You have to be tough to take part on one of the rallies of the historic endurance rallying organisation (HERO). A real challenge is the Royal Automobile Club 1000 Mile trial, a rallye, reserved only for pre war cars. Its origin goes back up to the spring of 1900. Way then people laughed about the idea that once the car will replace the horse-drawn carriages as practical and commercial vehicle in England. To present the automobile to the masses, the Club planned a thousand-mile drive with the automobile through different towns and villages, to present the vehicles there. Also they wanted to check the endurance and reliability of man and machine.
2014 the Royal Automobile Club had revived the 1000 mile trial and wanted to show the beauties of the pre-war era on their passages to the spectators. It is also the very first serious regularity rally in Great Britain for pre-war vehicles.
The fourth edition of this rally took place mid July 2016. It has started in Edinburgh, Scotland. For five days the teams drove towards England on small, beautiful roads. A highlight of this year’s event was the gala evening on the first day on the Royal Yacht Britannia.
Already on the first day of the rally, the border to England was crossed at Cheviot hills and Kielder water. Eventhough the weather struck his antics, the teams enjoyed the continuous endurance driving. Since most of the vehicles are open, the roadbooks were already printed on waterproof paper. Who attends at the 1000 mile trial, must know not only the traditional Chinese characters in the road book, but should know reading orthographic maps, because partial sections of the rallye runs on old maps. An additional challenge to the permanent passage and time controls.
Especially the third day offered scenic highlights. After the passage through the famous Ilkley Moors, with 402 metres above the sea level at the same time the highest part of the rally, followes the landscape with the round hills of Northumberland and then the limestone hills and valleys of Yorkshire. Each Valley has its own micro-climate and provides stunning images. The next day the teams continue to Derbyshire, Warwickshire up to Oxford. The last day led the participants on the legendary circuit of Goodwood, where they have to complete their last time challenges.
The rally was led by three teams in an exciting uphill struggle over the five days. The team Paul Crosby / Andy Pullan on their MG TB, which had to retire on the last day because a cable fire, the team Sue Shoosmith / Tina Harley on a Bentley and the team of John Abel / Ian Tullie with their Lagonda LG 45, who himself could claim themselves as the winner at the end – and this for the third time in a row. 10 seconds ahead of the team Shoosmith/Harley. But at the end, each participant emerged victorious. Because an asset is to been driving this rallye.