expert tuition from the academy’s coaches and despite the rather damp conditions, Club Vice President, Calum MacDonald reckoned the day was a huge success:
“The academy was amazing! We felt so welcomed by all the staff and it definitely makes us want to go back and sign up for a membership. This is definitely a sport that we would all love to get involved in. There were 8 of us in the group and I didn’t see anyone go home without a smile on their face. Was a great day out!” More . . . .
SACU Trials Coaches set for new year.
14 new Trials coaches were trained by the SACU Trials Coach Assessor Neil Dawson on a wet day in November. Thanks to the Bob Macgregor Trials Academy for providing the venue and hot tea .
After an introduction to coaching the new coaches were let loose on some students who had turned up for an introduction to coaching. This provided the coaches with several riders who had not even been on a bike before.
At the end of the day the students were so impressed they were off to get some bikes .
It is planned to hold several coaching days for clubs across the country.
SACU Awards Presentations 2014
Road Race Sidecar Awards – at the Sidecar Club Dance 15th November 2014
Off Road Speed Awards – MX, H&H Enduro and Quads – 29th November 2014 at The Carnegie Centre – Dunfermline at 1:00 pm
Trials Awards – TA Centre Livingston – 6th December2014 at 6:30 pm
243 Provost Company
The event will take the following Format:
18.30 – Gates open
19:00 – Awards Presentation
20:00 – Supper
21:00 – Social event.
Road Race Awards – at the Knockhill Motors Sports Club Dance 17th January 2015
Road Race Regs
2015 Road Race Rules and Regs are now available on the Road Race Information page.
There is also a handy guide to the Championship Classes on the page as well. More
NEW ANNUAL AWARD IN MEMORY OF ROBBIE ALLAN
The Driven Sprocket Award is to be awarded annually in memory of Robbie Allan – to acknowledge a significant contribution to Motorcycle Sport over a prolonged period. Read more . . . .
SMS Motorsport Concussion Survey
Research into Concussion in Scottish Motor Sport is currently being carried out by Jennifer Elliot, a GP who also provides medical support at Scottish Motor Sports events.
Survey Link: https://www.survey.ed.ac.uk/concussion
The background to the research is that concussion has been raised as a priority concern in sports in Scotland as well as globally, with recent high profile cases reported in the media. Although many people take part in motor sports events in Scotland, very little is known about concussion occurrences at such events in terms of whether they occur, to whom and how often and what is done following a concussion. Additionally, what people involved in Scottish Motor Sport know about concussion is not clear. This research study is a very short online survey (only 5-10 mins) to try and answer some of these questions and help those involved in Scottish motor sport to plan ahead in relation to concussion, in terms of education and management.
It is hoped that as many of you involved in Scottish Motor Sport (2-wheel and 4-wheel) are able to spare 5-10 mins and help Jennifer and her colleagues with this important survey. Participants should be either:
- Competitors (at Scottish Motor Sports competitions) = Drivers / Co-drivers / Riders (with an active competition license)
- Officials = Marshals / Stewards (at Scottish Motor Sports competitions)
- Medical personnel (at Scottish Motor Sports competitions)
Survey Link: https://www.survey.ed.ac.uk/concussion
Click for full report . More . . . .
New Book on Motorcycle History
The Kirkaldy Club has just published a new book on the History of the club from it’s early days at Beveridge Park
Volume 1 is now available from the SACU office priced at £6 to callers. Copies can also be ordered by post from Jake Drummond (Tel 01592 650 562) at £8 inc postage. Details from the SACU office
Personal Accident Cover for Off Road Competition and Road Race Competition – additional to event permit.
The SACU insurers Locktons offer a range of Personal Accident insurance polices which extend the basic cover in events.
For more details contact Locktons on 0161 828 3300. More . . . .
Details of the Advanced PA Policy More ….
Advice on Sports Concussion Injuries
The Scottish Government has issued some guidance on dealing with concussion in sport . See the pamphlet for details and detecting concussion. More . . . .
Presentation on the SACU Constitution
Brian Abel gave a presentation on the constitution at the SACU AGM in February. A copy of the presentation can be downloaded for viewing
Revised Trials Standing Regulations now available.
The Trials Regs have been revised to show the correct number of rounds for Championship. These are available on the Trials information page
ACU British Quad Championship Title renamed to honour Connor Smith
The ACU British Under 21 championship is to be renamed this season in a tribute to the late Connor Smith. Following full consultation with Connor’s family, the 2014 series will be officially known as “The Connor Smith Six-Sixty British Under 21 Championship”. The Six-Sixty refers to the popular young Scot’s racing number. More . . . .
The SMS Development Officer has produced a funding guide for clubs wishing to seek assistance from local councils and sports bodies. A simple explanation of where to apply and links to websites for more details More …..
The SACU Chairman Paul Carlyle has announced the new costs for Motocross insurance in Scotland. Moving to a block payment it is hoped it will encourage clubs to run more events.
Click here to read the full text of Paul’s letter and the costs for 2014.
2014 Public Liability Fact Sheet
2014 Key fact sheet is now available for download from the SACU web site on the Documents page.
Congratulations to Callum Grigor
Congratulations to Callum Grigor from St Aidan’s High School – he has been selected to carry the Commonwealth Games baton in 2014.
Callum is a successful young Road Racer based at Wishaw. Riding a Kawaski Ninja 250 r in 2013 winning the National Junior Cup and moving up to a Kawaaki ER-6 for 2014 .
Trials Registration Card
The SACU is issuing a Trials Registration Card for 2014 after a consultation with Trials clubs, riders and the Trials Committee.
Trials riders will get the new card priced at £10 with a levy included in the entry fee for each event entered. Full details can be found in the attached letter. More . . . .
Competition licences remain at the same cost for 2014 – with no increase in insurance or permit costs.
The SACU Mission Statement – this reflects what the clubs want from the SACU and helps us deliver successful sporting events.
The SACU (Motorcycle Sport Scotland) serves to authorise, regulate , promote, organise and sponsor motorcyclists and motorcycle contests, competitions and events.
The SACU act on behalf of members and motorcycling in general on any matter that may seem to be detrimental to their mission and defend and safeguard all of the rights and privileges of it’s members, motorcyclists and motorcycling.
The SACU encourage the participation in and enjoyment of motorcycling so as to unite motorcycling interests in Scotland
SACU competition licence holders at Phoenix Honda – Grangemouth
Phoenix Honda at Glensburgh Road, Grangemouth, FK3 8XJ are offering all SACU competition licence holders a 20% discount on purchases. Just go along and show your race licence when you are looking for new gear – race suits etc.
Events – please check the calendars under each sporting discipline. For a list of upcoming events – select Agenda at the top right of each calendar.
SACU EVENTS ON THIS WEEKEND -
30th NOVEMBER 2014
Sun – - STEVENSTON & DIST. @ DALRY (Closed to Club)
FLAT FIELD MX
Sun - MELVILLE MC @ NORTH BERWICK (National)
For details on upcoming Trials More . . .
Easton Wins 2014 Macau Grand Prix
Paul Bird Motorsport rider Stuart Easton defied a three year absence to take a comprehensive victory in today’s 48th running of the Suncity Group Macau Grand Prix.
The 30 year old Hawick rider started from pole position aboard the Rapid Solicitors and Monster Energy-backed PBM by The Venetian Hotel Kawasaki after edging out main rival Michael Rutter by over half a second in qualifying. More . . . .
There is a new Trials Newsletter with information on the sport and whats coming up. To subscribe register at http://eepurl.com/3_ZlL
No 4 is now out 13th November
Road Race event dates for 2015 have now been confirmed - More ….
Rory Skinner has been selected for the Red Bull Rookies for 2015.
Rory will join Bradley Ray in the Moto3 feeder series for next season. This follows his wild card ride at the BSB in July when he rode in the Moriwaki 250 Junior Cup.
He faced a tough weekend of testing against 109 other riders to become part of the Red Bull Rookies series .
See the MCN report for more details . More
Lewis Byron takes the Malcolm Rathmell Trophy at the Centenary Scott Trial.
Young Scottish rider Lewis Byron took the Rathmell Trophy for the best performance on a 125cc machine. The Scott is recognized as the toughest one day trial in the World and it is even harder on a 125.
Already a Scottish Champion Lewis continues to impress with his riding.
Stuart Easton takes MCE British Superbike Riders Cup at Brands Hatch.
Stuart was teammate in the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki team to Shane Byrne – who ended the season with a record breaking 4th BSB Title
Stuart Easton: “It’s been a strong end to the season for me and the last three or four rounds have been really pleasing and the results have been more in line with what I want. Saturday’s race was really tricky as conditions were difficult so to come away with a top six finish set things up for Sunday. We made a few changes to the bike for the dry conditions and they made a big difference, making the grip loads better and I could run the pace of the top boys throughout. To end the season with fourth, fifth and sixth was really good and had it not been for a few poor rounds mid-season, things could have been different. As it is, I’ve ended the year in seventh place overall and with the MCE BSB Rider’s Cup on the cabinet so I’ll take it. There are a lot of positives to take out of the year and enable me to move forward again so I’ll be taking that all on board and look for bigger and better things in 2015.”
SSDT – Monday – Rider No 1 Iain Shankie flagged off by SACU Chairman Paul Carlyle and SSDT Organiser Jeff Horne
Congratulations to Dougie Lampkin on taking the win after a close fought week of competition. His 8th victory .
MELVILLE MC -EAST FORTUNE
Championship points now available More . . . .
Photos from Sunday – More . . . .
UPCOMING ROAD RACE EVENTS
MELVILLE MC -EAST FORTUNE