It's how far you go, rather than how fast you get there

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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 are 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?

First,  join your local Trials club, which you can find using the club search function. To compete in Trials (as a driver or passenger) you will need to apply for a free RS Clubman Competition Licence.

This will change as you progress through the sport. More information can be found here

The BTRDA is a good club for novices, as it organises many Trial events and is a rich source of information on the discipline. However, for information on Classic Trials you need to go to the ACTC.

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.

Where can I find technical regulations for Trials?

Technical regulations for Trials are found in section T of the Motorsport UK Yearbook. Specific event or Championship regulations are found in Supplementary Regulations (SRs) made available by the organiser.

What safety equipment needs to be fitted to my car?

A standard road car can compete without any addition safety items in certain formulae, but other formulae cater for more specialist Trials cars, which are required to carry safety equipment such as a fire extinguisher to acceptable standards, details of which can be found in section T of the Motorsport UK Yearbook.

What personal protective equipment do I need to wear?

There are no specific requirements for personal protective equipment in Trials events.

What tyres can I use?

The requirements for tyres are specified for each Trials car formula, details of these can be found in section T of the Motorsport UK Yearbook