Competing in a car – before you start…
Have you read the Introduction page?
- If you’re on your own, and don’t know any existing MCC competitors, get in touch with Ian Davis, who deals with public relations for cars and car competitors, and ask him to put you in touch with someone local, or someone who is a regular competitor with a similar car.
- You need to decide what type of car to use (4x4s not allowed), and which Class to enter. The ACTC produce an excellent information sheet available here.
- Study the MCC Regulations for events and check-out the Approved Tyre List for cars.
- You will need to prepare your car. Once again, thanks to our friends at the ACTC for producing the information sheet available here.
- Join the MCC – see the Membership page.
- You do not need a Motor Sports Association Competition Licence to compete in MCC events, nor for some ACTC events which specifically invite MCC members to compete (these are known as Clubsport events).
- You do need a Motor Sports Association Competition Licence if you wish to compete in ACTC Championship events. This is different from the motorcyclists who need an ACU licence for all events.
- You will have to decide which trial to enter, and in which class. Check out MCC Class 0 and decide whether to start with this ‘easier’ option or whether to plunge into the main trial in the appropriate class for your vehicle.
- Finally, remember that every car must have both a driver and a passenger, so start looking for willing friends to join you in your adventure. The passenger does not need to be a member of the MCC nor, indeed, any motor club.
Competing on a bike – before you start…
- Have you read the Introduction page?
- If you’re on your own, and don’t know any existing MCC competitors, get in touch with Roger Bibbings, who deals with public relations for motorcycles and motorcycle competitors, and ask him to put you in touch with someone local, or someone who is a regular competitor with a similar bike.
- You need to decide what type of bike to use, and which Class to enter.
- Study the MCC Regulations for events. In particular, read Section D on Permitted Tyres. Suitable tyres for some sizes of motorcycle wheels are now becoming difficult to source and you may need to speak to other competitors for advice.
- You will need to prepare your bike. The task of preparing a bike is made easier by the fact that a modern trials, trail, or production enduro, bike will have adjustable long travel suspension, good ground clearance, and will be built to withstand the hard work. Read the ACTC guide referred to above.
- Due to ACU requirements, the paperwork for bike competitors and passengers is more complicated than that for car competitors and passengers. Please read the following carefully and ensure that you complete all the necessary paperwork in good time before entering an event.
- Join the MCC (see the Membership page) and ask for your ACU Unique Club Membership Code at the same time.
- Go to the ACU website and select Licence Applications On Line from the left-hand-side menu. Paper copies of the ACU Trials Registration Form can be downloaded from the ACU website – select Licence Forms – for those who do not wish to apply for their licence online. You will need to obtain your Unique Club Membership Code from the MCC Membership Secretary before you can complete the form.
- Complete the form, online or paper, including your Unique Club Membership Code where requested.
- If you are planning to enter the sidecar class (Class D) or the three wheeler class (Class E), your passenger will also need an ACU licence. If your passenger is a member of the MCC they should follow the instructions immediately above. If your passenger is a member of another ACU-affiliated club they should apply for the ACU Trials Registration through that club. If your passenger is not a member of any ACU-affiliated club they may apply for Passenger Membership of the MCC. See below.
- Finally you will have to decide which trial to enter, and in which class. Check out MCC Class 0 and decide whether to start with this ‘easier’ option or whether to plunge into the main trial in the appropriate class for your bike.
- The MCC operates a special Passenger Membership category for passengers in Classes D and E who are not members of any ACU-affiliated club (including the MCC).
- The passenger should complete the normal club Membership Application Form, available from the Membership page, add a cheque for £5 made payable to MCC Ltd, and send to the MCC Membership Secretary with a covering letter explaining that the applicant is applying for Passenger Membership only.
- The Membership Secretary will provide the Passenger Member with their Unique Club Membership Code when confirming their membership.
- The Passenger Member should then complete the ACU licence paperwork as explained above. Passenger membership specifically excludes the Benefits of membership as listed on the Membership page. The sole benefit of passenger membership is that the Club will provide the Unique Club Membership Code which enables the passenger member to apply for ACU Trials Registration.