Welcome to the Historic Sporting Trials Association

“This website replaces the old hsta.co.uk site as the official website of the HSTA. Over the coming months, we hope to further develop this website to provide a useful resource for those involved in Historic Sporting Trials.”

Martyn Halliday

Historic Sporting Trials

The primary aim of the Historic Sporting Trials movement is to provide suitable events, organised by MSA recognised clubs, in which the sporting trial cars of the 1960’s and middle 1970’s can compete.  The observed sections are designed to suit the earlier Historic Class cars equipped with fiddle brakes.

MSA Historic Sporting Trials Formula

The MSA Historic Sporting Trials Formula requires the cars should be similar to the cars used in period and defines specific requirements of vehicles which are eligible to compete in Historic Sporting Trials.

Historic Class

Sporting trials cars constructed in accordance with the National Trials Formula between 1953 and the end of 1970.

 These cars use 18” rear wheels with cross ply “control” tyres to a maximum width of 5”

Engines:  Ford 1172 side valve, BMC A Series to 950cc, Austin 7 and Reliant.

Front axles:  Ford Y type/1172 side valve or Austin 7 with transverse leaf spring.

Steering box required

Post Historic Class

Sporting trials cars constructed in accordance with the National Trials Formula up to 1978.

Cars were required to use 15” rear wheels with radial tyres to a maximum width of 165.

Examples of acceptable period engines are: – Ford pre-crossflow and crossflow, the larger BMC engines such as 1098 and 1275, Imp and it derivatives, Renault 16,

Front axle can be fabricated beam with coil over dampers and rack and pinion steering.

Drum brakes on all wheels

2018 Trials dates

3rd February Sywell Supper
4th February KBCC – Sywell Historic Sporting Trial, near Sywell Aerodrome, near Northhampton
24th March Southsea Motor Club – Ron Faulkner Historic Sporting Trial, Languish, Petersfield, Hampshire
28th April Midland Trials Car Club – Spring Historic Sporting Trial, Long Compton, Warwickshire, CV36 5JJ
28th July HSCC – Historic Sporting Trial, near Ware, Hertfordshire
10th November Stroud and District MC – Cotswold Historic Sporting Trial at Wotton under Edge, Glos 
8th December KBCC –  Monty Peters Trial, West Malling, Kent
29th December 750 Motor Club – Historic Plum Pudding Sporting Trial, Buriton, near Petersfield, Hampshire

For further information contact Martyn Halliday   tel. 07739 464170 or email martyn_halliday@msn.com