The Sporting Section
The Morgan Three Wheeler Club Sporting Section is dedicated to keeping alive the competition prowess of the Morgan Three Wheeler which began back in 1912 when HFS Morgan won the “Light Car and Cyclecar Challenge Trophy” at Brooklands at the first attempt. That spirit of competition still drives today’s racers to keep the Three Wheeler at the forefront of vintage racing where it holds a unique place, being able to compete and win in a wide range of events.
COVID-19 and the Competition Scene
As everyone knows, the competition scene is closed for the time being. We’ve received news from our Competition Secretary, Tony Pearson of the latest information from the ACU. Although there may be a limited return to motor sport, no spectators will be allowed at circuits or venues for the foreseeable future. remember too that our club sprint scheduled for June at Curborough has been cancelled:
From The ACU:
The ACU Board of Directors have been working in close collaboration to provide a co-ordinated response to the current coronavirus crisis.
In order to deal with the short, medium- and long-term implications of this crisis, we have produced this operational plan to provide an overview of how we intend to manage the process at each stage. This is split into three distinct phases; Response, Resumption and Recovery .
The ambition has to be to get the sport back on track at the earliest opportunity. Our main objective would be to start the new calendar year on 1 January 2021 as normal.
• Suspension of all permit events until Government’s Step Three. Step Three is due to begin from 4th July but this is under constant review.
Measures to facilitate resumption. A number of measures are under consideration that will help to facilitate the resumption of training, practice and competition activity, dependent upon any future social distancing restrictions and potential limitations on public gatherings. These measures will enable the ACU and affiliated clubs/venues to control and regulate competition environments within set capacity limits, if necessary.
• Limits to the number of competitors on site at any one time. Exact numbers would depend on government advice and other restrictions that remain in place.
• To allow adequate provision for social distancing between competitors.
• Strict limits at events on the number of people per bike allowed to attend on a 2:1 ratio;(one extra parent, guardian or career will be allowed to attend to support U16 rider)
• No spectators to be allowed to attend competitions to control capacity, including friends or family, unless they qualify as the one person permitted in addition to the rider.
• Changes in processes to ensure that all competitors, officials and operational personnel remain the required social distance apart through all phases of competition. (Note, this in particular legislates against three wheeler racing for the time being)
• Utilisation of technology where required to minimise unnecessary physical interaction with officials on the day.
• All government and public health COVID-19 restrictions to be clearly displayed on site.
• Site maps, including a layout of the venue, arenas, warm up areas, parking and toilets will be made available to competitors in advance and on-site.
• All on-site facilities to be managed within social distancing parameters and fully compliant with all public health, safety and hygiene regulations, including provision of hand sanitation.
• Parking and toilets would need to meet minimum regulatory spacing conditions.
• No overnight camping in the short to medium term, to comply with likely restrictions.
• Larger spectator shows or events would not be scheduled in the short to medium term until the government indicates it is safe for these to return.
Being a riding mechanic isn’t all glamour. Annette Gray, Tim’s passenger (and mum!), takes time off from the social scene at Montlhery in April 2013 to do a bit of fettling.
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||Sporting events calendar 2020. See also the main Events Calendar bottom right of this page.
||Gallery of Sporting Section events including photos
||Map of Sporting Venues around the UK and Europe
||2019 Challenge Series and Sprint & Hillclimb results as they happen
||2018 Challenge Series and Sprint & Hillclimb results as they happened
||2019 – Thursday Club Championship Qualifying Rounds and results as they happen
||2018 MTWC Sporting Formula: pre-1953 cars.
||2018 MTWC Sporting Formula: 5 Speeders.
||ACU licencing system for Club Members
The Sporting Section
The Sporting section is typified by the power and noise of the JAP engined methanol burners, the wheel waggling competitiveness of the close racing and the David and Goliath battles with the heavyweights of vintage racing, be it VMCC, VSCC or Internationally.
There is a Challenge trophy, named The Morgan Three Wheeler Club Challenge Trophy and it is open to anyone in the club who wishes to compete. It consists of circuit races, hill climbs and sprints with cars running in three classes based on the club’s sporting formula, devised by the competitors to give everyone a sporting chance of success.
The club is affiliated to the ACU and both Twins and F-Types (Ford-engined three wheelers) compete in VMCC events, racing very successfully against B3 cyclecars and sidecars. An increasing number of Two Speeder twins take on the four wheeled vintage cars at VSCC meetings and regularly come away with the trophies. Internationally, Morgan Three wheelers have put up unbelievable performances including winning overall at acclaimed events such as Klausen, Grossglockner and Angouleme. Morgan Three Wheelers are invited to an ever increasing range of events as organisers are keen to add the competitive sparkle that our Sporting Section brings to their events. Wherever there is a Morgan Three Wheeler competing, you will find a crowd of spectators marvelling at its speed and sound.
The Sporting Section welcomes those with a love of Morgan Three Wheelers and racing,whether they wish to compete, help with organisation and marshalling or just be there. Nowhere will you see more exciting racing with young guns challenging the experienced champions to keep up the Morgan racing tradition so magnificently.
Contact Us The Morgan Three Wheeler Club Sporting section is always seeking additional sponsorship. Sponsorship can be on an individual event basis or as a series of events. If you are interested in finding out more, sponsoring the racing section or competing yourself, please the Competition Secretary here.
ACU licencing – MTWC Members Only – A Message from the Comp. Sec.
If you had an ACU Competition Licence last year I will have emailed you a code which you will need to renew your licence for the coming season. I have also sent a code to those members who expressed their intention to take part in competition. If you have not received a code and wish to obtain an ACU licence please drop me an email and I will send you a code.
To obtain an ACU Licence using the code you must be a MTWC Member. To apply for a Competition licence you will need to use the ACU online licencing process from the website www.acu.org.uk/. You can apply for your licence by post and the relevant forms/notes can be downloaded from: www.acu.org.uk/RidersMembers/License-Forms.aspx
If you are applying for your first ACU licence to compete in your Morgan you will need to complete a Competitor Training Course (CTC) and a Basic Rider Assessment (BRA). The CTC is a classroom based seminar to raise your awareness of the National Sporting Code (Start Procedure, Flags, Lights and Circuit Procedure. The BRA is Circuit Based and will require you to take your Morgan to a prearranged circuit to show an ACU Assessor that you have the ability to control it. Details of both CTCs and BRAs will be available on the ACU Website www.acu.org.uk/ACU-Events/Competitor-Training-Course.aspx