The HERO Summer Trial was established to encourage entries from people new to classic rallying or to appeal to those with limited free time whilst still maintaining a sufficiently competitive element to appeal to the more competitive crews. The concept clearly worked and each year the event attracts newcomers whilst retaining its core of enthusiastic supporters. 2015 saw the highest number of crews since the inauguration of the Summer Trial, an indication that the reputation of both the event and HERO is spreading far afield.
Starting and finishing in the beautiful Warwickshire town of Stratford-Upon-Avon, Summer Trial 2017 is the ideal way to start your adventure into historic regularity rallying. The event is aimed at those new to rallying, it can also be used as a great way to shake down your car for longer events or introduce your partner or a family member to the sport.
The format of the event is designed so less impact is placed on your work commitments, a prologue takes part on Friday afternoon, this is very straightforward and eases you into the Summer Trial. Saturday is a full day’s rallying, Sunday, as a rule, generally finishes in the early afternoon with a prize giving and buffet lunch which allows you to be back at work on the Monday. Navigation is by straight forward tulip diagrams with some simple, straight-forward map sections to help you progress.
The driving tests are held on private land, and will allow you to enjoy your vehicle at it’s best! The Summer Trial has quickly become the UK’s favourite Summer event, it attracts crews from all over Europe, early entry is advisable. The event is classified as Introductory, making it suitable for any level of experience, there is no night time driving, the majority of roads used on the route and driving tests are sealed tarmac. The emphasis of the Summer Trial has always been a fun yet competitive event which caters for all levels of ability, absolute novice to seasoned expert. This is a short weekend event that starts on the Friday and finishes on the Sunday. This means, that for those of us who have to work, we only have to take the Friday off.
|1||David Hall (Eng) / Mike Macgreggor (Eng)||Aston Martin Le Mans||1479||1933|
|2||Bent Jakobsen (DNK) / Martin Jakobsen (DNK)||Alvis Speed 20 SC Cross & Ellis Tourer||2800||1935|
|3||Christian Brash (Eng) / Elizabeth Brash (Eng)||Aston Martin 15/98||1998||1938|
|4||Stuart Anderson (GBR) / Leigh Powley (GBR)||Bentley Derby 4¼||4257||1938|
|5||Tim Lawrence (Eng) / Adam Tibbs (Eng)||MG TD||1350||1952|
|6||Bob Smith (GBR) / Jane Smith (GBR)||Jaguar XK 140 DHC||3442||1956|
|7||Richard Rea (GBR) / Charles Rea (GBR)||Jaguar XK150 FHC||3442||1958|
|8||Mark Blackmore (GBR) / Susan Blackmore (GBR)||MG A||1995||1959|
|9||Andy Pullan (GBR) / Paul Crosby (GBR)||Porsche 356B||1582||1963|
|10||Anthony Gaymond / TBA||Porsche 356||1582||1964|
Scrutineering will start at approximately 10:00 and finish at 14:30, between 11:00 and 13:00 there will be a chance for novice and newcomer crews to take part in a training session prior to the prologue. 15:45 will see the first car leave the start of the prologue, if on schedule, we expect the first car to return at 18:30. There will be a welcome buffet dinner served from 19:30. This will give you chance to relax with your fellow competitors or get an early night and prepare for the day ahead
You've settled in on the prologue and swapped tales of derring-do in the bar the night before, don't be up too late though as the first car leaves at 08:15 and heads out into the lanes. This is a day of driving tests and regularities - it has all the hallmarks of the longer HERO events and will keep you on your toes. You'll stop for morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea before making your way back to the hotel for a buffet dinner, first car back at around 18:30
You're nearly there, you're in sight of the finish arch and today will decide who takes home the awards. A more compact day than Saturday, first car leaves at 08:30 and is scheduled to return at around 12:45. Following a buffet lunch, awards will be presented and we hope to have you on your way home with some awards to polish at 15:30 - should you have won one!