Galashiels Trials – 11th March 2018

We kick off the Trials Championshp for the year with a trip to Glendearg. This is an excellent site, which provides plenty of tricks up our sleeve to make you pay attention and focus!

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).

More information can be found at these links

Tyro Trials Information

RTV Trials Information

Trials Guide Information

 

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: Nearest postcode is TD1 2NP.

There will be orange arrows directing from the A7 as you come into Galashiels from the North.

Please take extra care and drive slowly when going through the farm yard as there are livestock and horses.

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

Please click on the Event Registration Form to let us know you’re planning to come along!

Borders Blizzard 2018 (Results)

This year, yet again took a completely different route. Although maybe not as challenging as in previous years, it didn’t detract from the stunning views and scenery that was enjoyed!

A mid morning start of 10am saw the competitors following the route using tulip diagrams over the back roads and hills to Moffat, answering questions along the way, such as; bridge heights and an anagram of “boots cleats” before finding some Moffat Toffee.

After lunch, a slight detour was had – unfortunately the road over the top of Tala & Megget Reservoirs wasn’t passable due to large amounts of snow… even those that did attempt it in a 4×4 were defeated after a few feet (remembering that it is something like a 1 : 7 ratio uphill).

After the detour, a careful calculation for some, and wild guessing for others brought them back round to Broughton & Biggar before heading back to the finish.

After calculating everyone’s answers, and deducting the necessary “devious” points for some (forgetting to fill in names or registration etc), we all enjoyed a delicious meal and great banter at the Swanston Brasserie, before announcing the results as follows:

1st: G.R.C & Janet – finally stole 1st place from Jim & Nadine.

2nd: Jim & Nadine – do much better on the difficult questions.

3rd: Brian & Christine – found the toffee.

4th: Gavin & Janice – thoroughly enjoyed it.

5th: Colin & Dawn – we’re saying nothing.

 

Murray Cup 2018 – E.U.M.S.C

For those of you who like a challenge, here’s a nice little navigational rally for you to get your teeth into. A little different from the standard tulips, but still easy enough for you to figure out!

This event brings you back to grass-roots motor sport and allows you to compete with just a club membership, and takes place on some of the best back roads in West Lothian.

For more details, please see the Supplementary Regs

Graham & Colin will be looking for marshals to help out on this event, so if you’re free and don’t fancy giving it a shot this time, but would like to get more info on what happens, then please get in touch via Email

Borders Blizzard – 17th February

Our first event of the year, is the now firm favourite event to gather everyone back together, and get that competitive streak back into us.

Borders Blizzard is a great event for families, kids, or anyone who fancies getting out the house and you do not need to have a 4×4 with you to enter, it can be done in a standard road car.

Over the last few years, we have varied the routes, and this year is no different, offering breathtaking views on a wonderfully scenic drive.

You will be given a road book, with instructions and tulip diagrams – the game is simple, follow them and you can’t go wrong – unless you choose to take the wrong route!

Start Location: Asda Car Park, EH20 9NY

Start Time: 09.30 with the first car leaving at 10.00.

Mileage: 75 – 100 miles, with fuel stations near the start and finish.

Finish Location:  Swanston Brassiere, EH10 7DS

Cost: £10 per vehicle.

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If you would like to join us afterwards, we will be having an evening meal in the Swanston Brassiere at 17.30. You must let us know if you would like to come along to this, so we can book the table.

Registration Form: Event Registration Form

Cold Turkey & Punch Hunt – 27th December

Time to get out into the fresh air and get the 4×4 engine warm for a Christmas treat and have fun and meet up with club members.

Open to all 4x4s of all levels of experience, whether road vehicles or off-road prepd.

In previous years, this is a well attended event, with participants enjoying the grounds of Lamancha. There was a twist last year too – a bunch of escapees from a local farm, with each having a number on them, and a festive gift on return of the Turkey to our farmer Dave.

So come along and see if you can find our Turkeys and see what twist we have added this year. The turkeys or other festive related items could be hiding anywhere on the site.

This year, we will also be running the last round of the Punch Hunt Championship, meaning that not only will you be looking for Turkeys and such like, but there will also be the chance to find the punches.. you will definitely need more than one pair of eyes. 

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: EH46 7BN is the nearest postcode. OS Grid Reference of site entrance: NT 20079 51930. Orange arrows will direct you to the site from the A701. If you intend to bring your vehicle on a trailer, please let us know, as there is an alternative route.

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

Event Registration: To let us know you’re attending, please fill in the quick  Event Registration Form

We recommend warm clothing, waterproofs, and if you have recovery or towing gear, that would probably be sensible given the time of year.

Santa Hunt – 17th December

This years Santa Hunt will take place at the Scottish Off Road Driving Center at Glentarkie near Strathmiglo.

Glentarkie is well known throughout Scotland as one of the most exciting places to use a 4×4. The tracks are suitable for all sorts of 4×4 from the family everyday road car, to the off road prepd. For the more serious machines, there are some more serious sections within the site.

There is a mixture of purpose built obstacles, along with natural terrain to give the driver a thoroughly enjoyable day out.

The views from the off road course are absolutely stunning, from the top of Hangmans Hill we overlook the Howe of Fife and Loch Leven. The driving area is a natural wilderness so there is a wide variety of wildlife to see as well.

This is not a winch challenge or timed event, you will simply be enjoying yourself with some good off-roading whilst on the look out for Santa(s). Bob will be hiding them this time, so you just KNOW that you will be kept busy trying to find them all day!

Any Santa that you do find, can be exchanged for prizes!!!

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: KY16 7RU is the nearest postcode. OS Grid Reference of site entrance: NO 191 120. Orange arrows will direct you to the site from the A91. .

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

Event Registration: To let us know you’re attending, please fill in the quick  Event Registration Form

 

 

Findo Gask Trials – 12th November

It is with great pleasure, we are able to announce that we will be running the last round of the 2017 Trials Championship at Findo Gask.

The site is well liked by many, with lots of great memories, however we haven’t used it in a few years. Those of you who joined after 2010 will not have been to this site before, so if it a brand new site doesn’t excite you – maybe the terrain will. Described as a long, narrow grass site, with plenty of trees and lots of nooks and crannies for sections to keep you entertained – think a mixture between Law & Lamancha and you’ll arrive at Findo Gask.

We will be running a mixture of both Tyro and RTV sections depending on what vehicles we have turn up.

*Please note that although shiny/showroom vehicles will have no problem accessing and driving around the site, please be aware that there are lots of trees, and the site is more suited for RTV sections.

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: PH3 1HT is the nearest postcode, with orange arrows directing you immediately off the main road. OS Grid Ref is NO 016 202.

Findo Gask Site Streetmap

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

Event Registration: Event Registration Form

Dunbar Trials – 22nd October

This will be the fourth round in the championship this year.

For the latest championship results, click on Event Reports 

We will be running a mixture of both Tyro and RTV sections depending on what vehicles we have turn up. This site is well suited to beginners and Tyro sections, however we are also able to provide more trickier RTV sections at various points around the site.

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: EH42 1SF is the nearest postcode, with orange arrows directing you immediately off the A1 at the Innerwick Junction. Please follow the orange arrows, along the back road, avoiding the village. OS Grid Ref is NT 724738

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

Event Registration: Click here or fill in the form below

Selkirk Vintage Rally

The weekend of 17/18th September saw some of the committee along with helpers Chris Kerr & Jim Williams pop down to Selkirk for the Annual Vintage Rally with the hope of getting the club a bit more recognised. Arriving just in time to help them do this, was the brand new club branded gazebo, which you really can’t fail to notice!

It was an interesting weekend, with showers throughout, however that didn’t dampen the spirits of those who were camping, also enjoying a hog-roast and live music on the Saturday evening.

Sunday saw a busy club stand, helped most probably by the very different lineup of vehicles from what other stands had. Jim brought along his VW Beetle and Bob brought along a Argo.

G.R.C was kept busy, as he was chosen to lead the road run / procession on a pre-determined route around the local area, however very quickly proceeded to get himself and several other vehicles lost! He did however make up for it later on in the afternoon when he recovered an HGV loaded with tractor from the showground!

 

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