Royal Automobile Club 1000 Mile Trial 2020

Preston to Edinburgh

royal automobile club 1000 Mile Trial 120th Anniversary

23rd to 26th June 2020

120 Year Anniversary Edition

The Royal Automobile Club 1000 Mile Trial 2020 will start from the Marriott Hotel, Preston

The 120 year anniversary edition is promising to be something special, flowing roads, amusing Regularities, rousing Tests and quirky stopovers.

With a two night stay in Rockcliffe Hall, Darlington before we arrive at Malmaisson, Edinburgh and the Grand Finale on board the Royal Yacht Britannia, the route will take us along some of the country’s greatest driving roads as well as some of the finest scenery that the roads offer.

Of course, the social element will be a big factor as we celebrate the 120th anniversary of the very first 1000 Mile Trial.

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Event Characteristics

Start Date


Finish Date


Length of Route

800 Miles

1290 Kms

Pre-Event Training Session


Monday 22nd at 14:00

Approx. Leg Distance

200 Miles

320 Kms

Vehicle Eligibility

Pre 1940

Cars of a specification built pre-1940

Navigation Type

Tulip / Simple

Night Sections


Expected Tests

Approx. 5

Expected Regularities

Approx. 12

HERO Cup Coefficient


HPM Entry Fee


Non HPM Entry Fee


Deposit Required


Balance Due


Why become a HERO Premier Member (HPM)?

One Benefit; Up to 10% discount on Entry Fees (Excludes One-Day & Training Events)

Event Schedule


Scrutineering, signing on & Novice Briefing

Marriott Preston.

Crews should aim to arrive mid to late morning in time to take their cars through scrutineering between 11:00 & 14:00

The Novice Briefing, all welcome to attend, is scheduled for 14:00 to 15:00 and then a relaxing afternoon.

Welcome drink and dinner is scheduled from 19:00


Day 1 - Here we go

Preston to Darlington

Today's route generally heads North East taking in the some of the best driving roads that England has to offer. The scenery will be dramatic and will host two easy Regularity sections to start the competitive element of the Rally, interrupted by a mid-morning coffee halt.

A planned Lunch near Skipton at Bolton Abbey will then see crews departing North to take in another stunning drive containing a Regularity and the first special Test of the event to raise the heart rate.

As usual afternoon Tea will be taken at a fitting venue before the route finds its way to the overnight halt at the cosseting Rockcliffe Hall Hotel.


Day 2 - An easy day perhaps?

Darlington to Darlington

Enjoy the luxury of not having to pack your bags this morning, as the route is a loop today finishing back at Rockcliffe Hall.

The morning comprises of the picturesque roads of the North York Moors containing a Regularity section and a Historic Hill Climb Test before lunch.

The roads back to the hotel will contain at least one Regularity and a tea halt, and a slightly earlier finish so that participants can enjoy the hotel facilities and the weather permitting BBQ among the cars


Day 3 - The longest day

Darlington to Edinburgh

Today’s route is almost linear from Rockcliffe Hall Nr Darlington to Edinburgh, at the end of the day it is quite a distance and will be the longest day of the rally. But expect Regularities on open undulating “drivers” roads. For halts, think castles and ornate interesting buildings.

We also plan to use one of the beverage stops as a Test venue. Before you know it, the welcoming sight of the Malmaison and the big push North will be complete.


Day 4 - The end is in sight

Edinburgh to Edinburgh

Once again, like Wednesday, you will not need to pack your bags this morning, as the last day of the event will see you go in a clockwise circle South to Kelso before heading back to Edinburgh.

This interesting area with its attractive rivers and countryside will play host to two Regularities in the morning before yet another castle lunch.

The final sting in the tail will be an interesting smooth Test before you head back to the finish, champagne through the arch, the group pictures and the champagne spraying for the top three.

The evening drinks reception and Gala Awards Dinner will be on Board the Royal Yacht Britannia.

A letter from the Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club

Vehicle Information

  • All cars are eligible for overall awards
  • Only vehicles of a type produced pre-1940 are eligible for overall awards
  • The cars will be split into classes, based on age and cc
  • 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
  • The route will be designed with sympathy and consideration for the age of the vehicles competing

This event runs under the regulations of Motorsport UK

What Is Included In The Entry Fee?

  • Entry to the event for a car and a crew of two people
  • Accommodation, in a double or twin room  (Limited single rooms are available – additional fee applies) on each night in 4* hotels, Monday 22nd through to Friday 26th June (Inclusive)
  • A welcome drinks reception followed by the welcome dinner on Monday 22nd June – a true Black Tie affair
  • Evening meal Tuesday 23rd through to Thursday 25th
  • Celebratory drinks reception prior to the Black Tie Gala Awards Dinner Friday 26th
  • Lunch en-route each day of competition (Tuesday to Friday)
  • Morning Coffee each day of competition (Tuesday to Friday)
  • Afternoon Tea, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday
  • Souvenir Road Book containing the route instructions
  • End of day welcome drink – saves queuing at the bar
  • Novice/reminder briefing on Monday 22nd
  • Help from the most experienced team in historic rallying
  • Mechanical assistance available if required during the event
  • Luggage moved from hotel to hotel and placed in your room ready for your arrival
  • Dinner jackets/dresses carried from the start to the finish
  • Finishers Award
  • Event regalia
  • Extensive awards list

Entry List

Royal Automobile Club 1000 Mile Trial 2020 - Confirmed Entries

Royal Automobile Club 1000 Mile Trial 2020 - Accepted Entries

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