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Highland Classic Update 2021

Highland Classic 2021 – Fantic Edition – Update:

The Team Inverness committee met on Monday 25th January and on the agenda was the Highland Classic 2021.

At present we plan to run the trial on 12/13th June and we now have the FIME registration number via the ACU.

The committee decided to fix the date by which we would have to make a final decision as to whether or not to run the trial, the date chosen is Friday, April 30th which is 6 weeks prior to the event.

This should give enough notice for entrants to cancel any accommodation or travel arrangements.

At present we are currently exploring options with regard to catering on site and WC facilities for the event.

All this with regard to health, safety and welfare and of course Covid regulations.

For safety reasons, Punch cards will not be used this year, instead, each observer will use a observer’s sheet covering all 200 entrants. This limits the observer/rider contact and will reduce any queuing at sections considerably.

As a direct consequence, we may not have our usual awards ceremony or results available at the end of the trial, but we are looking into options at this time.

We may have to reduce the contents of entrants welcome packs this year as a higher percentage of the entry fee will be used to providing facilities this year, due in part to Covid-19.

All entrants who have secured an entry will continue to be updated by e-mail.

We are now inviting those who are willing to observe at this year’s Two-Day to make contact the club representatives, Jimmy Jenkins (07798904066) or Nigel Robertson (07743854206).

Trial Update – January 2021

Welcome to the 2021 season!

We still have the global pandemic with us, which has curtailed our plans somewhat, but rest assured that the committee have already met this month (January 11th) to discuss the way forward.

We have already seen the Scottish Six Days and Loch Lomond Two Day events being cancelled, so multiple day events don’t look likely until 2022. Our Highland Classic Two-Day in June will be reviewed in March, we have nearly 200 entries for this prestigeous event at Alvie Estate.

The committee and directors are fully aware that our members are keen to get back out on their machines at an event, however the situation in Scotland is still serious and the long awaited vaccine is only now beginning to be administered to the public in a controlled manner.

Already we have had to unfortunately cancel the club trial planned for the 17th of January at Fairburn. This decision was taken, not because we did not have a permit or insurance, but because we were conscious of the potential risk to our members, the landowners and anyone who might have exercised their right to roam across the land that we planned to use. The instructions taken from the Scottish Government website did not indicate that we could not run an event, but the decision was taken by the committee taking into account all the factors and information available to us. We feel that the correct action to cancel was the right one to adopt at this time.

We have a no spectator, no catering policy at the moment, but that doesn’t stop people from passing by when the event is taking place.

In short, we have tried our best to put on events for our members, but we are curtailed by a variety of factors, which includes the Scottish Government directives on Covid.

Our next event is planned for 21st February at Cannich organised by Inverness Trials Club (AMCA), dependent on permit availability. Having said that, we may have to cancel/postpone at very short notice.

Our new ‘online entry system’ is working really well and early reports indicate that members prefer this method than trying to send by e-mail. We will be using the pre-entry system for all club and open to centre trials going forward. It helps the club plan for an event and allows us to communicate with everyone intending to take part quickly and efficiently.

Coupled with the entry fee ‘SumUp contactless payment system’, we are bang up to date with technology for both our clubs.

So, in short, the club is attempting to be more active this year, but members will have to bear with us and the level of expectation needs to be controlled.

We all want to be able to ride our bikes, but the welfare of our members and the wider community has to be top priority during difficult times.

Memberships online launched

Due to popular demand, the club has now produced an online form to make joining the clubs easier.

The new forms are availble now and are simple to use to join or renew club membership

You can still join the club manually, but online is the most popular way of joining with so many people using the internet to buy items, place orders etc.

There are two types of form, one for those members who want to pay by Debit or Credit card or have a PayPal account and this can be done on the PayPal/Debit/Credit form, There is an alternative form for those without PayPal or wish to pay by either cheque or direct bank transfer.

By far the easiest option is by PayPal, Debit or Credit card.

Payment by bank transfer is direct to the club’s bank account or by posting a cheque to the Company Secretary.

To use the new facility, go straight to the ‘Forms’ page by following this link:

Here

New Appointments for IDMCC Ltd

The Company and Clubs are pleased to announce that DAVID P. EDES has been appointed on to the Board of Directors of the Inverness & District Motor Cycle Club Ltd.

David Edes

The committee have co-opted Darren Kennedy onto the committees of Inverness & District and Inverness Trials clubs with immediate effect.

Darren Kennedy

INTRO2TRIALS

CANCELLED DUE TO COVID RESTRICTIONS

The popular INTRO2TRIALS day will be held once again at Tain on Sunday, 27th December 2020

Put a note in your diary now.

This event is in association with Trials Dealer, Highland Leisure Sport of Invergordon and is a day to try your hand at trials in a safe, insured environment.

The sections are usually quite easy for beginners and a number of our club trainers will be on hand for helpful advice during the day.

The only stipulation is that you must be a member of the club. This event is promoted by Inverness Trials Club on behalf of Inverness & District Motor Cycle Club Ltd and run under an AMCA Trials permit.

The entry fee for the event is:

Existing IDMCC/ITC Members: £20.00

New Members who join on the day: £20.00

Proceeds will be donated to a local charity after the event is run and the insurance premiums paid to AMCA.

Entry must be made before 5pm on Friday, 25th December by e-mail to the Company Secretary on idmcc@outlook.com using the downloadable entry form:

IDMCC Ltd AGM 2020

As members are already aware, large indoor gatherings are not permitted during this Covid pandemic and we are unable to hold the company Annual General Meeting in December as we have done for many years.

However, we have provisionally booked the Fairways Leisure function suite for Monday, 5th April 2021 to hold our AGM at 8pm. Please put a note of this date in your diary.

By law, we must hold the AGM of the company no later than 18 months following the previous AGM, so we have until May next year to achieve this.

Hopefully the pandemic will be under more control by April, but we will keep you all posted as the months roll by.

In the meantime, the committee will be co-opting a couple of members who will serve on the committee until the AGM when they will be eligible to stand for election.

A reminder that the club memberships expire on 14th December this year and the membership fees are being held for 2021. Adult Riding members: £20; Youth riding members: £10 and social non-riding members £5.

Inverness donates

The inverness & District Motor Cycle Club Limited ran the annual Intro To Trials event in late December 2019 and the proceeds raised that day have just been donated to Cancer Research UK in memory of Mrs Margaret Smith, the late wife of our President, Malcolm Smith.

Margaret passed away after a lengthy illness on Saturday 21st November 2019. It was agreed that the Intro event at Tain be used to collect money for the familys’ chosen charity, Cancer Research UK and we were able to donate the sum of £726.25, marking a year since Margaret sadly passed away.

Usually we have a photo shoot for presentations such as this, but things have been curtailed this year due to Covid, so an online donation on behalf of the club was made by John Moffat, Company Secretary and a receipt obtained.

The Smith family are delighted with the donation and wish to thank all riders who took part in the event and those who also donated on the day.

Tom calls it a day

Tom McBride from Spinningdale has been an IDMCC committee member for many years and a founder Director of the Inverness & District Motor Cycle Club Limited when it was incorporated in 2006.

Tom McBride competing in the annual Highland Classic 2 Day Trial at Alvie Estate

After careful thought, Tom has decided to retire as company director and to resign his position with the committees of IDMCC and ITC.

The Directors and Committee would like to thank Tom most sincerely for all the hard work he has put into the club and company over the years, and it is without doubt he has put into the sport of trials much more than he ever took out.

Tom was a staunch supporter of the annual club championship and was the driver behind getting members to observe at championship rounds so that fair and accurate results could be obtained for the championships. He was also the Chief Marshall at our Internationally reknowned Highland Classic 2 Day Trial.

We all in the club wish Tom well for the future and hope that he will enjoy ordinary membership and be able to attend as many of our trials as he possibly can in the years to come.

GRANT COWARD – Chairman, Inverness & District Motor Cycle Club Ltd.