Every month we create a new booklist from our library collection to mark our motoring heritage. This month’s booklist concentrates mainly on the first fifty years of motordom and includes a wide range of material on the many, various forms of motorsport that attract the appellation: ‘trial’.
– Automobile Club of America, 1902. 500 mile reliability contest New York to Boston, Mass. and return: official programme. New York: Automobile Club of America. – a pre-eminent trial ‘across the pond’
– Automobile Club of Great Britain and Ireland [styled: Royal Automobile Club, 1907], 1900. The Automobile Club 1000 Miles Motor Vehicle Trial: official programme. London: Automobile Club of Great Britain and Ireland. – the original programme of the original trial.
– ibid., 1902. 650 Miles Reliability of Motor Vehicles Trial: to be held from September 1st to 6th 1902, starting from and completing every day’s run at the Crystal Palace: also The Club’s 3000 Miles Trial of Motor Vehicle Tyres. London: Automobile Club. – a classic examination of the motor manufacturing trade at the time.
– Elizabeth Bennett, 2000. Thousand Mile Trial: the Veteran Car Club of Great Britain. Heathfield: E. Bennett. – very fine, limited edition volume on the 2000 re-enactment of the revolutionary 1000 Mile Trial, 1900.
– Donald Cowbourne, 1998. British trial drivers: their cars & awards, 1929-1939. Otley: Smith Settle. – three volume work of fine scholarship with detailed tabulations that will assist all future motoring historians
– Ibid., 2001. British trial drivers: their cars & awards, 1919-1928. Otley: Smith Settle.
– Ibid., 2003. British trial drivers: their cars & awards, 1902-1914. Otley: Smith Settle.
– David Hebb and Arthur Peck, 1957. Sports car rallies, trials and gymkhanas. London: Chapman & Hall. – an American period piece on the ‘mud and glory’ of trialling
– Martin Pfunder in co-operation with Count Hans Christoph Seherr-Thoss and Andrew Swann, 2005. Alpine trials and rallies. Dorchester: Veloce. – a fine foray into the picturesque and challenging Alpine courses
– Roger F. Thomas, 1995. M. G. trials cars: an appreciation of the works teams. Leatherhead: Magna Press. – a good canter through the interwar years of MG works’ teams
– Royal Automobile Club, 1907. The Royal Automobile Club commercial vehicle trials, 1907. London: Royal Automobile Club. – Worby Beaumont’s personal copy including handwritten ‘markings’ of participants
– Jeremy Wood, 2005. Speed on the Downs: Lewes Speed Trials, 1924-39. Billingshurst: JWFA Books. – Eastbourne Motor Club’s celebrated trials that attracted some of the big names in motor sport
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