The Scottish Auto Cycle Union (SACU) is the controlling 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 licenses, 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.
The ACU Handbook is available to download. Click here to download
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 EVENT CALENDAR – this has been updated with Championship events for 2015.
SACU EVENTS ON THIS WEEKEND
Sun 22nd November
Lanarkshire Open to Scotland Penicuik CANCELLED – ground waterlogged
Bon Accord Closed to Club Craiglash
28th November Trials Awards Redford – Edinburgh
The Trials Awards start at 7.00 for 7.30pm – Address – Redford Barracks-Colinton Road-Edinburgh EH13 0PP. All Trials Riders and supporters welcome
Lanarkshire MCC Open to Scotland Penicuik CANCELLED – ground waterlogged
Regs for the Pre65 Trial are now available to download from the www.ssdt.org website.
If you prefer a printed copy please post as large stamped addressed envelope to Mrs Anne Gordon, Secretary Pre65 , Fairshiels, Blackshiels, Pathhead, Midlothian, EH37 5SX
CLOSING DATE IS FAST APROACHING FOR PRE’65 SCOTTISH TRIAL 2016
The closing date of Friday 4 December 2015 is fast approaching for entries into the Pre’65 Scottish Trial so if you are intending to enter you need to do it NOW. Entries that arrive after the closing date will not be entered into the ballot which is scheduled to take place on Sunday 6 December 2015.
A list of entries received by the secretary will be published on www.ssdt.org on the Pre’65 Trial page on Friday 27 November which is one week before the closing date. This will let you check that your entry has been received but still allow time to sort out any problems by contacting the secretary – firstname.lastname@example.org
Planning for the 2016 Trial is now well underway and the committee are looking forward to putting together another excellent event along with the many people who help us achieve this every year.
Click here for a full list of all the SACU Champions for the 2015 season. Congratulations to all the award winners and the clubs for putting on great events throughout the year.
SACU and QRS Awards evening – 14th November . Congratulations to QRS for putting on a great evening – Leon Beda was the 2015 SACU Champion and Murray Graham was the 2015 QRS Champion. Ian Neill received a well deserved Lifetime Achievement award . Click here for the full report
ICTT Report 2015 Thanks to all the Scottish Clubs who went the extra mile to organise Teams for the SACU Inter Club Team Trial and make the event such a success.
Results – click here .2015 Team Trial Results
Lochaber and District teams taking the Adult, the over 40 and the Youth Best teams award
Trials Regs Available
Success for the SACU ISDE Team in Slovakia
The SACU team of Frazer Norrie , Fraser Flockhart and Andrew Bisset had a fantastic result at the International Six Days Enduro in Slovakia. Finishing top British Club team out of 96 international teams they took 5th place at a very tough week of competition.
With Frazer and Fraser finishing on Gold and Andrew in his first foreign competition finishing on a fantastic silver the team were briefly up to 3rd place at one point.
The team thanks all the sponsors and helpers who put in so much effort to give the team the best start possible.
2015 Scottish Championship Quad Racing goes all the way
As Fife Moto Parc opened its gates this weekend 12/13 September, for the first time in two years, to a double header of Scottish quad bike racing, there was much to play for, not least of which the coveted Scottish Championship crown.
Barring disaster, defending Champion Murray Graham looked set to take the QRS Championship title but claiming the National SACU title was always going to be a close competition, as Graham lay only three point adrift of championship leader Leon Beda. Scotland had already seen some great racing from both riders all season and it was anybody’s guess who would emerge victorious.
SACU MX Team races at the MX Vets des Nations.
The SACU helped send a team to the Annual Motocross Vets des Nations – held in Reading this year. Always a well attended meeting and a chance to catch up with old rivals.
The team will be hoping to travel to Northern Ireland next year and give their team mascot Angus the Bear another stamp on his passport.
Death of Ewen Haldane – Former Road Racer
The SACU and motorcycle sport is sad to note the death of Ewen Haldane – one of our former Road Race great racers.
He has died as the result of a motorcycle accident near Loch Lomond. He will be sadly missed.
For a brief summary of his career please see Jake Drummonds report on behalf of the Kirkaldy Club. Click here Ewen Haldane
Death of Scottish Rider Andy Lawson at the Ulster GP
It is with regret the SACU has to notify the death of upcoming young rider Andy Lawson
The Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix has been stunned by the death of event newcomer Andy Lawson.
The SACU is very saddened by the news of Andy’s death and send their heartfelt condolences to the family. More …..
John McPhee Photo (c) MotoGP.com
John McPhee takes 2nd place at Moto3 GP in Red Bull Indianapolic GP. Starting from pitlane after changing to slick tires saw him make rapid progress through the field
Young Scottish rider Alexander Brown competed at the recent Junior MX Champs as part of the Team GB effort with help from the SACU
3rd place in the LCQ saw Alexander heading to the main event. Finishing 33rd in race 1 and 30th in race 2 saw him 31st overall .
A great achievement and great experience for the future. Well done Alexander.
Shakey Byrne and Stewart Easton finished 1st and 2nd at both races in the BSB round at Knockhill. A first for Paul Bird Motorsport. More . . . .
QUADS NEWS page – there is a new Quad Racing News page with reports and results – and the calendar for 2015
Quads Round 2 Report on Humbie -
It was a first for all as the Scottish quad racing fraternity gathered at the new track at Humbie for round two of the Scottish Championship on Easter Sunday.
A strong line up of Scottish regulars in the champs class, boosted by interlopers from South of the Border including Paul Holmes, had everyone buzzing. But no-one predicted the intensity of the battle as the first race found Michael Brewis leading the pack, Leon Beda next and Paul Holmes in third. And it wasn’t long before defending champion Murray Graham was up with the leaders too, leaving the rest of the pack to their own race. Read 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
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.
This is very important information on what to do if you have had a head injury or concussion. Repeat injuries are very important and can lead to serious injury.
Scottish Government Motorsport Safety Review – MSA Response
The Safety Review link is an open letter from the MSA further to the Scottish Government Motorsport Event Safety Review report being published in January.
The SACU had and still have a presence on the Review Committee given that we are the accepted representative of all Motorcycle Sporting interests in Scotland at Government level.
Although the Review does not mention Motorcycle Sport in particular, we should all be extra mindful of public safety at our events be it a small Closed to Club meeting or a Scottish Championship.
Please remember that “Public” means more than just the casual spectator. It also means anyone not signed on as a Competitor or an Official but arriving with and supporting a competitor.
Flat Field and Scrambles Motocross
Press release on new Motocross Permits available for Flat Field and Scrambles type events
The SACU has introduced new Flat Field and Scrambles Motocross Permits for clubs wishing to run MX events over Flat Field terrain.
Please see the attached Press Release for more information . Click here
New SACU Concerns Policy
The SACU has introduced a new Policy for contacting the SACU and if need be raising an issue. Please see the attached pdf for the full Policy. Click here
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 . . . .
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 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