Auchterarder Camping Weekend – 12/13th August

A slight change this year for our camping weekend, sees us take to the hilltops of Auchterarder.
Offering a vast spread of hill top and parts that we’ve yet to explore, this site is always a great challenge for trial events, from the simple ridge, to the quarry and valley sections, and will be just as good for a Punch Hunt.

Trials will be taking place on the Saturday, with camping available overnight, where the club BBQ will be in attendance, with the Punch Hunt taking place on the Sunday. Both will count as rounds of the 2017 Championship.

Cost: £25.00 per vehicle, £5.00 for each additional driver. This will be applied for both Trials & Punch Hunt.
Directions: follow the orange arrows, which will be visible from the High Street in Auchterarder, as well as from the Gleneagles Jct.
Time: 09.30 sign on for 10.00 start both days.
Lunch: bring your own packed lunch and a hot drink. For those camping, the club BBQ will be available.
Event Registration: Entry Form

Picture below shows the popularity of last year’s Trials event at Auchterarder.

 

Law Trials – 23rd July

This will be the second in the championship this year.

We will be running a mixture of both Tyro and RTV sections depending on what vehicles we have turn up, however this event site is more biased towards RTV styles.

Tyro Section

A tyro is the entry level trial event that SORC runs, which has the following characteristics.
– Suitable for showroom condition vehicles on standard road tyres.
– Has strict rules applied by the MSA to limit the range of terrain over which the course is set including slope angle and water depth to ensure any risk is minimised as much as possible.
– Is designed to be totally non-damaging – no body contact with ground or other obstacles such as bushes or trees.
– Open to members aged 13 and above including those who do not hold a full driving licence. Unlicensed drivers may only drive the vehicle on the specific tyro stages and must be accompanied by someone who has experience of off road trial driving.
– Passengers are welcome as long as they are suitably seated and restrained. This makes tyros an excellent family event.

RTV Section
Road Taxed Vehicle trials are run very similarly to the Tyros, but more of a test of you and your 4×4 against the course.
– Full, valid license holders only for this one and the car may well come into contact with the ground and vegetation and the slopes used allow greater angles than Tyros.
– Passengers are permitted in the front seats only and must be 14 or over (and in the right seat and be of the right height, etc).

Cost: £25 per vehicle plus £5 per additional driver

Time: 09.30 signing on and scrutineering, ready to start at 10.00

Lunch: Bring your own packed lunch and warm drink

Finish: We generally finish mid-afternoon depending on weather and light conditions.

Directions: ML8 5HQ is the nearest postcode, with orange arrows directing you into the site off the B7011. OS Grid Ref is NS 809518.

Amateur Radio: For those who have it, we usually use 145.350MHz if it’s free.

Event Registration: Entry Form


(Phil with his Discovery 3 at the Law Punch Hunt)

Glendearg Groundworks – 15th July

As we approach the final round of the SCCC in August, committee members from SORC are looking at ways to improve on last year’s fantastic course. With a slightly new design this year, due to on going site works, we have found a solution which involves crossing the river. However, the old bridge which we put in many years ago, is far too dangerous, and so we have managed to acquire some large pipes and poles to form a new bridge.

We have the use of a mini digger, which will do most of the heavy work, however we do need some help with the following; lifting large stones into a trailer to be moved to be used at the new bridge (good news the trailer tips) and doing some tetris style packing of the stones into place. There is also some manual hedge trimming to do (tree branches at the back of the woods, where the cars will be running along).

Your help would be greatly appreciated, even if it’s for a few hours – as the saying goes, the more hands make light work, and apart from that it will not just help out the comp’s it will also help you out when we come to use the site next for an event.

We can’t guarantee the good weather, however we do guarantee fun will be had, with good craic, and the opportunity to drive the course and learn more about the set up and planning involved in these type of events… a pair of gloves, and steel toe caps would be suggested. If you’d like to help out, please get in touch with us via Email

Pictures from last year’s event can be found on Mark Deamer’s Glendearg 2016 Album

Ardeer Trials & Autotest – 18th June

18th June will see us over at Ardeer on the West Coast running a promotional Trials event at the same time as the Scottish Sporting Car Club are holding an Autotest.

As this is a Promotional event, this will not count towards the championship, but there will be the chance to set up a section and being able to have multiple attempts at the sections to see the advantages a different line can give.

There will be the opportunity to see what an Autotest is all about and even get a passenger ride or give them a ride in your vehicle over our Trials course. There will also be a 4WD class in the Autotest should you wish to have a shot in your own vehicle.

The price of this event is £10 per driver, which covers the cost of the permit & insurance fees.

As this is a promotional event, it is open to non-club members as well, however all drivers must have a full UK driving licence.

Start Time: 10.00

Site Entrance: click here to view a street map.

Irvine Bay Events, Ardeer, Ayrshire KA20 3LJ (Map Ref: 70 / 2841 4011).

Event Registration: click here

Autotest Specific Regs: click here

Scottish Landrover Show – 27/28th May

Once again, we will be having a collection of vehicles on our static stand at the show, with numerous stories to be told about the club and vehicles, along with the club DVD available to view..
(any budding videographers, get in touch).

Come along and say hello to us!

Unfortunately the Series IIB FC we had for the stand has blown it’s head gasket, so won’t be able to make it, however we will have a Challenge 90 and 100" self build "Frankenstein", self build 130" among others.

Bob, Club Secretary will again be in the main arena for stints along with Diana for some action packed fun!

If you’re a club member at the show, then please do come along and help us talk to everyone, and get the good word of the club out there!!!

**Tickets can be bought direct from the Scottish Landrover Show website, but if you are a member of SORC please drop us a message and we’ll tell you how to get a discounted weekend pass for £25

25th Birthday Celebrations – 13th May

Glendearg, Galashiels

 

Unfortunately, due to the lack of take up of the tickets, it is with much regret that we have to announce the cancellation of the 25th Birthday Party.

In it’s place, we will be running an Off Road Treasure Hunt at Glendearg, with a BBQ in the evening. Camping will also be available for those who wish to partake.

Largo Trials – 9th April

This will be the first in the championship this year.

Tyro Section

A tyro is the entry level trial event that SORC runs, which has the following characteristics.
Suitable for showroom condition vehicles on standard road tyres.
– Has strict rules applied by the MSA to limit the range of terrain over which the course is set including slope angle and water depth to ensure any risk is minimised as much as possible.
– Is designed to be totally non-damaging – no body contact with ground or other obstacles such as bushes or trees.
Open to members aged 13 and above including those who do not hold a full driving licence. Unlicensed drivers may only drive the vehicle on the specific tyro stages and must be accompanied by someone who has experience of off road trial driving.
– Passengers are welcome as long as they are suitably seated and restrained. This makes tyros an excellent family event.

RTV Section
Road Taxed Vehicle trials are run very similarly to the Tyros, but more of a test of you and your 4×4 against the course.
Full, valid license holders only for this one and the car may well come into contact with the ground and vegetation and the slopes used allow greater angles than Tyros.
– Passengers are permitted in the front seats only and must be 14 or over (and in the right seat and be of the right height, etc).

Cost: £25 per vehicle plus £5 per additional driver

Time: 09.30 signing on and scrutineering, ready to start at 10.00

Lunch: Bring your own packed lunch and warm drink

Finish: We generally finish mid-afternoon depending on weather and light conditions.

Directions: KY8 5QS, look out for the orange arrows directing you into the site off the A915. OS Grid Ref is. NO 42866 03832

Amateur Radio: For those who have it, we usually use 145.350MHz if it’s free.

Event Registration: Click here

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1655929098044455/

Edinburgh’s 20mph – Phase 2

A quick reminder…

Like it or not, on 31st July 2016, Edinburgh Council brought into force the new 20mph speed limit.
Phase 2 stretching from Portobello to Morningside goes live at midnight on 28th Feb (tomorrow).

The link below seems to provide the most useful information, as well as a map showing each phase.
http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/info/20243/20mph_for_edinburgh

Police Scotland have warned they will be carrying out "proactive" checks throughout the Capital.

Lamancha Punch Hunt – 12th March

A warm welcome back to our off-roading season, which many of you have been eagerly looking forward to.

We kick off with the 1st Punch Hunt in the 2017 Championship.

Lamancha is a medium to large site and is suitable for all types of 4×4 whether showroom or prep’d, with plenty of interesting features and different terrain.

On the day, there will be punches (see picture below) set out around the site. You will be given a laminated card attached to your wing mirror (you can choose which). Upon finding a punch, you simply get your wing mirror close enough to punch the corresponding box on the card. You will also be given a handheld card to be kept in the vehicle for you to use if you find a certain punch too difficult. Sound easy?

There are two types of punch – GREEN, suitable for all vehicles and RED which is slightly more difficult and may require some thinking – which is where the handheld card may come in useful.

Scoring is 2 points for every correct RED and 1 point for every GREEN.

This event is open to all types of 4×4, however a full driving licence must be held by the driver.

Punch Hunts are a great day out for all the family, keeping everyone occupied looking for the punches – it always helps to have a passenger if you need to send them through some mud to get the RED punches!

New members welcome, join online at http://sorc.org.uk/join-sorc or on the day!

Cost – £25 per vehicle

Time – 09.30 signing on and scrutineering
10.00 ready to go hunting.

Lunch – Bring your own packed lunch and warm drink

Finish – We generally finish mid-afternoon depending on weather and light conditions.

Directions – EH46 7BN, look out for the ORANGE ARROWS directing you into the site off the A701.  OS Grid Ref is NT 20074 51941

Amateur Radio
For those who have it, we usually use 145.350MHz if it’s free.

Event Registration Form: https://form.jotformeu.com/41025001013327

Borders Blizzard – Results

After forecasts promised us plenty of sleet and snow across the Borders this weekend, what lay ahead for the gaggle of competitors who turned out for this year’s event was much worse… there was no snow, no sleet – just a damp, cold (very cold) wind. With that in mind, the briefing was simple, read the instructions, follow the tulip diagrams and answer the questions along the way – some of which might have to be found by getting out of the car.

Unfortunately, the first to feel sheepish was Dave Ellis, who upon arriving at the car park, started to dismantle pieces of his vehicle using the height barrier and when he was set off, turned up a minute later from the same direction claiming to have gone in a circle!

As the route progressed, there was hints that the further up the hills we went, there might be a chance of snow, however it was not to be, and upon Soutra, the most we ever came across was some slush… most of it was brown slush due to the high volume of farm traffic.

Traveling through places such as Stow, Lauder, Boon, Gordon & Smailholm, the questions ranged from the most obvious such as ‘what colour is the bull that is stationary’ to the more devious such as ‘how many gates to be kept closed’ – there were 10 gates, but only 3 of them specifically said ‘keep gate closed’.

At the 3/4 marker, we were treated to a real treat (or would have been if there hadn’t been so much cloud cover), of Scott’s View, overlooking Horseshoe Bend on the Tweed, before heading back down the hill towards Gattonside, Galashiels, Fountainhall and finishing at Heriot where a log fire awaited with a choice of soups, tea and coffee.

The forecasters did get it right in the end, but only after everyone had headed home, as we stayed behind to tidy up, the snow was starting to fall rather heavily… here’s to Borders Blizzard ’18, hopefully with more snow.

Results
1st – Jim Williams / Nadine Williams joint with Gavin Marshall / Janice Marshall (39pts)
2nd – Christine Judd / Tanya Keane (38pts) (much better combination this year)
3rd – Raymond Hope / Kev Fairfield joint with Peter Anderson / Michael Anderson (36pts)

4th – Jules Spicer / Claire Spicer (35pts)

5th – Andy Prentice / Tom Beglin (34pts)

6th – Alan Hope / Alan Black (32pts)

7th – Jim Pert (24pts) (no co-driver, late due to over-heating issues)

8th – Simon Elliott (10pts) (no co-driver, called away due to work, returned at finish)

9th – Dave Ellis (-14pts) (it all went wrong from the beginning)!!!