1953 Midnight Trial

The Midnight Trial was organised by the Victorian Sporting Car Club and was conducted on the night of July 11th.

Night trials were relatively rare at the time, so an “all night” trial was something different. The event was directed by Leo Drill and Neal Charge and was won by was won by newcomers Harley Mehegan and Maurie Nelson in a Holden.

A full report appeared in Australian Motor Sports.


Results and entry list

1Harley MeheganMaurie NelsonHolden990
2Grove JuddJ. McCurdyAustin A70900
3G. RichardsonGeorge SpanosSinger SM Roadster850
4Graham HoinvilleM. SummersMG840
5Ern AbbottMrs. AbbottPeugeot 203790
6Don ThomsonMaurie MonkStandard Vanguard775


Starting from Olympic Park, the event was conducted mostly on the Mornington Peninsula. Controls were at Bangholme, Mt Eliza, Mooraduc, Merricks North, Boneo, Arthurs Seat, Hampden Park, Sage’s Corner, Mooroolbark. The finish was at the club’s Templestowe Hillclimb.

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