Epsom to Chandlers Cross
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
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.
£5,445 for HPM (Hero Premier Members)
This event runs under the regulations of the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens (FIVA)
Sunday - Leg One – The event starts from the delightful Woodcote Park with cars being flagged away in front of the impressive country home of the Royal Automobile Club before tackling a special test up the infamous Captains Drive before heading out into the leafy lanes of Surrey, en route to the overnight halt in Wokefield Park, near Mortimer.
Competitors will tackle a short regularity to get into the spirit of the event - this will also provide a chance to ensure all the equipment is working correctly ready for the days of competition that follow.
Monday - Leg Two – The start sees us initially heading south west from the start hotel before we tackle two regularities through the Inkpen area, these sections will be recognisable to some of the crews who have competed on the event previously before taking in coffee at the beautiful Vineyard Hotel at Stockcross where the wine cellar is something to behold. Unfortunately this is only a coffee halt so the competitors will be unable to sample the delights of the hotels wine cellar.
Once refreshed by the wonderful spread that we believe the Vineyard will put on for our competitors, a short regularity to keep your mind occupied then a long run down south skirting the outskirts of Southampton before taking in some roads within the New Forest. Immediately after lunch we further explore the New Forest to find a pair of flowing tests (still to be confirmed) and then it’s around Ringwood for a regularity on lanes we have used before for Rally of the Tests. Following this, crews will be taking the cars across country through the rolling Dorset hills and a short regularity before we arrive at the afternoon coffee stop at the Clay Pigeon Raceway where you will be able to watch your fellow competitors throwing their cars around the test.
We then wind our way northwards towards the overnight hotel before one final regularity on the Somerset levels and a run over the Mendip Hills and through Cheddar Gorge before arriving at the overnight hotel at Cadbury Hill at Congresbury.
Tuesday - Leg Three - This sees us skirting around Bristol airport before heading across the countryside wending our way around the outskirts of Bath and crossing the River Avon before a short regularity and then three tests on the Castle Combe Racing Circuit. This was thoroughly enjoyed by the crews last year, this year, we are then hopeful of taking morning coffee at the impressive Badminton House, home to the famous horse trials. Immediately after this a regularity takes us to the north east of Badminton House and we skirt the northern parts of Bristol before crossing the River Severn on the toll bridge heading into Wales.
Our route takes us through Chepstow and onward taking in two regularities as we travel across the Heads of the Valleys and over the first Welsh hills of the event, this will include a trip around the Tal-y-Bont reservoir before a stop off at the Penderyn Distillery. Following this, there will be a classic regularity in the Brecon Beacons with a coffee halt overlooking the wondrous mountains of the Brecon Beacons National Park.
After coffee, we drop down off the top of the Beacons on to the Sennybridge Army Training Area, a large military training facility where we have arranged two wonderful tests on the open roads and a private land regularity using the infamous Epynt Ranges. This hs been used for numerous rally events over the years and allows us to make a short run into our overnight halt at the iconic Metropole Hotel in Llandrindod Wells where the crews will spend the next two nights.
Wednesday - Leg Four – Leg Four takes us on a clockwise loop around mid-Wales - heading over the renowned Abergwesyn Mountain Pass before a short test south of Tregaron and a coffee halt in the centre of the town at y-Talbot Inn Hotel. We then head north east to two further tests at a motorsport venue hidden away in the hills prior to another regularity finishing just south of Aberystwyth. We’ll be taking lunch at the beautiful Nanteos Mansion on the outskirts of the town.
Today is all about classic mountain roads and immediately after lunch there is a regularity which runs alongside the Nant-y-Moch reservoir ending up in Tal-y-Bont. Following this, a link section takes us through Machynlleth and over the Dylife mountain road for another regularity around the borders of Clywedog Dam, we hope to have a coffee halt at the Red Kite Kiosk overlooking the dam, although this is yet to be confirmed.
Our route then then takes us on the A44 and we visit the Sweet Lamb testing site for another tarmac test before heading into Devils’ Bridge and a drive through the stunning Elan Valley, eventually arriving back in Llandrindod Wells to complete what we feel will be the best driving day of the event.
Thursday - Leg Five – We bid farewell to the spa town of Llandrindod Wells heading north on a relatively long day taking in a regularity around the Sarnau Forest complex, although we will be sticking to the tarmac roads and not venturing into the forest. After crossing over the mountains to Newtown we hope to be able to use the new bypass currently under construction before a regularity section which finishes in the grounds of Gregynog House where coffee will be taken.
From Gregynog, we go over more hills to Llanfair Caereinion and a short regularity down the Cwm Nant - y - Meichiaid before a run over the border back into England for tests at the iconic Loton Park hill climb. This was the birthplace of our Clerk of the Course who, apparently, was born directly opposite the gates to the hill climb. Lunch is served at Rowton Castle Hotel, a venue we visited on the first modern running of the Royal Automobile Club 1000 Mile Trial.
After lunch, we will be passing north of Shrewsbury before a regularity taking in a small bit of private land at the behest of Major Hayes, a gentleman who has extensive history of competing in motorsport events. So much so that whilst having a coffee with him over his kitchen table he informed us that he was class winner in the 1953 London Rally - whilst in the police and in his Triumph TR3 patrol car - a picture of which is displayed in his study.
Afternoon coffee is taken at Weston Park and a further regularity takes us around to the north of Cannock Chase before finishing off with a test at Curborough Sprint Course which we have used on a number of occasions, we overnight at the wonderful Belfry Hotel for the penultimate night of the event.
Friday - Leg Six – Suitably refreshed, the final day sees us starting out from the Belfry into a test at the nearby Merevale Hall. Regular competitors on the Royal Automobile Club 1000 Mile Trial will be aware of this venue and it precedes a regularity that sees us wend our way around the towns of Nuneaton, Coventry and Hinckley.
A short regularity finishes to the south of Rugby before we visit Whilton Mill Kart Circuit for yet another favourite venue of the event. The penultimate regularity sees us in an around the Preston Capes area of Northamptonshire before we head south passing Silverstone for tests at Bicester Airfield, coffee at Claydon House famous for its growing Classic car and the short, final regularity finishes north of Aylesbury before a run to the finish hotel at The Grove for the party to begin.
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