Epic 1000 Mile Trial to return next year


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:




Hi Russell,
Inspired by the Hero group map and website, I have just completed my own solo version of the 1900 Thousand Mile Rally in my 2009 Morgan Roadster 100, fund raising for Help for Heroes along the way at 17 Sainsbury's and 3 Asda Stores.

I received total donations of £3175 which has all gone to Help for Heroes. My total costs for the journey including fuel and budget accommodation was just on £1000.

I used 11 driving days as did the 1900 rally (even though they used 24 days for maintenance and holding exhibitions. My Daily Journeys follow the original Trial stopping at or near to the same locations. Where I managed to find information on the trial I tried to go to the same places if they still existed. My first stop was Calcot Park (now a Golf Course and Appartments, where the 1900 boys were served a Champagne & Smoked Salmon Lunch by the participating owner and owner of the Daily Mail at that time.

I kept in touch with Thomas both before and after the event, but he showed no interest in my maps or my progress, sadly.

If my car was within their age range I would have liked to have had the opportunity to participate next year and to see where their route takes them.

If you are interested in seeing my stuff and photos which I am quite happy for you to use, I ran a Daily Blog for the whole event here -

- http://franks4x4-1000milerally.blogspot.co.uk/

Best Wishes
Frank Lomax
The Morgan Centenary Roadster 100 Register.
MSCC Member 14278

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