Trial Cars

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Mounty
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Trial Cars

About to buy a car to compete in some trials, something like an AX, 106, Micra or similar. On some websites it says to compete cars must have a valid MOT. Is this generally the case? Was hoping to ask around at Holbeck trial today but was cancelled. The Holbeck trial notes stated cars did not need a valid MOT as held on private land.

Getting a bit confused now as to whether I should buy a car with a decent MOT or one that has run out?

Any help appreciated !!

tony burchnall
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There used to be a requirement to have a valid MOT for trials cars. This was removed by the MSA last year so there is now no need to have an MOT for cars which would require one for the road.
Any of the cars you mention can be very suitable and there are several of each competing regularly. A Ka or Fiesta can also be useful but may be a bit wider or heavier.

Check the West Suffolk website because I think Holbecks may be rescheduled for this coming weekend, the 12th Feb.

Trials are having a bit of a revival and you could have a pretty busy winter if you did all of them. They are very sociable and friendly and still highly competitive. They are also probably the cheapest way to get into motorsport with a £20 entry and a gallon of petrol per event.
The same car could Autotest in the Summer, if we could persuade you to try them too.

See you on Sunday.

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Well thanks for the positive

Well thanks for the positive reply. Thats cleared up the MOT issue then. I would also be keen to do an Autotest event, presumably no MOT required for these either?

It would seem Holbecks is on for next Sunday fingers crossed, just need to find out about getting a licence. Is a Clubmans licence enough for trials and Autotests?

See you there

tony burchnall
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Your Chelmsford MC club membership card will allow you to compete in almost every Trial and Autotest run by any MSA- affiliated club in the Eastern Counties.
The MSA allow organisers to invite a number of other clubs to their events. It is general for CMC members to be able to compete pretty well anywhere east of the A1 and south of the Wash. Chelmsford also belongs the Weald Group of clubs in Kent and consequently you will be able to go south of the Thames to and event with only your Club membership card.
You would require an MSA Competition License if you wanted to do MSA or BTRDA Championship events. However these tend to run on the same day using the same hills as the Clubman classes so you could compare yourself to the Championship guys (who are pretty good !) without the need of a license.

Google MSAUK and have a look at the Competitors pages, in particular those concerning the regulations specific to trials and autotests. You will find the rules about car prep and how scores are counted, amongst a lot of other useful stuff.

Also have a look at Micheal Leete's site, www.classictrials.co.uk. There is some very good video on youtube links about car trials as well as the long distance Classic Trials, which are a different animal altogether.

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Where and when (Car trials)

Car trials look and sound like fun ! would like to watch a couple with a view to entering at some point.

Does anyone know where and when these are run ? Particuarly Essex and surounding area'a.

Cheers

Trev

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We are getting to the end of the trials season for this winter but West Suffolk Motor Club and Falcon Motor Club still have events programmed. See their websites for details.
WSMC are Suffolk based and Falcon are Milton Keynes/ Dunstable. Add Eastern Counties MC and SCCoN and there are about ten events per winter north of the Thames. Several run south of the river.
There is one good site in Essex which has not been used for a while and there may be others available. If anyone knows of a suitable site there are several in CMC who would be prepared to organise a trial if there were sufficient interest.However, this would probably only be possible later in the year since the calendar is getting full.
You will find all the clubs running trials to be very friendly and approachable. If you go and have a look, introduce yourself and say you would like to compete eventually and I'm sure they will help you.

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Holbecks Trial

Got a few clips here on Sunday, a good day out!!

http://youtu.be/TNqEvJNolWE

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