Following on from the success of the 2018 Summer Trial, that saw the events biggest ever entry, the 2019 edition has a bumper crop of 92 cars, with 184 drivers and navigators looking to take on this fun and competitive rally set against the rolling hills of the Peak District National Park. The event is aimed at those looking to gain experience in the world of historic regularity rallying, and whilst not the most difficult weekend on the HERO calendar, it will nevertheless test and enthral those taking part and provide an important stepping stone to entering the harder rallies such as Rally of the Tests and the mighty LeJog.
Along with the novice crews taking their first steps on the rallying ladder, there will be a smattering of more experienced hands looking to shake down cars for the tougher events later in the year, or simply taking the opportunity to enjoy a few days of great driving with like-minded people.
Of the event, Senior Events Manager Nick Reeves had this to say:
“As we approach the end of June, preparations for the HERO Summer Trial are in full swing. Our recce crew has just completed the final route check and report that everything is in order and looking good. HERO Hospitality are busy dealing with the logistical challenges of accommodating around 180 competitors and additional officials all of which have different needs; while the office team are now starting to pull together all of the ancillary items such as rally plates, door stickers, tulip route books and the all important competitor packs.”
But what about the route itself? What can the mix of novice and expert crews expect? Of course, we cannot give the game away with specifics, but Nick did offer us up this insight
“Some of the best roads the area can offer, both in terms of driving pleasure and scenic delight. We feel sure that all competitors will enjoy the challenge the event will provide”
A usual tight lipped response on the details of the route, but if previous years and other HERO events are anything to go by, it will surely follow in the vein of excellent roads and enjoyable tests that are a hallmark of all of HERO’s endeavours.
With entries from across Europe, this years Summer Trial looks set to confirm its place as one of the premier summer driving events, for owners of classic cars. With a wonderful mix of experience and enthusiasm, it will again provide a fabulous seat of learning for those new to the sport, allowing those first important steps to be taken on the road to more daunting competition.
With entries now completely filled and a growing waiting list, this hotly anticipated event will surely be a good one and for those that have missed out this time around, you would do well to get your entry in early for next year. Here’s to the great British summer and another fabulous HERO Summer Trial.
Photos by Blue Passion Photo