Congratulations to John Abel and Iain Tullie on winning the 2016 Royal Automobile Club 1000 Mile Trial, which finished at Woodcote Park on Saturday 16 July. The fourth running of this event started in Edinburgh five days earlier and saw more than 40 pre-war cars take on 1000 miles of roads in a test of human endurance and machine reliability.
Among those taking place was Club Chairman Tom Purves and past Woodcote Park Committee Chairman Chris Moyle, who alongside members Jim Chaudry and Peter Tyrie, took turns to drive the Club’s Alvis across the five days without any major hiccups.
Congratulations also go to the following Club members, who all made it to the finish line – and in great spirits as well!
• Duncan Wiltshire – Bentley 3 Litre
• Katarina Kyvalova and Knud Sassmannshausen – Bentley 4.5 Litre
• Christian Hore and Ben Cussons – Bentley 4.5 Litre Short Chassis
• Paul and Kate Gregory – Alfa Romeo 8C 2300
• Roy Callow – Lagonda M35 R
• Tomas de Vargas Machuca – Adler Trumpf 1.7 EV (A&D)
There were a couple of first-timers amongst the group but thanks to the incredible atmosphere and unbeatable scenery, we are sure they will be back again next year.
This year’s 1000 Mile Trial began in style, with all participants welcomed for dinner on board Royal Yacht Britannia.
The following morning saw competition commence from 9.00am, with drivers heading east out of Edinburgh and into two regularity sections and a driving test before taking coffee at the National Museum of Flight where crews were treated to the sight of Concorde on display in all her glory.
Wednesday was another 200 mile plus day and saw the event head south via Bowes Museum at Barnard Castle, Bolton Abbey near Skipton and finally the famed Ilkley Moors before reaching the old steel town of Sheffield, the scenery changing from rolling, heather covered moorland in Northumberland to the craggy, limestone strewn hills and dales of Yorkshire where every valley has its own micro climate.
Leaving South Yorkshire and Sheffield behind, the 2016 Royal Automobile Club 1000 Mile Trial visited the High Peak district and dropped through Derbyshire, Warwickshire and into Oxford for the overnight halt.
The final regularity of the day came through Wychwood Forest and passed ex-Prime Minister David Cameron’s home before the last time control of the day at Blenheim Palace were crews took in afternoon tea in the Orangery before taking their time back to the overnight halt on the outskirts of Oxford.
The penultimate day would bring drama and a couple of retirements that would affect the leader board, the short run out from Oxford to Bicester for a couple of driving tests set at the fabulous Bicester Heritage site was punctuated with passage controls to ensure those not adhering to the correct route were penalised.
The final day started out on Goodwood Race Circuit with four tests bisected with a regularity section. The last drama of the event came on the very final regularity section when the top two were baulked by a wedding procession. With unbelievable generosity and sporting behaviour, the team who moved into first asked for their time to be discounted and to leave top three as it was enabling John Abel to seal his third consecutive win on the Royal Automobile Club 1000 Mile Trial.
The Royal Automobile Club and HERO would like to pass on their sincere thanks and best wishes to all the residents along the route and also to the small army of marshals that made the event such a success.
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