The Winter Trial 2018 One week sideways, a rally drivers dream, 4 - 8 February 2018

The Winter Trial finished in Sankt Wolfgang in the old fashioned way. Lots of snow, lots of stories to take home and lots of smiles of competitors who all want to come back for the 2019 edition. Enjoy the storie under daily reports and also see the result page.

Where is the Winter Trial going in 2018?

Most of the route for 2018 is as always still a secret. But all we can tell you now, is that the start location for 2018 will be at the BMW factory headquarters in Munich.. So Germany - Tchec Republic -Austria - Slovenia - Austria will be this years battlefield. The overnight halts can be found here.

Below the first part of the Winter movie from the Mobil 1 report, which just went out in some 80 countries around the world.

What is new for 2018?
The length of the event is 5 days, plus two evening loops for just the Trial class.
The start of the event will be close to the Austrian border.
So do expect snow right from the start.

This year we will accept cars up to 1985.
However only cars being built before 1979 are eligible for the overall awards.

Who can compete?
If you have a valid driving licence and common sense, good humour and an interest in having fun, then you can enter!

How and when can I enter the Winter Trial?
On our site goto to register or mail us at and ask for the entry form. The full entry fee is € 6.290 unless you are quick te register in which case the early bird fee is applicable. Goto electronic entry form or download the form.

I am new to the Winter Trial, is that a problem?
That definitely is not a problem. In December 2017 we will organise an afternoon for the new comers to teach you the tips and tricks.

What class should I enter?
We have two classes: The Challenge Class drives the full daytime route but does not drive the evening loops. They spend more time in the bar and have lots of fun.

The Trial Class is much more competitive. You need a more experienced navigator and be willing to drive two evening loops of about 3 hours each.

Do I need a competition licence?
Yes you do, but if you do not have a valid one we will provide a KNAF rally pass at signing on.

Regular news letters, regulations and other info will be published on the downloads page.

Are you reaydy to enter?


Read what our competitors said.
The route of the Winter Trial had been designed by Mark Appleton, and all gathered for the final celebration at St Wolfgang, where everyone agreed that it had been a fantastic rally. It had been a tough rally as usual, a true endurance event, challenging for driver, navigator and car in roughly equal portions.
All the hotels were excellent and welcoming. The start and finish venues are hard to beat, and we look forward to the 18th version in 2018.

Peter Rushfort

I had more fun this week than driving a whole year in modern rallying.
Erwin Doctor,

Just a quick note to say thank you and your team for organising such an enjoyable rally last week. Ludo and I had a really good time and met some nice guys during the course of the rally.
Ludovic Bois