The recent charitable donation by the club to the Highland Hospice, Inverness was reported in the local press this week. We donated £1.63 in total.
Junior members on hand for the presentation were Archie and Robbie Bremner, whose father Leigh started riding with the club after a number of years racing BMX. Their Grandfather is former IDMCC Chairman, Peter Bremner who is also now Chairman of the Edinburgh & District Motor Club, organisers of the SSDT which Peter has been associated with since 1972.
Our annual Highland Classic Two Day has had a refresh by trials rider Joe Baker of Joe Baker Design in Devon.
The club have commissioned a logo to be used in connection with our very popular trial which is known as “The Friendliest Classic Trial in Scotland”,
The new logo captures the spirit of the event being for Pre’65 and Twinshock machines and is the successor to the old Highland Two Day Trial which began in 1950 by the Highland Car & Motor Cycle Club which split into two and eventually the loss of the motor cycle element. In the 1970s the Inverness & District was formed and Malcolm Smith, a founder life member was keen to start a Pre’65 event which has grown in stature year on year since 2003.
The new logo will be used in all promotional material from now on.
Entry forms will be available from 00:00 on 1st February 2019 with entries limited to 160 plus guest riders. It will be on a first receipt basis with no ballot and a reserves list made up from those who are initially unsuccessful. Postal, courier or delivered entries only, there will be no online entries or entries by electronic means.
With immediate effect, the club’s bank account is now digital which means that we can pay our invoices electronically and without having to post cheques to suppliers when we buy items or supplies for the club or the events we promote.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t mean that we can take payments for club events or for national events as that would require credit facilities through a provider, but it does mean that we can pay for things faster than previously and reduce postage costs and admin time etc.
Club membership will continue to be collected by cheque/postal order or cash, unless by prior agreement in which case we can accept a bank transfer with a suitable reference followed up by a membership application form being sent to the club Secretary.
The IDMCC have now released their programme of events for 2019.
Following a successful SACU dates meeting at Crieff Hydro Hotel on 8th December, the club are now able to publish the approved dates of events for the 2019 season.
The main events are the Highland Classic on 8/9 June, (Adult only, twinshock/Pre’65)
The Durness Two Day on 17/18th August (Open to Scotland)
12th Paul Kilbauskas Memorial Trial on 8th September (Scottish Championship all classes)
There are a couple of new style events for club riders and with only one exception all our club events will be Open To Scotland* permits in 2019. This means that members of other clubs may enter our ‘club’ events in 2019 where permitted. The Lochaber and Bon Accord clubs have also provided this facility in 2019.
(*) At Open To Scotland events, please be aware that only ‘bona fide’ IDMCC club members can score IDMCC Championship points. Members must have a current year membership and have their valid SACU Trials Registration Card issued through the IDMCC.
On 12th December 1993, the IDMCC held it’s Annual General Meeting at Cawdor Tavern, following on from a very icy trial at Drynachan. which attracted 14 of the 34 members we had at that time. This year we have 194 members!
The club membership fees for 199 were held at £12 and £5 for youth and social members (2018 was £15 and £5).
During the year, club trials attracted around 17 riders per event of which there were 13 that season.
The secretary pointed out that we needed 19 riders at Alvie to break even as we paid £1.25 per rider to the Estate!
The bank account in 1993 stood at £800.00 (the 2018 figure is much more than that!)
Ewan MacPherson was appointed Chairman, but declined in favour of Johnny Macintosh. John MacLennan was again voted in as Secretary, but wanted a break so Willie MacMillan stepped up to take the job.
Dave MacKay became Treasurer and Ian Grant was Press Officer. Malcolm Smith became Trials Convenor.
The committee consisted of: Ewan MacPherson. Gavin Johnston, Alan Gordon, Keith MacIntosh, Gary Kennedy and Dave Kennedy.
Malcolm Smith suggested the creation of a Pre’65 National Trial to be held at Alvie (this is now our Paul Kilbauskas Memorial national trial).
John MacLennan clarified that SACU permit A & B routes in Scottish Championship rounds. If the club were to implement split routes, then riders will require A & B plates fixed to the front of their bikes for the benefit of observers. The committee were to consider the implications more fully.