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.

Sport News

Passing of Barry Hamilton

It is with deep sadness we note the passing of Elgin Endurance Club Secretary Barry Hamilton. After a second stroke and pneumonia he passed away last Sunday. Our sincere condolences to Frances and the boys and all his numerous friends.  Having organised events up to British Championship level he will be very much missed by the sport. A real character who made a real difference.

The Funeral was at W.G Catto funeral home, Elgin. Monday the 9th of July. A great send off for a unique individual


There are several top events in July

The Classic Scramble MX at Drumlanrig Castle on 14th / 15th July

British Youth Trials at the Bob Macgregor Academy 30th June / 1st July


Click here for the 2018 Trials Planner produced by Iain Shankie

The 2018 ACU Handbook is available from the SACU Office or to download. Click here to download

– please check the calendars under each sporting discipline. For a list of upcoming events – select Agenda at the top right of each calendar.





ACU /SACU Benevolent Fund Badges for 2018 now on sale .

This year highlighting sidecars.

£3.00 from the office or £3.00 plus 50 pence to cover postage .



The SACU are promoting, following a successful season in 2017, new rider development sessions for Road Race.  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.  These sessions are not intended for those already on National licenses, but should such a rider feel that they would benefit from such a session, then please at least enquire. 

Due to popular demand we are also including sidecars this year. Click here for more details



24th July – Open to Scotland Evening Trial – Perth & District MCC – Balmuick.

Balmuick Evening Trial on Tuesday 24th July, starting about 6 o’clock. Open to Scotland so anyone with a licence can take part in this great trial! 12 sections, 3 laps, a mixture of burns, rocks and rough hills – awesome! Especially if this great weather continues! Enter on the night, just up the hill, off the road between Crieff and Comrie, will be flagged at turn off. DO NOT follow sat nav! Phone 01764654774 for any other details. See you there.

21st/22nd July Enduro practice weekend. Dirt Bike Evolution – Woodheads farm  Entry Form here

22nd July Open to Scotland Trial – Bon Accord MCC – Rhynie – Entry Form Here

28th/29th July – SACU Championship Road Race – Knockhill MSC – Knockhill  – Entry Form here

29th July – Trial – SACU Championship – Dunfermline MCC – Drumcarrow – Entry Form here
5th August – Classic Scramble -Closed to Club – SCRMC – Chapleton – Entry Form here
5th/6th August – SACU Championship Enduro – Dirtbike Evolution – Lauder – Entry Form Here
11th / 12th August – SACU Championship Road Race – Melville MC – East Fortune  – Entry form here

1st / 2nd September – SACU Championship Road Race – Knockhill MSC – Knockhill – Entry Form here

22nd/23rd September -SACU Championship Road Race – Melville MC – East Fortune  – Entry form here

Galloway MCC Drumlanrig Castle Grand National Classic Scramble.

A great event was put on by the newly reformed Galloway MCC club with national and international riders in attendance. Starting with a grasstrack on the friday evening followed by a packed 2 days of classic and twinshock scrambles.

In the evening there was an interview with 1982 World Champion Brad Lackey hosted by John Moffat. On the Saturdayu night there was an Legends evening where John invited former champions to relate somem of the stories from their racing careers.

The former SACU President Andrew Russell was presented with his SACU Lifetime Achievement Award by Frsaer Dykes of the Galloway Club in appreciation of his years of service to the sport and the SACU.

A fantastic weekend and hopefully the first of many to come.

SACU Classic Trials Championship at Hawick.

A great weekend was had by all down at Berryfell Farm near Hawick at the joint SCRMC & LMCC trial. who were hosting rounds 2 & 3 of the SACU classic championship, The route was about 5 miles over a course that consisted of quarries, burns and hills with rocky outcrops, along the route there were some stunning views to be seen which added to the enjoyment. congratulations to Kenny Drummond & Neil Dawson who took best in their class on the Saturday & Sunday respectively each getting a little trophy for their achievement. A fairly decent turn out of 31 riders on the Saturday & 37 for the Sunday made it worthwhile for the organisers who put a lot of work into this event. a big thanks goes out to Buddy Bald, Alan Scott, Matthew Giblin, Colin Barrie, Doreen, Bill Stewart and Gordon Barrie who managed to organise enough cover to observe every section, thanks to the observers who had to endure two days of lovely sunshine. The full results are available on
These event would not go ahead without the kind permission of the land owners who on this occasion could not have bee any more helpful they moved a lot of livestock and electric fences to allow us to have a completely gate free journey around the route my personal thanks to them and to everyone for coming along we all hope to see more of an entry next year

Results for Perth and Dist Balmuick Trial 17th June

Results here

26th/27th May – British Enduro Championship

The BEC came to a sunny Lauder for a 2 day round run by the new Dirt Bike Evolution Club. A fantastic venue with sunshine all weekend made for a very successful event. With two challenging timed tests – Danny McCanney topped the results on both days.

SCRMC Trial Report – 27th May

A sun-drenched Abington greeted 30 riders ready to pit their wits against the slimy burns & long climbing lap, but it was worth it for the view from the top of the hill nearly 1900 feet above sea level before descending into the valley that held a couple of burn sections and a variety of winding climbing sections that one in particular I couldn’t master all day. Many thanks to the farmer George for letting us use the land a bit earlier than usual, the setting out team, Ian for the photos and to all the riders and their families that came along, I hope you all enjoyed the trial & the weather

Scottish Six Days Trial – report by Donald Young

So that’s the SSDT over for another year with an all too familiar outcome. Losing just 8 marks over the six days, Dougie Lampkin took his 12th victory, extending his quite incredible record of wins and matching his number of World titles; but it came close, very close to a different result. Riding with an exceptional precision throughout the week, a five on the slopes of Ben Nevis denied James Dabill his third win finishing on 11 marks lost. Just like 1979, the big boulders on Ben Nevis were the decider after six days of moors, roads and some quite brilliant sections. This time a Lampkin won, in 1979 the late great Martin Lampkin lost out to Malcolm Rathmell on those same sections.

For Scottish Trials, the week did not go without success with Kinlochleven’s Gary MacDonald clinching a quite brilliant third place. Looking poised and relaxed the entire week, Gary beat his best observation score losing a paltry 18 marks. Tied with current British Champion Jack Price, Gary’s incredible 1 mark ride on his early day in the rain on Wednesday made the difference. Gary is rarely around the trials scene these days and there was no pressure on him to perform, this is a fantastic result. Additionally, as part of the Scorpa Works Team with Andy Chilton and Tom Minta they took the Best Manufacturers Team Award for the first time as well. Read more






27 Hardy riders came out to support the first round of the SCRMC trials series 2018. The Saturday set out was done by the team of Pete, Alan, Matty and myself in very windy conditions with sub zero temperatures, the trial was in doubt of running. The weather would put a lot of people off as it was fairly heavy snow overnight from the Saturday to Sunday morning. but the roads to Balfron weren’t to bad and we got there early enough to let most riders know that it was going ahead. the snow flurried on and off all day making the going between section a little uncomfortable especially against the very strong cold wind. the sections themselves were a mixture of gullies, streams & rocky outcrops. Everyone who made it said they had a good day out. I would like to thank everyone for their continued support and hope to see them at the next round on Saturday 07/04/18  AT BUCHLEY FARM BISHOPSBRIGGS, G64 3QN. A massive thanks has to go out to the farmer Mr Christie for allowing us to go back up to the top ground making the lap a good deal longer than usual.




With the announcement of Scottish national status by the S.A.C.U for the CB500 class in Scotland, there are already predictions that a situation we have not seen in Scotland for a very long time may take place. The idea of full grids even necessitating the use of heats to qualify at some point during the year may actually take place, judging by upwards of 25 riders racing this year. This last time this happened was in the now defunct 400cc production racing well over a decade ago.

Read more here . . .


Note for new Road Racers –

New Rider Assessment Dates – 2018

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


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.



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.

Scottish Motorsport Safety Review link to full report.

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 …..


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