Classic Trials are motorsport time trial events. A Classic Trial is not a race.
In a Classic Trials the driver selects a lap time and seeks to exactly achieve that time during the trial. Most often Classic Trials are race track based and are run under MotorSport New Zealand Regularity Trial Regulations. Classic Trials may be run under other motorsport regulations but the principle of selecting a lap time remains the same. Outright speed is irrelevant the most consistent driver being the winner. Trials are extremely competitive with variances between the drivers selected and actual lap times being well under a second and very often below 0.2 of a second per lap. No timing assistance is permitted. Drivers must make their own assessment of their speed.
The event is open to classic cars. Sports cars and GT's must be over 15 years old and saloons over 25 years old.
The Classic Trial owes its history to the Regularity Trial a motorsport event that began in the UK in the 1950's. Trials were brought to New Zealand from Australia by the Thoroughbred and Classic Car Club who ran Regularity Trials at the popular Wings and Wheels meetings at Whenuapai.
Classic Trials are managed by the Classic Trial Register in conjunction with Club Lotus NZ, Historic Racing Club, MG Car Club (Auckland) and the Thoroughbred and Classic Car Club. The register was formed in 2001 and currently has a membership of over 130.
Membership of the register is by invitation and caters to the drivers of recognised classic cars. For further information or to enquire about membership go to Contact the Classic Trial Register under Contacts/Links. There is no charge to be a member of the register.