The Royal Automobile Club
1000 Mile Trial


Epsom to Chandlers Ford

8th – 13th July 2018

The 2018 Royal Automobile Club 1000 Mile Trial will once again set the standard for all other pre-war motoring events to follow. The first nights’ accommodation is Sunday night, just outside Reading, with Scrutineering and the start of the event taking place at Woodcote Park during the day. A planned 3pm start sees a trip up the Captains Drive before a two hour scenic drive, with a regularity, to the overnight hotel. The following days sees the first cars finishing early where practical than in previous years to allow crews more social time or even chance to catch up on business related matters, as the schedule sees the first crews returning at either 17:00 or 17:30 each day.

The overnight stay on days two and three will be in the iconic Metropole Hotel in the Spa town of LLandrindod Wells with the route in the heartlands of British rallying and the gateway to the majestic scenery of Wales

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Event Description

Intermediate difficulty

The 2018 Royal Automobile Club 1000 Mile Trial returns with a format designed to allow competitors to have more time socialising and enjoying the outstanding hospitality the event gives. Sunday, 8th July will see crews assemble at Woodcote Park for scrutineering and documentation before a welcome lunch in the superb surroundings of Woodcote Park. First cars will leave at 15:00 and make their way up the Captains Drive in the first action of the event, a driving test. Following this, there will be a run to the Reading area via some of the very scenic lanes en route, this leg is intended as a prologue to ease you into the competition. We arrive in the Reading area for the first overnight halt on the event.

The route includes a two night stay in Mid Wales and will be planned to be as traffic free as possible with some of the finest driving roads in the UK being used. Throughout the week the event will keep away from major conurbations and city centre overnight venues, relying mainly on country hotels with the finish conveniently located north of London near Watford. With the first car due to finish between 17:00 and 17:30 each day, there is plenty of time for socialising and the traditional high-jinks that make the Royal Automobile Club 1000 Mile more than a motor sport event, it is an occasion.

Event Characteristics

Start Date


(including scrutineering)

Finish Date


Current Entry fee

from: £4,950

Length of route

900 miles approx.

(1,440 km)

Pre-event training session


Approximate daily mileage

170 Miles (appx)

280Km (appx)

Vehicle eligibility

Pre 31/12/1939

Navigation type

Tulip / Map-based

Night sections


Expected Tests


Expected Regularities


HERO Cup coefficient




This event runs under the regulations of the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens (FIVA)

  • The information above is given as a guide and may be subject to change.
  • Navigation is with a tulip style road book with some very straightforward map-based sections. You will need a tripmeter (available here –
  • There will be no night time driving or complex navigation
  • The timing will be easy so that the link sections are not too punishing and everyone has time for lunch, coffee & a chat
  • This event is suitable for those who are new to Regularity Rallying, those who have already done some events, seasoned competitors or crews wishing to shakedown their cars

Vehicle Information

  • All cars will be eligible for overall awards.
  • The cars will be spilt into classes, based on age and cc. There will no differentiation between sports and saloon cars.
  • This event is aimed solely at pre-war vehicles.
  • The scoring on the test sections is class based so you will be scoring against other similar aged cars.
  • Vehicle eligibility is defined in the HERO Standard Regulations, these are available in the event documentation section below.

What is included

  • Entry to the event for a crew of two people
  • Help from the most experienced team in historic rallying
  • Detailed “tulip” style roadbook with overview maps, printed on waterproof paper
  • Brief training session on the use of the roadbook and regularity rallying
  • Mechanical assistance available if required during the event
  • Bed and breakfast in a twin or double room from Sunday 8th to Friday 13th July (upgrade to single rooms available)
  • Welcome Lunch Reception on Sunday 8th July
  • Evening Meals from Sunday 8th to Friday 13th July
  • Lunch and refreshment halts from Sunday 8th to Friday 13th July
  • Champagne Reception prior to Awards Dinner
  • Event regalia
  • Extensive awards list

Entry qualification:

1. Entries are only accepted on receipt of a completed online application form and the deposit of £1000 being received

2. The entry is only confirmed once the balance in received on or before the due date of 4th April 2018

Entries received that do not meet the criteria of 1 and 2 above will be automatically moved to the event Waitlist and an entry on the Waitlist will be moved up to the entry.

Event Schedule


Woodcote Park to Reading


Reading to Bristol


Bristol - Mid Wales


Mid Wales - Mid Wales


Mid Wales - Birmingham


Birmingham - Chandlers Cross


Event Documentation

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