Welcome to the VSCC
The Vintage Sports-Car Club (VSCC) offers a wide range of motorsport and social activities, including race events, rallying, driving tests, tours, and hill climbs/sprints. In addition to these disciplines, one of the most popular and social events organised by the VSCC is trialling.
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. One of the most popular is held in the Presteigne area in October. 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.
The VSCC is more than just a car club; it welcomes a wide range of car makes from the dawn of motoring up to selected models from 1955. The club hosts diverse events and, most importantly, fosters a sense of community among people who share a passion for cars. The Vintage Sports-Car Club is known for its friendly face in historic motorsport, warmly welcoming anyone who shares an appreciation for their cars.
ir "Join Here" page. Membership costs £98 annually for UK members and includes benefits such as a weekly News Sheet, a monthly Newsletter with event details and results, social invitations, local pub meets, and the quarterly publication called the VSCC Bulletin. The Bulletin goes beyond a typical magazine, offering event reports, photography, and interesting articles for members to enjoy.
If you're interested in joining the VSCC, information about membership can be found on the Join Here page. Membership costs just £98 annually for UK members and includes benefits such as a weekly News Sheet, a monthly Newsletter with event details and results, social invitations, local pub meets, and the quarterly publication called the VSCC Bulletin. More than just a magazine this is chock full of event reports, photography, and interesting articles.
Behind the scenes
To get a glimpse behind the scenes of the VSCC, you can watch their short behind-the-scenes video by clicking on the video below.