The Scottish Auto Cycle Union (SACU) is the controlling body for motorcycle sport in Scotland. Formed in 1913 and has  more than 40 affiliated clubs organising events for all ages and abilities. The SACU  issues competition licenses, provides 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.

Contact the SACU E:mail office@sacu.co.uk  Tel: 01506 858 354

Press Release  12/12/19

2020 ACU HANDBOOK

The ACU 2020 Handbook is now available to download on line .

Click here to download

2020 ACU British Enduro Championship

Scottish Riders Entry – 

To all riders looking to enter rounds of the ACU British Enduro Championship for 2020

Entries for the BEC are made on the ACU on line entry system. To enter with an SACU Enduro licence please contact Jillian Nash at the ACU
email : jillian@acu.org.uk  or phone : 01788 566419 and request a dummy ACU licence number to allow you to access the system.

If you are doing the whole championship and looking to score points please Register for the ACU BEC online using your ACU login.

Full Championship details can be found at https://www.acu.org.uk/championship-events/enduro/37/

2020 ACU Keedwell British Trials Championship

Scottish Riders Entry –

To riders looking to enter the ACU Keedwell Trial GB

To enter with an SACU Trials licence please contact Jacqui Blake at the ACU
email : jacqui@acu.org.uk   or phone : 01788 566426 , provide proof of your SACU licence validity and request an ACU profile to be set up  to allow you to access the system.

When entering the event, select 2020 ACU Trial GB  Overseas/SACU rider to allow you to enter without a further charge for a one day licence.

ACTIFY

https://www.actify.org.uk/home

What is Actify? – This short 1 minute video will explain https://www.actify.org.uk/module/196

In summary, Actify is an online resource and best practice sharing platform for a range of sports within Scotland. There are some amazing resources that a number of our clubs may find useful i.e. Help when recruiting, retaining and developing volunteers, club sustainability toolkits, the importance of partnership work and many more.

The best thing about it is that it is completely FREE.

If you would like to discuss anything please feel free to get in touch with our SMS Sports Development Officer Shabaz Khan – email him at shabaz.khan@scottishmotorsports.co.uk

SACU Trials Calendar 2020 – now available online.

SACU AGM – 23rd Feb – 2:00 pm at the ARMY Reserve Centre, Beveridge Square , Livingston EH54 6QF.

Voting papers have now  been sent to all clubs

19th July 2020  T. Arnott Moffat Memorial Motorcycle Road Run Regs Available here

Pre 65 Trial 2020 Press Bulletin Jan 2020

The Pre’65 Scottish Trial Committee are very excited to announce that Sammy Miller will be the Guest of Honour at the 2020 Trial. We are very privileged to have Sammy this year and look forward to him sending our competitors off with his wise words and best wishes.

Our new Observer Co-ordinator, Sally Burton, will be sending out invite letters to last years observers soon but if you have not observed before and would like to volunteer your services, please contact Sally by email: observers@pre65scottish.co.uk or through the contact on the Pre’65 Scottish Trial website: www.pre65scottish.com as soon as possible.

Read full press release here

SACU Press Release – Scrutineering

For the attention of ALL SACU Members

Scrutineering

For some time now, the SACU has been aware that the practice of scrutineering machines has become less consistent across disciplines, promotors, organisers and fundamentally the relevant associations. Further, it’s become an issue for insurers.

To ensure that we, the SACU, have consistent practises that balances our needs as an organising body and that of our organisers and promoters we have had discussions with our insurers Sports Insure to come up with new guidance on Scrutineering.

Technically “The purpose of scrutineering is to ensure that the competing motorcycle meets with the specifications of the rules and regulations for entry into the event.” What this means is that a Scrutineer or Technical Official is checking that it meets the technical specifications laid down in the ACU Handbook, SACU Standing Regulations and any specific Supplementary Regs  for the event, not whether it’s safe enough to use but that it meets the technical specification.

The new guidance also hands liability for the safety of the machinery to the competitors, “It is not the responsibility of the scrutineer to check that the bikes are safe to take part in the event, that is the responsibility of the competitor.

In practise, Scrutineering will be carried out at the request of the Clerk of the Course, it is their decision how much is deemed necessary.

In Summary,

  • Scrutineering is at the request of the Clerk of the Course
  • It’s purpose is to ensure the machine meets the specification for the event category
  • It does not confirm whether a machine is safe
  • Liability for the safety and operation of the machine is the sole responsibility of the competitor

Discipline committees will be given further guidance to pass to clubs.

SACU MX Championship 2020 – SACU Licences

Following the announcement that SCOTMX run by former Scottish Champion Stuart Flockhart is to host the SACU Scottish MX Championship in 2020 the SACU has arranged for MX only licences to be available online at SCOTMX.com

Riders may apply for an MX only licence at SCOTMX.com and pay online or through the SACU office. Riders can also download a paper licence form or send in a standard licence application form available from any SACU club.

The SACU looks forward to welcoming riders to the 2020 MX Championship which will be run over 7 rounds with one round able to be dropped.

For full details see www.scotmx.com

SACU Motocross 2020

The Board of Directors of the SACU have been working to bring Motocross back to the SACU after a long absence. After some success last season, it became obvious that we needed to partner with an established name within the sport to take the sport forward in a sustainable way.

We are delighted to announce that we have agreed terms with Stuart Flockhart and Scot MX to promote the SACU Scottish Championship in 2020 and in 2021. Stuart’s name is well known in the annals of Scottish Motocross as a former multiple Scottish Champion in Youth and adult classes, top level competitor in British and World Championships. We have invited Stuart to the Board of Directors to act as our Motocross Consultant working with Stewart Campbell to give us a new sustainable championship.

2020 will see a 7 round Scottish SACU Championship across all classes across most of Scotland’s best known tracks.

Round 1 – 7/8 March – Tain

Round 2 – 11/12 April – Duns

Round 3 – 2/3 May – Lochgilphead

Round 4 – Sat 13 June – Doune

Round 5 – 15/16 August – Rhynie

Round 6 – 26/27 September – Drumclog

Round 7 – 10/11 October – Leuchars

SACU Chairman Sandy Mack noted “we are delighted to agree terms with Stuart to run his series as the SACU Scottish Motocross Championships. Stuart has the ability and credibility across the sport to deliver a series we can be proud of. Through the efforts of Stewart Campbell our Motocross Committee Chairman, we’ve been working to bring motocross back to the SACU for some years however the sport has changed and to work properly in motocross again we needed the right promoter. We, the SACU and our SMS Development team, look forward to working with Stuart long into the future.”

Stuart Flockhart commented, “I’m delighted with the progress our series has made in only one year , along with the great feedback and support we have gained from our riders. I’ve been in contact with SACU in recent months and was very impressed with the updated package they are now offering to Scottish clubs. When you combine their solid insurance policy available at an attractive new pricing level, together with their +100 year history in Scottish Motorcycling and the connections brought by affiliation to SACU, this made for an easy decision to join the Scottish Auto Cycle Union to develop our ScotMX racing series”

ScotMX are happy to continue their ongoing partnerships into next year with 2019 series sponsors Carnegie Fuels, Safe Access Highland and Dyce Carriers into 2020, as well as bringing on a valued new support from Westerton Access .

For further details please contact Stuart via www.ScotMX.com

Scottish Motor Sports

The latest newsletter fromm Scotish Motor Sports is now available to download. News about students at iMOTOx electric MX and last weekends Club Development day.

Download here

Press Release from the SACU Road Race Committee for racing in 2020

There are items on Improver sessions in 2020

No more Superbike Cup

Formula 400 to run within Scottish  Lightweights

New licence assessments at two dates at the start of the season and on improver nights only.

Click here for the full Press Release.

SACU  SACU Board Level Vacancy – Lead Child Protection Officer

The SACU is seeking to appoint a Lead Child Protection Officer working with the Company Secretary to manage and develop the Child Welfare and Protection Policy.

Normally appointed from within the Board the SACU is seeking a new candidate from within our sport for this role

For full details on the role and to apply please view the press release here

UPCOMING EVENTS     Click here for the Events Calendar

SMS Funding Guide

The SMS Development Officer has produced an updated for 2019  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 ….. 

And the result of the 2019 SMS Strategy Consultation is now available – More . . .

Scottish Motor Sports latest newsletter June 2019 – available here .

Scottish Government Regulations on Closed Roads Motorsport

The SACU are pleased to announce that new regulations to support motorsport on public roads in Scotland have now come into force.

Following consultation, the Scottish Government introduced new regulations to the Scottish Parliament in order to better support motorsport. These regulations are now in force and allow for the introduction of a two stage application process which will allow motorsports events to be held on closed public roads. This follows on from the Scottish Parliament having recently voted to approve the regulations introduced by the Scottish Government.

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, Michael Matheson, said: “We have a proud tradition of Motorsport in Scotland and this government recognises the need to balance the potential for economic benefits and public enjoyment from motorsports with a high degree of safety.   Full press release here

SACU NEWS

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.

Scottish-Sports-Concussion-Guidance

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

Statement on Illegal Motorcycle Riding

The SACU is  always aware of social issues such as bike theft and illegal riding and the impact these have on our sports and on our members.

In the case of Illegal riding, it is having an impact on a number of areas around Scotland where we are struggling for access to land to hold long established official events due to the selfishness of few riders who think they can ride where they like. These riders pose a direct threat to the sustainability of our offroad disciplines. Read Full Press Release here

SACU Concerns Policy

The SACU has introduced a Policy for contacting the SACU and if need be raising an issue. Please see the attached pdf for the full Policy. Click here

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