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DINNER DANCE & PRESENTATION OF AWARDS – Saturday 17th February 2018

The location is unchanged from last year – the Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel, just outside Chester on the A41, Whitchurch Road, Christleton; we have been very well treated there for the last four years, so here we go again! Award winners and regular officials & marshals will be receiving their free-ticket invitations, and the hope as usual is that the paddock community as a whole will come out of hibernation early and support us. For paying guests the ticket price is a very reasonable £32, As usual the contact for tickets is Helen Smith (tel 01745 816773; mobile 07738 820367; email janetsmith91@btinternet.com). Anyone wishing to stay overnight at the hotel (at the W100 concessionary rate of £88 for bed & breakfast) should contact the hotel direct (via its website or tel: 0844 815 9001). 816773, mobile 07738 820367.

NEW COMPETITOR TRAINING & RIDING ASSESSMENT COURSE – Saturday 24th March 2018

The ACU rules require that new riders to road racing and anyone wishing to re-start racing after an absence of five years or more must attend a classroom-based course (CTC). Unless he or she is able to prove having held a Clubman’s or National licence previously, they must also be assessed on-track for their basic riding competence (BRA), before being granted a road race licence. To facilitate this, the club intends to run a combined course alongside its test day at Anglesey on Saturday 24th March. The fee for the combined course will be just £80, or £40 for the CTC & £40 for the BRA. Anyone wishing to attend should contact the Club’s New Riders’ Liaison Officer Paul Brandon (Tel 01244 950922 or email paulbrandon31@yahoo.co.uk) for a Booking Form.

ONLINE LICENCING

The ACU’s online licencing system allows Road Racers to renew or apply for their licences online. The Club has been issued with a unique series of Personal Identification Numbers (‘PIN’), such that when riders renew their club memberships we (ie our Race Secretary Margaret Dewsnap) will provide them with their own PIN, and this number will be required to be input as part of the licence application procedure. If members prefer to complete their licence application forms in the traditional hand-written way, they will still be able to do so, although the PIN number will have to be inserted on the application form (either by the rider himself or by Margaret). Club membership forms were distributed to 2017 members in December, and we would urge all riders to rejoin as soon as possible, so that licences can be applied for and received in good time for the start of the 2018 season. Membership forms for new members can be downloaded from the Downloads section of this website. Those potential racers who attended our New Riders Courses (CTC) in March 2017, but who have not yet applied for a licence, are reminded to do so by 24th March 2018, otherwise their CTC / BRA certificate obtained at that Course will become invalid.

MARSHALS’ RECRUITMENT

Racing cannot take place unless we have sufficient marshals, and we are always keen to recruit newcomers, male or female, experienced or not experienced, English, Welsh or from somewhere else, to join the so-called ‘orange army’. You may already attend our race meetings and wish to get more involved. Don’t be shy, step forward - you will be made to feel very welcome and you will be properly trained in the various safety aspects of marshalling. A marshals’ training course will be held before the race season starts, so any marshals interested in helping us should contact Dave Edwards, the Club’s Chairman and Chief Marshal (contact details below), or any officer or committee member. Thank you.

2018 CALENDAR

Important note – The date of the Anglesey Grand has changed from its provisional date. It will now be held over the weekend of 29/30 September.

Sat 17 February – Annual Dinner Dance & Presentation of Awards

Sat 24 March – Anglesey (Test Day) – Coastal Circuit – (open to all ACU licence holders), incorporating New Riders’ Course

Sun 25 March – Anglesey – Coastal Circuit

Sat 28 April – Oulton Park

Sat / Sun 23/24 June – Anglesey – Coastal Circuit (Sat) & International Circuit (Sun)

Sat/ Sun 28/29 July – Anglesey – International Circuit

Sat/Sun 29/30 September – ‘Anglesey Grand’ – International Circuit

We are not now expecting any changes to the dates, and we expect that our classes and the format of our meetings will be similar to 2017. We anticipate that regulations and entry forms will be available on this website early in February.

MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS 2018

Club membership forms have been distributed to all of our 2017 members in December and a copy is available to be downloaded from the Downloads section of this website.

ACU & FSRA Sidecar Championships

We are again delighted to be hosting a round of the ACU/FSRA British Formula 2 Sidecar championships at Anglesey on 28th/29th July; also rounds of the increasingly popular FSRA Pre-injection Sidecar championships at Oulton Park on 28th April and at Anglesey on 23rd /24th June.

Earlystocks Racing Club Championship

For the third year running we are also hosting rounds of this championship (for pre-1987 machines); the riders will be back with us again at Oulton Park on 28th April and at Anglesey on 24th / 25th June. Further information on this series can be found at www.earlystocks.co.uk

David Swallow Memorial Race

This race for single-cylinder classic bikes switched from Anglesey to our Oulton Park meeting last year, and it will be the same again in 2018. There will be a minimum prize fund of £500 - thanks to Bill Swallow and David’s long term sponsor Ken Platt, for their support.

The Anglesey Classic Parades

These will feature at our race meeting on 28th/29th July.

Sponsors

We are delighted to report that our 2017 sponsors will again be supporting us in 2018: PAUL BLAND MOTORSPORT have for the past few years sponsored the awards for the Formula 600 class and in addition last year generously sponsored the ‘Anglesey Grand’. As previously they will continue to provide the paddock tyre supply and fitting service at all of our meetings. Paul Bland is based at Gaerwen on Anglesey and in addition to the provision and fitting of tyres provides a full range of motorcycle workshop and dyno services. Their website is www.paulblandmotorsport.com, telephone number 01248 422477. Please give them your support.

SSR SUSPENSION provides a paddock service for suspension set-ups and fork and shock technical support. W100 members are entitled to a 10% discount on suspension servicing for the whole of 2018 and are encouraged to contact them in advance of the season to discuss the services and support they might require. For 2018 they will again be the named sponsor of our Golden Era Supersport class. Mark Standley is the man to contact, via www.ssr-suspension.uk, telephone 07528 777023.

2018 CLASSES & RACE FORMATS

The W100 classes planned for 2018 are virtually unchanged from 2017 and are as follows:

1. Powerbikes – machines over 700cc

2. Pre-Electronics Powerbikes – machines over 700cc (with separate sub-division for G/Era Superbikes). Definition below.

3. Formula 600

4. 650 Twins

5. 100 – 500cc Allcomers, with no tyre restrictions.

6. Pre-Injection 501-1300cc (with separate sub-divisions for up to 650cc and over)

7. Golden Era Supersport – pre-2001 Supersport machines (600cc 4-cylinder & 750cc 2-cylinder), including later versions if the models remained basically unchanged.

8a. Classic Bikes (with sub-divisions for 250cc singles, 250cc twins, 350cc, 500cc, and over 500cc, if the entry levels justify this)

8b Forgotten Era - up to 500cc and pre-1991

9. Open Sidecars

10. Senior Open – ie second classes for Powerbikes & national / clubman 600’s (Anglesey events only)

11. Junior Open – ie second classes for 100–500cc Allcomers, 650 Twins, Classics, & novice-licence 600’s (Anglesey events only)

The one minor change we are proposing is a safety one to allow novice licence 600’s to compete in the Anglesey Junior Open races; we will monitor this change as the season progresses. At Anglesey all solo riders will, as last year, be able to identify at least two classes to compete in, if they so wish. Again as last year, the Senior and Lightweight Open races will have one race per day, whilst all other classes will have two races per day.

Suggestions and support Obviously some classes are now in decline with question marks generally over Classics and occasionally over Sidecars, but equally there are or will be opportunities for us to introduce new classes or amend existing ones. The average entry for Classics at Anglesey was just 3 (yes 3!!!) riders in 2017, and whilst we intend to continue to cater for the class(es) in 2018, the writing is surely on the wall for 2019. There is still time to amend the W100 classes for 2018, so if anyone has any constructive suggestions please get in touch as soon as possible. Otherwise, we ask riders to continue to support us and to race with us whenever they can - and of course to encourage others to do likewise. Thank you.

PRE-ELECTRONICS POWERBIKES This class is in its second year with us and after an encouraging 2017 we are hopeful of it growing further in 2018. The idea is twofold: firstly to help those already competing in the Powerbikes races on older /pre-rider aids bikes, and secondly, with a plentiful supply of reasonably-priced second-hand machines around, to generate additional entries. The class is defined as follows:

“Pre-Electronics Powerbikes are ‘Powerbikes’ with no electronic-aids such as engine maps, traction control, launch control or anti-lock brakes, and with standard cdi’s for ignition control. Quick shifters and Power Commanders (or similar) are allowed.

The machines must be 4-stroke machines over 700cc: – 4-cylinder up to 1000cc, 3-cylinder up to 900cc, 2-cylinder up to 1200cc (all with 15% rebore tolerances) and must have been produced in the period 1998 to 2008.

There will be a sub-division for Golden Era Superbikes, unchanged from previous years, for pre-2001 superbikes (750cc 4-cylinder, 1000cc 3-cylinder, and 1100cc 2-cylinder), including later versions if the models remained basically unchanged.”

This new class was the brainchild of Paul Brandon and Martin Crook, and each is happy to take questions from any W100 riders or potential riders requiring further information. Their telephone numbers and email addresses are shown below

ENTRY FEES FOR 2018

It is still early days but we are not anticipating any significant increases in our costs in 2018, so the hope is that our entry fees will at worst be increased by a few percentage points. Our intention as always will be to ensure that the fees remain lower than any other club using Anglesey or Oulton Park. Fingers crossed!

STAY IN TOUCH WITH THE CLUB THROUGHOUT 2017/2018

via our website www.wirral100.co.uk, and via Twitter and Facebook

CHAIRMAN: Dave Edwards VICE CHAIRMAN: Hefin Smith SECRETARY / SOCIAL SECRETARY Helen Smith, Kerrowmoar, 18 Y Maes, Denbigh, LL16 3JR (tel 01745 816773 mobile 07738 820367) TREASURER / ROAD RACE CO-ORDINATOR Dave Francis, Ballaspur, Furrocks Lane, Ness, Neston, South Wirral, CH64 4EH (tel 0151 336 4940) ROAD RACE SECRETARY Margaret Dewsnap, 2 Cae Coch Cottages, Kelsterton Road, Rockcliffe, Flintshire, CH6 5SJ (tel 01244 813127) CHAIRMAN / ROAD RACE CHIEF MARSHAL Dave Edwards, 16 Crosthwaite Ave, Eastham, Wirral, CH62 9DG (tel 0151 327 4399 email: david.edwards10@ntlworld.com) CHIEF TECHNICAL OFFICER Martin Crook (tel 07423 056280 email: crookmec@talktalk.net) RIDERS LIAISON OFFICER Paul Brandon 41 Hawarden Way, Mancot, Flintshire, CH5 2EL (tel – 01244 950922; email: paulbrandon31@yahoo.co.uk) PRESIDENT: Harold Bowman VICE PRESIDENTS: Dave Barnett, John Barnett, John Broster, Neil Carver, Joe Edwards, Pete Kelly, John Watkin COMMITTEE: All above plus Jimmy Aspinall, Phil Napier, Pete Thompson, Gary Uttley