Casa Hotel, Chesterfield
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.
“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!”
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
Friday morning (12th)
(Cars of period built before this date)
(some simple maps)
(see rules below)
(Valid until 31st Dec 18)
(Valid until 31st Dec 18)
(Balance due 4th May 2019)
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(The information provided above is given as a guide and may be subject to change)
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
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.
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.
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.
|1||John Dowson||Monica Dowson||Ford Fiesta Mk1 XR2||1598||1982|
|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|
|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|