Royal Automobile Club 1000 Mile Trial

Shortlisted once again for the IHMA 'Rally of the Year'!


10th to 14th of July 2017

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.

Royal Automobile Club 1000 Mile Trial


Royal Automobile Club 1000 Mile Trial - Event details

Windsor is of course only an hour or so from our finishing point at Woodcote Park, Epsom so it’s quite practical to drop your tow car and trailer off at Woodcote Park before driving over to Windsor for the start.

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 Bristol area, heading east Thursday will be at 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 Captain’s 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 sometime 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.

New for 2017 will be the addition of a class for cars up to 1949, entry into this class (maximum of eight cars) will be judged on individual merit and cars will compete for class awards only.


2017 Royal Automobile Club 1000 Mile Trial - Entries by vehicle age order

1 Dominic Manser (Eng) / Jack Manser (GBR) Bentley 3 Litre Speed Model 5300 1924
2 Bill Cleyndert (GBR) / Dan Harison (GBR) Bentley 3/4½ 5300 1925
3 Graham Goodwin (Eng) / Marina Goodwin (Eng) Bentley Super Sports 5300 1925
4 Karsten LeBlanc / Sarah LeBlanc Bentley 4½ 4500 1928
5 Katarina Kyvalova (DEU) / Knud Sassmannshausen Bentley Speed Six 6500 1928
6 Christian Hore (GBR) / Ben Cussons (GBR) Bentley 4½ 4500 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 Nigel Batchelor (GBR) / Gina Batchelor (CAN) Bentley 4500 1928
10 Francis Galashan (Sco) / TBA Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Super Sport 1750 1929

Is the event right for me?

  • Vehicles entered will be classed according to age, engine size and body type
  • Navigation on the event is by tulip road book with some very straight forward map – based sections (you will need a trip meter, 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

Who is this event suitable for?

  • Those who are new to Regularity Rallying
  • Those who have already done some events
  • Seasoned competitors that wish to do an event with their partners
  • The event is classified as Intermediate and will be suitable for anybody who has regular experience of driving a vintage car, whether it just be touring or in a rally scenario

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

Royal Automobile Club 1000 Mile Trial - TV Programme

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Event Schedule


Day 1, Windsor to Stratford Upon Avon

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Day 2, Stratford Upon Avon to Carden Park

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Day 3, Carden Park to Bristol area

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Day 4, Bristol area to Winchester

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Day 5, Winchester to Woodcote Park

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Event documentation


Event History