The trial that we now call "The Major's" started in 1969 as a result of comments overheard by the late Major Ben Hervey Bathurst (the owner of Eastnor Castle & Estate and then Midland Rover Owners' Club President) who was presenting the prizes at the ARC National trial at Eastnor. The ground had been rather dry and "the trial was too easy and not challenging enough for the best drivers".
The Major continued with the prize giving and then issued a challenge to all clubs to bring their best drivers and return in October to see if the ground was still too easy. He laid the first trial out himself, setting a testing course across varying ground. The aim was for the Major to pit himself and his driving experience against the cream of Britain's Land Rover drivers, having driven all the sections himself.
All profits from the event go to the Major's favourite charity, the maintenance and restoration of Eastnor Parish Church, a cause very close to his heart, and to Eastnor Village School (also the charity of Land Rover Driving Experience).
Eastnor is a wonderful venue, much loved by the Major, and we are grateful for the continued support of his son, James Hervey-Bathurst, whose permission to use the land means that we can carry on enjoying our sport.