Summer Trial 2024


Summer Trial 2024

The Perfect Introductory Event

19 - 21 July

In keeping with what has now become tradition, we are relocating the 2024 Summer Trial to a new area, this year we head to the outskirts of the Roman City of Chester. This will give us great access to some of the best roads and venues that are available in Cheshire, Shropshire and the Welsh Border areas. The area will allow us to design an entertaining event that should enable crews to enjoy uncluttered roads and scenic byways.

By limiting the amount of time spent away from home, the Summer Trial allows crews to enjoy a multi-day event while minimising the impact on work and other real-life commitments. Again in 2024 our timetable will enable most crews to travel to the start on the Friday morning and depart for home early on Sunday afternoon. Navigation is straightforward and many chose the event to introduce other family members or colleagues to the sport; others like to take part in order to shake down their cars in preparation for our longer duration events but an enjoyable time is planned for everyone.

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Event Characteristics

Start Date


Finish Date


Minimum Licence Required

RS Clubman

Length of Route



Vehicle Eligibility

Pre 1991


Event Level


Exp. No of Tests


Exp. No. of Regularities


Heritage & Premier Entry Fee


Entry Fee




(Non-Refundable & Non-Transferrable)

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

Premier Members benefit from up to 10% off event entry fees*, early sign-up opportunities, 10% savings on classic car vehicle hire, preferential rates from our insurance partners and much more!

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*Doesn’t include Peking to Paris and some one day events

The Summer Trial continues to be one of the UK’s favourite events attracting crews from all over Europe, so early entry is advised to avoid disappointment. For 2024, we will again run the Master’s class for the more experienced crews, but navigation is aimed fairly and squarely at newcomers and the less experienced. While Masters will be able to fight for top honours in their class, they will not be eligible for the overall results.

Event Schedule


Scrutineering & Documentation

Scrutineering and Documentation will start at approximately 10:00 and finish at 13:00.


Leg One

The first afternoon will see us heading south taking in some of the border areas of Cheshire, Flintshire and Shropshire with a few simple regularities and tests to whet your appetite for what to come over the rest of the weekend.


Leg Two

The days competition will see us heading into the rallying heartland of Mid Wales, with some epic scenery and roads to challenge crews with the difficulty of the navigation slowly increasing throughout the day, we hope to have some flowing tests and visit a beautiful lunch location in Mid Wales before heading back to Chester for the evening dinner where the tales of the days endeavors can be exchanged with your fellow competitors over dinner.


Leg Three

The final morning of the event will see us venture into parts of Cheshire and Flintshire not previously used and as with the Summer Trial format the navigation instructions continue to increase in their challenging nature but still in the tulip route book format , before we crown our winner over Lunch back in Chester before you head home by 3pm latest, hopefully with a warm glow following a fun weekend of Historic rallying under your belt.

Vehicle Information

  • Only cars built pre-1991 or a model available pre-1991 are eligible to enter
  • All cars will be eligible for overall awards unless the crew are deemed to be ‘Masters’
  • The cars will be split into classes based on age and CC
  • The scoring on the Test sections is class-based so you will be scoring against other similar aged vehicles
  • Vehicle eligibility is defined in the HERO Standard Regulations

Definition of Masters Class –A Master will be defined by a crew member who has finished first overall on three or more HERO-ERA Green or Blue standard events or, in the top three of a Red or Black event in the preceding five years. This is extended to include finishing positions in non-overall award-eligible cars on certain other HERO-ERA events. In addition, crew members who have received a Le Jog Gold medal or have finished first overall in a HRCR National B/Inter Club Road Rally in the preceding three years will also be classified as Masters.

Classification relates to the seat in which an individual has entered and the status of a crew at the beginning of a season will remain in force for the duration of that season irrespective of their results during the year.

What is Included in the Entry Fee?

  • Event participation for one eligible car with a crew of two – Driver & Navigator
  • Detailed Routebook
  • Choice of official Summer Trial merchandise or HERO-ERA store voucher
  • Extensive Hospitality package:
  • Single room supplements, subject to availability and on a first come first served basis
  • Two souvenir rally plates to fix to front & rear of car
  • Two side number panels
  • Finishers’ awards for each crew member
  • Overall awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd
  • Class Awards to third in class – if there are three or more crews per class
  • Special awards at organisers discretion
  • HERO-ERA mechanical assist/sweep teams on event, to help keep crews moving
  • An experienced team of HERO-ERA officials & marshals to keep the event moving and on track
  • Results team and Media team keeping your family and friends, following the event, up to date
  • Post event, detailed results book

Entry List

Summer Trial 2024 - Accepted Entries

Summer Trial 2024 - Pending Entries

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