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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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Honda 12V Engine for Sale

Sales & WantsPosted by Rob Baxter Tue, September 12, 2017 17:09:57
Honda 12V Engine for Sale

also Crossle Back Wheels - and front (drum brake) wheels

Contact Bill Rhodes on 01200 446385

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TMS Motorsport Member Discount

General BanterPosted by Colin Campbell Fri, August 18, 2017 22:06:39
NEW - 10% NPTCC Member Discount from TMS Motorsport

TMS Motorsport are UK suppliers of high performance car parts for car enthusiasts interested in tuning and styling. They supply parts for race teams, rally teams, car enthusiasts, garages, DIY'ers, tuning shops, drifters, drag racers, circuit racers, and everything in between.

For more information check out the TMS website - see below.

TMS Motorsport Contact details:

The TMS on-line shop can be found at:

Tel: 01189 485132 or Email:

Or simply click the link on their logo on the Links page on our website -
TMS Motorsport
Quote NPTCC10 for 10% off.

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Anybody got one for Sale?

Sales & WantsPosted by Barry Attwood Wed, May 24, 2017 20:47:20
Nothing to do with Trials.
But just in case there is one out there lurking in a shed or barn?
I am looking for a 1970's or early 80's BMW Airhead any R model from 600 to 1000cc.
For a restoration project for next winter.
If you have or know of any for sale please let me know.
Cheers smiley
Barry Attwood

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Accommodation in Melmerby

General BanterPosted by Rob Baxter Mon, April 08, 2013 22:16:38
Information on accommodation in the Melmerby Area.

Edenhall Country House Hotel and Restaurant



Cumbria CA11 8SX

01768 881 454


Gate House B & B


01768 889 126


Mrs M Morton

Meadow Bank


Cumbria CA10 1HF

01768 881 652


Thanks to Dougie & Jackie Parkinson for providing details.

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