President's Paragraphs

Quite amazing that our two Sundays CTs have both been affected by rain on the day of the trials, when the year has been so dry, but even so the Yorkshire Post CT which ran in October at Weston Park was a great event with the C of C, competitors and marshals all adapting to the conditions, read a report on the event elsewhere in this newsletter.

We were not the only ones who adapted to the conditions with heavy rain on the day of an event. The Scott Motor Cycle trial up in Richmond (a time and observation trial like the Ilkley Grand National) had some of the heaviest rain ever, on the day of the event. A 75 mile lap with 76 sections was a real challenge for the 200 entries of whom only 84 finished in the standard time of 2hs 31 minutes, with lots of riders and bikes drowning out in the quickly rising streams, but fair play to the organisers they sent the C of Cs off before the riders, changing sections and even land owners remarked the course knowing that streams would become impassable, so the event was yet again hailed a great success and raised over £9000 for charity. The organisation of volunteering man/women power on this type of event is a tribute to the sport. Having just returned from the Hero Rally of the Tests starting in Harrogate and finishing in Bristol, this is also a feat of organisation. However they have an advantage in the fact they run over four days and use many different “local” to the area, motor clubs along with their dedicated band of roving marshals but they managed to run 34 tests, 113 timing points, 17 passage controls and 35 time controls without losing any planned locations, a cracking event it was too.

Don’t forget that the December Committee Meeting will be followed by the EGM, to vote in the new proposed rules. All club members can attend the meeting and vote, if you cannot make the meeting and would like to still vote, then use the proxy form that was in last month’s newsletter. While working on the rules, I had cause to look back in the IDMC book “The First 100 Years” a quick five minutes look, turned into an hours read and now it’s on the bedside table. Try checking out page 109 to spot a member who got his 50 years of membership certificate this year and page 129 brought a wry smile to my face. I suggest that you get it out and have a browse through, as it’s a real trip down memory lane and a great record of our history. It might also help you in the IDMC Christmas quiz as well!!! Talking of which the date of this has changed to the 19th December down at the Rugby Club where we are going to have two quizzes and a good seasonal chin wag while we tuck into a faith supper, check out the details elsewhere in the newsletter.

The Dinner Dance menus are also included with this newsletter so please fill this out early to support this great evening. Be warned if you have won one of the National B Championships for competing outside of the club I will be giving you a ring to encourage you to come and collect your major trophy.

The road route to the Palmer Trophy CT on the 2nd December has a blockage at the arch at Bolton Abbey due to NYCC Highway works. We are trying to find a new venue for the CT but at this time of year farmers are not over keen to let you onto their fields, so be watchful as the event location may change at some point, but don’t let this stop you putting an entry in ASAP for the current location at the Strid near Bolton Abbey. There is nothing worse than getting a venue sorted only to cancel the event due to competitors lack of entries.

The Presidents M/S charity had another boost with just under £100 from the final entries to the Crow Table Top Championship and now stands at over £3100 which is a great achievement in less than 12 months. The Club Christmas card will be at meetings for you to sign and make a donation to the M/S charity, if you have not used it yet, how about supporting it this year.

Happy motor sporting.