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A Novice Trial

A hands on approach to learning how to tackle classic car rallying

Starts In
Start Date
Finish Date
Minimum Licence Required
RS Clubman
Length of Route
Distance Travelled (Miles)
Vehicle Eligibility
Pre 1991
Event Level
Event Level
Exp. No. of Tests
Exp. No. of Regularities
Heritage & Premier Entry Fee
(until 19 January then £935)
Club Member Entry Fee
(until 19 January then £1,030)

Following the success of A Novice Trial held at the HERO-ERA Headquarters over the last couple of years we once again return to Bicester, a fantastic location for the training elements as well as great roads for the practical side. This year will see Andy Pullan, one of our staff and at the pinnacle of his navigation career taking you through the training process with the support of the other HERO-ERA team.

The format of A Novice Trial is designed to explain and demonstrate the skills required for classic car rallying in a fun and informative way. The event is aimed at those new to rallying, or as an introduction to the sport for your partner or other family members.

The event begins on Friday evening with a seminar covering the basics. Saturday will alternate practical and theory to cement the newfound skills with a new route from previous years to test your skills.

On Sunday you will compete in a half-day rally to test and hone those skills and show you exactly what to expect on your next adventure with HERO-ERA. The action concludes early on Sunday afternoon with an awards ceremony and a buffet lunch, so you’ll have time to return at a reasonable hour in readiness for work on Monday.

You will leave with all the tools necessary to tackle a HERO-ERA Blue or Green Event, such as the Summer Trial, Scottish Malts, or HERO Challenges, ensuring that you not only enjoy the event but also give you a chance to work up the leaderboard.

Event Schedule

Day 1

Day One

16:30 – 17:00 Registration

17:00 – 19:00 Session One - Classroom - HERO-ERA HQ, Bicester Heritage

Day 2

Day Two

08:00 – 10:00 Vehicle Checks & Documentation

09:30 – 10:15 Coffee

10:15 – 11:00 Classroom Session

11:00 – 12:30 Road & Test Session

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch Break

13:30 – 14:30 Classroom Session

14:30 – 16:00 Road Session

16:00 – 17:30 De-Brief & Q&A Session

Collect Rally plates & Sunday Route book

Day 3

Day Three

08:30 First car starts Competitive Event

13:00 First car returns Competitive Event

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:30 Results Published & Awards

15:00 Finish

Mini Rally – Sunday 10th March

The Rally element of A Novice Trial will take us North from Bicester following a pair of tests on site at Bicester to enjoy two regularities before a coffee halt in the Cotswolds.

The route back to the HERO-ERA Headquarters will be a little more challenging with two more regularities one of which will be map based. With expert tuition the day before this will not be as daunting as it may sound and with another pair of tests on-site to round up the competition, you will get a taste, we hope, of the enjoyment that this type of rallying has to offer.

A buffet lunch will be provided as crews swap details of the trials and achievements of the morning, whilst learning the penalty system.

Mere seconds separated the top three of last year’s Novice Trial, but who will be crowned the Novice Champion of 2024?

Vehicle Information

For the Mini Rally on the Sunday

  • All cars will be eligible for overall and class awards.
  • Entry is open to any vehicle of a specification valid before the 1st January 1991
  • HERO-ERA 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

What is Included in the Entry Fee?

  • Entry to the event for a crew of two people
  • Tuition from the most experienced team in historic rallying
  • Detailed “Tulip” style roadbook with overview maps
  • Comprehensive training sessions on the use of a Routebook and Regularity rallying
  • Buffet Lunch on Saturday and Sunday
  • Coffee & tea at coffee halts on the Saturday & Sunday
  • Overall & finishers awards
  • Mechanical assistance available if required during the event
Arrive & Drive Scheme

Need a car?

The Arrive & Drive scheme allows you to compete should your car be unavailable or, if you are looking to purchase a similar model in the future it gives you the chance to get to know your prospective purchase. We have a wide and varied range of vehicles to suit everyone's taste.

Need a car?

Entry List

Adam Gallacher (GB)Iyla Gallacher (GB)1960Austin Healey 3000 BN72912
Adrian Hart (GB)Ivor Bennett (GB)1963Morris Mini850
Brian Yeomans (GB)Shelagh Yeomans (GB)1968Porsche 911L1991
David Willoughby (GB)Ken Youngman
Gary Smith (GB)Jenny Campbell Black (GB)1967Ford Cortina mk 111598
Iens Boswijk (NL)Gé Steensma (NL)1938Riley Sprite
Jason Cross (GB)James Cross (GB)1970Alfa Romeo GT Junior 13001750
John Todd (GB)Jo Turner (GB)1970Mercedes Benz 280SL Pagoda2800cc
Mark Shipman (GB)Mile Tarr (GB)
Martin Andrew (GB)Michelle Andrew (GB)1962Volvo PV5441780
Martin Ashby (GB)Amanda Ashby (GB)1962Triumph TR4
Matthew Todd (GB)Gavin Gobell (GB)1975Alfa Romeo 2000 GT Veloce1962
Michael Bailey (GB)Karol Bailey (GB)1931Ford Model A3.3litre
Michael Rodel (CH)Nic (GB)1974Mercedes W115 230.42307
Nigel Grice (GB)Simon Williams (GB)1956Aston Martin DB2/4 Mkll2922
Paul Wells (GB)Phil Wells (GB)1967MG B Roadster1950cc
Peter Walden (GB)1972Triumph TR62498
Simon Jones (GB)Louise Grant (GB)1984Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV6 2.52492
Tom Ebdon (GB)Andy Ebdon (GB)1960MG MGA coupe1588
Tom Woodcock (GB)Rachel Woodcock (GB)1967MG BGT1800

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