A Sporting Trial is a non speed competition which involves advancing a specially built trials car over rugged, hilly and often muddy terrain, as far as is physically possible, without striking laid out markers defining the route of the course. It is very much a competitive, fun, family-type sport, with over 80 regular competitors. Sporting Trials are an economical sport to be involved in and double driving is permitted, thereby helping to share running/repair costs etc.
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Type of Vehicles
The vehicles used are generally home built to fixed specifications which minimises outlay on components. The common conversion is based on the humble V.W. beetle and commercially available inexpensive all terrain type tyres are used. Overall exact specifications are published in the Motorsport Ireland Yearbook.
When and Where
Sporting Trials are generally held on farmland and in quarries in the Dublin / Wicklow area and events take place during the Autumn / Winter months, between September and April.
Licence Requirements and Starting Age
A clubman category "Junior" or "National B" grade licence is required. The minimum age is 10 years. Competitors under 18 years of age require written permission from parents or guardians. A Road Traffic Act licence not required. Training and advice on car preparation is voluntarily and willingly provided by the competitors of this exceptionally friendly branch of motorsport. A first time licence costs as little as €40 if you are a member of one of our Affiliated Motor Clubs - non-club members pay €80.
How to get Started
If you are interested in becoming involved then the first step is to contact Motorsport Ireland, the governing body of the sport, at phone 01-677 5628. Motorsport Ireland issue competition licences and we annually publish a "Yearbook" containing all the rules and regulations for Irish Motorsport. The "Yearbook", in DVD format, is issued free with every competition licence or alternatively you may buy a hard copy costing €35. A calendar of events is also published on this web site and you can download a Licence Application Form here.
Special Equipment Required
Roll-bar, fire extinguisher, rope.
Warm, tear proof, all weather outdoor clothing and a good sturdy pair of wellington boots are recommended!
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Average Cost of Event Entry Fee
Club Members €35 - €38.
Non Club Members €38 - €40.
Juniors €18 - €20.
Cost includes Competitor Personal Accident Insurance.
A one day Licence is available for €25.
Officials / Marshalling
One of the best ways to learn all about a particular division of Motorsport is to get involved in the day to day organisation. So if you do not feel ready to compete or you would simply like a sociable friendly attachment to Sporting Trials, your invaluable help is more than appreciated. Contact anyone involved in the Clubs above and get activated. It could change your whole life and at the same time help others enjoy a great sport held in a responsible controlled environment