BTRDA® Gold Star® Champions

Car Trialling

John Wadsworth - Ford Ka (photo Geoff Pickett)
John Wadsworth - Ford Ka (photo Geoff Pickett)


Held off-road, on mainly grassy hillsides, driver and passenger** ("bouncer") skillfully persuade their production car to climb non-stop uphill in a series of tests - emerging from the top of the test being the objective. Successful crews will apply well honed techniques, to amaze the lay onlooker and all without the benefit or expense of a specialist car! To add to the challenges all cars have to use normal "summer type" tyres - Winter, M&S or Allweather tyres are not permitted. Many competing cars in Car Trials are in day-to-day use, be it the family car or one used in other motor sport disciplines - or both!  **the passenger may be optional, subject to individual event regulations.

Competitors favouring the standard car are amply catered for with a class for production cars first registered on or after 1 January 1998 and carrying no ballast. These "younger" cars are also eligible for one or two of the other classes, in which limited modifications are permitted within the MSA Regulations and the cars then invariably carry ballast to improve grip.

For full details of the classes on BTRDA events, see the Championship Leaflet, and for the technical regulations see the current MSA Yearbook, section ‘T' for Trials. The full championship rules in a more legible format are available here.

If you are new to the sport, take a look at our "Short Guide to Car Trials" and for an in-depth study of the intricacies of Car Trials, see our leaflet "Car Trials Driving Techniques".



The Championship runs in conjunction with a dozen or so National B status club/regional events across the country, culminating in an end-of-season Grand Final Trial for qualifying competitors - those having contested at least five of the qualifying rounds.

With league type championships running through the season, together with a unique end-of-season Grand Final Trial (with bonus points for the winner of that event), there is much to play for! Additionally, class awards and the Ladies Award are contested at the Grand Final only. If you are up to the challenge - join us today - we look forward to seeing you!


Newcomers to the Car Trials Championship can register FREE-OF-CHARGE for 2017 and if under 25 on 1st January 2017 and not previously a member of the BTRDA can join the Association FREE-OF-CHARGE too! So now is a great opportunity to sign up to the best Car Trials Championship in the country. We look forward to seeing you.


See our Latest News section for details of a Car Trials Taster / Training Day we are holding on 30th April at Bromsgrove.



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NOTE:  Changes to the calendar (Championship Events) will be kept up-to-date, but date information in other documents may be obsolete.

Angela Danby trialing a mk1 Golf GTI
Angela Danby trialing a mk1 Golf GTI

Latest News

Car Trials Taster Day - 30 April 2017

Added: 4th March 2017

BTRDA joins in with the MGCC Midland Centre Car Trials Taster Day
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Forthcoming Events

Ivinghoe Spring Trial

Date: 26th March 2017

Regulations and Entry Forms are now available.
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Ernest Owen Car Trial

Date: 23rd April 2017

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Warwickshire Trial

Date: 7th May 2017

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Event Reports

Basil Elkington Trial

Date: 19th March 2017

Rupert North opened his season with an emphatic win at the Basil Elkington Car ...
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Golden Springs Car Trial

Date: 5th March 2017

Barrie Parker drove faultlessly in atrocious conditions which had nearly forced ...
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