Total Raised So Far: £13,256

Last updated 11.05.2020

This section of our website is dedicated to fund raising initiatives from within the historic motoring community to help combat the COVID virus in these difficult times.

We are creating different and fun ways of engaging the rally community so that the NHS Charities Together COVID-19 Urgent Appeal can benefit at the same time. They will channel any contributions, large or small, via their ‘COVID-19 Urgent Appeal’ mechanism. We will also be adding initiatives to help groups within the historic car industry.

We really hope you would like to get involved and help others in need whilst doing so.


Apprentice Lifeline

StarterMotor is a historic car charity entirely focussed on the next generation. It does this by providing access to careers through apprenticeships and other training opportunities, working hand-in-glove with partners such as The Heritage Skills Academy, Hero ERA, Bicester Motion, Hagerty and Goodwood. It also encourages classic car businesses to engage with the next generation by providing job opportunities. It has a fleet of ’training cars’ for colleges to use and young people to drive. Before the pandemic StarterMotor had been supporting approaching 200 apprentices at HSA and others with a target to see that grow to more than 500 in the next two years.

“They are the future lifeblood of the industry, we need to help during this trying time” – Patrick Burke M.D. Hero Events

“Our objective is straight forward- to put young people in old cars, whether they are apprentices or simply enjoying driving them. If we don’t succeed our whole community will begin to disappear” – David Withers, Chief Executive StarterMotor 

Hero are joining forces with charity partner StarterMotor to highlight the plight of young apprentices in the historic motoring world who have lost placements with engineering companies or events in the lock down. Through this platform, together we aim to canvass your support and help to ease their path for when normalised activities resume.

Apprentices need to be fed with home course work and skills updates online in the interim. We need to develop more potential apprenticeship placement opportunities for normal times ahead and we want to encourage apprentices to ‘home project’ if they have space/tools for the interim to keep practising their skills. HERO ERA will be bringing in senior officials to help transfer their event marshalling skills to the next generation to add further experience and encouragement in event operation. Apprentices will earn a marshals certificate and can put that into practice on a HERO ERA event.

Above all we don’t want historic engineering apprentices to lose hope or ambition. HERO2Help and StarterMotor aim to help orchestrate a programme that keeps the young bloods motivated and focussed on their future in the historic motoring industry.

Would you be prepared to make a monetary contribution?


Donate Here


Support funding to be paid directly to StarterMotor as a registered charity via Just Givinghttps://justgiving.com/campaign/apprenticelifeline

What other help can you offer?

Online Tuition

Home Project Construction

Future Placement

Please kindly email StarterMotor directly stating what areas you can help with; info@startermotor.co

If you are kind enough to make a monetary contribution, an audited expense receipt will be issued after payment with each contributor receiving a numbered certificate of provision which will go into a prize draw at the end of the lock down

1st Prize – Bicester Heritage Tour with StarterMotor. Arrive & Drive classic or vintage rally car drive on the Bicester Heritage track with family friends

2nd Prize – A free entry into a HERO Challenge Rally

3rd Prize – A selection of HERO merchandise


Rally for the NHS

In the absence of classic rally action, competitors and enthusiasts alike are taking advantage of the HERO ERA Table Top Rally competition to test their navigational abilities and contribute to the NHS charities Together Covid-19 Appeal at the same time.

Here is what some of our competitors have had to say so far:

Big Big thank you to the team – lots of fun, right level of challenge and kept me sane due to self imposed exile, isolation, distancing or quarantine. Three cheers and a few hip hip hoorays from Australia. – Mark Tolhurst

Thanks for putting in the effort into the event – I’ve been doing it every morning with my 5 year old daughter, she’s thought it was a great way to start every morning. – Andrew & Sana Fish

Thanks for the daily brain workout, they’ve been good fun! – Lynsey Procter

What saviours you are!! I eagerly await the ‘ping’ of the email at about 10:00 and, along with a coffee, the Table Tops help the mornings slip by! As for the £££ you have raised, that’s just brilliant!

Thanks for organising this, my wife and I are looking forward to it every day. It’s over 30 years since i was last in the hot seat in a rally, it all seems to be coming back though. – Kevin Box

Read More and Enter The HERO Virtual Table Top Championship

Find out more on NHS Charites Together Covid-19 Appeal


Frame It

Hard on the tracks of the map plotting success of the Virtual Table Top Rally follows a second HERO2Help initiative, the photo opportunity called ‘Frame it’. With the Table Top Rally Championship and its individual events being enjoyed by 400+ enthusiasts to date raising over £9k, ‘Frame it’ is offering exquisite rally shots for sale donated by top photographers framed and delivered.

HERO ERA aim to encourage the historic rallying community to take up the opportunity in this second HERO2HELP initiative from which contributions will go to the remarkable NHS effort to combat the virus.

Our successful online Table Top Rally is growing in entries by day and therefore also in contributions to the NHS Charities Together Covid-19 Urgent Appeal fund, now our award winning photographers have donated a selection of their best photographs for sale so we can add to the NHS effort.

Will Broadhead, Roberta and Francesco Rastrelli are internationally renowned historic motoring photographers whose creative work is admired around the world. They have selected some of their best work and donated it to the cause.

Follow the link below and choose your favourite shot from the selection by our talented photographers, Will Broadhead of Will Broadhead Photography and Blue Passion’s Roberta and Francesco Rastrelli. Once you have selected your image, add it to your basket and check out using your preferred payment method. Photos are approximately 45 x 30 cm and will be framed to the approximate size of 59 x 44 cm*. All prints are onto Glossy Fuji Crystal Archive Paper in Natural White Passe-Partout, and will be complemented by a Brown Alder solid wood frame with a 20mm profile and glossy float glass. Proceeds go to NHS Charities Together Covid-19 Appeal.

Please allow 10 days for delivery

*Sizes may vary depending on the proportions of the original image.

NHS Charity Pictures – http://www.herostore.eu/nhs-charity-pictures.html