A Novice Trial 2022



A hands on approach to learning how to tackle Classic Car Rallying

20 - 22 May 2022

Following the success of A Novice Trial held at the HERO-ERA Headquarters last year we once again return to Bicester, a fantastic location for the training elements as well as great roads for the practical side. The format of A Novice Trial is designed to explain and demonstrate the skills required for classic car rallying in a fun and informative way. The event is aimed at those new to rallying, or as an introduction to the sport for your partner or other family members. The event begins on the Friday evening with a seminar covering the basics. Saturday will alternate practical and theory to cement the new found skills. Culminating on Sunday with a mini rally to test those new found skills and show you exactly what to expect on your next adventure with HERO-ERA. The action concludes early on Sunday afternoon with an awards ceremony and a buffet lunch so you’ll have time to return at a reasonable hour in readiness for work on Monday. You will leave with all the tools necessary to tackle a HERO-ERA Blue or Green Event, such as the Summer Trial or HERO Challenge, ensuring that you not only enjoy the event but also give you a chance to work up the leaderboard.

This event is open to HERO-ERA club & premier members – join now or login to register for this event

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Event Characteristics

Start Date


Finish Date


Minimum Licence Required

RS Clubman

Length of Route

145 miles

Pre-Event Training

Yes & On-event Training

This is a training event

Vehicle Eligibility

Pre 1991


Navigation Type


Exp. no of Tests


Exp. no of Regularities


HPM Entry Fee


Entry Fee


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This event is open to HERO-ERA Club and Premier Members

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Event Schedule


Day One

16:30 – 17:00 Registration

17:00 – 19:00 Session One - Classroom - HERO-ERA HQ, Bicester Heritage


Day Two

08:00 – 10:00 Vehicle Checks & Documentation – HERO-ERA HQ

10:00 – 11:00 Coffee & Classroom Session

11:00 – 12:30 Road & Test Session

12:30 – 14:30 Working Lunch

14:30 – 16:00 Road Session

16:00 – 17:30 De-Brief & Q&A Session


Day Three

08:30 First car starts Competitive Event

12:30 First car returns Competitive Event

13:00 – 14:00 Working Lunch

14:30 Results Published & Awards

15:00 Finish

Mini Rally – Sunday 22nd May

The Rally element of A Novice Trial will take us North from Bicester to enjoy two regularities before a coffee halt. The route back to the HERO-ERA Headquarters will be a little more challenging with two more regularities one of which will be map based. With expert tuition the day before this will not be as daunting as it may sound and with four tests on-site to round up the competition, you will get a good feel for the enjoyment that this type of rallying has to offer. A buffet lunch will be provided as crews swap details of the trials and achievements of the morning, whilst learning the penalty system. Mere seconds separated the top three of last years Novice Trial but who will be crowned the Novice Champion of 2022.

Vehicle Information

For the Mini Rally on the Sunday

  • All cars will be eligible for overall awards
  • Entry is open to any vehicle of a specification valid before the 1st January 1991
  • HERO-ERA 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

What Is Included In the Entry Fee?

  • Entry to the event for a crew of two people
  • Help from the most experienced team in historic rallying
  • Detailed “Tulip” style roadbook with overview maps
  • Comprehensive training sessions on the use of the Routebook and Regularity rallying
  • Buffet Lunch on Saturday and Sunday
  • Coffee & tea at coffee halts on the Saturday & Sunday
  • Event regalia
  • Overall & finishers awards
  • Mechanical assistance available if required during the event

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