Trials


Welcome to the VSCC

If you have landed here because you just watched the Top Gear episode featuring vintage trialling, hello and welcome!

So what is trialling? It is actually a very early form of motorsport, the first trial held by the VSCC took place on 20 January 1935, based in the Chilterns. Trials gave manufacturers the opportunity to put their cars through their paces before the time of computer aids and was a great way of proving reliability and durability.

Competitors attempt to climb a number of hills known as ‘sections’. The aim is to climb each section without stopping or hitting a marker. The section may include twists and turns and in some cases a ‘Stop and Restart’ where the driver must bring their car to a halt, usually on a particularly steep part of the section, and then continue to climb the hill. Something the Top Gear team struggled with!

So what was all the stuff going on in the back seat? Competitors must carry passengers who are called ‘Bouncers’. Bouncing gives the car more grip and helps it to travel further up the hill and score more points, a good bouncer can also help a car get off that tricky Stop and Restart.

We hold seven trials a year in some of the most idyllic locations in the UK; Exmoor, Derbyshire, Herefordshire, Scotland, Wales, The Lake District and The Cotswolds. These are not typically spectator events but we do provide a hill or two where you can come along and watch. Our next trial is on 8 and 9 October based around the Presteigne area. One of our hills, called Badlands, is based at Ralph's Cider who combine our visit with an open weekend. This is a great chance to watch trialling and try some local cider too!

If you don't have a car and want to get involved, an excellent introduction to the Club is marshalling. There are a variety of different roles at all our events. If you want to find out more, visit our marshalling pages.

And why are we more than just a car club? We welcome many different makes of car from the dawn of motoring right up to selected models in 1955, we hold a diverse range of events, but most importantly, we are one big family of people who love cars. The Vintage Sports-Car Club, the friendly face of historic motorsport, here to welcome anyone who enjoys our cars.

Join and win

To find out about membership visit our Join Here page. UK membership is £93 and runs until 31 December each year. You will get a weekly News Sheet telling you about events and other interesting information; our monthly Newsletter with details of upcoming events and event results, along with social invitations and local pub meets; and our stunning quarterly publication, the VSCC Bulletin. More than just a magazine this is chock full of event reports, photography, and interesting articles. 

Join Here and quote code TG2022 in the 'where you heard about us' question to be entered into the prize draws below.

2 tickets to all our remaining Race and Speed events: Prescott (6/7 August), Mallory (21 August), Loton Park (10/11 September), Prescott Long Course (24 September)

2 tickets to our premier Prescott Speed Hillclimb (6/7 August)

A VIP experience at one of the remaining 2022 trials: The Welsh (8/9 October), The Lakeland (12 November), The Cotswolds (19 November)

An item of your choice from our Regalia range

T&Cs: Applies to new members joining during July 2022 only. The prizes are non-exchangeable, non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered. Winners will be drawn at random on 1st August 2022 and notified within 7 days.

Behind the scenes

Click below to watch our short behind the scenes video