Epic 1000 Mile Trial to return next year

| 12 Jun 2013

The Royal Automobile Club and the Historic Endurance Rallying Organisation are to recreate the 1900 1000 Mile Trial from 12-19 July 2014.

Cars will travel from Epsom to Edinburgh and back again – following the original route as closely as possible – on a rally that is open to pre-war machinery only.

HERO’s managing director Tomas de Vargas Machuca said: “The trial will be competitive and fun, capturing the spirit of the original event.

“For this reason, and to make it as spectacular as possible, we will encourage both competitors and marshals to dress in period costumes.

“All the vehicles taking part will be placed in parc fermé in front of a panel of judges for the concours d’elegance.”

The inaugural contest visited Birmingham, Manchester and Carlisle, en route to the Scottish capital, before the return leg via Newcastle, Leeds, Sheffield and Nottingham.

An impressive 49 of the original 65 starters made it to London to be officially classified as finishers, with privateer Charles Stuart Rolls’ 1899 Panhard et Levassor scooping the Gold Medal award.

Find out more on HERO’s website.

C&SC says: Wonderful to see another of these great trials resurrected. If you fancy giving it a go, our classifieds has numerous models eligible for the event: