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Yorkshireman Trial at Ings

General BanterPosted by Rob Baxter Tue, February 20, 2018 11:06:32
The Yorkshireman Trial at Ings on 25th February 2018

Mike Salton is Clerk of the Course for this one and is keen to make up for the washout we endured last year. This is an extensive site with the potential for some good sections.

There is already an entry of over a dozen but it would nice to see a good turn out.
The weather forecasts are telling us it should be a fine weekend but with an east wind straight from Siberia. So come loaded for bear and wrap up warm. Might even see Richard in a coat!

If you are not driving then perhaps you could come along to marshal . . . and keep an eye on the blog for drivers looking for passengers, there are a couple of TBAs on the entry list.

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Forecast for Ings

General BanterPosted by Rob Baxter Mon, February 19, 2018 19:38:26
The forecast for next weekend at Ings looks OK. High pressure over the UK from Wednesday will block any Atlantic frontal systems. Easterly wind will be cold but mostly dry and sunny.

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March 2 day

General BanterPosted by Martin Grimwood Tue, February 13, 2018 19:08:07

Due to problems with venues I'm running the "Yorkshire 2 Day trial" at Gale Hall on 17th & 18th March (Stuart Butterfield & Stone Trough), they are now being run as NPTCC events as the YSCC are unable to offer any assistance with the running of them on the available championship dates.

I'm looking to find some marshals for the two events as they are rounds of the MSA, BTRDA & club championships, it doesn't need to be a massive effort like the Gold Star but 10 would be good, I will probably set out 7 hills and do 4 rounds.

If you're not competing maybe you could come along to help? or if you are, you might be able to bring a willing helper with you?

We will aim to have 2 loo's in the paddock and one at the top of the hill.

My plan is to use the lower parts of Gale Hall (in the valleys) for a bit of protection against the weather, not the wind tunnel off to the right.

Please let me know if you're available that weekend, my contact no's are:

07584 079609 Mobile - iphone - work e-mail

Thank you,


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2018 AGM - 2107 Accounts & AGM Minutes

General BanterPosted by Colin Campbell Thu, January 18, 2018 22:33:10
Attached, for consideration at the Club's forthcoming AGM, are the Club's Income and Expenditure Account and Balance Sheet for the financial year ending 31 December 2017, together with the minutes of the last AGM held on 21 January 2017.

2017 Accounts

2017 AGM Minutes

Colin Campbell
Club Secretary

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Gold Star

General BanterPosted by Martin Grimwood Tue, January 16, 2018 12:32:42

Thank you to everyone who helped on the Gold Star event, it turned out very well and shows what a strong club we are, I think we should be very proud of ourselves, I know I'm proud to be associated with the NPTCC.

This is an e-mail from Stuart Beare, the BTRDA sporting trials chairman.

Dear Martin and team

You truly excelled yourselves …

Martin, thank you for all the time and effort you put into the event, it goes down as one of the best Gold Star championships there has been.

Hopefully those of you that attended the dinner also had a fun time and that the appreciation for all your efforts was warmly felt.

Thank you for all your support both to myself personally and to the BTRDA trials committee as we begin to sail this ship into much friendlier and calmer waters.

The championships next year will be slightly further south, and I very much hope we can learn from your success and again deliver an excellent event.

I wouldn’t be doing my BTRDA chairman role justice if I’d didn’t encourage you all to stay involved, and drivers to sign up to the BTRDA championship for the 2018 season. It would help my confidence no end to prove that what we started in 2017 is filtering through to more drivers competing, more connections between clubs & regions made, and decisions that affect us all being made jointly rather than being imposed on us.

I’d also like us to all to think about resurrecting the North v South trial of the 1980’s and you guys would be my first port of call to help out with that.

To all of you, please feel free to drop me a note or give me a call 07850 404824, if you can think of anything that will help enhance the community further.

With my very best wishes


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Gold Star Pics and Video

General BanterPosted by Phil Brown Mon, January 15, 2018 18:03:17
For pics of the Gold Star event at Eden Hall go to the Photos page and see Glenn Bennet's and Brian Bolt's links.

To see my video use this link

(or click on 'Phil Brown site' link on Photos page and choose the top image to click on.)

Great event with decent weather (for January). Well done to Martin and his team.

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NPTCC Members' Update

General BanterPosted by Colin Campbell Mon, December 11, 2017 18:13:29

This blog is to update Club Members on a number of matters reflecting recent decisions taken by the Management Committee.

1. 2018 Events Programme (Updated 20/12/2017)

The Club’s new programme of events for 2018 has now been finalised and a copy is available to download here:

2. Club and Championship Rules

Revised Club and Championship Rules will apply from the 1 January 2018. A copy may be downloaded here:

There are three main substantive changes:

· The introduction of a permissive policy allowing a change of car during Clubman events (Rule 43).
This reflects the MSA’s wish to encourage a “sporting and gentlemanly practice” at club level events. The details and conditions, including the related 12-point penalty imposed to offset any perceived advantage, are set out in the new rule.

· The inclusion of 12 point penalties for competing with tyres under the pressure specified for the event (Rule 54).
This will replace the 50-point penalty that applied previously and was never used as it was generally considered to be too punitive.

· A more streamlined set of awards to be presented at the Club’s annual Presentation Dinner (Rule 58).

The rationale for this is five-fold:

o to achieve a consistent award structure;

o to give recognition to passengers in the annual event awards;

o to contain the escalating cost to the Club of continuing the previous arrangements;

o to enhance the perceived value of the Club’s awards to recipients by reducing the number trophies from 56 to 26;

o to streamline the actual awards process at the annual dinner.

In addition, some consequential renumbering and other presentational adjustments have been made.

3. Membership and Event Fees

A modest increase in Club membership and event entry fees will apply from 1 January 2018.

These fees have remained static for more than five years now, during which time the Club has managed to absorb increased costs, including the higher landowner fees we now pay. Following a review of income and expenditure and preparation of the 2018 budget, an increase is now required to balance the annual accounts and avoid further annual deficits.

The new fees will be as follows (old fees shown in brackets):

Annual Membership Fee £15.00 (£10.00)

Day Membership Fee £5.00 (£3.00)

Event Entry Fee, Clubman £30.00 (£25.00)

Event Entry Fee, National ‘B’ £35.00 (£30.00)

It is hoped that provided entries remain at their current levels, this modest increase now will avoid the need for a bigger increase in the future.

Some members may feel the Club has adequate reserves and a fee increase is unnecessary. In reality, of the current 'surplus' of around £13,500, some £6000 is earmarked for Repairs and Renewals, the majority of which is already committed. If £2000 is assumed as a realistic balance for operating the current account, then that leaves a general reserve of only around £5000.

4. New Facilities & Equipment Unit

In response to complaints and numerous member requests, a new mobile two-toilet facility (male & female) has been commissioned, which the Club can self-service. This will also accommodate the Club’s event day equipment. Brian Thornton has volunteered to undertake the project, which will cost half that of a bespoke unit. It is anticipated that it will be operational for the start of next season, following which, the existing trailer can be sold.

5. New Club Treasurer

Karen Briggs has been appointed Treasurer from 1 January 2018 to take over from Rene Pickup who is retiring after a long stint of looking after the Club’s accounts. We thank Rene for all the work she’s done for us and for agreeing to prepare and submit the 2017 annual accounts before finally hanging up her abacus. We also wish Karen well in her new role.

6. New Look Membership Cards

There will be new-look Club membership cards for next season.These have been designed to enable members' names and membership numbers to be automatically inserted from the Club's membership records during printing, whilst still incorporating the MSA's required content. Membership Secretary, Lesley Baxter, is really pleased because it will save her laboriously hand writing over 100 cards every year and new Treasurer Karen Briggs is really pleased because they're half the cost of the old MSA standard cards we previously used. Hopefully members will like them too as the cards are credit card size and should fit into wallets and purses better.

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TMS Motorsport Member Discount

General BanterPosted by Colin Campbell Fri, August 18, 2017 22:06:39
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