The America’s Cup Trial is a competition for the world’s earliest motor cars. If you would like to enter a challenge your horseless carriage must have been manufactured in Great Britain before the end of 1899 and be propelled by a single cylinder gasoline engine with maximum power of 3 horsepower.

The America’s Cup Trial trophy will be awarded to the oldest eligible motor car to complete the trip from Land’s End to John O’Groats under its’ own power in the shortest recorded time.

Entrants must register their intention to challenge for the America’s Cup Trial trophy before setting off on their epic adventure. The current holder is a 3 horsepower Arnold Benz’s System motor car built in 1898. The photograph shows the car ascending the notorious Berriedale Braes in Caithness en-route for John o’Groats in 1981.

The 1898 Arnold Benz’s System car that is the current holder of the America’s Cup Trial trophy.
Dawn of Motoring: William Arnold and Sons, East Peckham, millers, engineers and motor manufacturers.
An advertisement for Arnold Benz’s System cars dated March 1897.


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