The second Summer Trial, organised by HERO from 15-18 July, attracted a diverse selection of classics and abroad range of experience. Based at the Abbey Hotel in Great Malvern, the regularity featured looped routes around England and into Wales.
Highlights among the entry included a strong pre-war group, headed by the prototype Riley MPH of Bob Meijer and Daniel Geoghegan. Favourite sections for the teams were a stop-start at Shelsley Walsh, a new go-kart track at Presteigne and the challenging driving test at Chepstow racecourse, plus the magnificent roads across the Welsh borders.
Hot on the heels of victory on the Three Castles, Mark and Sue Godfrey dominated the regularity results in their MG TD, but the Test Pilot’s Trophy for the fastest time in the driving tests went to Rob Hill in his nippy Lotus Elan Sprint. Hill’s entry was a present to his wife Heather, who was jubilant when a Gold Medal award was announced at the finish. The best placed pre-war car was also the oldest on the event, Tim and Anne Rileys 1927 Lancia Lambda Series VU, which also took a Gold.
The Spirit of the Event award was presented to scrutineer Peter Elliott, who supported entrants throughout despite suffering an off-road incident himself. When Paul and Guy Tomlinson’s’67 Ford Mustang GT500 hit a tree during the last day, Elliott helped them to fix the car and continue the event.
For details of the 2010 Summer Trial, see www.hero.org.uk