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Where to watch this year’s Cotswold Clouds motor trials


Tomorrow, Sunday February 5th, sees the annual running of Stroud and District Motor Club’s legendary Cotswold Clouds motor trials, first run in 1963.

The weather forecast looks favourable for this year’s event where 84 cars, ranging from pre-war to modern machinery, will tackle the challenging hills around Stroud. The event isn’t a race or a rally and is run with landowners’ permission. It’s a test of skill and car control to navigate the slippery, muddy hillsides.

Action from the 2018 running of the Cotswold Clouds with driver Mark Linforth and ‘bouncer’ Mark Watkins at Crooked Mustard in an MG Special.

Competitors leave Fromebridge Mill, Whitminster at 8am and the first cars will tackle the notorious Crooked Mustard section, off Twinberrow Lane in Dursley, from around 8.40am. They then travel to The Ladder in Nailsworth, always a popular spot with spectators, the first cars expected at 9.10am. Another designated spectator area is at Ham Mill (below Winstone’s Ice Cream) with the first cars due at around 9.30am:

  • Crooked Mustard, Dursley; what3words reference: SCRAMBLES.SHOUT.SENDING at 8.40am.
  • Nailsworth Ladder; what3words reference: SUPPOSES.DRIFTER.SLANT at 9.10am.
  • Ham Mill, near Winstone’s Ice Cream; what3words reference: FLOPS.OUTSMART.MOTELS at 9.30am.
  • Bull Banks, near Edgeworth; what3words reference: BRIGHT.IMPOSES.POLITICAL at 11.40am.

The club asks that spectators park their vehicles clear of the highway and don’t block properties or section exits.

For more information visit: Cotswold Clouds 2023 – Stroud and District Motor Club

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