THE EDINBURGH TRIAL
It's not in Edinburgh!
1 & 2 October 2021
Main / O / R
Cars / Motorcycles / Sidecars
Moto Services, M42 J10 Tamworth, Staffordshire
The Duke of York, Pomeroy, Derbyshire
It’s not in Edinburgh!
Experience sunrise as you navigate your way round picturesque Derbyshire villages and take on some of the counties famous scrambles.
This friendly roadbook event is often lined by locals, spectators and photographers. Bring your best smile if you want to end up in the local press!
The Edinburgh Trial was the first of the club’s big three trials. Starting out from central London in 1904 motor cyclists had just 24 hours to reach Edinburgh city centre.
Whilst officials took the night train to keep ahead of the pioneers on their motor cycles, they faced a 400-mile challenge following the great North Road to Harrogate. They then criss crossed the dales and fells of Northern England, onwards through the Scottish Borders before racing into Edinburgh. This a decade before The Great War, when tarmac had only been patented in 1902, Orville Wright had not yet flown a powered aircraft and the Taj Mahal hadn’t even opened!
Despite these hardships the MCC only took a couple of years before claiming that London to Edinburgh was too easy, so doubled the length and made it London to Edinburgh and back to London, in 48 hours. After that cars were then allowed to enter, and the die was cast.
Many years later the Edinburgh trial is still a worthy sporting challenge to the hardy motorcyclist or car driver. In 1967 the MCC amalgamated the popular Derbyshire trials weekend and the MCC Sporting trial with the Edinburgh run.
Today the route takes in the glorious Peak District National Park, as well as parts of Staffordshire and Cheshire. The deserted minor roads and outstanding views across the White and Dark Peaks in the National Park set the trial apart from all others.
The modern day event has a unique place in motorsport history. The 185-mile route that starts and finishes near historic Buxton sees competitors visit four hills used pre-war, including the evocative Litton Slack first used in 1924 and the challenging Corkscrew from the early 1930s. From 1933, Priestcliffe and Calton are included. If they are challenging enough today, what must have been like almost 100 years ago when brakes on all four wheels were rare?!
We are as ever indebted to the local community and authorities in and around the Peak District who welcome us so warmly each year, and to the legions of volunteers who turn out to support the event by marshalling.