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


21-12-2020 News Update : 

We hope you are all well in these strange & difficult times ? 2020 has been an extremely difficult year for all due to Covid-19 so hopefully things will get back to some sort of normality as we move into 2021 ?

Unfortunately we will be starting the New Year of 2021 in Lockdown , not a great start so fingers crossed !! 

To All current 2020 Registered Memebers :

Just to confirm that for all Current Twin Shock Members your Club Membership & IOPD race Licence will automatically carry forward to next year and will be valid for our 2021 Race Season so please don’t lose your Licence . There is no need to complete any new application forms for next season as the current forms you have completed will be valid for 2021.  

There are some of you out there who don’t know if you have joined or not ? We will update the website shortly with all who are currently registered along with your Rider Number & Class for 2021. Should you wish to change class then just get in touch with us.  

To those of you who have not yet joined :

2021 Club Registration & IOPD Licence forms are now available for you to download from the website, the link is on the Home page. Club Registration & IOPD licence are now combined into one payment of £45.00 ( Cheque payable to T.S.S.C.S. )  If you don’t have a cheque book no worries contact me and you can pay by Bank Transfer.  

So if haven’t yet joined get your Membership in now !! 

As always we are always trying to be proactive, so we can confirm there will be a new class for 2021 : Over 60’s Class ( any bike ) simple and self explanatory .  

Slight change also to the Evolution Class which now allows pre-96 machines to be eligible to race in this class also . 

We would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to all of You, our Members for your continued ongoing support through 2020 and for your kind messages and comments throughout a very difficult year . You support is very much appreciated. 

A Big & Massive thanks to all our Sponsors who once again supported us through 2020.   We hope you will all continue to support us for 2021 . 

Club Merchandise : Currently we have all sizes ( s – xxl ) T-Shirts available to purchase ( Black or Blue ) .

Also Soft Shell Fleece jackets can be ordered, again all sizes and colours available, Yes pick your colour ? Photos will be uploaded to the website shortly .

There will be more merchandise products available for all to purchase over the coming months .  

Please see below full list of our Dates & Venues for our 2021 Race Season . 

MARCH 21st  :  Drumclog

APRIL 18th  : Reserved

MAY 2nd  : Kilmartin

MAY 30th  :  Powmill

JUNE 13th  :  Slamanan

JUNE 27th  :  Cardenden

JULY 25th  :  Lochgilphead

AUGUST 22nd :  Hawick

SEPTEMBER 19th  :  Glenochil

OCTOBER 3rd : Glenfarg 


Read more: 18-12-20 NEWSLETTER

11-11-2020 AGM & NEWS

10-11-20 AGM & News Update . 

The Club's Annual General Meeting (AGM) was due to take place on the 22nd Nov 2020. However due to current Covid-19, Tier system & travel restrictions this year the AGM cannot now take place on that date at the Stables, Crook-of-Devon as planned.  

To allow the club to plan & get organised for 2021, it is intended that the AGM will be a committee only event this year & done remotely on Microsoft Teams A date of Friday (evening) 4th Dec has been made for this – if we can get the technology to work..  

Scottish Government guidance is subject to change, but in light of the current restrictions in these unprecedented times we have no option but to rearrange. Hopefully we will be back to normal next year having our bar lunch & banter at our usual venue .

We are extremely sorry club members will not be able to participate in person at this year’s AGM, as previously it has in the past, been a good time to meet up, socialise and to show your continued support for the Club. 

Ahead of the AGM on the 4th Dec, Club members are invited to raise any issues or proposals by email or in writing up to five days prior to the AGM for inclusion on the agenda.

Please send all proposals or issues to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Please let us know if you want to be involved in helping run the Club / want to be part of the Committee or just helping out on the day ?

We are looking for your feedback for the AGM.

Any suggestions moving forward ?

What are the good points ? .

What are you unhappy with ?

Please let us know so we can consider & discuss them at the AGM. 

Remember Club memberships & IOPD licences from 2020 will carry forward into 2021. 

We would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to all of our Members for your continued ongoing support this year and for your kind messages and comments throughout a very difficult year . You support is very much appreciated. 

A Big & Massive thanks to all our Sponsors who once again supported us through 2020.  

Racing 2020, Not much of a race season this year due to Covid however we did manage some great bike time : a practice weekend at Drumclog which we were graced with glorious sunshine, superb track & a great time had by all who attended .

Finally we manged to run a couple of Race Meetings, Drumclog & Glenfarg so we must thank both land owners , Grant & Alan for allowing us to come along and have some great racing .  

Club Merchandise : Currently we have all sizes ( s – xxl ) T-Shirts available to purchase ( Black or Blue ) .

Also Soft Shell Fleece jackets can be ordered, again all sizes and colours available, Yes pick your colour ? Photos will be uploaded to the website shortly .

There will be more merchandise products available for all to purchase over the coming months .

Read more: 11-11-2020 AGM & NEWS

20-7-2020 News update

20-7-2020 : ****  News Update : FAO All Members ***** 

 We can confirm that The Twin Shock Club have booked Drumclog MX Track for the weekend of Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th August . 

Plan A : We will hold a practice event on the weekend of the  29th & 30th August .  We fully expect this to be Current Club Members only .

Overnight Camping will be available .  Further details on this will be confirmed shortly .

Plan B : IF, Phase 4 has been introduced and it’s a massive IF , we may actually be able to hold a Race Meet !!  However , Until we know what the Scottish Government release later this month then we are going on a practice weekend for now !!

 As stated above , Further details will be confirmed shortly , get it in your Diary .

 Many thanks to Grant.

The Committee .


Coronavirus -19 March Update 24-3-20

TSSCS:  Statement to Members – Coronavirus-19 

We have made the decision to cancel our Race Meetings in April & May . ( This may be just the beginning )

We will monitor & assess this situation as we approach June and if necessary we may need to cancel further race meetings as Government guidelines will dictate how we move forward .

T.S.S.C.S. will adhere to all safety instructions and recommendations of running our sporting events at this time regarding the spread of this virus .

Our NHS Services / Staff deliver an unbelievable service & the last thing we want to be doing is putting any more strain on them which would be totally wrong on our part during these extremely difficult times.

If more decisions have to be taken by us considering this situation, we will act on the advice of Government and Health Officials regarding the spread of the virus and if events have to be cancelled we believe this is the best way to proceed in the interest of safety for you / our members and families to ensure everyone’s wellbeing.

We will endeavour to try and run some sort of Twin-Shock MX racing this year and we will look at all dates in the calendar as things progress with this virus.

I hope you all can fully understand these difficult times which we are in , and that it is our responsibility to ensure the wellbeing & safety of everyone involved.

Please keep checking the TSSCS Club web site & Facebook page for all updates.

Best regards

Your Committee

***Round 1 Drumclog Postponed *****

**** DRUMCLOG R1 POSTPONED ***** Please read & respect the information below !! 

All , as mentioned previously, we have had to make the unprecedented & difficult decision to Postpone our first meeting, Round 1 at Drumclog next weekend .

Apologies to all but with the extremely severe wet weather we have been having this has left us with no option but to postpone.

No essential work which has been required has not been able to be carried out to prepare the track for racing which has in effect stopped the meeting going ahead .. 

This meeting will be re-run on May 10th. Put this in your diary .  

If you have already entered for round 1 , this will automatically roll on to the 1st meeting you attend .

Many thanks to Grant for all his efforts in trying to get the track ready for us .

 Your Committee . 

Ps , yes we know , there will be a drought & sunshine now that we have postponed !! That will just be typical !!

AGM Report Nov 2019

Hi All ,  A brief overview of events from the 2019 AGM 24th Nov .

The meeting was very well attended by 47 Members .

A brief overview was given of how our 2019 race season had been this year, unfortunately the weather was not kind to us so here’s hoping for some sunshine for 2020 . This was the first year your committee were fully responsible for the running of the Club and yes a few teething problems were to be expected along the way along with a big learning curve by all of us was apparent to ensure we went Racing !!  However I think we got there in the end . We hope you enjoyed the freebies at Glenfarg and also the drink you received at the dance . We hope to do more of this if possible for 2020 !

A massive thanks to all the Sponsors as well as you the Riders as without your support & backing none of this would have happened , so thanks to you all, your support is very much appreciated.

The currently elected committee were re-elected along with some new members also joining the Cartel. We welcome the following : Margaret Gordon, ( Chief Marshall ) along with Gary Britton & Kevin Rosie joining the Committee as well .

I can confirm that there will be no increase to either Club Membership or Race Entry fees which can only be good moving forward for 2020. Membership & Licence stays at £45.  Day Entry £40 ( For Members ) Late fee £10.

2020 Club Membership & Licence are now available to download from      If you want to keep your Race number please send them in asap .

We will have 9 different race venues for this year’s racing with something to suit everyone . Some old favourites as always and also a new addition to the racing calendar will be Orchard Farm Hawick , some of you may have raced there many years ago so we are delighted to welcome this to our Race Calendar !! Also we will be revisiting the iconic venue of  Kilmartin home of Scotland’s only World GP MX ( a work party is required for this venue , tbc in the new year )  as well as all our regular race venues .

We would like to thank all land owners for allowing the Club to come along and Race our bikes so as always we need to ensure we clear up all our rubbish after each event to ensure we can be invited back.

Our new Clubman Class for last year was a tremendous success , and the committee have confirmed that the top 3 Riders from the Clubman Class for 2019 will now be moving up to a different class for 2020 . ( Adam Curran , Peter Rennie & Callum Laird ) well done guys .  Remember if you have finished in the top 6 ( now reduced from top 8 ) of any of our senior championship classes or if you are just too quick you are not eligible for this class . This will be monitored.

We presented a full breakdown of the Clubs 2019 financial turnover / and its current healthy Financial position in the bank up to 23/11/2019. 

At present these accounts are still to be fully audited by an accredited accountant ! This was very much to the displeasure of Joe McLean who wanted the AGM cancelled due to them not having been audited by an accountant . A vote was held on this matter of the accounts and it was fully unanimous to continue with the AGM.

Once the accounts have been audited as is legally & officially required by the Club for presentation to Companies House we will hold an extraordinary AGM to present these accounts to everyone .  Date & venue will be confirmed once we have them audited .

We apologised  for these not being audited in time for our AGM, however this is in part due to we  ( The Committee ) still being a work in progress & also trying to resolve the outstanding issue of the 2018 Accounts which have not been submitted to Companies House .  We will ensure we address this for the future.

Currently we are looking to update our website shortly as it requires a fresh look so all going well this should be up and running soon .

There are a few Championship Trophies still to be collected : Derrick Bellshaw , Lewis Farrow , Chris Smith ,Peter Maxwell , Alec Joiner , John Kenny , Ewan Campbell & Mathew Harper .!! Let us know and we will list them on Ebay for purchase.

Dance & Trophy Presentation will again be held at the Strathaven Hotel on 7th November .

AGM 22nd November , Crook of Devon .

Please see below our list of Dates & Venues for 2020 season .

March 22nd  Drumclog

April 26th  Lochgilphead

May 24th  Powmill

June 7th  Kilmartin 

June 28th  Cardenden

July 26th  Duns

August 23rd  Hawick

September 20th  Alloa

October 4th  Glenfarg

2020  Committee:

Chairman :  Ricky Caldwell

Vice Chairman :  Steve Crookshank

Club & Competition Secretary : John Hopton

Safety Officer :  Gary Whyte

Timing Officer : Graham Anderson

Eligibility : Craig Smith & Steve Crookshank

Chief Marshall : Margaret Gordon

Committee :

1 Brain Allardyce

2 Paul Chiappa

3 Jim Grieve

4 Graham Anderson

5 Grant McClure

6 Colin King

7 Gary Britton

8 Kevin Rosie

The countdown has begun !!

Cheers Rick

Read more: AGM Report Nov 2019

September Newsletter 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 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.


Read more: September Newsletter 2018

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