As sixty crews tackled the opening Prologue to the fifteenth anniversary Three Castles Trial, Malcolm and Martin Davies’ fine Alvis (pictured) ran well, but elsewhere there were teething problems throughout the field as sixty of the entrants enjoyed the shakedown Prologue in steadily improving fine weather.

Our Brit Assist teams were in action early. John and Kim Durden’s TR6 had fallen foul of a crown wheel and pinion proble. A new complete differential was sourced and equipment man Dewi Williams made the three hour round trip to collect it. Brit Assist are fitting it this evening and the car is confidently expected to make the start. The grateful crew thought the Three Castles team effort to help them “fantastic”.

Meanwhile Ken Matthews has trouble with his Sunbeam Alpine, which is leaking fuel. A master cylinder change also has Richard and Sue Boughton arriving late this evening and needing emergency scrutineering at 07.30 tomorrow, before they can start their BMW 2002tii.

Steve Farmer and john Gearing retired early from the Prologue to work on their car, but expect it to be fine.

The forty mile run took in fine scenery at around the 500 foot mark, in the hills between Colwyn Bay and Abergele. A practice driving test at Gwrych Castle in glorious sunshine rounded off the day and introduced competitors to the first of the six castles this year’s rally will pass or visit.

On Wednesday it’s the turn of Penrhyn Castle, Criccieth  and Caernarfon. The first car leaves the start at 08.01. Spectator information is here.

For Duncan Littler’s pictures (opens Flicker window) from the first day click here.

For Prologue results (which do not count towards the event) click here.