The organising team for the ‘Olympic’ year Clee Hills Trial welcomes you to this site and to the beautiful, dramatic hills of Shropshire. Like all organising teams we work hard on our event each year, enjoying in our case great co-operation from our friends in the National Trust and Forest Enterprise, as well as landowners and residents who welcome organised motoring events to their local lanes. We also aim to provide a great day’s sport for all of you in your different classes, from 0 to 8, so have responded to constructive feedback from our previous trials.
2017 sees a new look to the event, with the introduction of classes for motorcycles.
Original organiser Simon Woodall steps back into the role of Clerk of the Course, assisted by (Tim Fairbrother – tbc) in the same role for the bikes.
The start returns the the Afcot Lodge on the A49 north of Craven Arms, but now with trailer parking for all in the field behind the start.
After last year’s monodirectional route we return to the the twin loop system that gets us all done in the mid-winter daylight. There’s more common use of sections, meaning extra sporting enjoyment for the marshals and a consistent flow of competitors.
There will be a few more challenges for the expert drivers and riders, but also new incentives to welcome the trialling novice to our wonderful motorsport. So for those of you who know of a prospective trialler, perhaps we can entice them out on a road based Classic Trial. About 75 miles around Wenlock Edge and the delightful Long Mynd, some old lanes and some woodland, and relatively non-damaging in our class 0 option.
The event will also run as a dual permit, with Clubmans accommodating those without a competition licence, for example MCC entrants. VSCC entrants continue to be especially welcome, giving delight to other drivers in their ‘moderns’, the marshals and spectators alike.
2017 is the 70th Anniversary of the Clee Hills Trial. The 1947 event, which was run in heavy snow, features in C.A.N. May’s classic book “More Wheelspin”.
As well as this new website, you will see for example that we’ve extended the opportunity for Saturday night arrivals to join us for a club supper after scrutineering and signing-on. We have re-balanced some of the sections to suit all of our ‘customers’ and still hoping to get everyone to the finish in January’s daylight. Class 0 competitors will have some special sections, but will do as many as those in other classes.
Another initiative has been to offer competitors the opportunity to enter the entire event under the Clubman’s class, saving you the effort of getting a competition licence. If you’re not planning to be a championship points contender, or you normally just do the MCC classics, it could be an attractive foray into one-day trials – and it is nothing like as tough on the car as an Exeter!
If you’ve not entered before, let’s tempt you with extracts from our comments page….
‘Castle Hill was fantastic…what a find’
‘Priors Holt 1 is one of the great trials hills’
‘Strefford Wood – a thinker’s hill, but also flat tyres and flat out!’
‘loved the traditional sections at Castle and Heywood Common’
‘the route along the Ridgeway past the Gliding Club was spectacular – well done MAC’
‘useful having some roadside markings to aid the new folk’