1952 Midnight Trial

The traditional Midnight Trial, organised by the Victorian Sporting Car Club and directed by Neal and Stuart Charge and Maurie Monk, was held on July 5th.

Starting at 11 pm on a Saturday night, the event was run in wet and cold conditions with snow falling in places. A field of 37 cars started with 29 finishing.

The Midnight Trial was won by Peter Manton in a Morris Minor, ably navigated by Don Thomson.

A report appeared in Australian Motor Sports.


Results and entry list

1Peter MantonDon ThomsonMorris Minor900
2Ian BarnesGeorge SpanosCitroen 15895
3Ken WylieDoug ParisMG TC870
4G. RichardsonSinger 9845
5Cec WarrenAustin A40780
6R. JacksonMG TC770
7Harry FirthMorris Van765
8Vic CoxMG TC740
9W. MontgomeryMorris Minor730
10Stan JonesHolden700


From a start in inner Melbourne the event headed to Notting Hill then to Dandenong then north to Warranwood (near Ringwood). Onwards to Beagley’s Bridge near Kallista and a few other places in the Dandenong Ranges and out to Yallock. The remainder of the event appeared to be in west Gippsland including Catani, Yannathan, Langwarrin, Tooradin and Pearcedale, then back through Heatherton to the finish in Melbourne.

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