Britain’s oldest sporting motor club for motorcycles and cars is coming to Burnham-on-Sea this weekend as part of its special three-day 120th-anniversary motorsport trial. From June 24 to 26, trialists will take part in a 530-mile course across the South West, moving from Torbay to Stroud.
Last year’s plans for a three-day trial were postponed due to Covid-19, so the 120th-anniversary celebration was put back to this upcoming weekend. The vehicles will then be on public display in Burnham-on-Sea’s Pier Street car park from 11.30am-2.30pm this Saturday (June 25).
There will be a full trial starting 7am Friday morning in Nailsworth, going via sections such as the Ladder, John Walker and Merehay heading for an evening do in Exeter. Then another day’s trialling via hills such as Simms and Tillerton and another evening do in Exeter, then a final day heading back to Nailsworth via sections such as Slade Lane and Burledge.
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A spokesperson for the event said: “There will also be a classic road trail, all on tarmac but visiting some of the steepest hills in the South West where you’ll be tested on restarts, and a special test each day.
“You’ll follow the main trail route, but go via some additional loops where you’ll prove you’ve followed the route by collecting code boards which are at the side of the road. All machinery welcome from everyday cars to pre-war or sports cars that are too valuable or fragile to go off-road.”
The current schedule for the three days is:
Day 1: ‘Grand depart’ style event leaving Nailsworth for hills run by Stroud, Bristol, MGCC, Windwhistle and Woolbridge finishing in Exeter for an overnight stay and evening of celebration.
Day 2: Torbay and Launceston, with some MCC Hills, finishing back in Exeter for more celebrating.
Day 3: Exmoor, Minehead, Bristol, Stroud finishing back in Nailsworth for a sign-off pint and finishers medal.
The cars have briefly travelled through Somerset earlier this year in April when the trialists departed Hampshire and Gloucestershire and made their way down to Lands End.
There are around 120 entrants signed up arriving at one-minute intervals in Burnham, which means the event will run until the last competitor gets back on the road to continue the trial.
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