A Novice Trial 2019



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

10th to 12th May 2019

An exciting opportunity to learn how to go Classic Car Rallying then put it immediately into practice on a Regularity & Test. Designed to take you through each step of the process, from scrutineering and signing-on through to timing and Route Book.

Simply unmissable for anyone seriously thinking of tackling their first event or for a crew that has already done one or two events and wishing to learn more.

If you have already taken part in one of our HERO training seminars and you would like to put your skills into practice, You can now enter the Mini Rally on the Sunday for £149.00. Click the ‘Sign Up’ button below and select the ‘Mini Rally’ option when you put your entry in.

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Congratulations to all the crews that took part in the 2019 Novice Trial

Results are Now Final

1.  Duncan Hopkinson/ Kay Hopkinson – MG C GT

2. Roger Fildes/ Dave Stocking – MG B

3. Robert Clifton/ Julie Clifton – Saab 96 V4



A Novice Trial brought to you by The HERO Training Academy

Designed to walk you through the process of tackling a Classic Car Rally with a series of Classroom and ‘on the road’ sessions. You will be taken through each session with experienced current competitors. guiding you through each part and explaining the do’s and dont’s.

The event starts on the Friday evening (17:00) with an optional session , for the first timers, where the first steps are explained and signing on take place (or Saturday morning). Saturday morning session will go through setting your trip, using ‘Tulips’ and a fun Test, before a working lunch and learning about Timing, Maps & Accumulative. The afternoon will see you tackle two Regularities and a Test, with the team on hand to point out your errors, explain the right way to do it, before retiring for a debrief and a one to one in the bar area.

Taking the ‘results’ from Saturdays two regularities you will be seeded for the mini-rally on Sunday morning. After Saturdays helping hand you are now on your own, to show how much you have learnt, as you tackle a Classic Car Rally.

To allow flexibility we have not included accommodation in the package. Crews are free to book what suits them in the surrounding area of Oswestry.


Event Characteristics

Start Date


Start time 17:00

Finish Date



Length of Route

140 miles

Over two days

Pre-Event Training

Yes & on-event Training

This is a training event

Vehicle Eligibility


(Car of period built before this date)

Navigation Type

Tulip & Map

All provided

Night Section


other than in the bar

Expected Regularities


Including Training Regularities

Expected Tests


Entry Fee


Vehicle Information

For the Mini Rally on the Sunday

  • All cars will be eligible for overall awards
  • The cars will be split into classes, and may be based on age, cc and body Type
  • Entry is open to any vehicle of a specification valid before the 1st January 1986
  • The scoring on the test sections is class based so you will be scoring against other similar aged 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

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 raining sessions on the use of the roadbook and regularity rallying
  • Buffet Lunch on Saturday and Sunday
  • Coffee & tea at coffee halts on the Saturday & Sunday
  • Event regalia
  • Extensive awards list
  • Mechanical assistance available if required during the event

PLEASE NOTE: Accommodation isn’t included for this event. The start venue, Lion Quays Luxury Hotel & Spa – Oswestry, are offering a discounted rate, just quote HERO when booking.


Classroom Session

17:00 - 18:30 - Time card of the event issued and explained,

Introduction to:
General event timings,
Tulip diagrams and tests.
Explain pre event procedures

Check the notice board for:
Competitor number
Start time
Individual Scrutinerring Time
Saturday Start Time
Rally time.


Scrutineering & Signing-on

08:00 - 10:00 in numerical order


Road Session

10:00 - 12:00

Start at one minute intervals
Set trip at measured distance.
Short section to follow using tulip diagrams,
Team on hand
A short test


Working Lunch

12:00 - 14:00

Introduction to:


Road Session

14:00 - 16:00

Two regularities
One tulips the second a marked map



16:00 - 18:00

Q & A session

17:00 the days results revealed


Mini Rally

08:30 Drivers Briefing

09:00 First car leaves

13:00 first car returns

13:30 Buffet

14:30 Results & Awards

15:00 finish

(all times provisional)

Equipment Check-List

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