The Roger Holmes Trial is held on the third Sunday in January at Harlton near Cambridge. It is a round of the AMSC Trials Challenge and ASEMC Car Trial Championship.
The trial has a format of a set of 5 tests marked out by canes on the hill with a mixture of bends and slopes to test the driver’s ability to keep going within the course and without losing forward motion. This requires a variety of subtle techniques and some not subtle.
The tests are repeated usually 5 times through the day.
There are 4 classes of vehicle that can enter.
Class 1 is especially designed to cater for ordinary road cars, essentially unmodified, which means you can enter using your ‘shopping’ car.
The scoring system means that these entries have as much chance of the overall win as do ‘specials’ in other classes.
This is a great way to get cheaply, safely and quickly into competing in motorsport.
Young drivers from 14 years old can enter as long as they have a suitably qualified adult with them.
The 2019 Event
For 2019 we were presented with a gloriously sunny day with a considerable frost. This put a new twist on how to get traction. The tests were soon sorting out those who would do well and those with more to prove. All tests were eventually cleaned by at least one competitor, so well done to the setting out crew. The atmosphere amongst the entrants was sociable, and humour was clearly evident. The low sun stayed around all day and was a bit of challenge in itself. The new innovation for this year was to combine three tests into one supertest for the last run this year. All the competitors gamely tried this, though it took a while to get competitors through and we will think on how we might adapt this again.
Cambridge Car Club are grateful all those that came along to compete and a special vote of thanks for all those that came along to marshal.
We now have available a selection of first class photographs taken by Trevor Lee Photography. There are about 75 available on his website, and they are available to purchase direct from Trevor Lee Photography.
The Results of the 2019 event are below.