A classic reliability trial is an event which consists of usually 16-20 sections linked together by road covering 70-100 miles. The aim at the end of the day is to have the lowest score.
The sections are either subdivided 12-0, (like a Car Trial) where the further you get up a section the lower your score, or they are clean or fail. If you fail a section on a clean or fail section you score a 6. The sections involve undulation and some can be very steep. The sections may be on all surfaces from grass to a stone track.
Classic trials also have stop and restarts, these mean you will have to stop on a hill, wait till the marshal lifts the flag and then you have to get off the stop line again without rolling back. If you roll back or cannot get of the restart you fail the hill and score a 6 or whatever number the restart is on a subdivided hill.
Classic trials also have special tests which are used to determine ties. These tests are timed, however if you go wrong on them you fail them and get a score of 6. You can also enter a team of 3 cars in a classic trial making you eligible for the “team award”
The trial will have a start venue and a finish venue where you can get refreshments and chat to other competitors about your day!
There are 8 Classes for Classic Trials, all classes have a class winner and you are mainly competing against your class for awards, however there are also awards for “1st overall” & “best team” as well as many others.
The 8 classes are as follows:
Class 1. Front engine front wheel drive production cars (except vehicles in class 6). – E.g. Citroen Saxo, Citroen AX & Ford KA
Class 2. Production cars built prior to 1941, and the following MGTC, Morgan4/4 series 1, HRG 1100cc, HRG 1500cc, Ford Models (upright models to 1959) Ford Engines E04A,E494A, E4930A/B,E93A,E293A,103E. – E.g. MG J2.
Class 3. Front engine, rear wheel drive production saloons (except vehicles in class 6). – E.g. Ford Escort & BMW 318.
Class 4. Rear engine, rear wheel drive production saloons up to and including 1300cc (except vehicles in class 7). – E.g. 1300cc WV Beetle & Hillman Imp.
- A. Front engine, production Sports Cars (except vehicles in Class 1 or 6).
- B. Vehicles built from pre 1941 components (except vehicles in class 2) and satisfying tyre regulations in J77.
E.g. Suzuki GV2000 & Suzuki X90.
- A. Rear engine, rear wheel drive Production Cars (except vehicles in class 4)
- B. Front engine, Production cars fitted with a torque biasing differential as standard equipment, or any other form of traction control as standard equipment, throughout that model range and unavailable without it from stock.
E.g. VW Beetle (over 1300cc) & Toyota MR2.
- A. Production cars modified beyond permitted limits.
- B. Rear engine, Production Cars fitted with a torque biasing differential as standard equipment, or any other form of traction control as standard equipment, throughout that model range and unavailable without it from stock.C. Front engine. Cars manufactured on a limited basis conforming to an accepted specification. These cars comply with either or both of 7(c) (i) or 7(c)(ii) below.
(i) Have the rearmost part of the front seat cushions forward of any part of the rear tyres. (ii) Have a wheel base of 90ins (228.6 cm) or greater
E.g. Marlin Roadster, Dutton Mellos & Liege.
- A. Non Production cars.
- B. Rear engine Cars (except vehicles in Class 4, 6 or 7)
- C. Front engine, cars manufactured on a limited basis (except vehicles in class 7) including those which have:-
(i) Have the rearmost part of the front seat cushions rearward of any part of the rear tyres.
(ii) A wheel base of less than 90in. (228.6 cm.)
E.g. Cannon, Troll & other Specials.