Summer Trial 2019

Casa Hotel, Chesterfield


The Perfect Introductory Event

12th to 14th July 2019

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. 2018 saw the highest number of crews and the highest number of females 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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Participants in 2018 said …

“The event seemed to run very smoothly – I can see why it appeals to beginners and it was nice and relaxed pace, with enough to keep people on their toes without being too heavy going”

“I thought the format was really good for  a weekend event, only needing one day off work and getting back home reasonably early on Sunday”

“Thank you very much for organising such an enjoyable event and so well organised. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves despite some navigation errors by me that are best forgotten in really really lovely countryside.  It was a joy ! The hotel was very good and the company great fun.”

“The whole event was a joy…the venues amazing…the routes exciting and a challenge at times…and the smiling faces at the end were proof of a great event!”

Event Description

Introductory difficulty

The Summer Trial returns to the Peak District – returning to the excellent CASA Hotel in Chesterfield, the Summer Trial 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 will finish 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 favorite 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.

The 2019 Summer Trial will run a Masters Class, which will also be introduced on other Green Events where the difficulty of the navigation is not designed for the expert or experienced crews

The Class has been created for novice and beginner events to allow these crews to be in a position to challenge for overall and Class honours whilst at the same time not preventing the more experience crews, who wish to shake down their cars or just come along and enjoy the social side of the event, to still compete for the honour of being the best overall Master

Event Characteristics

Start Date


Finish Date


Length of Route

400 Miles

(640 KM)

Pre-events Training Session


Friday morning (12th)

Approximate Daily Mileage

250 Miles

(400 Kms)

Vehicle Eligibility


(Cars of period built before this date)

Navigation Type


(some simple maps)

Night Section


Expected Tests


Expected Regularities


Is there a Master Class


(see rules below)

HERO Cup Coefficient


Current HPM Entry Fee


(Valid until 31st Dec 18)

Current non HPM Entry Fee


(Valid until 31st Dec 18)

Deposit required


(Balance due 4th May 2019)

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(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 (vist the HERO Store)
  • 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 competed on some events, seasoned competitors or crews wishing to shakedown their cars

Vehicle Information

  • All cars will be eligible for overall awards unless the crew are deemed to be ‘Masters’
  • 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
  • A Master will be defined by both members of the crew in the seat or position entered who has finished in the top five of a HERO, CRA or National B Historic Road Rally (or any other event at the Organisers discretion) in the last 5 years. The type of car and what category it is in is irrelevant, this class will purely be based on the crew’s experience

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
  • 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 Friday 12th July & Saturday 13th July (upgrade to single rooms available subject to availability)
  • Evening meals on Friday and Saturday
  • Lunch on Saturday and Sunday
  • Coffee & tea (or a cold drink) on Friday and Saturday afternoon as well as  Saturday & Sunday morning
  • Event regalia
  • Extensive awards list

HERO have negotiated a special rate for Crews that wish to arrive a day early or stay another night after the event. Just call the hotel and quote HERO

Event Schedule


Day 1 - Leg One – Gently Does It

Scrutineering will start at approximately 08:00 and finish at 11:30. Between 11:30 and 12:30 there will be a chance for novice and newcomer crews to take part in a training session prior to the first leg. 13:30 will see the first car leave the start at the Casa Hotel and head off into the Peak District for a relatively easy afternoon to get you into the swing of things.


Day 2 - Leg Two – In The Swing Of It All

The better you do on Leg One will determine how early you have to wake up with the overnight leader leaving at 08:00 for a full days competition. Driving Tests and Regularities will take you across the edge of the Peak District and south of Chesterfield with a few favourite spots along the way. Competition will slowly get competitive before heading back to Casa to swap tales of derring-do in the bar and enjoy the buffet and relax before the final day.


Day 3 - Leg Three – The Final Fling

A more compact day with the intensity dropping off through the Leg. Around 13:00 the first car will be passing under the arch back at Casa followed by a well-deserved drink where the pressure will build wondering where you have come in the final standings. The top three will be invited to spray the champagne under the arch before the buffet dinner and awards are presented in good time allowing you enough time to return home that evening.

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Summer Trial 2019 - Confirmed Entries

wdt_ID Driver Navigator Vehicle CC Year

Summer Trial 2019 - Accepted Entries

wdt_ID Driver Navigator Vehicle CC Year
1 John Dowson Monica Dowson Ford Fiesta Mk1 XR2 1598 1982
2 TBA Rob Faulkner TBA TBA TBA
3 Pete Johnson Jo Johnson Volkswagen Golf GTI 1781 1986
4 Mike Howells Sue Hill MG B 1798 1966
5 Julian Pitts Giles Pitts Lotus Cortina Mk 1 1556 1965
6 Tony Darwent TBA Austin Healey 100 BN1 2660 1954
7 Chris Hunt Cooke Richard Dix BMW 325i Sport 2494 1987
8 Noel Kelly Carol Kelly MG B 1800 1967
9 Nigel Perkins Andrew Duerden Porsche 911SC 2995 1980
11 Stuart MacLeod David Bartholemew Porsche 911E TBA 1973

Summer Trial 2019 Pending Entries

wdt_ID Driver Navigator Vehicle CC Year
1 Nick Bloxham Beth Bloxham Ford Escort Mk1 Mexico 1599 1972
2 Valerie Gilmore Graham Gilmore MG B 1800 1973
4 Steve Robertson Julia Robertson MG PB 939 1936
5 Andy Simpson Roger Bricknell Mini Clubman GT 1275 1980
7 Fred Winter TBA Hillman Imp 875 1966
8 David Ward Sally Ward Ferrari 308 GT4 2996 1974
9 Alan Graham Lola Field-Leather Porsche 912 1720 1966
10 Alan Brindley Fiona Brindley MG BGT 1798 1974
11 Ellen Sutton Colin Sutton Porsche 924S 2479 1985
15 Lee Clarke Cathie Clarke Triumph TR6 2498 1969

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