A Novice Trial 2024



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

08 - 10 March

Following the success of A Novice Trial held at the HERO-ERA Headquarters over the last couple of years we once again return to Bicester, a fantastic location for the training elements as well as great roads for the practical side. This year will see Andy Pullan, one of our staff and at the pinnacle of his navigation career taking you through the training process with support of the other HERO-ERA team members.

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 of regularity rallying. Saturday will alternate between practical and theory elements to cement the newfound skills with a new route from previous years to enjoy your first action on the open road.

On Sunday you will compete on a half day rally to test and hone those 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, Scottish Malts , London to Lisboa or HERO Challenges, ensuring that you not only enjoy the events but also give you a chance to work your way up the leaderboard.

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Minimum Licence Required

RS Clubman

Length of Route


Distance Travelled (Miles)

Vehicle Eligibility

Pre 1991


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Exp. No. of Tests



Exp. No. of Regularities



Heritage & Premier Entry Fee


Club Member Entry Fee



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

09:30 – 10:15 Coffee

10:15 – 11:00 Classroom Session

11:00 – 12:30 Road & Test Session

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch Break

13:30 – 14:30 Classroom Session

14:30 – 16:00 Road Session

16:00 – 17:30 De-Brief & Q&A Session
Collect Rally plates & Sunday Route book


Day Three

08:30 First car starts Competitive Event

13:00 First car returns Competitive Event

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:30 Results Published & Awards

15:00 Finish

Mini Rally – Sunday 10 March

The Rally element of A Novice Trial will take us North from Bicester following a pair of tests on site at Bicester to enjoy two regularities before a coffee halt in the Cotswolds. 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 another pair of tests on-site to round up the competition, you will get a taste, we hope, of 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 year’s Novice Trial but who will be crowned the Novice Champion of 2024.

Vehicle Information

  • For the Mini Rally on the Sunday
  • All cars will be eligible for overall and class 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
  • Tuition from the most experienced team in historic rallying
  • Detailed “Tulip” style roadbook with overview maps
  • Comprehensive training sessions on the use of a 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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