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Bikes and Bits For Sale / Re: Honda XR400, 2001 For Sale SOLD
« Last post by Paul K on July 04, 2020, 08:20:38 am »
The XR400 is now sold.
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Edinburgh / Re: Edinburgh 2020 3rd October OFFICIAL UPDATES
« Last post by Mark Gregg on July 03, 2020, 08:38:06 am »
UPDATE 03/07
Edinburgh update
This week's Edinburgh has involved much sitting at the computer desk, two big pieces of work are almost complete and that's two more boxes with ticks in them, plenty more still to do though!

The digital mapping process that we use is a great tool and calculates distances and timings as you progress around the virtual route. The amended shortened route of 12 sections and a test is officially 95. 62 miles long and Class O should be finished for 2.45. with the main trial arriving back to the Duke from 3pm.
I've done a lot of work with the rally trip app https://apps.apple.com/us/app/rally-tripmeter/id1063654075 we will be using a very simple setting which allows intermediate and total distances the app is available FREE for iphones and android devices
I think for car passengers it will make navigation so much easier and enjoyable and end finally those in car ''discussions''.
Going forward I ve spent time looking at what processes other organisations are doing with trackers etc. and next year we may have a process that eliminates all time controls and passage controls and even monitors live each competitors speed anywhere on the route!!

lThe organising group will reviewing all these plans for this years event and hopefully sign it off next Tuesday when we meet at the Duke, which coincides with its re opening.

We will make an official announcement in next weeks NOTW about the trial but anyone looking for hints might want to visit the club's website.

https://www.themotorcyclingclub.org.uk/events/the-edinburgh-trial/

The club took a big step in introducing an IT manager to move our portfolio of platforms forward and this visibly shows its worth  this week. Sarah has shone in her support for me and the Edinburgh this week.

I have written three completely new pages for the Edinburgh, a header including history and a flavour of this year's event and two detailed pages linking from that, one for competitors and another for volunteers. I hope they will be informative and give some clarity. They are almost complete but some of the links are not yet finalised and MSUK have changed some of their advice.

In 7 days though everything will be perfect. The my club house project led by Dave Middleditch has prospered and many of you are entering your details already which will save time and head scratching and looking for documents if/ when entries open.

The MCC is truly leading the way in these Covid times the world rally championship announced on Tuesday they will be introducing contact less and paperless rallies in the future.. cough.. the MCC have done that and gone further.. MSUK announced Tuesday they would be promoting a mailing process called mail chimp this weekend.. wonder where they got that idea..? your NOTW is delivered via that very system

To do all this work we need volunteers though and the Edinburgh is in need of some support. We need a localish equipment manager to manage the equipment pre and during the event. if you can offer any help preparing /distributing kit it is needed although this year there will be far far less than Is the norm. It is a role you can do from home of course.  Contact me for details totalshell@aol.com

The ACU have annouced since NOTW went to press that sidecar competition in all discplines can start again, which is anither huge step forward, Motorsport is able to resume on 4th July not all discplines and not in formats /style to which we have been used to in the past. autotests and motorcycle trials seem to be the most popular competitions been planned from this weekend onward. The next big step is middle englands planned long distance trial later in the month, we wish Bernie and his team well and every success for their hugely over subscribed event .https://www.mecvc.org.uk/ldt-mecvc-event-information

The original piece in NOTW eneded with a cry for more support and as we move closer to October the Edinburgh needs your help! not on the day but pre trial so you can support the very small team from your home :) The dash for digital formats means that we will be creating a lot of work at computers, for one person it would be a lot for three or four it would mean very little and can be done at any time of day or night.

Entrants will be completing their entries on line and we need people to log in and check that they are correct and hi light any 'gaps'. this is work for August September inclusive you can work all day every day or even just one 15 minute shift.

Literally on the eve of the trial volunteers and competitors will be emailing their health declarations we need people to check that they  are completed and that every body has completed one. .. open the email, check its complete, fill a box on the spreadsheet, send an email if its incomplete  no phone calls.. these roles are vital and are from midnight (00.01 Thursday 1st Octoner) to 23.59 Friday 2nd october) you can literally do as little or as much as you want within those timescales

if you want to help practically but fancy total social distancing we are running through some gated roads and we need people at each gate to record passage with a wave as competitors pass and to make sure the gate is left closed after the last vehicle has past. like all volunteers you will receive club supplied PPE and the commemorative coaster and mug.

If you have a mild soft roader perhaps you could help check the route in the coming weeks? many of this years sections are rights of way ( BOATs or UCR) Green lanes to you and me. 
To comply with social distancing I must ask that any passengers must comply with the current govt. restrictions. regarding vehicle passengers. Route distances have been set using an app and it would be essential to fulfill this role.. its FREE..  yes its FREE   https://apps.apple.com/us/app/rally-tripmeter/id1063654075   drop me a line if any of these roles tickle your fancy totalshell@aol.com
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General Discussion / Re: Cars without passengers, the new future?
« Last post by Stephen Bailey on July 02, 2020, 04:02:01 pm »
As an "outsider newbie" would I be allowed to voice my opinion?

I feel the Government will soon be reducing the virus threat level so in another month or so we should be back to some sort of normality, how the governing bodies deal with the restrictions is hard to say, but they have to err on the side of caution but I agree passengers are an integral part of the sport (for cars) whereas bikes have to meet a different challenge on the same route.

 

Indeed.....  :)
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General Discussion / Re: New member with new build car
« Last post by Stephen Bailey on July 02, 2020, 04:01:12 pm »
Well it depends on the weight of the vehicle.....

18 whilst on a trial... Probably 23 going too and coming from a trial...  :)
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General Discussion / Re: New member with new build car
« Last post by Dermot Murray on July 02, 2020, 01:07:09 pm »
So 8-12psi is considered the optimum for sections, do you run 18psi  on all road sections including tarmac or just the whites between section?
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General Discussion / Re: Cars without passengers, the new future?
« Last post by Dermot Murray on July 02, 2020, 01:02:17 pm »
As an "outsider newbie" would I be allowed to voice my opinion?

I feel the Government will soon be reducing the virus threat level so in another month or so we should be back to some sort of normality, how the governing bodies deal with the restrictions is hard to say, but they have to err on the side of caution but I agree passengers are an integral part of the sport (for cars) whereas bikes have to meet a different challenge on the same route.

   

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Car Help / Re: Citroen Dyane (2CV) Three-wheeler Build
« Last post by Paul K on July 01, 2020, 11:06:10 am »
I think space constraints will prevent me from going down this avenue.
I know exactly what you mean.

Back on the three-wheeler build, we entered the Edinburgh 2012, reckoning we'd be finished in time.  By September the MoT was arranged for nine days before the Edinburgh :o.  The car passed, but there was a problem; the mechanical fuel pump gave up the ghost at the testing garage :-[.  They very kindly lent me an SU electric pump, which I jerry-rigged to get the car back home.  At least I had the MoT.  There was some frantic research and phone calls and a few days later I fitted a new Facet electric fuel pump :).


Facet pump 60106

The new fuel pump was installed in the engine compartment so that the fuel line within the cabin was now on the scavenge side, not the pressure side.  That way, if the fuel pipe leaked or ruptured, the cabin wouldn’t fill up with petrol under pressure :o.  Well, some pressure, but only that from the force of gravity.

The Friday evening of the Edinburgh Trial 2012 arrived.  Me and my dad set off to the start at Tamworth.  The rain bucketed down, but we were kitted out in motorcycle gear and crash helmets so stayed dry.  We did manage to lose a wiper blade, fortunately it fell into one of the spare wheels so wasn’t lost. 

We failed scrutineering and weren’t allowed to start :-[.  I’d failed to read the regulations in the route card thoroughly and made some wrong assumptions.  I’d assumed three-wheelers fell under the ACU, totally and would be treated like an outfit.  No. We lacked a fire extinguisher, an oil spill kit and a reverse light.  An oil spill kit could be sorted out, but the rest not.  A cup of tea, then a dejected return home :(.
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General Discussion / Re: New member with new build car
« Last post by Stephen Bailey on June 28, 2020, 01:32:08 pm »
Be careful not to let yer tyres down too much  or inflate them too much when going back on the road.

I find that most MCC sections can be done on 8 - 12 lbs. and on the road 18 lbs.  :)
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General Discussion / Re: New member with new build car
« Last post by Stephen Bailey on June 28, 2020, 01:29:51 pm »
Thank for the clarity re the Co2, do you just use the standard small Co2 bottles as used in pubs etc?along with a standard regulator and hose line?
Or is there a preferred choice?

I use 2.kg Fire Extinguisher cylinders. One external to the back of the car with a regulator and a length of double braded hose with a tyre inflator on the end.

You could tuck one inside the boot.

Smaller than 2 kg are not worth having. (1 cylinder is good for me for at least two MCC Trials.).
Larger than 2 Kg tend to be heavy and difficult to secure.

I get the local fire extinguisher / pub refill service to fill them at a couple of quid a go.   :)

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Car Help / Re: Tyre compressor
« Last post by Kevin Sharp on June 28, 2020, 11:43:22 am »
Hi. I have used a couple of these off ebay in the past.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/T-MAX-HEAVY-DUTY-12V-PORTABLE-COMPRESSOR-VAN-CAR-4X4-TUCK-FAST-TYRE-PUMP/220521837179?epid=20034032928&hash=item335820327b:g:VfcAAOxyPLpRckl9

 I use one connected to an old mains air compressor tank as a reservoir at the moment and previously used an old lorry air tank. I charge up the air tank to about 150psi before required and then run the compressor while I inflate the tyres. It takes about 2 minutes to inflate 2 x 15inch tyres. Very reliable and fast. Switch on the dashboard and away you go. (I use a relay to the battery as it draws about 40 amps)
Good luck. Kevin
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