In 1904 the Hereford Small Car Trials were held, to demonstrate the practicality of the less-expensive cars. They occupied twelve days and 614 miles, and only four of the 33 drivers managed non-stop runs.
From August 29, eighty-four years later to the day, the Midland Section of the VCC is staging a replica event, albeit for only six days, based at the same Green Dragon Hotel in Hereford, using the same 50-mile routes and imposing similar penalties for involuntary stops.
Classes for vehicles priced between £125 and £200 were used in 1904; this time all pre-1919 cars are eligible, but the £20 entry fee will not apply for pre-1905 examples. Late entries are being accepted up to a maximum of 80. WB