Hero Challenge



23rd September 2017

Bicester Heritage

Now re-named as the HERO Challenge, the 2017 event will be based around the famous airfield near Bicester, Oxfordshire - but may include new and exciting venues building on the feedback received after last year's event. The Clubman category is ideal for those looking to step up from touring type events, newcomers to the sport or simply those who prefer tulip style navigation. The National B section is aimed at the more seasoned competitor or those who prefer traditional navigation methods.

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Event description

Intermediate difficulty

The HERO Challenge is totally different to many other traditional historic regularity rallies as it runs as a dual-permit event that allows two events to follow a very similar route – yet allows an approach that gives two very different styles of navigation and approach to be used.

National B Section: The HERO Challenge has formed a part of the HRCR Clubmans Championship throughout most of its existence, the formula of a series of centrally located driving tests interspersed with regularity sections has been appealing since its inception. The National B Section is aimed at crews with more experience or those who relish the challenge of traditional navigation skills and techniques.

Clubmans Section: For those who have limited time available or prefer an event where straight forward navigation is used the HERO Challenge is an ideal way to begin your adventure into historic regularity rallying. The HERO Challenge Clubman Section has been a firm favourite on the calendar since its inception in 2010 due to the straight – forward navigation and flowing driving tests, it is perfect for those who prefer tulip road book style navigation or who are newcomers / novices to historic regularity rallying.

Event Characteristics

Start date


Current entry fee


(Starting from)

Length of route

150 miles

(240 km)

Pre-event training


Approximate daily mileage

150 miles

(240 km)

Vehicle eligibility


(Cars built before this date)

Navigation type

Tulip for Clubman, Traditional for Nat B


Night sections


Expected Tests


Expected Regularities


HERO Cup coefficient


Clubman Section

Navigation is with a tulip style road book with some very straightforward map-based sections. You will need a tripmeter (available here).

There will be no night time driving or complex navigation
The timing will be easy so that the link sections are not too punishing and everyone has time for lunch, coffee & a chat

This event is suitable for those who are new to Regularity Rallying, those who have already done some events, seasoned competitors or crews wishing to shakedown their cars

National B Section

Navigation is via Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 Landranger series, this section is aimed at crews looking to progress into traditional map-based navigation which includes various styles of presentation that are found on HRCR championship events. The route may be slightly different to the Clubman section and crews may have to press-on a little more.

Vehicle Information

  • All cars will be eligible for overall awards.
  • The cars will be spilt into classes, based on age and cc. There will no differentiation between sports and saloon cars.
  • HERO continue to generally favour older cars and the route chosen has been planned around cars from the 1960’s but both older and newer cars will feel equally at home.
  • The scoring on the test sections is class based so you will be scoring against other similar aged cars.

What is included

  • Entry to the event for a crew of two people
  • Help from the most experienced team in historic rallying
  • Detailed roadbook with plotting instructions and overview maps
  • Mechanical assistance available if required during the event
  • Lunch and dinner on Saturday 23rd September
  • Refreshment Halts
  • Extensive awards list


Entry list

National B

HERO Challenge - National B - Entries by vehicle age

1 Alan Beardshaw (GBR) Peter Fletcher (Eng) Aston Martin DB5 3995 1965
2 Julian Burch (Eng) TBA Hillman Imp 998 1965
3 John Dignan (Eng) Peter Dignan (Eng) MG MGB Roadster 1850 1966
4 Phil Cheek (Eng) Chris Rhodes (Eng) Hillman Hartwell Sprint Avenger 1600 1971
5 Mike Vokes (GBR) Philip Vokes (GBR) Ginetta G15 998 1973
6 Robert Robinson (GBR) Peter Mellor (GBR) Audi Coupe GT 2100 1983
7 Richard Isherwood (Eng) Ian Canavan (Sco) Nissan Stanza Jubilee 1600 1985

Clubmans section

HERO Challenge - Clubman - Entries by vehicle age

1 Harry Sherrard (SWE) Per Jonsson (SWE) Audi 80 Quattro 2200 1983
2 Alex Hurst (GBR) TBA Triumph TR4 2.1 1964
3 Stephen Hardwick (Eng) Ashley Bennett (GBR) Datsun 240Z 2800 1970
4 Michael Moss TBA Fiat 2300S Coupe 2295 1965
5 Nigel Perkins (Eng) Pete Johnson Porsche 911SC 2995 1980
6 Janet Fletcher (GBR) Carrie Hughes (GBR) MG Midget 1275 1974
7 John Dowson (Eng) Monica Dowson (Eng) Ford Fiesta XR2 MK1 1600 1982
8 Michael Holding (Eng) Richard Wood (Eng) MG BGT 1800 1974
9 Mathew Pearce (GBR) Dood Pearce (GBR) Austin-Healey Sprite 1275 1964
10 John Fort (Eng) Howard Atkins (Eng) Porsche 356 1588 1959

Event Documentation

Equipment check-list


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