People visiting Fingle Woods on the 10th Jan will be in for a bit of a surprise as the 86th Exeter Trial will take place once again.
The Trial first took place in 1910 and the Fingle Bridge section of the route has been in use since 1932. The Exeter Trial is a long distance reliability event covering 250 – 300 miles and much of the off-road route can be very rough. It is a test of reliability for motorcycles, sidecars and cars. The aim for the Fingle section is to complete the ascent without stopping which sounds simple if it were not for the terrain. For older cars or those new to the sport there is a less demanding route too which includes the original routes that have subsequently been replaced (when cars became more technically able to navigate these and thus reduced the challenge for the drivers). All types of vehicles take part including motorbikes, sidecars and cars of all ages.
This is the first of three annual long distance reliability trials held by the Motor Cycling Club with the Lands End Trial taking place at Easter and the Edinburgh Trial taking place in October
More information about this can be found at http://www.themotorcyclingclub.org.uk/index.htm