The Three Castles Trial is a classic car event in the grand tradition with a Concours D'Elegance and Prologue preceding a three day historic road rally based on regularity sections and enjoyable driving tests. Returning each night to Llandudno, it runs through the ancient landscapes of Anglesey, Gwynedd and Clwyd in North West Wales during the first week of summer.
The theme is 'relaxed competition'. Run under MSA regulations, this is a competitive classic rally, not a tour, but it's one that should be approached in the right spirit. We're not trying to get crews lost, or to catch them out. We don't want people speeding on the highway. Rather, we want this to be an event that is a celebration of the classic car: an ambassador for its sport that is encouraged and welcomed by the populations of the villages and hamlets it passes through.
If you enjoy your classic car and your classic motorsport, like meeting new people and swapping stories, and when the occasion demands like a little competition, in fact if you like the social occasion as much as the rallying itself, the Three Castles is for you. If your need is for hard-core all action competition, and only that, it's probably not.
On the road during the day, an enjoyable pace is maintained - this is a sporting event, and a tough one to win, but it is also easy to appreciate the fine scenery on general road sections that make up the majority of the road route. About 25% of the road route is made up of competitive "regularity sections", where you concentrate on maintaining a steady average speed, usually of between 20 and 30 mph. These sections, about a dozen in number, may not be fast but are a true test of teamwork for both the driver and the navigator and can be surprisingly nail-biting. All good fun.
Fun is also to be had on around twenty special tests in which you drive against the clock, on private land of course. Run to a 30mph average, the twists and turns on these sections nonetheless provide plenty of fun for the crew, and again test teamwork as well as driving skill. But as with the evenings, it's really all about the people - every marshal, every team member, is out to make sure you have a good time, and you'll see happy, smiling faces wherever you go.
In 2018 the event, for years Britain's most popular classic car adventure, will run from 6th - 8th June, preceded by the Prologue - a tour and advice day, free to all competitors, on 5th June. Our unique format is based in a single centre, keeping the same comfortable hotel room throughout. It's a real occasion - the event has been a success since its inception, often attracting a hundred entries or more.
More style, new content; re-imagining and re-engineering the event is our theme this time. We will again take advantage of quieter roads by running after the bank holiday week, and we concentrate the last day's regularities on quiet lanes. The top venues are there, from Mostyn Hall to the Great Orme, and we will enjoy lunches at Dylans by the sea in Criccieth, at Lake Vyrnwy Hotel and at Palé Hall, a magnificent new venue we think will become a firm Three Castles favourite,
We will again rotate start times day by day, and everyone will be back in good time for the convivial evening functions. Our mid-event dinner will offer a wide range of atmospheric choices, with an excellent premium private dinner as one option, and there are small adjustments in the regulations to continue to balance opportunities and challenges, whatever your experience or skill level.
We continue to enjoy the enthusiastic support of our many friends in North Wales. The Three Castles Trial is affordable and enjoyable in any classic car across seven decades from the 1920s to the 1980s - 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 kart circuit, the incomparable closed roads of the Great Orme and several fine stately home drives, all of which let the drivers shine in safety.
A fine route from Clerk of the Course Baz Green will unveil around 500 miles of great atmosphere and savage beauty, with barely a town in sight. We will go west to the ancient Lleyn Peninsula, south over Snowdonia's high, misty mountain passes to the wild heart of Wales, and east through the rolling landscape of the Clwydian Hills, to Mostyn Hall and the welcoming Kinmel Arms. The unforgettable finale will, as ever, be back in Llandudno on the Great Orme.
Come join us in 2018. You’ll enjoy every minute. Click here to request an entry pack!