Visitor No:                        Updated on 12 April 2016       Webmaster: David Boaden


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 Welcome to the South West Classic Trials Association’s homepage and our new website. This website is intended to be a notice board where results can be viewed online and used as a platform to advertise forthcoming events and a Gallery of photos of each event.

If I may I would just like to give visitors an overview of our history and activities.

The SWCTA was set up in 1983 when pre-65 Trials were in the ascendancy. Its aim was to promote and assist in providing an ‘umbrella’ of knowledge and support to lay out suitable sections for the older bikes in local club trials. As a result the Classic scene in the South West areas of Devon and Somerset flourished and entries for local trials increased. As reported in the press at the time, the organisation of the Exmoor Classic Trial was the closest thing to a holiday in the highlands available for the older bikes. Centred around the holiday resort of Minehead it meant the Dad could disappear off to Exmoor with his Trials bike whilst the family made the most of a seaside break in an area with plenty to offer. During the 3 days of the event there was a full programme of social evenings where riders, friends and organisers could get together for a noggin and a natter.

The first SWCTA secretary was Neil Arnold who campaigned on a 250 Royal Enfield with Chairman Bob Davis an AJS enthusiast. Bob owned a restaurant in Minehead and as chairman kept them all in order.  Many clubs up and down the country noticed the interest and copied the format and some 2 or 3 years later the Dartmoor Classic Trial was born.

Our main aim today is to provide Classic Motorcycle Trials sport for enthusiasts throughout the South West and indeed further afield. We use venues on Dartmoor and Exmoor as well as areas between the Brendon and the Quantock hills of Somerset and in the Exe Valley of Devon

It is our intention to offer sections for riders of all ages and capabilities, we are keen to encourage beginners and the more mature rider who is possibly returning to the sport of his youth.

As a Classic Club we normally run events for pre 65 and Twinshock bikes only and the sections are set to encourage the bigger Trials bikes that used to rule the roost in the 1960’s

South West Classic Trials Association trials normally feature two routes, Twinshock and Pre-65. The Twinshock route would be the marginally harder route than the Pre-65 but riders of Twinshocks may opt for the easier route but would not accrue points towards the overall championship table. Its two most prestigious and very popular  events are the two 2 day classic Trials, the Exmoor held over the Easter weekend and the  Dartmoor Classic Trial held in early September.

Every two years the Association organises the ‘Up memory Lane’ gathering of riders that shared the Classic era on British Motorcycles in the 1950’s,to the 1970’s.

Mike Naish.

DISCLAIMER:  Whilst due care is taken to ensure the content of this website is accurate, the webmaster, the Committee and the members of the South West Classic Trials Association cannot accept liability for errors or omissions. Inclusion within the website does not imply any endorsement of any technique, treatment or product.



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