About the Three Castles Welsh Classic Trial
The Three Castles Welsh Classic Trial is a classic car event in the grand tradition that's three events in one - Concours, Regularity Rally, Driving Tests. Returning each night to Llandudno, it runs through the ancient landscapes of Anglesey, Gwynedd and Clwyd in North West Wales on the first weekend of summer.
In 2014 the event, for years Britain's most popular classic car adventure, ran from 5th - 7th June, preceded by the Prologue - a tour and advice day, free to all competitors, on 4th June. Our unique format was still based in a single centre, keeping the same comfortable hotel room throughout. It was a real occasion - the event has been a success since its inception, often attracting a hundred entries or more.
More style, new content; moving ahead was our theme this year. We again took advantage of quieter roads by running after the bank holiday week, and this year we concentrated the last day's regularities on quiet roads. The top venues were there, from Mostyn Hall to the Great Orme, and we enjoyed lunches at Penmaenuchaf Hall, Dolserau Hall, the Kinmel Arms and Portmeirion - all of them among our all-time favourite venues.
We again rotated start times day by day, and everyone was back in good time for the convivial evening functions. Our mid-event dinner offered a wider range of atmospheric choices, with premium options, and there were slight adjustments in the regulations to continue to balance opportunities and challenges for everyone, whatever their experience or skill level.
We also enjoyed the enthusiastic support of our many friends in Wales. The Three Castles Welsh Classic Trial is affordable and enjoyable in any classic car - ideal for first timers and social rallyists. The competition is fun, but never too hard. No rough roads. No night sections. Touring is mixed with road regularity sections that test teamwork and accuracy. Varied driving tests at interesting private venues included Glan y Gors & Glasfryn Park kart circuits, the incomparable closed roads of the Great Orme and several fine stately home drives, all of which let the drivers shine in safety.
A great route again unveiled around 480 miles of great atmosphere and savage beauty, with barely a town in sight. We went west to the long sea views of the Lleyn Peninsula, and lunch at fabled Portmeirion, south over Snowdonia's high, misty mountain passes to two fine fine country house hotels and the wild heart of Wales, and finally east through the rolling landscape of the Clwydian Hills,to Mostyn Hall and the welcoming Kinmel Arms before the finale back in Llandudno.
Come join us in 2015. You’ll enjoy every minute, just as everyone did in 2014.