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.

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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



Click here for the 2018 Trials Planner produced by Iain Shankie


It is with some sadness and much annoyance that we have to announce the cancellation of this years ELRAT Enduro at the Glendevon Forest Complex on the 3rd of June.  This cancellation is specifically due to illegal riders in and around the forest creating additional work for the forresters preventing the club getting access to prepare the ground for the enduro.

The SACU are deeply disappointed that this event cannot take place this year due to the blatantly irresponsible and selfish behaviour of a few riders who feel they can ride anywhere with no detriment to our sports. Losing this event is simple proof of how wrong they are. Read full article  here


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


7-12th May – Scottish Six days Trial – Edinburgh & Dist – Ft William
12/13th May – National Road Race – NEMCRC – East Fortune
13th May – Closed to Club Scramble – SCRMC – Drumclog
13th May – Open to Scotland Trial – SCRMC – Bob Mac Academy
13th May – Championship Hare and Hound – Ecosse XC – Near Duns
20th May – Championship Trial Ally Beag Memorial – Lochaber & Dist – Glen Nevis Click here for regs
20th May – Open to Scotland Trial – Lanarkshire MCC – Galashiels
26/27th May – Championship Road Race – KMSC – Knockhill
26/27th May – Loch Lomond 2 Day Trial – Loch Lomond MCC – Luss
 27th May – Closed to Club Trial – Inverness & Dist – Alvie
 27th May – Open to Scotland Trial – Bon Accord MCC – Monymusk
2nd & 3rd June Trials – Bob MacGregor 2 Day Memorial Trial – Killin.    ENTRIES NOW FULL – ENTRY LIST – CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD

As in previous years we will be providing a Marquee, food for riders and observers on both days, toilet facilities, breakfast facilities, trophies, finishers awards and all the others we provide every year.


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.


Perth and Dist Lochlane Trial 1th Feb

Well would you credit it! In the midst of all that weather of the last while, the sun shone on Perth and District Motor Club! Lochlane in the snow is one thing but today, with the sun shining, quite another! Granted it was cold – quite a biting wind!! We a great turnout for our National Trial and all the riders appreciated the redesigned sections, some more challenging than others. Section 6 took quite a few points, as did section 1. By the 3rd lap the ground was a lot more slippy, keeping everyone on their toes right to the end! Over pies and coffee, while checking their results, the chat was loud and lively – always a good sign! 

We thank Gordon Halley for the use of his land and shed – a haven out of the wind! We were also very fortunate to have hardy observers for each section and we cannot thank them enough for braving the cold, especially towards the end.

Looking forward to our next trial at Glasscorrie on the 24th March. Hopefully see you there

Click here for Results


What a Trial !! Awesome! We had almost 80 riders appearing and thoroughly enjoy their day, in
what can only be described as ‘challenging conditions’. It certainly blew the cobwebs away! The
sections, some modified from previous years, were the least of their problems – going between
them proved almost more of a test of their skills! However the riders were well up for it and
gathered at the end, with lots of animated chat over the soup, coffee and cake. ( should have
invited Ross Noble – he likes cake!)
We thank Gordon Halley the landowner for the use of Lochlane and especially for the use of his
shed! Thanks also to the 3 observers who braved the conditions and to all those who helped put
the trial in place. We were lucky to have Bonnie Mountain Coffee Landrover with us in the shed,
keeping us supplied with the the best coffee this side of New Zealand!
Looking forward now to our National Trial, also at Lochlane, hopefully in better weather! See you
all there on the 11th February. Happy New Year!

Video of the event – click here


Just under 50 hardy souls turned out for the last trial from SCRMC of 2017. A good day was had by all and it was good to see some new faces for their first SCRMC trial. The sections were made a little easier than normal but the weather determined that as it was touch & go whether it would go ahead or not. I would like to thank everyone for turning up, also a big thanks to Robbie Allan for the use of Tinto Moto and helping set out along with his son and the usual suspects of Allan Scott, Pete Bald and myself. The SCRMC trials team would like to thank you all for the support throughout the year & look forward to doing it all again next year.



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 . . .




 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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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.


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

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