120th Anniversary MCC Trial
Britain’s oldest sporting motor club for cars and bikes, the Motor Cycling Club (MCC), is celebrating its 120th anniversary with a special three-day classic motorsport trial from 24th-26th June, which will see around 100 trialists testing classic motorcycles and cars on technical off-road trials sections across a 530 mile course in the South West.
Chairman of the MCC, Phil Tucker, said: 'After a delay due to Covid, it’s thrilling to be able to run this three-day anniversary event which will be a fitting tribute to our previous 120 years of innovation in grassroots motorsport. Our events are landmarks in the trials calendar and present an enjoyable challenge for cars and bikes alike. We welcome any new motorsport enthusiasts to join us on this or any of our future events – our friendly community is still rooted in the love of the sport that created the MCC more than a century ago.' The anniversary event is named the MCC 120th Anniversary Dick Peachey Three Day Trial in tribute to the former chairman of the club, Dick Peachey from Tonbridge in Kent, who died earlier this year. The three-day route will take in some of the South West's landmark trials hills. Beginning with a ‘grand depart’ at 0700 on Friday 24th June in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire, the trialists will attempt technical sections such as the famed Ladder, Ham Mill and Meerhay, before going on to Exeter.
On day two, sections such as Simms and Tillerton are en route as the trial crosses Dartmoor to Launceston, before the competitors circle back to Exeter for a celebration evening marking the 120th anniversary. On the final day the trialists will navigate through Exmoor towards Minehead, tackling Edbrooke Lane and Slade Lane, before heading back to Nailsworth via sections such as Ubley Drove and Burledge.
This year the organisers have made it more of an inclusive event than ever, offering Class O a selection of hills judged less damaging, and also a Classic Road Trial which remains on tarmac for those with machines that are now a little fragile for the offroad sections, but which has some extra deviations with route check codes, and additional hill restarts on some of the steepest roads in the South West. See themotorcyclingclub.org.uk