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.

Frankie Dignan Road Racer RIP

It is with deep regret the SACU has to announce the loss of long time Road Racer Frankie Dignan at the weekend. The Directors and Staff extend their deep condolences to the family and friends.

The announcement from the Melville club is below

“The Melville Motor Club regret to announce the loss of Club Member Frankie Dignan from Haddington, on Saturday 12th August 2017.

Frankie was competing in the motorcycle racing event at his local circuit, East Fortune, when he fell at Campbell’s Hairpin, towards the end of the Scottish Superbikes race. He was attended immediately by the circuit medical team and sent by ambulance to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, but sadly succumbed to his injuries.

Frankie had raced at East Fortune since 1974 and will be terribly missed.

The Melville Club sends its sincere condolences to his family and friends.”

 

 NEW ROAD RACE DEVELOPMENT SESSIONS AVAILABLE

rrdev      The SACU are promoting, this season for the first time in Road Racing, new rider development sessions.  These sessions are open to SACU Clubman road race licence holders,    and are aimed at Clubman Licence Holders of all ages who have already clocked up a few signatures on their licence, but wish to seek advice on progressing towards obtaining a full national licence.

See full details here

 

Sport News

The 2017 ACU Handbook is available from the SACU Office or 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.

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Congratulations to Gary Macdonald on winning the Pre65  2 day trial. The first Scottish rider to claim top spot in this trial – see www.ssdt.org for more details .

Congratulations  to Dougie Lampkin on his magnificent 11th SSDT victory – taking the victory by dropping only 1 mark over the week to equal Gordon Jacksons record from 1961. A remarkable performance

 SACU TRIALS DATES POSTER NOW AVAILABLE  CLICK HERE FOR A PDF COPY

SACU Year Planner 2017 TRIALS CALENDAR
5th and 6th August      
CLUBMANS 2 DAY TRIAL LANARKSHIRE NATIONAL FINTRY
12th and 13th August      
 ROAD RACE CHAMPIONSHIP  MELVILLE MC  NATIONAL  EAST FORTUNE
13th August      

TRIALS TWINSHOCK CHAMPIONSHIP

Click here for regs

STEVENSTON AND DIST NATIONAL KILBIRNIE
CLASSIC SCRAMBLE SCRMC CLOSED TO CLUB LOCKERBIE
27th August      

SACU CHAMPIONSHIP TRIAL

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Open to Adult Red,Blue,Green,Yellow Route riders and Youth Blue, Green Route riders. 12 sections over 6 miles.Start at 11 o’clock.

Not only is it one of the best times of the year in Aberfeldy but the land allows for a range of challenging sections among spectacular scenery. No one could be disappointed! See you all there!

PERTH AND DIST NATIONAL ABERFELDY
24th September      

PAUL KILBAUSKAS MEMORIAL TRIAL

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INVERNESS AND DIST NATIONAL ALVIE ESTATE
       

 SCRMC Drumlanrig Castle Grand National Motocross 14/15 July

There was an excellent weekends racing with riders from across the UK and several foreign entrants to make it a truly international event.

The venue was fantastic with the backdrop of Drumlanrig Castle. A flowing course with a few downhills and uphills to make it interesting there was close racing in all the classes.

Wullie Brown and the club put on a great event at a great venue. The guest of honour was British MX World Champion Graham Noyce – who was very impressed with the track and racing – and di not rule out getting back on a bike.

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 PERTH AND DSTRICT BALMUICK EVENING TRIAL 25TH JULY

Great Evening! Even the sun came out as predicted! We had a good night with riders enjoying the

challenge of the sections and the craic around Bonnie Mountain Coffee Landrover while checking

scores on the board. I’m sorry I’ve taken so long getting the results out – but better late than never!

Our next trial is the Championship at Aberfeldy on the 25th August. Look forward to seeing you all

there.

Click here for the results

 

 SACU TEAM TRIAL – RUN BY PERTH AND DISTRICT 18TH JUNE

The SACU Inter Club Team Trial was held at Balmuick, Comrie on Sunday in perfect weather! The turnout of teams was brilliant, from those clubs who took part, with a good mix of teams. Going by the atmosphere in the car park and from ‘Feetdown Trials’ mass of great photos everyone enjoyed a good day! One rider commented ‘Sections were spot on for all levels – some hard without any being dangerous’. On lap 1 the burns were a bit on the slippy side but got easier as the day went on. Good observing and routing to extend the lap helped to eliminate queues and kept the Trial moving at a good pace! It was good to see teams riding together.

Thank you to the Landowner for the use of his land, Bonnie Mountain Coffee for their fantastic coffees, Gourlay Catering for the pies, all the Observers, the riders and Officials who make the event possible.

Click for  Team Trial Results          Click for Score Sheets Final

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 Perth and District MCC Glascorrie Trial 26th March

Click here for Results

Well!! What a day! Weather so good – sun shining, no rain , wind or snow – who cares about trials!
However riders insisted on throwing themselves around the course, riding tricky burns, up hill climbs, steep downhills and conquering some challenging steps. They certainly seemed to enjoy it!! There was plenty of relaxed chat at the end while riders stood about, ate their pies and took in the results – although some thought ice cream would have been a better idea!

Thanks to all those who helped set up the trial and to the Landowner for allowing us to use such a

brilliant piece of ground.

Next trial will be the Team Trial on June 18th at Balmuick Comrie. Hope to see lots of teams from

every club for a fun day.

 

 SCRMC  Balfron Trial 12th March – Results – click here

A good attendance for a miserable day. the ground held up on most of the sections although it did make them a bit slippery in places. Thanks to all who came along The next round will take place on the 23/04/2017 at our new venue Buchley Farm, Buchley, Bishopbriggs, Glasgow G64 3QN

SACU TRIAL CHAMPIONSHIP DATES FOR 2017

CLICK HERE FOR 2017 SACU TRIALS CHAMPIONSHIP AND PRE65/TWINSHOCK DATES

SACU ROAD RACE DATES FOR 2017

CLICK HERE FOR 2017 DATES

NEW RIDER TRAINING DATE ON 18TH MAR

ROAD RACE PRACTICE DATE – 19TH MAR – BOTH DATES AT MELVILLE MC EAST FORTUNE RACE TRACK.

 NEW FOR 2017 – THE ACU/SACU BENEVOLENT FUND BADGE. THIS YEAR IS A SPECIAL ONE COMMEMORATING 110 YEARS OF THE TT

Badges available from the SACU office – office@sacu.co.uk or 01506 858 354 . Cost is £3 plus £1 for P&P. All proceeds go direct to the Benevolent Fund.

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 Loch Lomond Trial 25th February – click here for Results

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Trials  Results for Lochlane Trail 12th Feb

    Click here for the results

Sunday’s National Trial at Lochlane luckily escaped the snow but our hardy riders still had to put up

with a biting wind! A very big thank you to our group of observers who did their job brilliantly,

covering all 12 sections, putting up with the cold without complaint! Where would we be without

them! The overall route changed direction this year with a completely new section at 8. Sections 3

and 4 with their new bigger boulders, put there by Gordon and his JCB, gave everyone fresh

challenge. Sections 5 and 6 were also revamped, this time with his digger, the set-up team putting

in the final touches making it a bit like riding on marbles! Riders comments were all good, everyone

enjoying their day and their pies – a new selection, even macaroni ! – supplied by Gourlay

Catering.

Thanks to all those who helped set up the trial, the observers, the landowners and all who made

our great day possible. Looking forward now to Glasscorrie Trial on 26th March.

 

 

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 perthanddistTrials Results for Perth and District “Sair Head ” Trial 2nd January

Cracking start to the New Year! The ‘Rusty Nails’ went down well on a sharp, frosty morning,

starting the trial off well. Riders enjoyed firmer than usual ground – almost no mud!!!! – some

new sections and enough challenge to make it all worth while! Even the sun shone, almost

blinding the riders in two of the sections, making them even harder. Who could have predicted

that in January! Hot soup and good chat finished off a great day. Thanks to all those who came,

all those who helped organise and the landlord.

Click here for results

 NEMRC EUROPEAN IAN BELL MEMORIAL MEETING

The NEMCRC completed their season at East Fortune on 8/9th October with the first running of the Ian Bell Memorial Meeting.  Son of the club’s founder Geordie Bell, Ian lost his life in an accident in this year’s second sidecar TT race.

In an action packed meeting of 29 x 10 lap races at the 1.6mile East Fortune Circuit in the border region near North Berwick, a large entry battled for not only the NEMCRC 2016 class championship’s but in the F2 Sidecar event for the inaugural Ian Bell Memorial Trophy. READ MORE  

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 SACU TEAM TRIAL 9TH OCTOBER

RESULTS - CLICK HERE 

Amazing Team Trial at Aberfeldy!! We had 24 teams competing and all thoroughly enjoyed their day. The burns were just perfect; the track and moor crossings spectacular; the sections had enough challenge without being crippling and even the sun shone! Team spirit was high, as some of the team names reflected, and the banter was interesting!

Coffee was served all day by ‘ Bonnie Mountain Coffee Land-Rover’ and pies from ‘Gourlay Catering’ finished off the day nicely.

Every team brought an observer and they need a very big thank you for their part in making the trial a success. Thank you also to the landowners who allow us the use of their

land, to the local residents, the officials, the club members, who work hard preparing the ground and setting out the trial and to Rab Paterson, Clerk of the Course, for leading the team.

Congratulations and well done to all those who took part for making it a ” team trial to remember” !  

 

 SACU  ROAD RACE CHAMPIONSHIP

EAST FORTUNE – MELVILLE MC 17/18 SEP 2016

The final championship placing’s are now up on the SACU website – click here for placings.

Congratulations to the new 2016 Champions.

Photos courtesy of Bill McGregor

 

 

 

Perth and District Aberfeldy Trial – 11th Sept

Results

What a brilliant trial! Great to be back in Aberfeldy. Even the sun shone! Some cracking new and re-developed burns, good stretches of moor and track – riders enjoyed the longer than usual lap length and no one ran out of fuel!
Thanks to the Landowner, our observers and our team who set up the trial. We were all well catered for by Bonnie Mountain Coffee Landrover and Gourlay Catering who supplied the usual, much sought after pies!

We look forward to holding the Team Trial on 9th October on this same area of ground and hope that all clubs will put in a good number of team entries. Check for details and updates on our Facebook page “Perth and District Motorcycling Club” . See you there.

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 Road Race Championship points updated after Knockhill on 3/4 Sept

Full results here

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Results for Highland Classic Trial at Alvie – 2016 Highland Classic 2 Day Results – Website Version

A fantastic weekends riding won by Alan Crayk on a Montesa Cota. Yrjo  Vesterinen and Mick Andrews rode as guest riders showing they had lost non of their style and ability. Photo (c) Bill McGregor

For more photos of the day click here

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Jodie Chalk changes classes and has an amazing season

This season was very nearly a non-starter for Jodie, we as a team had to make a decision to either pull out of racing altogether, or come up with an alternative, as racing the Superstocks 600 class had become far too expensive with the cost (mostly tyre bills) of up to £1100 per race weekend.

The situation had become untenable, it was Jodie’s decision to go down the Honda CB 500 class route which I thought was a backward step, how wrong was I? Read more . . .

Note for new Road Racers -

New Rider Assessment Dates – 2017

New Rider Assessments are carried out on the Saturday morning of all  Championship Road Race Meetings.

SACU News

Scottish Motor Sports lauch at Ingliston with Sir Jackie Stewart. SMS has been launched with a 4 year funding deal with SportScotland . This will be delivered through 2 new SMS taff members – a Sports Development Manager and Sports Development Officer - read more . . . . 

Scottish Motor Sports has appointed a new Sports Development Officer

Gillian Sefton will be supporting Rory Bryant in helping to develop our sport.

The full press release can be found at the SMS website http://www.scottishmotorsports.co.uk/news/

Concordat signed with Forestry Commission for motorsport events on FC land.

The SACU and ACU have agreed a concordat for hosting events on FC land . This outlines the responsibilites of the organising bodies and also the responsibilities of the FC to help promote motorsport events

Click here to download –  Concordat ACU and SACU FCS FCE NRW June 2016

Ban on body mounted Cameras at SACU permitted events.

The SACU has reviewed the use of body mounted and helmet mounted cameras at SACU permitted events and has confirmed the decision to ban their use.

Bike mounted cameras are permitted at the discretion of the Clerk of the Course . For Road Race events the use of bike mounted cameras must be authorised in writing prior to the events.

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.

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Scottish-Sports-Concussion-Guidance-card

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.

SITTHEMOUT

 

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.

Scottish Motorsport Safety Review link to full report.

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

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 …..

SACU

The SACU Mission Statement – this reflects what the clubs want from the SACU and helps us deliver successful sporting events.

Provide – Promote – Protect

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