Friday 14 July
This year, the Royal Automobile Club’s 1000 Mile Trial will take place from Monday 10 to Friday 14 July. We invite members and their guests to join us in celebrating the arrival of the participants to Woodcote Park on the afternoon of 14 July, where around 60 magnificent Pre-War cars will cross the finish line in front of the Fountain.
After almost five days of navigating around Britain’s roads, the adventurous competitors will conclude their journey with what is now the traditional final stage down the Captain’s Drive, waved on and applauded by Club members.
Following on from the success of the last three years since its revival, the award-winning 1000 Mile Trial will run over four and a half days, with the start line staged in the Royal Borough of Windsor on the banks of the River Thames. With some of the rarest and most elegant Pre-War motor cars built during the unique era of the twenties and thirties, the event truly pays homage to the original spirit of motoring competition with entries in such demand that the Trial has sold out – the Club’s very own Secretary, Miles Wade, Head of Motoring, Jeremy Vaughan, and Motoring Committee Chairman, Peter Read, will also be taking part, along with a large number of Club members.
The original 1000 Mile Trial, presented by the Club in 1900, was designed to demonstrate the viability of the automobile as a means of transport to the townspeople and city dwellers around the United Kingdom. Those pioneers took 20 days to complete the route, at the end of which Charles Rolls (joint founder of Rolls-Royce) was declared the winner in his Panhard.
The finish of the 1000 Mile Trial is always a special and emotional moment, shared by Club members and spectators who join us at to applaud the participants’ successes. Cars are tired and crews are weary, but it is always a magical afternoon for everyone present.
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