The United Hospitals and University of London Motor Club (UHULMC) was founded in 1932 to organise and promote motor competitions in all its forms within the hospitals and colleges of the University of London. In part due to the transient nature of student populations, partly due to increased costs as competitions moved from the amateur and casual to more professional, the nature of the club evolved. The Suez crisis in 1956 resulted in panic fuel buying and the anticipation of rationing which commenced in November of that year. Obviously, this had a major adverse effect upon motor sport. UHULMC sought a way for enthusiasts to enjoy their sport, yet use a minimum of petrol . . .and so the Miglia Quadrato was born. The very first Miglia Quadrato was run in April of 1957 whilst fuel rationing was in action. Petrol rationing ended on 14 May, but it took a while for normality to return to motor sport (which was seen as a frivolous use of fuel), and that first Miglia was well attended. So, what was the inspired idea that has endured to the present day? The aim was to provide a night of competition that would use but a gallon of fuel. The format was of a treasure hunt constrained in a limited area, combining navigational (reading the map) and observational (finding the clues) skills. By setting a large number of clues (sixty is now the number) within a five hour span (from midnight) the crews had the task of finding their own route between the randomly listed locations and then the task of finding answers to the clues by torchlight (and the torches of the fifties were far inferior to the ‘searchlights’ that are found today). All this within the City of London - the famous ‘one square mile’ which gave rise the event’s name - the Miglia Quadrato, having a nice homage to the famous Mille Miglia. That was a thousand mile endurance race that ran through Italy, enthralling many, and which had its final race in that same year as the Miglia Quadrato was born. The Miglia Quadrato now runs each May and is open to anyone - no membership of any club or affiliation with the University is required: just a four wheeled motor vehicle and a team of two to five persons. Why not join us? Latterly, the nature of the club has been to continue the tradition of the annual Miglia Quadrato, which still has a loyal following and is run in very similar fashion. The popularity of this event in the City of London saw, in 1972, the organisers devise a new competition to bring the curiosities of the City to others. The Londinium Pedo is the sister event, albeit with no motoring association. It is a treasure hunt, with a difference. A Sunday afternoon, usually late autumn, with a three hour circular route on foot. Teams are of one or two persons and entry is open to all. A separate, less strenuous, route is offered for the more elderly or those with very young children. It is a competition (and some take it seriously) but it is also a social occasion and entrants will be taken to parts of the City they might otherwise not have explored. The essence of the Londinium Pedo is to provide an enjoyable afternoon, with similar elements of competition to the Miglia. The route comprises six sections, each of a different style,  and on the way competitors need to search for clues. This has become an annual fixture with many eagerly awaiting the next. Read about it in more detail and maybe join us on the next Londinium Pedo. The name rather loosely suggesting ‘London on Foot’ in pseudo-Latin. UHULMC exists now to organise and promote these two competitions (one motoring, the other on foot) within the City of London. Some of our past history is given in a later section of this web site and will be expanded as time permits and as more materials come to light.
United Hospitals &
University of London Motor Club
Recognised by the MSA for the promotion of motor competitions
Founded 1932
The United Hospitals and University of London Motor Club (UHULMC) was founded in 1932 to organise and promote motor competitions in all its forms within the hospitals and colleges of the University of London. In part due to the transient nature of student populations, partly due to increased costs as competitions moved from the amateur and casual to more professional, the nature of the club evolved. The Suez crisis in 1956 resulted in panic fuel buying and the anticipation of rationing which commenced in November of that year. Obviously, this had a major adverse effect upon motor sport. UHULMC sought a way for enthusiasts to enjoy their sport, yet use a minimum of petrol . . .and so the Miglia Quadrato was born. The very first Miglia Quadrato was run in April of 1957 whilst fuel rationing was in action. Petrol rationing ended on 14 May, but it took a while for normality to return to motor sport (which was seen as a frivolous use of fuel), and that first Miglia was well attended. So, what was the inspired idea that has endured to the present day? The aim was to provide a night of competition that would use but a gallon of fuel. The format was of a treasure hunt constrained in a limited area, combining navigational (reading the map) and observational (finding the clues) skills. By setting a large number of clues (sixty is now the number) within a five hour span (from midnight) the crews had the task of finding their own route between the randomly listed locations and then the task of finding answers to the clues by torchlight (and the torches of the fifties were far inferior to the ‘searchlights’ that are found today). All this within the City of London - the famous ‘one square mile’ which gave rise the event’s name - the Miglia Quadrato, having a nice homage to the famous Mille Miglia. That was a thousand mile endurance race that ran through Italy, enthralling many, and which had its final race in that same year as the Miglia Quadrato was born. The Miglia Quadrato now runs each May and is open to anyone - no membership of any club or affiliation with the University is required: just a four wheeled motor vehicle and a team of two to five persons. Why not join us? Latterly, the nature of the club has been to continue the tradition of the annual Miglia Quadrato, which still has a loyal following and is run in very similar fashion. The popularity of this event in the City of London saw, in 1972, the organisers devise a new competition to bring the curiosities of the City to others. The Londinium Pedo is the sister event, albeit with no motoring association. It is a treasure hunt, with a difference. A Sunday afternoon, usually late autumn, with a three hour circular route on foot. Teams are of one or two persons and entry is open to all. A separate, less strenuous, route is offered for the more elderly or those with very young children. It is a competition (and some take it seriously) but it is also a social occasion and entrants will be taken to parts of the City they might otherwise not have explored. The essence of the Londinium Pedo is to provide an enjoyable afternoon, with similar elements of competition to the Miglia. The route comprises six sections, each of a different style,  and on the way competitors need to search for clues. This has become an annual fixture with many eagerly awaiting the next. Read about it in more detail and maybe join us on the next Londinium Pedo. The name rather loosely suggesting ‘London on Foot’ in pseudo- Latin. UHULMC exists now to organise and promote these two competitions (one motoring, the other on foot) within the City of London. Some of our past history is given in a later section of this web site and will be expanded as time permits and as more materials come to light.
Recognised by the MSA for the promotion of motor competitions
Founded 1932
University of London Motor Club
United Hospitals &