The first Saturday in January is the date for the Exeter Trial. The Exeter Trial is one of the oldest motorsport events in the country having first taken place in 1910. The event is organised by the Motor Cycling Club, which itself was established in 1901. The trial starts at midnight and requires competitors to navigate between “sections”. The “sections” themselves are steep and generally muddy tracks which have to be driven up without competitors stopping or getting stuck. This year Eric Lloyd & Co director Jonathan Bye, was involved in assisting in the the running of the section at Fingle Bridge near Drewsteignton on the edge of Dartmoor involving a rather chilly 6.30 a.m. rendezvous! Over the last thirty plus years Jonathan has been watching the event the cars and equipment have evolved from many of the vehicles being pre war cars and motorcycles, including the famous “Tamar Trio” of “Cream Cracker” pre war MG’s with their dim headlights and no indicators! Now most of the vehicles are from the 1980’s and 1990’s fitted with bright LED lamps and the luxury of heaters! Whilst the vehicles and technology have evolved over the years the basic principles of the trial have remained the same, namely men & women finding their way between and ascending the various sections. Likewise estate agency has evolved now embracing the latest in technology with internet listings, email alerts and social media. However, like the trial, the basic principles of good estate agency have remained unchanged requiring the expertise of experienced local professionals to provide guidance and assistance from the initial valuation advice through to completion.