THE 2018 ROYAL AUTOMOBILE CLUB 1000 MILE TRIAL HAS AGAIN SET THE STANDARD FOR ALL OTHER PRE-WAR MOTORING EVENTS. 1090 MILES OF THE BEST ROADS IN BRITAIN, 27 REGULARITIES, 19 TESTS AND 30 OF THE TOP CREWS BATTLED IT OUT OVER 6 DAYS IN 30+ DEGREE HEAT.
Starting off from the Royal Automobile Club in Epsom, crews began with a test along the captain’s drive, where they had the opportunity to stretch their cars legs at the beginning of the event. The route then took competitors through the leafy lanes of Surrey via a straight forward ‘warm up’ regularity and onto the De Vere Wokefield estate for the night. The first day of the event did not count towards the overall result but offered crews a chance to check their cars and in-car equipment was working correctly. A few woes along the way for the crews of Sue Shoosmith and Trina Harley as their Bentley didn’t feel like taking part in the event and they were forced to rush home and swap cars ready to continue the following day. The Riley 15/6 of team Schneider seemed to be collecting a wide range of foliage along the way to the overnight halt and the all-American crew were quite surprised to see so many narrow lanes that we have here in the UK. The crew of Andrew Hall and Michael Squire were suffering from a lack of reverse and some ‘un-efficient’ brakes, an incredibly late night was in store for them as they battled to get their Bentley ready for the days ahead.