Winter. Rain. No car events until Easter. Really? Of course not. Your die-hard car fanatic doesn’t stop competing just because it’s chilly and wet out there – that’s when they dig out the trials car and head for the hills.
See a Beetle wheelie its way up Simms or a 1904 Mercedes hurtle through axle-deep mud. Magic
Originally seen as a way of testing a vehicle’s reliability, people have been competing in trials for over 100 years. It’s hugely entertaining, often gruelling, and involves many skills such as navigation and off-road driving. Having passengers makes it a sociable activity, and with a class for every vehicle type (even barely modified road cars) it is probably the most affordable and accessible form of motor sport.
Classic trials such as the Land’s End are epic feats of endurance which see you driving through the night over moors and cliff top roads, with occasional detours onto the challenging ‘observed sections’. The VSCC events are slightly more civilised, as they’re generally held during the day – though the cars often have fewer creature comforts, like windscreens.
If you can’t bring yourself to subject your car to a trial they’re still fun to watch. Get yourself out this winter and see a Beetle wheelie its way up Simms or a 1904 Mercedes hurtle through axle-deep mud. Magic.