To the original, most authentic winter epic, the challenge of driving the worst roads in Europe in the thick of mid-winter - and the satisfaction of surviving and finally descending from the Alpine snow and fog to the brilliant sunshine of the Mediterranean. It's Back! We return to the passes and Cols of the French Alps! In February 2018 competitors will line up at two separate locations in Europe before converging in France and tackling the rest of the route together.
The International Winter Challenge to Monte-Carlo will again be organised with the emphasis on historical authenticity, not just because car modifications are limited to correct period specification, but also in the way we run the actual event for you. Every detail will be a step back in time to the golden era of rallying – and of course the mountain roads of France will still provide the most challenging and enjoyable motoring anywhere in the world.
So it’s welcome back to duffle coats, silk scarves, flying jackets, thermos flasks, snow chains, tow ropes, fog lights and a shovel on the roof! It’s welcome back to climbing ice covered passes! It’s welcome back to driving through empty, snow bound landscapes. It’s welcome back to trusting your navigator as they struggle, with tired eyes and frozen fingers, and a sigh of relief when you finally find a lonely marshal keeping vigil by the roadside. But most of all, it is welcome back to competitors past and present who dare to join us on the most authentic winter adventure of them all – The Winter Challenge.
This is a winter event, held with the chance of deep snow. It is advisable that you have experience in dealing with driving in such conditions, and that your car is prepared to expect the harshest conditions and trickiest surfaces possible. You will be driving on mountain passes with the distinct possibility of ice and snow at all altitudes.
Navigation is via Michelin and IGN Maps, the majority of route information is provided in advance of the event so you are able to plot the route in the comfort and without time pressures. Regularity Sections are given out as a pre marked IGN Map at a scale of 1:50,000 so there is no need for plotting work on the event.
This event receives EXPERT accreditation. Entries are now open.
Dates excluding scrutineering: 18-02-18 – 22-02-18
Current Entry fee: from: £4,195
Length of route: 1000 miles (1600 km)
Pre-event training session -No
Approximate Leg mileage: 290 miles (460 km)
Vehicle eligibility – Cars built before 1-1-1986
Navigation type – Map-based
Night sections – yes
Expected Tests -4-6
Expected Regularities – 20
HERO Cup coefficient – 1.5
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.
|1||Daniel Gresly (CHE) / TBA||Porsche 911||1998||1965|
|2||David Maryon (Eng) / TBA||MG B Roadster||1798||1966|
|3||Tim Lawrence (Eng) / Tony Davies (Wal)||MG BGT||1860||1967|
|4||Paul Bloxidge (Wal) / TBA||Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7||2687||1974|
Entry to the event for a car and a crew of two people.
Six nights’ accommodation (crew of two sharing – supplements available for single rooms) for the nights of the 17th through to the 22nd of February 2018
Lunch on each day of competition; 18th to the 22nd of February 2018.
Evening meals for the nights 18th to the 22nd of February 2018.
Champagne reception & Awards presentation banquet on 22nd of February 2018
Generous awards list.
Rally plates and side number plates.
Detailed Road Book.
On-event support from our HERO Assist Mechanics.