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.

Death of Michael Anderson

The SACU are sad to announce the death of Michael Anderson, a Damellington club member for many many years, who lost his year long battle with cancer on Monday evening.

A jovial, larger than life character, Michael was well known among the trials family around Scotland and the wider UK community. Michael grew up in Bishop Auckland in County Durham but had lived in the Sanquhar area for over 30 years. He has been ever present at Dalmellington and Stevenson trials for that time and was a regular competitor around Scotland.

A good friend to many, it was impossible not to like him and whether you’d only met him once or had known him for years, he was always happy to see you. Michael was also a great family man and wife Heather, daughter Coral and son Michael are all heavily involved in the Scottish trials scene. Michael’s death leaves a huge hole in Scotland’s trials family, he will be sorely missed.

His funeral was on Tuesday 16th January at 1230 in St Brides Church, Sanquhar, DG4 6BY, The funeral was exremely well attended as riders, friends and family celebrated his life.




Death of Dougie McNaughton

The SACU are sad to announce the death of Dougie McNaughton. A former President and lifelong member of the Perth and District Motorcycle Club passed away after a battle with cancer.

Dougie, known throughout the sport as one of ‘the last of the summer wine’ was always seen at the SSDT with his great friends Jock Taylor and Alec Fender. Like many others around motorcycle sport Scotland Dougie was one of the unsung hero’s who quietly got on with the job that needed to be done.

His funeral will be held on Wednesday 27th December 2017 at 1130 in St Marks Church, Rannoch Road Letham PH1 2HH, his family extend an open welcome to celebrate his life.





Sport News

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 .



18th Feb – Trials – Closed to Club – Lochaber and Dist – Strontian
18th Feb – Trials – Open to Scotland – Stevenston and Dist – Bob Mac Academy
24th Feb- Trials – Open to Scotland – Loch Lomond MCC – Luss
25th Feb – SACU AGM – No permits issued
3/4 Mar – Scottish Bike Show – Ingliston
 11th Mar – Trials – Open to Scotland – Inverness and Dist – Ballindalloch
11th Mar – Trials – Open to Scotland – Lanarkshire MCC – Callendar Click for regs
1th Mar – Enduro – Championship – Dirtbike Evolution – Thirlestane Click for Regs
18th Mar – Trials – National – Lochaber and Dist – Pollock Trial – Kinlochleven  Click for Regs
25th Mar – Trials – Closed to Club – Inverness and Dist – Cannich

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