- 1000-Mile Trial 12th – 19th July 2014 -


When one of our customers kindly invited Jonathan to join him on the 1000-Mile Trial to Edinburgh, the words “yes, please” couldn’t have been spoken more quickly!

In July this year, the Royal Automobile Club, in partnership with the Historic Endurance Rallying Organisation, recreated the Thousand Mile Trial, which was first run in 1900. It was the first ever British endurance and reliability trial. The Thousand Mile Trial was an incredible feat and an event that introduced the motor car to the populace.

In all, 43 pre-war cars entered, representing a diverse range of cars from Austin 7’s, Morgan 3-wheelers, and MG through to Alvis, Austin Martin, Bentley and Rolls-Royce. Jonathan and a crew of equally minded enthusiasts completed the challenge in a 1924 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost. The car, chassis number 120EU, had recently had a considerable amount of recommissioning work in our workshop and was the only Silver Ghost entered!

Whist the car was clearly slower than many of the other cars taking part it ran like a dream and was problem-free. Each day the teams had to complete a number of regularity sections, navigation sections and special tests. Highlights of the trial included a hill climb at Prescott and Shelsey Walsh, dinner aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia in Edinburgh and a Gala Dinner at Woodcote Park in Epson. The whole experience proved hugely enjoyable and Jonathan has no hesitations in recommending the 1000-Mile Trial as the organisation, support and atmosphere was super.