The Royal Automobile Club
1000 Mile Trial


10th – 14th July 2017

Windsor - Woodcote Park

Following on from the success of the new shorter format of the event we are delighted to announce that entries for the 2017 running of the award winning Royal Automobile Club 1000 Mile Trial will run over four and a half days in July - The start of the event will be from the Royal Borough of Windsor on the banks of the River Thames. Scrutineering will take place on Sunday 9th July with a welcome dinner that evening overlooking the Thames. Cars will be flagged away at 10:00 on Monday meaning that anybody who cannot arrive until late on Sunday can take advantage of an additional scrutineering slot on Monday morning.

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Event Description

Intermediate difficulty

Windsor is of course only an hour or so from our finishing point at Woodcote Park, Epsom.

Our halt on Monday night will be at Stratford on Avon, Tuesday night will see us in the Cheshire countryside at Carden Park, before we start to head back south with Wednesday night spent in the Chepstow area, heading east on Thursday we will be in Winchester and on Friday, after lunch and tests at Brooklands Museum, we conclude the event with the final test being the fantastic blast down the Captains Drive at Woodcote Park. Cars will be parked on the Cedar Lawn before a champagne reception precedes the awards dinner.

Routes will be carefully selected to give the best possible driving experience for vintage car owners, the average daily distance will be around 150 miles. The route will be largely defined by a tulip style road book printed on waterproof paper, to add some variety a number of regularities will have their route defined on easy to follow Ordnance Survey maps.

As is usual with all HERO Events mechanical assistance is provided by very experienced mechanics, including vintage specialists but we do appreciate that your cars are sometimes unique so on this event you do have the opportunity to use your own mechanics to carry out checks and repairs at the overnight halts – why not get together with owners of similar cars so that you can share the services of a marque specialist.


Event Charactristics

Start Date


(Excluding scrutineering)

Finish Date


Current Entry fee

from: £5,800

Length of route

850 miles

(1,360 km)

Pre-event training session


Approximate daily mileage

175-200 miles

(280 -320 Km)

Vehicle eligibility

Pre 1-1-1939

Navigation type

Tulip / Map-based

Night sections


Expected Tests


Expected Regularities


HERO Cup coefficient


1000 mile trial 2017 map


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 9th to Friday 14th July (upgrade to single rooms available)
  • Welcome Drinks Reception on Sunday 9th July
  • Evening Meals from Sunday 9th to Friday 14th July
  • Lunch and refreshment halts from Monday 10th to Friday 14th 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 9th April 2017

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


Day 1, Windsor to Stratford Upon Avon

Best foot forward as you head out from The Oakley Court Hotel, Windsor and we head to Woburn Abbey for lunch, from here we are heading through the 'Garden of England' on a shorter day that will see us overnight in the home of the great literary hero, William Shakespeare, at Stratford-Upon-Avon. Your hotel for the night is the Alveston Manor close to the centre of Stratford, allowing you time to explore the unique architecture in the town.


Day 2, Stratford Upon Avon to Carden Park

After a good nights rest and meeting friends old and new, day two takes in Warwickshire, Derbyshire, the Peak District and Cheshire. Some regularity sections based close to the Roman town of Alcester are interspersed with tests at a couple of favourite 1000 Mile Trial venues before arriving for lunch at Chatsworth House. From here we head west to another Roman town, Chester, via the Peak District which is renowned for its ever changing moods and views. We overnight in Carden Park but not before a final regularity set around the great Meres of Cheshire.


Day 3, Carden Park to Bristol area

Venturing 'across the dyke' this morning takes us into Wales and some of the most beautiful scenery in the UK, we have a fabulous lunch venue planned for you on the outskirts of the historic town of Ludlow, home to the Council of the Marches and first established in 1086 as a Norman planned town. Leaving 'Woodcock Country' behind and heading south we pay a visit to an old friend, Shelsley Walsh. Nipping in and out of Wales on some fine regularities set in the Wye Valley before a racy end of day in Chepstow. Your overnight hotel is the Marriott St. Pierre close to Chepstow.


Day 4, Bristol area to Winchester

We head east today and what a day we have in store for you! After crossing the River Severn we head via Badminton, home of the famous horse trials to the renowned Castle Combe circuit. A trio of tests here will make for thirsty work so a coffee halt is planned close by. Lunch is served at Sherborne Castle before an afternoon spent exploring North Dorset and Cranborne Chase before visiting another old friend of the event, the Earl of Pembroke at Wilton House. Your hotel for the night is Norton Park close to Sutton Scotney, infamous for being an area where many Spitfire came down in the second World War and home of the great J. Arthur Rank, founder of the Rank Organisation.


Day 5, Winchester to Woodcote Park

The final leg of the event sees you leave the Winchester area behind and skirt the M4 corridor on the quieter lanes of the region, lunch is taken at no-lesser place than Brooklands before we make the final run to the events' spiritual home of Woodcote Park and a well-deserved glass of fizz before the awards ceremony takes place.


Entry List

Royal Automobile Club 1000 Mile Trial 2017 - Entries in age order

1 Graham Goodwin (Eng) Marina Goodwin (Eng) Bentley Super Sports 4398 1925
2 William Medcalf (GBR) David Duncan (CAN) Bentley Super Sports 4500 1925
3 Bill Cleyndert (GBR) Dan Harison (GBR) Bentley 3/4½ 5300 1925
4 Sue Shoosmith (GBR) Trina Harley (GBR) Bentley 3/4½ 4398 1926
5 Anthony Galliers-Pratt (Eng) Charles Young (GBR) Bentley 3/4½ 5300 1926
6 Lars Rolner (DNK) Anette Rolner (DNK) Bentley 4½ 5300 1928
7 Duncan Wiltshire (Eng) Robert Crofton (Eng) Bentley 3 Litre 2996 1928
8 Chris Anderson (Eng) Ali Anderson (Eng) Bentley 4½ 4398 1928
9 Karsten LeBlanc (GBR) Sarah LeBlanc (GBR) Bentley 4½ 4500 1928
10 Nigel Batchelor (GBR) Gina Batchelor (CAN) Bentley 4½ VDP Tourer 4500 1928


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