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)!!!

SCCC Callander – 15/16th April

Dear Competitor,

We’re all set for the second round of the SCCC 2017 to be held at the ever popular venue of Callander on 15th & 16th April.

Entries are now open and can be made online at: https://www.rallies.info/webentry/2017/scccapr/

Regulations for both the Championship and Callander can be found on the SCCC website at www.scottishcompsafari.co.uk

Championship Entry Form: https://www.rallies.info/webentry/2017/sccc/webentry.php

If you have any questions, please do get in touch via sccc-entries@scottish-hillrally.co.uk

Borders Blizzard – 12th Feb

Winter months often provide problems with land access due to the poor weather, but that doesn’t stop us having some fun!

With the A.G.M having been moved to the start of the year, we are able to move Borders Blizzard into February, before kicking off with the off-roading season in March (when hopefully the ground will be better).

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.

We have taken a different approach from previous years, with a start & finish towards the east coast, which will give a greater variety in our routes.

The route is less than 100 miles, taking you through some stunning scenery and landscape along the way.. we may even have added a little twist in every so often to keep you alert!

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!

There will be questions to answer in the road book as you go along, so its not all driving!

As you meander the country lanes, you will take in some breathtaking views and stunning scenery. There will be a rest break at half way, for those that wish one. Hot drinks and facilities will be provided at the finish location.

Start Location: Crossgate Hall, Dalkeith, Midlothian
(Junction off the A6124 & B6414)
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Crossgatehall,+Dalkeith/@55.9088986,-3.0142578,445m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x4887bb8ea5b45627:0x9abad59503f9113d!8m2!3d55.908851!4d-3.012814
Start Time: 10.00am with first car leaving at 10.30.
Mileage: ~75 miles
Finish Location: Heriot, Scottish Borders (outskirts of Midlothian).
Cost: £10 per vehicle

We must know if you are planning on coming along, so as to have the right amount of paperwork, so please click the link below to let us know!
https://form.jotformeu.com/41025001013327

Dave & Graham have prepared and driven the route – WOW… some of the amazing scenery out there… if you’re local to the area like Dave, you may have traveled these roads, if not you’re in for a treat!!

Hopefully we’ll have snow next week, which could prove fun in some parts, but here’s a picture taken from the weekend.

Snowman Rally – can you help?

Anyone able to help out at the Arnold Clark Jurys Inn Snowman Rally on Sat 18th February 2017? We are still seven radio crews short for the mandatory posts, so help would be good if you can

The event comprises stages using forests around Inverness and up to Tain. Given the logistics and time schedule a significant number of crews will be required once again.

Nathan Roberts will be assisted again by Robin Jeffrey, who will co-ordinate staffing. When replying please email snowmanrallyradio

Any questions please let us know.
For those that reply by email the questions are –

  • Name:
  • 81 Callsign:
  • I am able to assist as a radio operator:
  • Amateur Callsign (if licensed):
  • Mobile Number:
  • I will be supplying a 81 radio for my own use:
  • I have ‘red’:
  • I have ‘blue’:
  • I have MSA CH3 (the new MSA frequency)
  • I have SMMC1 programmed.
  • I have an SMMC1 antenna.
  • I will be supplying a YELLOW Flag for my own use:
  • I will be supplying a mast for my own use:
  • I will be supplying a 81 handheld radio for my own use:
  • I would be willing to do a handheld only junction (i.e. no parking) if needed.
  • I will be driving a 4×4:
  • I or someone with me, is an MSA Accredited Marshal
  • MSA Marshal Registration Number(s)
  • I will be in Inverness Friday evening to collect paperwork:
  • Expected Crew No. (if known):