Unlike most motor sport, Trials is about how far you go rather than how fast you get there. A low-speed but highly challenging discipline, it is one of the most accessible forms of the sport and an ideal entry point for newcomers.
How do Trials work?
Trials is all about finding grip in order to progress as far as possible along a course laid out on a hill side. There are three main types of Trials: Car Trials, Sporting Trials and Classic Trials.
Car Trials are for the driver who wants to compete in a road car. It’s a great place to start and, as a passenger is required, it can be a team effort.
Sporting Trials are the same principle but the cars are designed especially for the purpose. The highly developed cars can climb amazing gradients, and with an active passenger tend to be spectacular and very exciting.
Classic Trials are the original form of Trials. The cars tend to date from as early the 1930s but there is an increasing number of more modern cars taking part. What makes this branch different is that the competitive sections are longer and events are run at multiple venues so road mileage is involved.
How do I start?
For most Clubman Trials all you need is club membership but for some higher level events you may also need to apply for a Non-Race Clubman Competition Licence.
What kind of car do I need?
For Car Trials any road-going, two-wheel-drive vehicle will do the trick, so you can use your road car or buy an old hatchback for a few hundred pounds. Road cars are also suitable for Classic Trials.
Sporting Trials cars are built especially for their purpose and are more expensive at around £15,000. However, they hold their value extremely well and are often sold on for the price that was paid for them.
What equipment do I need?
As Trials is a low-speed discipline, no helmets or overalls are required. However Trials tend to take place over the winter months, so warm and waterproof clothing is advisable.
Remember that it is the competitor’s responsibility to ensure that their vehicle and equipment comply with both the MSA’s General Regulations (detailed in the MSA Competitors’ and Officials’ Yearbook) and the Supplementary Regulations (SRs) of the event or championship.