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By Joe McLean (Pictured above, getting his hole!)


             2017 A.G.M. REPORT AND NEWS UPDATE TO JANUARY 2018

Hello again ,I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.Before the meeting was started the committee convened to discuss the issue of an assault at our Glenfarg event in October.As the club did not have a rule in place regarding this it was decided to ban the culprit for one event and look into putting a permanent punishment in place on our rules.

I will begin with a round up of the issues that were brought up ,discussed and rule changes at our 2017 A.G.M..The Chairmans report was well received and passed as were the 2017 accounts . The election of the committee was next and as usual the mug joe was again elected unopposed as club secretary,my last year in the job I may add and if no one comes forward with a futuristic vision for the club I am afraid the end is nigh. Rick Caldwell is again the club chairman with his vice being the unflappable John Hopton.Gary Whyte is still the safety officer with Steve and Smitch on elegibility duties .Paul Chiappa has resigned as the competition secretary and after a vote the new comp secy is now me ,joe .We have cut back on committee members and the new look designer committee is now,B.Allardyce.D.Pullar. J.Grieve. P.Chiappa. G.Anderson and G.Mcclure.


ONE March    25th Drumclog ML10   6RH
TWO April   29th Lochgilphead PA31   8RE
THREE May   27th Powmill KY13   OQH
FOUR June   10th Duns TD11   3NS
FIVE July   1st Humbie EH36   5PB 
SIX July   29th Drumclog ML10   6RH
SEVEN August 26th Powmill KY13   OQH 
EIGHT September 16th Glenochil FK10   3AL 
NINE October    7th Glenfarg KY14   7SR



The Annual Dance has been organised and will be on Saturday the 3rd of November 2018 at The Strathaven Hotel,Hamilton Road Strathaven ,ML10 6SZ. Rooms can be booked in advance .Call the Strathaven Hotel quoting ( Twinshock ),TEL : 01357 521778

Single Room B&B = £55,  Double/Twin B&B =£90.

 There will be a disco ,raffle and presentation and the all important buffett.All this for only £15 per person ,once purchased tickets are non refundable and once they are all gone they are all gone so be quick and catch big Rick to buy your tick . A meeting will be held on the 25th of November 2018 to discuss the future of the club so if anyone has visions of taking over you would be well advised to let me know as soon as possible what you propose because this is year 25 and I think I have done it for long enough. As this is our 25th anniversary we will try and organise something special at Powmill in August as that is where our very first event was.We will keep you posted.

We reviewed the club rules and it was decided to relax the 125cc limit on youths and they can now ride bikes up to 150cc and the class now gets championship status with riders allowed to be part of any team in the team challenge. 14 years old is still the minimum age for youths.

We have brought into force a new club rule to deal with fighting or assault of any nature and this will carry an instant 1 year on the spot ban and could lead to a life ban once the committee has studied the facts . This will not be tolerated in any way any longer in this club.

The fees for 2018 were next up for discussion and it was decided to leave most as they are but due to insurance and other costs rising we had to put the entry fee up to £40 per event . We paid out over £14,000 last year for stewards most of which went to pay marshalls so your money is being spent on you enjoying yourself.

The club has been very lax in the past with late entries well all good things must come to an end so take note now .All entries must be with the comp. secretary one week before the event,not a phone call or text.a completed and signed entry form and the appropriate fee in full or you pay the late entry £10 surcharge,no exceptions ,none.We accept cheques,cash or postal orders as payment ,we do not do bank transfers or any of that fandango money stuff.

Anyone that is going to moan about this please don’t moan to me as you have had years of notice .Also we still have in force the no tear off anywhere ban,it means what it says.NO TEAR OFFS ANYWHERE.

The last date for saving your riding no. has been brought forward to allow newbies the chance of a good riding no. so if you have not joined by the 31st of January you could lose your claim to your riding no.

The top ten riding nos. this year will be as follows. 1. P.Chiappa   2.   R.Mcfadden   3. W.Bickmore     4. A.Aitken     5. A.Joiner     6. R.Smith   7. B.Allardyce     8.   G.Miller   9. T.Grant   10. M.Hannah

Anyone that would like to enter a team in the team challenge please let me know ASAP so I can get things organised,we have 2 teams so far Team Argyll and Onestop Racing ,both past winners have pledged support in this team challenge event for the Rhino Boilers and Omnitool sponsored Cup,so things can only get better. 6 riders plus a non riding manager = £60 to enter . The Red Rockets won the challenge last year and went away with a load of trophies and wads of cash,who can knock them off their perch.  

We now look forward to the racing season which kicks off at Southhalls Farm Drumclog on the 26th of March . This is the perfect all weather venue for round 1 and will be in pristine condition come race day. We will be at the super Drumclog venue twice this year and Powmill twice as well ,the other tracks are every bit as good so it should make for a cracking year ahead.

That is it from me joe the mug that does loads for you all and still we get moaners ,life is so hard when you are a success story.bye bye jtm.


September Newsletter No 2



Well folks ,here is another dose of joses dribblings from September in this great wet year of 2017. Never before have we witnessed so much bad weather at our events in the same year, well let,s hope the last round at Glenfarg is better for us on the 8th of October.We will be running a parade lap again as a show of support for our friend and fellow rider Sean Doherty who was badly injured 2 years ago ,Sean will lead the parade on a quad and all riders will be welcome to take part. I am sure it will be well supported and documented on film and DVD by our band of superb photographers and film makers.


The event at Alloa on Sunday went swimmingly well considering the rain we had,last race was off the track at 2-30 .last van pulled out the field at 7-00 pm . Not very good for the guys that had a long wait but what can we do about the weather ,other clubs get the same bother so it is not just a twinshock thing . Big Monty was back from holiday ,he had his big zoomer and his note pad out so the full race report and DVD of the meeting is out now on the club website and in the TMX .He is getting better at the repoting as we wean him back into the twinshock scene but I read his great report and he goes on about something being dusted,well if you saw dust on Sunday Monti youhave better eyesight than me as all I saw was glorious mud.


The new race format seems to be working well no first turn pile ups or any accidents to speak of on Sunday so we will continue in this fashion for the foreseeable future.I got a report of a committee man tampering with the start elastic behind the starters back ,if this happens again whoever is the culprit will be barred from this club as safety and respect are paramount in the club.The secretary (me) makes the race format for every meeting and every rider gets a copy when signing on.The starter is in sole charge of the start of every race so obey both or the consequences could be dire . We had few new faces racing on Sunday and some old timers making a comeback, I hope you all enjoyed your day and maybe come to Glenfarg where hopefully we will have a good dry day where it will be more pleasant for us.I see the mono entry is down we may have to put them in with the over 50s soon if things get much worse, check your format when signing on just to make sure you know the script.


There are still a few dance tickets left so if you want to be there I would advise you to get your tickets at Glenfarg .They are only £15 per adult and are not transferable or refundable as every ticket has to have a name against it for fire regulations .A big Buffett ,A big raffle , A big Dance and A load of trophies to hand out .Your vice chairman, Hoppy has indicated that he would give out the prizes as long as I am there to tell him what to say , I will have to have a good think about that one .


The club memberships are up on 30-10-2017 ,Memberships will be due for renewal at the A.G.M. which is planned for 26th November 2017 .Any items that any member wants put on the Agenda must be with me by 30-10-17 .Anything after this date will be binned .I will be proposing that we do away with a committee as it only causes friction and animosity as was witnessed on Sunday. The club runs fine with senior officials and has done for years.    The Dance on 18th November will go ahead as planned and we are still on the scrounge for raffle prizes .GET YOUR TICKETS SOON AS THERE ARE NOT MANY LEFT .ONLY £15 per adult.We still need all annual trophies returned thanks.

The Team points are as follows and things are on a knife edge and all to play for at Glenfarg .After a good showing in the mud at Alloa the Red Rockets are now in the lead for the first time in history ,it must be said that Hoppies men again scored well but alas all too late in the year for them. Still 4 teams in with chance of winning this great team event .


Read more: September Newsletter No 2

No.2 March 17 Newsletter


Howdy folkers on this lovely day in March , such a wonderful time to be writing this page or pages of news for you all to savour while watching corrie or some other pish on tv. Well what a start that was to our season last Sunday at Drumclog. First it is good to report no major injuries but there were a few wee nasties and we hope James Mclean, John Kenny and Dean Rutherford make a quick recovery.While browsing through the thousands of cracking photo,s on F book I came across some of young Ian Harrison and Callum Laid coming to grief in separate incidents ,they looked nasty but from what I gather they both walked away with no major injuries . That is the bad side of our sport now for the good side . I have never seen so many happy people at Drumclog ,a nicely prepared track,a super burger van with very tasty baps, friendly parking attendants,Rick-n-Gaz, gorgeous chicks at the signing on and free coffee at the Mickey Oates stand. Yes it really was a super start to our season ,there was close exciting racing in all the classes but the most enthralling for me was the smallest field on the day ,the Evo class yes great racing all the way down the field but the duo between Jonty and Gav at the front was motocross at its best.Would you believe that only 4 riders went under 2 minutes for a lap on Sunday and 2 of them were on Evo bikes ,I must mention the other 2 as they were flying as well in their class ,day member Aiden Christie and John Adamson who has declared his intention to do the full season with us ,I hope so young man so I can study your lines then dream of what I could have done .I see Monty has a super pre race report on film on his U-Tube channel and the full race meeting DVD will be for sale soon ,they are quite cheap and very good value for money,I will be buying one myself they are that good. The full race report by the big man will be on the club website and in the T.M.X. soon as well.

Parking was a bit of an issue on Sunday ,if we keep an area clear for emergency ,first aid vehicles and race control vehicles ,that is what we expect people to understand and obey, I went to see the timekeeper for 10 minutes and when I returned 3 yes 3 motors parked in a forbidden area .Not only did the race in progress get stopped but the meeting was held up until offending vehicles were moved .Make no mistake I will not hesitate to take this action again or even cancel a meeting because of this selfish action by individuals thinking they can park where ever they like .The First Aid Vehicles must have clear access at all times .While I am on my high horse there better not be any litter left at Drumclog as I hate lazy litter droppers and they will be barred from our events.

The tickets are on sale for our Annual Dance at Alloa Town Hall on the 18th of November 2017, now you might think oh fuck it the noo I will get them later in maybe June or July well they are selling fast and not many left now so if you don,t want to be there just wait till June or July when they will be sold out maybe even May depends on the weather. Only £15 per person not refundable 7-00pm. Till 12-45am ,then it is doon the toon fur a burd of which there is an abundance ,I even think Lee Britton might get a tingle.

The OMNITOOL-RHINO BOILERS TEAM CHALLENGE is carrying on where it left off last year with the Onestop Team out in front . This team underwent a reconstruction during the winter months with 2 of the stars taking a back seat this year but have recruited well with 2 new members scoring in abundance and 1 flopping but I suppose with the new rule that Vice Chairman Hoppy got passed at the A.G.M. where there are now 6 in a team and the worst score is dropped they now have the incentive to not be tagged as a flopper ,it is ironic that Hoppy flopped in his team this time. I was thinking of starting a new monthly flopper list where all the low team scorers got named and shamed , mibby jist mibby next month . Anyway here are the current standings after round one 

4th DIAL-A-TOW 154

a wee footnote ,if Brittons Had Talent had entered they would have been running
amock .   See you all at round 2 at sunny
Achnashelloch Farm Lochgilphead on the 23rd April                                                                              

Read more: No.2 March 17 Newsletter

Saturday, March 17, 2018
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