The London / Land’s End Trial - 1930/1

The Motor Cycling Club dates back to 1901 and ran 3 long distance trials, this was the second in their calendar and saw around 420 entrants make their way from various start points heading towards Land’s End. The event was open to 2, 3 and 4 wheeled vehicles and saw a wide range of ancient machinery attempt some gruelling stages.

One of the highly challenging stages was near Higher Larrick at Ruse’s Mill Hill on the boundary of Lezant, Lewannick and North Hill parishes. The stage took the cars and motorcycles through the woodlands above the River Inny and was particularly difficult after heavy rain.

In 2015 the image of a Bugatti on the course was published on the Facebook page of “Launceston Then!” This prompted Michael Hooper to find out more about the photo, as you will see below.

Michael Hooper - 9 January 2018: “I found this posted on this site and in turn posted it on the Bugatti Trust's page. I thought you might be interested with a response I got from Christian Anicet from Grenoble France. He supplied the following from his records: Bugatti type 49 4 seater open tourer body built by a company called Corsica. It was built in 1930 on chassis no 49188, Pictured at Ruses Mill in 1930/31 London / Lands End Trial Driven by Col. Giles / Eric Giles and his wife.”


South Western Team Trial - 1934

The Annual Team Trial of the Auto-Cycle Union (South Western Centre) was held in the Liskeard and Launceston district, rather than its usual venue of Mid-Devon. The trial passed through North Hill and a singularly difficult part of the trial was Snail’s Creep in Middlewood. Snail’s Creep climbs up to Port Lane from the sharp bend at the west end of Middlewood; try walking it and you’ll see how difficult it must have been on a motor cycle. The event was reported in The Western Morning News and Daily Gazette; you can read the full article by clicking on the cutting below.


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