This is the oldest form of motor sport, which gave rise to hillclimbs, sprints, rallies and autotests.

The competitive element in a trial is the ability to climb gradients of varying difficulty. Each trial has several observed sections on private ground. The organisers try to prevent cars completing (or ‘cleaning’) each section. There is no timing – the distance covered without stopping determines the winner.

There are three different types of trial, each requiring different vehicles and skills.

For those wishing to become involved with motor sport – but not as a competitor, there can be no better introduction than as a marshal or official.

To organise any event requires a small army of volunteers, usually many more than the number of competitors. These volunteers carry out a wide range of duties, all of which contribute to the overall efficiency and success of the event.

Volunteers are also needed as administrators within motor clubs

Whatever you choose, your presence will be welcomed and appreciated. As a marshal, you will join a band of enthusiasts who enjoy their motor sport and through active marshalling clubs, an interesting social life.

Signing-on as a marshal is easy, and there are special training days throughout the year.

After you have gained experience as a marshal, you might like to consider one of the many other duties, such as scrutineering or timekeeping.

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