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 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.

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

120 miles

(1350 km)

Vehicle eligibility

Pre 1-1-1939

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 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

More information will follow


Day 2, Stratford Upon Avon to Carden Park

More information will follow


Day 3, Carden Park to Bristol area

More information will follow


Day 4, Bristol area to Winchester

More information will follow


Day 5, Winchester to Woodcote Park

More information will follow


Entry List

Royal Automobile Club 1000 Mile Trial 2017 - Entries via vehicle age

1 Fred Gallagher Neil Oatley Lancia Aprilia 1352 1939
2 Peter Read TBA Alvis 4.3 Short Chassis Tourer 4387 1938
3 Heiko Harm (DEU) Birte Ballauff (DEU) Lagonda Tourer 3.5 Litre 3500 1935
4 Bert Degenaar (NLD) Loes Vrij Bentley AM 3662 1931
5 John Carr Jack Amies Lagonda M45 T7 4500 1933
7 Peter Wallman Michael Squire TBA TBA
8 Robert Walpole (GBR) Richard Walpole (GBR) Aston Martin 15/98 2000 1938
9 Rupert Atkin Miles Wade Talbot 75 2344 1933
10 Anthony Galliers-Pratt (Eng) Charles Young (GBR) Bentley 3/4½ 4500 1926
11 Tomas de Vargas Machuca (Eng) Bart den Hartog (NLD) Aston Martin TBA

Event Documentation

Equipment Check-List

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