A Note from the Management......




Eddie Hood Enterprizes will be running this event for TIM


It was advertised in the Trials & Tribulations that it would be a run to Bressingham Gardens and then onto Route 11 Cafe for lunch.  I did this run with Geoff Daw and he says it’s too far (and I’m not going to rub that cream onto his rear end again!)  So I am going to do a Mystery Tour for you all............Yes, I know where we are going!  Those around Colchester start from Ted’s at 10.00 am meeting up with me and anyone from the Ipswich area at the Suffolk Waterpark, Bramford at approximately 10.30 am.

From there we will ride for approximately 30/45 minutes and stop for coffee.  Then onto our Lunch stop which will be approximately a one hour run.  After lunch we head back to the Waterpark, mileage from Waterpark back to Waterpark is 54 miles.  45/50 mph will be our running speed.  Richard Challis has done this run with me and thinks it is about right so come along and support this event.






Welcome to the Eastern Fourstroke Association

Trevor Baker, 500 Matchless with Trevor Andrews observing at the Snaque Pit Dabbers Challange Trial, 2017. Photo Chris Canham

The Eastern Fourstroke Association (EFA / ACU affiliated) & its sister club the Anglian Classic Trials Club (ACTC / AMCA affiliated) are probably the foremost Pre’70 & Classic trials clubs in East Anglia.


Our members, old and young alike, have an enthusiasm for classic trials bikes and the type of trial that used to be held in the 1950's & 1960's in the spirit of fair competition, the enjoyment of taking part and the achievement of finishing. Our principal objective is to cater for people interested in Pre 1970 motorcycle trials albeit our club trials are also open to later twin-shock machines as well.


Our main event, held in November, is the Thumpers British Bike Trial for Pre’70 motorcycles of British Manufacture which is also part of the ACU Eastern Centre Pre’70 (C) Championship.

Gary Baker, Triumph Cub, Thumpers Trial, 2017. Photo Sarah Pateman

We also organise, throughout the year, several other ACU regional restricted, closed to club and AMCA ‘open’ trials held at a number of venues throughout north Essex and south Suffolk under the umbrella of the ACU and AMCA. The main trials of these being the Roger Birch Memorial Trophy Trial, the Dave Bickers Trophy Trial (a charity trial whose proceeds go to the Leonard Cheshire Disability Charity) and the Boxford Bash trial (whose proceeds go to the local Boxford Scouts on whose land the trail is held.)


The ACTC also organise a successful Summer Trials series open to all trials bikes from Rigids to Mono's. Sections at these trials are firmly aimed at just having a bit of fun and for those starting out in the sport, so nothing requiring superhuman skills. All profits across the Summer Series go to charity and there's a small trophy for the most improved rider over the three trials, all of which are held on a Saturday afternoon.

Eddie Hood, Francis Barnet, Chattisham Trial, 2016. Photo Chris Canham

The Club has its own magazine called Trials & Tribulations which is published on a monthly basis in time for club night held on the first Tuesday of the month at The Alma pub in Copford near Marks Tey, Colchester, Essex. You can also find on the Trials & Tribulations page some 100+ past copies of the magazine, back to 2002, which were produced and edited by the previous editor, Jim Woodmason, who retired from the editors post on his 200th edition in December 2010.

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