The black dog and I got out on the north coast path this Easter Saturday, to watch the final leg of the Land’s End Classic Reliability Road Trial as it passed through Blue Hills.
The event at Blues Hills is a bit of an iconic date in the Cornish Diary, and this year the man in a van was taking part, so we were there to shout/bark encouragement from the sidelines.
The event has been running for about 100 years and started out as part of the road trials that used to test out the new mass production vehicles. The tradition has continued and today there are one-day events all over the country, and some 24 hour events, including the Land’s End. It kicked off in Launceston at 7.30pm on the Friday evening with about 350 vehicles (including motorbikes and sidecars) taking part. And the driving and sections (technical challenges) went on right the way through the night, finishing about 4pm the next afternoon.
Our man was the passenger in the mauve Mazda MX5 in the video (we take part in the one day events together, but our silver Mazda is currently ‘resting’ in the garage), which was accompanied by everything from a Reliant Robin, a Mini Moke, Escorts, VDubs, TR7’s and old 1920’s Trojans.
Blue Hills, a track owned by the MCC, is the last section on the event and as such attracts a huge crowd. The black dog and I parked up by Wheal Kitty Studios and took the cliff path over the headland and towards the top of the track, to watch the cars as they climbed up.
Once we’d seen the man do his bit and gone to welcome him at the top, we headed west back over the cliff and took the lower path down into Trevaunance Cove, past the Driftwood (great for beer, food and music) and up the hill for a swift half at the Tap House, before heading home.