The Royal Automobile Club 1000 Mile Trial has won the 2018 Rally of the Year Award at the International Historic Motoring Awards, which took place on Thursday 25 October.
Club Head of Motoring, Jeremy Vaughan, said, “We are delighted to have won Rally of the Year Award against such a high calibre of contenders. I would like to thank our event partner, HERO Events, for their expert organisation and challenging routes, which keep the participants on their toes. The event has won this award three times and it won the FIA Heritage Cup in 2015 so it is brilliant to add another accolade to its illustrious history”.
The 2018 Royal Automobile Club 1000 Mile Trial set the standard for all other pre-war motoring events, 1090 miles of the best roads in Britain, 27 regularities, 19 tests and over 30 crews battled it out over six days. This year’s trial was won by Club member Peter Lovett and Matt Fowle in a Frazer Nash BMW 328.
The Club and the Historic Endurance Rallying Organisation (HERO) partnered to revive the 1000 Mile Trial in 2014. The original 1000 Mile Trial, organised by the Automobile CLub, was a demonstration trial held in the spring of 1900, from London to Edinburgh and back again. This event demonstrated the robustness and versatility of the motor car, it was a truly historic moment in the popularisation and development of motoring. With such and important anniversary coming up, it has been decided the next event will be in June 2020 – 120 years on from the running of the original 1000 Mile Trial.