Summer Trial 2018

Peak District & Derbyshire


11TH – 13TH OF MAY 2018

Summer Trial visits the Peak District

The HERO Summer Trial was established to encourage entries from people new to classic rallying or to appeal to those with limited free time whilst still maintaining a sufficiently competitive element to appeal to the more competitive crews. The concept clearly worked and each year the event attracts newcomers whilst retaining its core of enthusiastic supporters. 2017 saw the highest number of crews since the inauguration of the Summer Trial, an indication that the reputation of both the event and HERO is spreading far afield.

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Event Description

Introductory difficulty

Starting and finishing in the stunning Peak District, Summer Trial 2018 is the ideal way to start your adventure into historic regularity rallying. The event is aimed at those new to rallying, it can also be used as a great way to shake down your car for longer events or introduce your partner or a family member to the sport.

The format of the event is designed so less impact is placed on your work commitments, a prologue takes part on Friday afternoon, this is very straightforward and eases you into the Summer Trial. Saturday is a full day’s rallying, Sunday, as a rule, generally finishes in the early afternoon with a prize giving and buffet lunch which allows you to be back at work on Monday. Navigation is by straightforward tulip diagrams with some simple, straight-forward map sections to help you progress.

The driving tests are held on private land, and will allow you to enjoy your vehicle at it’s best! The Summer Trial has quickly become the UK’s favourite Summer event, it attracts crews from all over Europe, early entry is advisable. The event is classified as Introductory, making it suitable for any level of experience, there is no night time driving, most roads used on the route and driving tests are sealed tarmac. The emphasis of the Summer Trial has always been a fun yet competitive event which caters for all levels of ability, absolute novice to seasoned expert.

Event Characteristics

Start Date


Finish Date


Current Entry fee


(Starting from)

Length of route

400 miles

(640 km)

Pre-event training session


Approximate daily mileage

250 miles

(400 km)

Vehicle eligibility


(Cars built before this date)

Navigation type



Night sections


Expected Tests


Expected Regularities


HERO Cup coefficient


  • The information provided above is given as a guide and may be subject to change.
  • Navigation is with a tulip style road book with some very straightforward map-based sections. You will need a tripmeter (available here).
  • There will be no night time driving or complex navigation
  • The timing will be easy so that the link sections are not too punishing and everyone has time for lunch, coffee & a chat
  • This event is suitable for those who are new to Regularity Rallying, those who have already done some events, seasoned competitors or crews wishing to shakedown their cars

Vehicle Information

  • All cars will be eligible for overall awards.
  • The cars will be spilt into classes, based on age and cc. There will no differentiation between sports and saloon 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.
  • The scoring on the test sections is class based so you will be scoring against other similar aged cars.

What is included

  • 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
  • Brief training session on the use of the roadbook and regularity rallying
  • Mechanical assistance available if required during the event
  • Bed and breakfast in a twin or double room from Friday 11th to Saturday 12th May (upgrade to single rooms available)
  • Evening meals on Friday and Saturday evenings
  • Lunch and refreshment halts on Saturday and Sunday
  • Event regalia
  • Extensive awards list

Entry qualification:

1. Entries are only accepted on receipt of a completed online application form and the deposit of £750 being received.

2. The entry is only confirmed once the balance is received on or before the due date of 15th January 2018

Entries received that do not meet the criteria of 1 and 2 above will be automatically moved to the event Waitlist and an entry on the Waitlist will be moved up to the entry.

Event Schedule


Day 1 - Prologue

Scrutineering will start at approximately 09:00 and finish at 12:00, between 11:00 and 12:00 there will be a chance for novice and newcomer crews to take part in a training session prior to the prologue. 14:30 will see the first car leave the start of the prologue if on schedule, we expect the first car to return at 18:30. There will be a welcome buffet dinner served from 19:30. This will give you chance to relax with your fellow competitors or get an early night and prepare for the day ahead


Day 2 - A full day's competition

You've settled in on the prologue and swapped tales of derring-do in the bar the night before, don't be up too late though as the first car leaves at 08:30 and heads out into the lanes. This is a day of driving tests and regularities - it has all the hallmarks of the longer HERO events and will keep you on your toes. You'll stop for morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea before making your way back to the hotel for dinner, the first car back at around 17:30


Day 3 - Who will win it?

You're nearly there, you're in sight of the finish arch and today will decide who takes home the awards. A more compact day than Saturday, the first car leaves at 08:00 and is scheduled to return at around 13:00 Following a buffet lunch, awards will be presented and we hope to have you on your way home with some awards to polish at 15:30 - should you have won one!


Entry List

Summer Trial 2018 - Confirmed Entries


Summer Trial 2018 - Accepted Entries

Event Documentation

Equipment Check-List


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