Databases updated

I have just completed, and published, major updates to the Trials Events Database and Trials Sections Database. The Events Database now lists over 1400 events, and the Sections Database now lists over 1600 event/section combinations, with my normal caveat that both are still very much work-in-progress. You can go straight to the latest printouts from these links:

Trials Events Database printout (PDF)
Trials Sections Database printout (PDF)

I am now up-to-date with all the information that I currently hold for the seven trials listed below (so if you know any more, or have any corrections, please Contact Me via the email address in the right-hand column):

Allen, Clee Hills, Cotswold Clouds, Kimber, Kyrle, Mechanics, and Torbay.

I will be steadily working-through the other ACTC ‘One Day’ trials over the next month or so, then moving on to the three MCC trials, and finally returning to tidy-up the sections for the ‘Historic’ events.

Databases updated

I have just published updates to both the Trials Events Database and the Trials Sections Database. The Events Database now lists over 1400 events, and the Sections Database nearly 1500 event/section combinations, with my normal caveat that both are still very much work-in-progress.

Although only a small number of new event/section combinations have been added to the Sections Database since the last update, there is a lot of previously ‘unknown’ information now added to those sections which are shown. Certainly, anyone working to a previous version should download the latest version.

Trials Events Database

As many of you will know, ACTC Chairman Dave Haizelden and ACTC Website Supremo James Shallcross have been updating the Events section of the ACTC Website to include one-page-per-year going right back to the start of the ACTC Championship in 1984, and earlier. Each page lists the dates, where known, of both the Championship and non-Championship events, and the intention is to publish as many of the Results Sheets as can be dug-out of competitors’ garages, lofts, and storage boxes.

The Coronavirus Lockdown has provided a good excuse for competitors to spend their time doing that digging-out and the number of Results Sheets available on the ACTC Website is now truly remarkable.

As well as providing Dave and James with a lot of the dates, and some of the results sheets, I have been working on a parallel exercise and can now publish my Trials Events Database. As ever, this is work-in-progress and I will be republishing the printout on a regular basis.

I have also updated, and republished, all the events pages on this website – see the pull-down menu under ‘The When’ above – but I have had to remove the spreadsheets which listed which sections were used for which year of each event. I have added so much information to these spreadsheets over the last few months that they have become far too large for sensible publication. As an example, the spreadsheets for each of the three MCC events now list 100+ sections over 100+ years – that’s a big spreadsheet!

What’s been going on behind the scenes?

Regular visitors will know that there have been no updates to this site since late September, but that does not mean that nothing’s been happening behind the scenes. I was about to embark on a major update to the Trials Sections Database but decided to change my priorities. I have, over the last three months, been creating spreadsheets for all the major trials, listing exactly which sections were used for each year. This is an expansion of the information which I published for the Cotswold Clouds Trial back in February and I now have comprehensive records going back into the mid 1990s for all the current ACTC Championship events. Non-Championship events will be included in the New Year.

So, with that exercise nearly complete, I can return to updating the Trials Sections Database confident in the knowledge the ‘First Use’ and ‘Last Use’ dates will be more accurate than they were in the past.