Previously an event favoured equally by those of the two-, three- and four-wheeled persuasion, the 1953 Land’s End Trial was one in which the motorcycles took centre stage.
Motorcycles dominate at the Land’s End Trial
C R Bell (Ariel) trundles determinedly across Darracott. Those behind him would be caught in a small snowstorm that thankfully subsided not long after it began.
The 33rd of its kind since the event’s inception, the 1953 Land’s End Trial – organised by the Motor Cycle Club – commenced from three separate locations.
Riders of solo motorcycles, sidecar outfits and three-wheelers (totalling 138 entrants in all) began the trial from Virginia Waters near Staines, while a further 59 set off from Kenilworth, Warwickshire, and a final group of 63 participants made up the starter’s list in Launceston, Cornwall.
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The event also attracted a considerable quantity of riders from the armed forces, and their significant riding skill was apparent from the start as they confidently tackled section after section on their WD machines.
Read more in June’s edition of TCM