The Layer Marney Cup can trace its history back to June 6th 1914. It was conceived as a “petrol consumption trial” from Southend to Layer Marney Tower and this inaugural run was won by Mr FC Byford, who covered the course driving a Unic at 42.26 miles per gallon.
Sheila Charrington who, together with her husband Nicholas, owns the stately home of Layer Marney Tower, decided to re-create the event in the image of the original fuel consumption trial to celebrate its 101st Anniversary.
The event continued in 2016 and 2017 with a route of approx. 70 miles, finishing in front of Layer Marney Tower –a spectacular Tudor building and popular attraction, close to Colchester and the Jam making village of Tiptree.
The entry list has topped 70 cars on each occasion. There are eleven classes – one for each decade from 1915.