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TWINSHOCK NEWSLETTER 0CTOBER 2018
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By Joe McLean (Pictured above, getting his hole!)
TWINSHOCK NEWSLETTER 0CTOBER 2018
NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2018
Hello again and i hope you all had a super day at the recing last Sunday at Genochil for round 8 and the penultimate round of the Scottish Scramble Championships. I will just give a brief account here as your new reporter, Jim Greive said he would take on the duties of doing the race report for the club and the T.M.X. . The entry was down a bit at this round as all the ,ifitsdryamracing mob shat it whith all the previous weeks rain and the overnight deluge on the Saturday,well boys and gals you missed one of the best events anywhere in scotland this year. The track was laid out in typical Twinshock style ,very fast and flowing ,when you get a track of this calibre you find the meeting runs like clockwork and not an injury in sight . I only heard great comments from all the riders on how amazing the track was and the ground being just on the damp side of dry made for super grippy traction . So all the riders in the ifitsdry category that never came because of threatened bad weather you missed a great meeting and yes it stayed dry all day . I saw a few of our members that could not race at Glenochil because of injuries that happened at other clubs events well the best i can do is hope you are all on the mend and advise you to stop and think before you go to places with bad laid out tracks as that is a recipe for disaster as could be seen on Sunday with the amount of walking wounded from other events, all the best in the future lads and the club hope you all are on the mend.It was good to see a few old faces back racing on Sunday ,i hoped you enjoyed your day and welcome back anytime .
A few of the club Championships were concluded at the weekend .Just a quick note concerning rule 23 - Twinshock - Any motorcycle ,air cooled ,with drum brakes and conventional forks. Take note Kevin Maguire no. 128 day member , if you want to race the bike that you raced last Sunday with those forks on it you will be in the EVOLUTION CLASS no arguments of any sort will be entered into,end of. Anyway the Youth Championship was won this year by Kyle Mcclure from Dunoon ,he has been under the watchful eye of his hero and trainer this year his big uncle Duncan, there was talk of postman pat making a return to this country to take on the role as profesional trainer for young Kyle but ex top rider uncle Dunc ( Doky to his mates ) has done enough to keep the youngster in top condition to win this Championship. The Pre 77 Championship was sewn up on Sunday by the old fat guy that pumped all comers in this class and just keeps on rolling along,yes Joe Mclean cleaned up this Championship in fine style and left Grant,Gary,and Ian ,all ex champions languishing by the wayside and nowhere to hide when the slagging mob attack. Well don Joe ,bike and rider is 103 years old combined age ,amazing . The 4 stroke race is still wide open with Sam Sibbald and Chairman Rick only 8 points apart ,Keith Stanford blew his chances by not racing on Sunday or he would have been in the mix as well,i think he never had any petrol was his reason for not racing.The Over 50s Championship has new Champ John Crawfords name on it this year,John has been super consistent all year and deserves the title. The Pre 90 125 class is just about all over but in theory Jonathon Young could still take the title from Willy Penrice so it is not over yet,i heard someone saying something about a fat lady singing but i dont want involved in case people blame me for saying stuff. Paul Chiappa has won the premier championship once again for the umpteenth time , can no one stop him,i know many have tried and failed . Well done Paul on winning the Twinshock Open class again in 2018 but it looks like young Callum Kilgour has snatched the no. 1 plate from you as he has won the 250 Championship on a massive points tally so i suppose if anyone asks next year why you are no. 2 you can always say a young stud pumped you. The EVO open Championship is still wide open with Tam Grant only 12 points ahead of Paul (P.J.)Johnston so we should see some start gate antics at Glenfarg as Tam tries the Ayrshire Ping but Gaz and Stu will be watching this time and the Ping may be doomed if any rider tries it on . No be long noo. The 2 stroke class still has 4 riders in contention with any one of these capable of winning the Championship so the best of luck to, Gregor Campbell,Bryan Colligan,David Simmonds and Andrew White ,it is worth noting that Peter Oneil is only 2 points away from glory and young Jordan Mcdonald has done well to be right up Petes erse in 6th after his move up from the youths this year. And at last we come to the super fast Monshock Championship which sees a new Champion this year in Greg Maxwell .Greg has been on a F.J.B. training course with Joe Mclean all year and it has paid of handsomely as they have both won their respective classes with a round in hand.Now this Fitness wi Jim Baxter training can be on 2 levels ,Greg is on level 1 which is doing all the exercises and getting fit the F.J.B. way and joe is on level 2 which is the home version but demands a great level of concentration as you have to follow the level 1 boys on facebook and think about your next move which is mostly puting the kettle on ,but it works for them both as can be seen in the Championship results ,so if you want be at the top of your chosen sport follow Joe with level 2 or Greg with level 1 and contact Jim for the personal touch and some serious training . As i mentioned earlier it looks like Callum Kilgour will be no. 1 next year but Paul has a slim chance of retaining it .
TheTeam Challenge is still not decided but the ONESTOP RACING team now with 1444 points after Glenochil will need a disaster to happen if they are to be caught with a lead of 216 points over TEAM ARGYLL on 1228 points but it is not over till the fat lady sings as they say .In 3rd and theoreticaly still in with a shout of 2nd are DIAL-A-TOW on 944 points and for the 3rd meeting in a row are top scorers so the poor start to season sees them as pretty much out of it with the early high scoring team of COLIN,S KINGS still in with a chance of 3rd on 730 points .It is hoped more teams may participate in this challenge next year.no be long noo.
We are still catching riders using tear offs,THESE ARE NOT ALLOWED AT ANY OF THE TWINSHOCK EVENTS,also some litter left at Glenochil,does anyone know who went back to their vehicle with a load of tape on their bike,they were parked near the burger van and must have burst or cut the tape to get it off the bike ,well if i find out who you were you can forget about an entry for Glenfarg as it was left to me to pick it up ,it is not hard to take your litter home and put it in the bin ,or give it to me i always have a bag for rubbish at my van.
There are some kids Hoodies and T-Shirts left so if anyone wants them only £20 for 2, a hoodie and a t-shirt or if they are not sold at Glenfarg they will go into the dance raffle. We are on the cadge for raffle prizes for the dance which is on the 3rd of November 2018 at the Strathaven Hotel ML10 6SZ .Tickets still available from Rick Caldwell or myself Joe and are only £15 per adult ,non- refundable cheap as feck min ken . Any raffle donations will be gratefuly received ,thanks . We need the annual trophies back very soon ,you can bring them to the last Championship round at Glenfarg on the 7th October or hand in to Mickey Oates Motorcycles or Dunfermline Motorcycles ,thanks,no be long noo.
We will be doing the lap of honour for Sean Doherty and any other injured club members or fellow motocrossers who have had a bad time with injuries or other ailments and remembering our lost ones from the past .Sean told me last year after he led the parade on a quad that he hoped to lead us on a motorcycle ,i don,t know if he is up for it this year yet but i am sure he will be on wheels of some description leading us all in our show of support for our fellow comrades,everyone welcome on any bike to show our support for each other .no be long noo.
The Pit bike challenge that we had at Powmill fun day will again go ahead at Glenfarg,same rules but the small wheelers may get a 20 second start .This will be dependant on good weather and is still £10 a head to be in a team,all cash for this goes to a good cause . Teams of 5 doing 5 laps each on the same bike,all teams allowed a spare bike but rider must finish his lap to get spare bike in event of a breakdown. Signing in for this will be at Hoppies van at the interval and racing after the last main race .
The track at Glenfarg will be laid out by Hoppy and his team as you all know i will be finished with running the club after the A.G.M. and as Hoppy is the only candidate to come forward to take on this job i think i should take a rest at this round and let the newbies take charge of track building. I hope all goes well and we have a nice layout as we have had in the past . After 25 years doing pretty much everything from laying out and building tracks to taking memberships .,licences, entries,dealing with landowners and track owners , organising licences with councils,arranging toilets ,burger van, making programmes ,getting dates and tracks booked ,doing a newsletter,running the meeting and dealing with marshalls,start,finish crew. track dismantling ,handing out trophies, being the bad man that has to tell people when they are doing wrong and most stressful of all is having a great laugh with some really good people . and all the other work that nobody sees. Best of luck Hoppy and as Hoppy says nothing will change ,i know you will still not beat me on the CAN-AM.
NEWSLETTER 2 AUGUST 2018
Well where do i start ,probably at the begining i think. Great weather welcomed all the riders that turned up for the fun day on Saturday the 25th to celebrate 25 years of Twin Shocking at Powmill. A great friendly atmosphere wafted over the super track and pit area and the casual approach by the top committee made for a super weekend of Scrambling and fun. The pre 70 and pre 77 classes ran together and some super racing was on show from these lads ,Sam Sibbald made a clean sweep but the following pack of Graham Miller ,Sandy Eccles and Andy Malloch put on a super show with them trading places just about every lap. The rest of the field put on a good show for the large crowd of spectators that had gathered on the amazing viewing area at the magmificent venue to witness some great racing. The Twinshock open class was won by one of our guest of honours , Paul Chiappa won his 3 races for the overall beating Mark Kenny on his thumper and poor wee Smitch who as usual was snapping at pauls heels in races 2 and 3 but a duff plug in race 1 ruined his overall with Mark lying handy to claim 2nd in this class. In the 250 Twinshock class it was current over 50 champ Jim Greive that took the spoils from Bill bruce on his rarely seen Canam and in 3rd on a Red Rocket was Stewart White making a rare appearance and still showing a good turn of foot and in fourth was Davy Watson on a white bike and another rarity in the form of Graham Naismith on a Suzuki came home in 5th overall.
Twinshock Newsletter August 2018
ROUND 6 NOW AT LOCHGILPHEAD ON 5TH AUGUST 2018 TELL YER MATES
FRESH OFF THE PRESS ,VENUE AND DATE CHANGE .NO FAKE NEWS HERE
Just a quick update on the latest weather scandal to hit these shores. We have never had to suffer this dry hot climate in this country since records began and it is getting a lot of people annoyed and flustered as they cannot get out for a wee shot on their motocross bikes.Well as you may all know by now we had to cancel round 6 on the instruction of your chairman ,Rick Caldwell and your safety officer Gary White after a track inspection on Monday night the 23rd July .Personaly i would not pass comment on their judgement but a few members seem to think all things can be made good with a few tweeks here and there ,well it does not work like that ,a serious decision was made and it looks to have been the correct one as we have no rain and i think if we do get rain it will be wet rain as all we have had recently is talk of rain that turns out just to be dry and hot .This heat is giving me demoantia. Anyway the top team (ME) went into overdrive and reorganised the event to be run a week later at Achnashelloch Farm Moto Track Lochgilphead ,the home of the Campbell family who gratefully gave us the use of their damp track. We could not fit round 6 in anytime or anywhere else due to double bookings etc. although i got pelters from lady Di as she is running an event 176 miles away at Duns on that date and a fruitless conversation where i offered to cancel our event if she could name 10 riders that do both championships,the Twinshock and The Borders ,guess what nadir ,go on then give me 8 i said ,again silence what that heck give me 7 ,back came a reply with 7 names 3 of which are not even Twinshock members so i rest my case with dignity .I have never begged,pleaded or even asked any other club to move a date for us and never will i think it is a lack of confidence in what you do that breeds a bit of fear of a low entry .My opinion is if riders want to race they will, no matter what the organisers do or say to attract them So Di i hope you have a good meeting and hope to get a big cuddle soon as i respect you as an organiser and a model.
ROUND 6 NOW AT LOCHGILPHEAD ON THE 5TH AUGUST 2018. Entries will carry from Drumclog .If you want to enter just send in Drumclog round 6 form .
We still await payment from the bounced cheque at Duns .
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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 .