ACU South Eastern Centre Rules for Trials as published in the SE Centre Handbook revised March 2000

 The Trials part of this Centre Handbook was updated in 2007 and again in 2009 and to view the current Trials rules view them here rather than in the March 2000 book.


(The Centre rules are being updated into a revised framework that better reflects the way that the sporting combines within the centre operate, and this revised framework is to be discussed at the next Board Meeting on 14th March 2012 and subsequent meetings)

Reproduced from the ACU South Eastern Centre Handbook 2000

These rules have been introduced, discussed and passed by Centre Board meetings over the years. They originated mostly as a result of a particular problem, either current or anticipated.

This revision of the Handbook has deleted some rules which are no longer relevant and amended others to suit present needs.


1.         Combines/Groups must be registered with the Centre Secretary to whom the names of the clubs and the name and address of the Group Secretary must be sent. A Club is permitted to belong to more than one group provided the groups are not formed for the same purpose. A group may consist of a minimum of 3 clubs and a maximum of 12 clubs, but groups may be permitted by the Management Committee to increase beyond the maximum of 12 clubs if special circumstances warrant this.

2.         The last item on agendas of all S.E. Centre meetings shall read ‘Any other urgent business’.

3.         A levy per rider will be charged in all events run under a permit issued by the Centre. This levy to be reviewed annually, and will include youth events.

4.         The annual ACU affiliation fee is payable in respect of ALL Club members, including reciprocal, non-competing and “Day” members.

5.         Cheques etc., intended for the Centre should be made payable to ‘The South Eastern Centre ACU’ and NOT to ‘The Auto-Cycle Union’ or to individuals.

6.         It is an offence to ride a motor-cycle on any land, without having obtained the consent of the land-owner.

GAZETTE (any reference to the Gazette should now read ‘The Sporting Motorcyclist’ or ‘TSM’)

7.         Publication date of the Gazette shall be the first of each month. Club Secretaries or their nominees will receive bulk copies prior to the end of the month, but they must not be posted to members until the last day of the month, so as to reach them on the 1st. Likewise, copies must not be handed out at Club nights, etc., prior to the 1st of the month.

8.         To facilitate social planning for clubs within the Centre, Club Secretaries should submit confirmed dates of socials, film shows, dances, etc., to the Centre Gazette Editor to be published in the Gazette.

9.         Clubs and individuals will be charged the true carriage cost on their Gazettes.





An ACU Permit MUST be obtained for all events run by South Eastern Centre Clubs. The most important reason for this is that the permit is the contract between the Club and the ACU Insurers. The permit gives the recognition that the event will he run under the ACU rules for that branch of sport.

The annual Dates Meetings held in October confirm Regional and Centre Restricted fixtures for the coming year. Group and Closed to Club meetings are normally decided by the Groups and Clubs concerned after this, to avoid local Regional and Centre Restricted meetings of the same discipline.

If M.o.D. land is required, application must be first made to the SE Centre M.o.D. Land Officer by 30 August - i e BEFORE the Dates Meeting.

Clubs should calculate which month’s Gazette their Regulations need to be in, and make sure the permit application is sent to the Permit Secretary no later than the 8th of the month previous and no less than seven weeks before the event. Don’t leave it to the last minute in case of postal delays or a query in the regulations that has to be referred back.

What a Club needs:

•           Two copies of the Regulations Form, for the discipline concerned (Enduro, Grass Track, Moto-Cross or Trials) from the Gazette Editor. They are free, but please send him a 9” x 4” minimum, stamped addressed envelope.

•           A Permit Application Form obtainable from the Permits Secretary.

IMPORTANT NOTE: It is not necessary to enclose any money with these forms. You will be invoiced for all charges after the event.

These three forms must be completed - one copy of the Regulations is used in the Gazette, so please write legibly! SEND ALL THREE FORMS TO THE PERMIT SECRETARY

- NONE to the Gazette Editor. The ACU Steward’s name will be added by the Permit Secretary, and don’t forget to complete the headings on the entry form.

If you do not want your regulations to appear in the Gazette, send only one copy of your regulations and entry form together with the Permit Application form.

What Clubs get back:

•           The ACU Permit, This acts as your contract between the ACU and the insurance company.

•           Signing on sheets. These are in pairs - don’t separate individual sheets.

•           Information on which month’s Gazette your regulations will be appearing in and the name and address of your assigned ACU Steward.

•           Officials Signing on Sheet for ALL officials to sign - marshals, observers, Secretary of Meeting - even the ACU Steward.

•           Scrutineers Form which must record details of any machines failing scrutineering and be signed by the Chief Scrutineer.

•           Accident Reporting Form: Please read the information on the form.

•           Insurance Return Form for the agreed numbers of starters to be returned to the Permits Secretary.

•           Blank Permit Application Form for applying for your next event. 

•           Blank Regulations Forms, again, for your next event of that discipline.

For Group and Closed to Club meetings, where an ACU Steward is not normally appointed, you must return the top copy of the signing on sheets and the Insurance Form completed by the Secretary of Meeting to the Permit Secretary IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE EVENT.




A programme for an event is the official list of riders, whether or not the list is free or purchased, or whether or not it has spaces for results of races to be filled in. In other words, this section applies to Enduro, Grass Track, Moto-Cross, Road Race and Trials, whether open to the public or not.

Every Official Programme must show the following details about the event:

•           ‘Official Programme’ must be on the outside cover

•           Organising Club’s Name

•           Event Title

•           Status (i.e. National; Centre Restricted; etc.)

•           Venue

•           Date

•           Permit Number

•           Course Licence (if Road Race, Grass Track or Moto-Cross)

•           Names and Licence numbers of ACU Steward, Club Stewards, Clerk of the Course, Scrutineer and any other principal officials.

•           Name and address of the Secretary of Meeting.

•           Copyright Notice (as in the ACU Handbook)

•           Final Instructions and information for riders

•           Warning Notice (‘Motorsport can be dangerous etc.’ – see ‘Safety Precautions’ in the ACU Handbook). This should be printed in full on the outside front cover, but if not possible it must be in the programme with ‘For conditions of admission see inside’ printed on the outside front cover.

Competitors’ details should be:

•           Riding Number

•           Full Name

•           Club (the one on his/her entry form)

•           Home Town (if space permits this)

•           Machine and its c.c.

Other information such as the riders’ grade, class and starting time may be added. It is not necessary to list riders Licence Numbers. 



The following regulations apply to all disciplines run under S. E Centre Permits

1.         The Regulations and entry forms for all Regional and Centre Restricted events organised by clubs of the South Eastern Centre, with the exception of events where entrance is by invitation, must be published in the South Eastern Centre Gazette, or at least the event be advertised therein.

2.         The name of the Centre Steward MUST appear in the Supplementary Regulations of ALL events.

3.         No entry fee shall exceed 125% of that charged for members of the organising Club.

4.         It is part of the duties of a Secretary of Meeting to arrange for the distribution of the regulations and entry forms, either by direct mailing to clubs, or by inclusion in the Centre Gazette, to accept entries and send out acknowledgements, and to arrange for publication of the programme.

5.         Entries open on the fourth day after the publication of the Supplementary Regulations, or as stated therein. (Publication date of the South Eastern Centre Gazette is the 1st of each month.) Entries received before the opening date must be treated as having been received on that day. All entries received by the opening day shall be subjected to ballot.

6.         When Organisers wish to limit or restrict the entry for an event, the means of doing so shall be clearly stated in the Supplementary Regulations.

7.         At all South Eastern Centre events except Road Racing, all entries not returned within 7 days of the post-mark of the entry (or opening day for entries if later) will be deemed to be accepted.

8.         The M.o.D. Land Officer must be given 6 weeks notice in the event of a club finding it necessary to cancel a reservation to avoid forfeiture of their M.o.D. licence fee.

9.         In all Regional and Centre Restricted trials, the first 50 entries received shall be balloted for order of starting.

10.       After the published closing date, no further official entries or substitution of entries will be permitted. Late entries may be accepted, but on the condition that no awards or prize money or Championship Points will be awarded. Late entries may be charged a penalty charge in addition to the published fee, at the discretion of the organising club, provided it is published in the Supplementary Regulations.

11.       Team entries, as laid down in the Supplementary Regulations may be accepted up to the start of the competition.

12.       The Secretary of Meeting must have all entry forms for this meeting and the Stewards Report for the previous meeting of the same discipline available at the meeting.

13.       A competent scrutineer must be appointed by the Organisers and his name shall appear in the programme. The scrutineer shall satisfy himself that every competing motor-cycle conforms to the requirements of the current ACU Standing Regulations for the relevant discipline and the Supplementary Regulations and any machine which does not comply, or which in his opinion is in an unsafe condition, will not be allowed to start. He shall also satisfy himself that every rider and passenger is properly equipped as to helmet and protective clothing in good condition.

14.       Where it is found impossible to hold an event after entries have been received (for example through loss of land or shortage of entries), the event must not be postponed, but abandoned, entry fees in full must be returned to entrants and an application made to the Centre Secretary for a new date.

15.       The names of sidecar passengers competing in ALL types of events must be published in the Programme and Results Sheets.

16.       If they are involved in any accident involving injury during an event, riders must report the matter to the Clerk of the Course immediately. It must be appreciated that failure to do so may prejudice any subsequent claim for benefit.

17.       After all Regional and Centre Restricted events the results sheet or completed programme must be sent to the Centre and Club Stewards, the Centre Secretary and Centre Recorder for that discipline. Results sheets must be sent to all riders in trials and Enduro events.

18.       Insurance premiums MUST be paid to the Centre Permits Secretary within 7 days of the date on the invoice. After a further 7 days grace, if such fees have not been paid, further permits to that Club will be withheld until settlement is made in full.

19.       Any changes in results of Regional and Centre Restricted events due to protests being upheld must be sent to the Centre Secretary and Centre Recorder for that discipline so that the Centre Trials, Moto-Cross, Enduro and Grass Track Championships are correct.





These Regulations are in addition to the Standing Trials Regulations in the ACU current Handbook, and the Rules applicable to all events in the South Eastern Centre.

1.         Clubs organising Centre Restricted and above must issue a fully detailed result sheet.

2.         The 0, 1, 2, 3, 5 system of marking must be used in all trials in the South Eastern Centre.

3.         The issue of Closed to Club Trials permits will be strictly supervised and the rules regarding issue be strictly observed. No permit will be issued if there is a suitable event being run on a Regional or Centre Restricted permit within a 10 mile radius unless written permission is given by the organising club.

4.         If a Combine event is not being run on a Group Sunday, any club within that Combine may apply to run a Closed to Club trial on that day.

5.         The classes to be run will be stated in the entry form and in the Supplementary Regulations

6.         Sections shall be marked with coloured cards as follows:

•           Expert route: White cards

•           Intermediate route:    Blue cards

•           Novice, Pre-67 A&B, Sidecar route: Red cards

The entire length of each section must be marked with the three colours, not only where there is a variance of routes.

The only artificial boundaries of sections shall be tapes and/or cards on each side of the course between which riders must pass. Tapes and cards should be as per ACU Standing Trials Regulations and the onus of finding and following the course rests with the rider.

7.         In order to limit the duration of the competition, a maximum time limit for finishing the course, and/or a penalty for late starting may be imposed in the Supplementary Regulations.

8.         The organisers shall send to all riders, Secretaries of participating Clubs and the Centre Steward and Centre Secretary:

•           A programme or list of entries at least two days before the competition.

•           A copy of the detailed provisional results within 14 days of the date of the competition.

9.         The organisers shall send two programmes or lists of entries and two final results sheets to the Centre Trials Recorder at the finish of the protest period, or when any protests have been settled.





1.         In trials of Centre Restricted status and above, a Novice rider who wins THREE Best Novice Awards will become an Intermediate. Similarly, an Intermediate rider who wins THREE Best Intermediate Awards will become an Expert. All within the calendar year and to take effect the following year.

In Novice-only trials, the First Place will count as one of the Best Novice Awards required for upgrading. A rider can elect to upgrade, but once they have elected to do so they cannot downgrade (see below).

2.         For Sidecars, a driver who wins TWO Best Sidecar Novice Awards will be upgraded to Expert (there are no Intermediates in Sidecar Trials).

NOTE: To count for any of the above, there must he at least SIX STARTERS in the relevant class. (Note: it is programmed STARTERS on the day, not entries in the programme).

3.         Experts and Intermediates may apply to the Centre Trials Recorder to be downgraded if they have not won any award during a period of two years.





I.          Regulations for a Championship Round must be headed in bold type: ‘A ROUND OF THE SOUTH EASTERN CENTRE CHAMPIONSHIP FOR…… CLASS(ES)’

2.         For a trial to be counted as a round of a South Eastern Centre Championship, the Regulations and entry form must be published in the SE Centre Gazette NOT LATER THAN the month before the event is to be held.

3.         The South Eastern Centre Trials Championship rounds for all classes both solo and sidecar be confined to Regional or Centre Restricted events held within the South Eastern Centre.

4.         As many rounds as possible will be run for solos and sidecars, with two less than the total number run counted towards the Championship. Events designated as rounds will be announced in the South Eastern Centre Gazette as early in the year as possible.

5.         Points in all classes to be 20, 17, 15, 13, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1; 1st to 15th places.

6.         If a Championship trial is held under a Regional Restricted permit, riders entering as members of clubs in other than those of the SE Centre ARE ELIGIBLE to score points in the South Eastern Centre Trials Championship.

7.         Ties to be decided by the highest number of maximum points. If this still leaves a tie, the highest number of next maximum points to decide.





The Championship classes will be:

Pre-67 4-Stroke A;               Pre-67 4-Stroke B;               Pre-67 Two-Stroke;

Twin Shock;                           Rigids;                                    Pre-67 Sidecars;

All events will have TWO routes:

RED route ridden by Pre-67 Four Stroke A; Rigids; Sidecars.

BLUE route ridden by Pre-67 Four Stroke B; Twin Shock; Pre-67 Two Stroke.

Riders may ride out of class, but NO awards or Championship points will be awarded.




There are two specifications of machines:

•           CLASS ‘A’ and RIGIDS - Machines designed and manufactured prior to 1967.

Pre-Unit 340cc and over, four-stroke singles and all twins.

Specifications:          a) Hubs:          British or original specification

    b) Frame:       British or original specification (Main Diamond to remain unaltered)

                                 c) Forks:         British, or to original type and specification of the period.

d) Major components including carburetors: Contemporary parts of British manufacture  or to British period specification.

•           CLASS ‘B’ - All other Pre-67 machines whose specifications are in the spirit of Pre-67 design.

OTHER MACHINES will be catered for either:      a) on a No Award Basis
                                                                                    b) in the Clubmans Class

PROTESTS: Protests concerning machine specification should be in writing accompanied by the relevant fee to the Secretary of the South Eastern Centre.



 Every second Sunday of each month is known as; ’Group’ Sunday. There are no Centre Restricted trials running on those days, but Trials Combines or Groups each run events in which members of constituent Clubs of that Combine or Group can compete. Some Combines do not organise events on Group Sundays in the summer, and if the second Sunday of November is Remembrance Sunday when no ACU events are permitted, Group Sunday usually takes place the week previously.

Trials riders should check the Gazette for their Group dates, or contact the Secretary of their Combine or Group.




By its very nature, the Benevolent Fund operates in a confidential manner. For this reason, Club members may not know enough about its activities to keep their interest in it.

The sole reason of the fund, which began in 1950, is to relieve hardship. On the whole, there are two types of case that come before the Fund Committee: the case of a Club member injured in a competition or in some other way, and unable for a period to earn his keep, and in the case of a widow and family of a ‘participant’.

In most cases, the cause of hardship has been injury in connection with a motorcycle meeting; certain cases have been assisted where the beneficiary has been in an accident on the road or at work. Anyone qualifies for assistance if he or she is or has been a registered club member, holds or has held a competition licence or competes or takes any official role in an ACU event. In the case of a death, the dependants qualify for assistance. The Fund can usually be of greatest help in making urgent grants, followed up by weekly payments to make ends meet until the beneficiary’s affairs become more settled. Naturally the Fund has some long term commitments.

It is not an insurance scheme, but one, whereby motorcyclists assist their fellows and those who depend on them, when there is not sufficient money in hand to meet inevitable outgoings. The Fund’s Emergency Committee, to whom the ACU contacts immediately on receipt of news that someone — an individual or family — needs help, assess matters and where the need is urgent, sends an appropriate sum of money immediately. The view is taken that frequently, instant help can make all the difference, relieving anxiety and giving fresh hope. The Committee can, of course, only judge from the particulars placed before them. News of cases of hardship come from many different quarters and it helps if those who write or phone the ACU give the fullest possible details, the circumstances of the case and the financial position of the individual/s who need help. All such details, it should be added, are treated in strict confidence.

Centres and Clubs can help the Fund to continue this work in two ways:

•           by immediately reporting to the Committee any deserving cases that come to their notice, remembering that it is the first few days after a disaster when help is most needed.

•           also, they can so keep interest in the Fund alive so money continues to come in. If every club and every Centre will undertake to stage at least one event per year on behalf of the Fund, or guarantee at least to subscribe a stated sum each year, there will be the means that can mean so much.

The South Eastern Centre’s Benevolent Fund Officer is Mr. Jim Bacon, 57 Napier Road, lsleworth, Middlesex, TW7 7HP. Telephone: 020 8892 1191.

The Benevolent Fund Chairman is Mr. Roy Hanks, 50 Lyndhurst Road, Birmingham, B24 8QS.

Telephone: 0121 382 4683.