During this section competitors displayed their ability to accurately park, reverse, accelerate, uncouple, climb a hill, brake and weave through bollards. Even their competence to evade potholes while towing was tested at some events.
Surprise tests were also thrown into the mix to show that the outfit was fully equipped for the road. Over the years these surprises ranged from having to change a wheel to making a cup of tea.
In 1973 this was taken to a new level where caravan races, which were likened to Roman chariot racing, brought spectators to 'their feet cheering’. This was, however, a slightly perilous event causing damage to several outfits in their quest for the award. The Caravan Club issued reminders in the event programmes that 'motor sport is dangerous'.
In 1976 the track tests were made into an event separate from the Road Rally to encourage Caravan Club members without road rallying skills to display their manoeuvring.
Competitors burn rubber during the braking test at Mallory Park in 1966. These tests demonstrated how car and caravan outfits could brake safely at high speed:
The braking test returns to Mallory Park in 1968:
Spectators watch reversing skills at Mallory Park in 1968:
Press play to hear about the number of Caravan Road Rally competitors on the Mallory Park circuit.
Watch the timed single lap test at Mallory Park during the 1966 event:
Press the Play button to hear marshal Ray Smith's memories of how amateur crews had practiced hitching:
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