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Created Date:

01 July 2015

Last Modified:

19 December 2023
Beamish

Beamish Safety and Reliability Trial

A long-established motoring event for vehicles manufactured before 1957.

Location  
The trial follows a circular route starting at Beamish in County Durham, and reaching as far south as Bainbridge, in North Yorkshire.

Date
1970 - date

A 1948 Lea-Francis 14hp Sports on the Beamish Reliability and Safety Trial, June 2015.  Image: thanks to the Lea-Francis Owners’ Club, © Horst Meinert.
A 1948 Lea-Francis 14hp Sports on the Beamish Reliability and Safety Trial, June 2015. Image: thanks to the Lea-Francis Owners’ Club, © Horst Meinert.
  • A 1948 Lea-Francis 14hp Sports on the Beamish Reliability and Safety Trial, June 2015.  Image: thanks to the Lea-Francis Owners’ Club, © Horst Meinert.

Commentary 
Organised each year on the third Sunday in June, the Beamish Safety and Reliability Trial is a 155-mile run across some of the steepest terrain in Durham and North Yorkshire.

The Trial is a re-enactment of the various motor trials and tests run in the area before 1939, and is open to cars, motorcycles and light commercial vehicles manufactured before 1957.  

Starting at the open-air industrial museum at Beamish, the route takes competitors south through Wolsingham, Bowes, Langthwaite to the halfway point at Bainbridge.  Entrants then drive north to Tan Hill Inn, Britain’s highest public house, and then on to Brough, Romaldkirk, Stanhope and finally returning to Beamish.

Further details

  • The North of England Classic and pre-War Automobiles Motoring Club website:  http://necpwa.org