Summer Trial 2020



New Rescheduled Date

25th to 27th September 2020

Following two successful years in the Peak District, the Summer Trial moves to a fresh new location for 2020. Our new base in Telford gives us excellent access to the wide variety of roads and scenery that Mid and North Wales has to offer. The format of the Summer Trial is designed to minimise the impact on work or other real-life commitments. 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 as a straightforward no-nonsense introduction to the sport for your partner or other family members. A prologue takes place on Friday afternoon, this is very straightforward and is designed to ease you into the event.

Saturday ups the ante with a full day’s classic motorsport which aims to return to our base at a reasonable time to allow refreshment and sustenance without burning the midnight oil. Sunday’s activities are scheduled to increase the intensity a little while remaining in the classification of a HERO ‘Green’ event. The action concludes early on Sunday afternoon with prize giving and a buffet lunch so you’ll have time to return at a reasonable hour in readiness for work on Monday.

Navigation will be by straightforward Tulip navigation or derivatives thereof. You should expect complexity to increase a little over the weekend to complement the increased skills you will develop during the event. Several driving Tests also form part of the schedule and these will take place on private land where you will be able to enjoy your car at its best.

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Event Characteristics

Start Date


Finish Date


Minimum Licence Required

RS Clubman

Length of Route

400 Miles

640 Kms

Pre-event Novice Briefing


Friday (25th) at 13:00

Approximate Daily Mileage

180 Miles

(289 Kms)

Vehicle Eligibility


(Cars of period built before this date)

Navigation Type


Night Section


Expected Tests


Expected Regularities


Is there a Master Class


(see rules below)

HERO Cup Coefficient


HPM Entry Fee


Entry Fee


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One Benefit; Up to 10% discount on Entry Fees (Excludes One-Day & Training Events)

Why Enter?

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 2020, 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. 2019’s winning car was navigated by a newcomer so everyone has a chance of featuring well in the general classification.

Event Schedule


Leg One - Steady Away

Scrutineering will start at approximately 08:00 and finish at 11:00. 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. 13:31 will see the first car leave the start and head off into North Wales for a relatively easy afternoon to get you into the swing of things.


Leg Two - Gathering Momentum

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 border on a circular route around mid-Wales visiting a number of classic roads and beauty spots. The day concludes with a return to Telford where crews can swap stories and enjoy the buffet before the final day.


Leg Three - Full Swing to The End

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

*Itinerary Subject to Change

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 crew members in the seat they have entered the event who have finished first overall on a HERO green or blue standard event or any ERA event, in the top three of a red or black event (including Rally of the Tests in the overall positions including non-eligible cars), received the Gold medal on Le Jog or in the top three of a HRCR National B Road Rally in the last 3 years. If a crew begins the 2020 season not as a master, then they will remain a non-master for a period of that season.

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 Routebook with overview maps
  • Novice Briefing covering the use of the Routebook and Regularity rallying
  • Mechanical assistance available if required during the event
  • Bed and breakfast in a twin or double room Friday 25th September & Saturday 26th September (upgrade to single rooms available subject to availability at an additional cost)
  • Evening meals on Friday and Saturday
  • Lunch on Saturday and Sunday
  • Coffee & tea on Friday and Saturday afternoon as well as Saturday & Sunday morning
  • Event regalia
  • Extensive awards list

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