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Summer Trial

The perfect introductory event

Starts In
Start Date
Finish Date
Length of Route
Distance Travelled (Miles)
Vehicle Eligibility
Pre 1991
Event Level
Event Level
Exp. No. of Tests
Exp. No. of Regularities
HERO-ERA Cup Co-Efficient
Minimum Licence Required
RS Clubman
Heritage & Premier Entry Fee
Until 09 April 2024, then £1,815
Club Member Entry Fee
Until 09 April 2024, then £1,995

In keeping with what has now become tradition, we are relocating the 2024 Summer Trial to a new area.

This year we head to the outskirts of the Roman City of Chester. This will give us great access to some of the best roads and venues that are available in Cheshire, Shropshire and the Welsh Border areas.

The area will allow us to design an entertaining event that should enable crews to enjoy uncluttered roads and scenic byways.

By limiting the amount of time spent away from home, the Summer Trial allows crews to enjoy a multi-day event while minimising the impact on work and other real-life commitments.

Again in 2024 our timetable will enable most crews to travel to the start on the Friday morning and depart for home early on Sunday afternoon. Navigation is straightforward and many chose the event to introduce other family members or colleagues to the sport; others like to take part in order to shake down their cars in preparation for our longer duration events but an enjoyable time is planned for everyone.

Main Event Sponsor

Main Event Sponsor

Event Schedule

Day 0

Scrutineering & Documentation | 19 July 2024

Scrutineering and Documentation will start from 10:00 am and finish at 13:00.

Day 1

Day One | 19 July 2024

The first afternoon will see us heading south taking in some of the border areas of Cheshire, Flintshire and Shropshire with a few simple regularities and tests to whet your appetite for what to come over the rest of the weekend.

Day 2

Day Two | 20 July 2024

The days competition will see us heading into the rallying heartland of Mid Wales, with some epic scenery and roads to challenge crews with the difficulty of the navigation slowly increasing throughout the day, we hope to have some flowing tests and visit a beautiful lunch location in Mid Wales before heading back to Chester for the evening dinner where the tales of the days endeavors  can be exchanged with your fellow competitors over dinner.


Day Three | 21 July 2024

The final morning of the event will see us venture into parts of Cheshire and Flintshire not previously used and as with the Summer Trial format the navigation instructions continue to increase in their challenging nature but still in the tulip route book format, before we crown our winner over Lunch back in Chester before you head home by 3pm latest, hopefully with a warm glow following a fun weekend of Historic rallying under your belt

Vehicle Information

  • Only cars built pre-1991 or a model available pre-1991 are eligible to enter
  • The cars will be split into classes based on age and CC
  • The scoring on the Test sections is class-based so you will be scoring against other similar aged vehicles
  • Vehicle eligibility is defined in the HERO Standard Regulations

What Is Included In The Entry Fee?

  • Event participation for one eligible car with a crew of two - Driver & Navigator
  • Detailed Routebook
  • Choice of official Summer Trial merchandise or HERO-ERA store voucher

Extensive Hospitality package:

  • Two nights’ accommodation, including breakfast, Friday 21st July and Saturday 22nd July (crew of two sharing a double or twin room).
  • Single room supplements, subject to availability and on a first come first served basis
  • Lunch for each crew member, on Saturday 22nd July.
  • Evening meal on Friday 21st & Saturday 22nd July.
  • Morning tea/coffee on Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd July
  • Afternoon tea/coffee on Saturday 22nd July
  • Awards buffet lunch time on Sunday 23rd July
  • Two souvenir rally plates to fix to front & rear of car
  • Two side number panels
  • Finishers’ awards for each crew member
  • Overall awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd
  • Class Awards to third in class – if there are three or more crews per class
  • Special awards at organisers discretion
  • HERO-ERA mechanical assist/sweep teams on event, to help keep crews moving
  • An experienced team of HERO-ERA officials & marshals to keep the event moving and on track
  • Results team and Media team keeping your family and friends, following the event, up to date
  • Post event, detailed results book
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.

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Entry List

Alan Graham (GB)Lola Field-Leather (GB)1966Porsche 9121720
Alexander Geigy (CH)Max Geigy (CH)1959Triumph TR3A1991
Andy Simpson (GB)Roger Bricknell (GB)1980Austin Morris 1275GT Mini Clubman1275
Bronwyn Burrell (NZ)Suzanne Barker (GB)1969Austin Maxi1750
Chris Lacey (GB)Geoff Lloyd (GB)1967MG B GT1900
Christian Brash (GB)Dan Elphick (GB)1970MG B1798
Christopher Day (GB)Claire Day (GB)1968Mini Cooper S1293
Damian Meier (CH)Florian Meier (CH)1982Mercedes Benz 280E2745ccm
Dave Batchelor (GB)Jackie Batchelor (GB)1964Triumph TR42290
Dave Elson (GB)Richard Warner (GB)1971MG BGT1800
Dave Smith (GB)Phil Cottam (GB)1972Alfa Romeo 2000 GT Veloce1962
David Creech (GB)Chris Wilks (GB)1963Volvo Amazon1800
David Hemstock (GB)Colin Readwin (GB)1982Austin Allegro1500
David Roberts (GB)Melanie Roberts (GB)1983Golf GTI Mk 1 18001780
David Ward (GB)Sally Ward (GB)1972Lancia Fulvia 1600HF1584
David Westaway (GB)Ben Westaway (GB)1955Austin Healey 100M2660
Dr Adam Davis (MY)Graeme Presswell (GB)1958MG A1622
Duncan Hopkinson (GB)Kay Hopkinson (GB)1968MG C GT2912
Ed Linton (GB)John Youd (GB)1967Hillman Imp998
Edward Vandyk (GB)Henry Vandyk (GB)1973Renault Alpine A1101396
Gary Smith (GB)Jenny (GB)1967Ford Cortina Mk 111598
George Topp (GB)Rosalind Topp (GB)1966Volvo Amazon 132S1990
Graham Clapp (GB)Sally Clapp (GB)1963Jaguar E Type3781
James Holt (GB)TBC1989BMW 325i2495
James Thomas (GB)TBC1977BL Mini 1275 GT1293
Jane Anderson (GB)Steven Thompson (GB)1989Volkswagen Golf MkII GTI1781
John Croft (GB)Aileen Croft (GB)1968Gilbern GT1800
Jon Martin (GB)Evan Martin (GB)1959Austin Healy 30002981
Kate Dunn (GB)Malcolm Dunn (GB)1969MG B1994
Lindsay Dawson (GB)Nick Dawson (GB)1975Datsun 260Z2600
Malcolm Dunderdale (GB)Lord Fontleroi (GB)1960Ferrari F40TBC
Mark Lillington (GB)Jon Harvey (GB)1965MG B1798
Martyn Alton (GB)Robin Lloyd (GB)1976MG Midget1500
Michael Moss (GB)James Ewing (GB)TBCTBC TBCTBC
Mike Dixon (GB)Liz Dixon (GB)1971MG Midget1275
Nick Brayshaw (GB)Dominic Gill (GB)1970Alfa Romeo 1750GTV1779
Nick Croft (GB)Sarah Croft (GB)1968Austin Healey Sprite1293
Owen Tyson (GB)Jill Tyson (GB)1965Morris Mini Cooper S1275
Pat Bettridge (IM)Andrew Holmes (IM)1984Peugeot 205 GTi1588
Paul Baker (GB)Jackie Baker (GB)1971Morris Mini Cooper S (Rep)1293
Paul Hughes (GB)Hannah Jenkins (GB)1973Mercedes Benz 350 SL3499
Paul J Mills (GB)Nick Cooper (GB)1965Austin Mini Cooper S1293
Paul Philmore (GB)Matthew Johnson (GB)1971MG B1798
Paul Sanders (GB)Jane Alcock (GB)1971MG Midget1275
Peter Fletcher (GB)Janet Fletcher (GB)1954Jaguar XK120DHC3440
Peter Kettle (GB)Delia Kettle (GB)1972Morris Mini998
Peter Nedin (GB)Clare Nedin (GB)1968Sunbeam Stiletto998
Phil Walker (GB)Jackie Walker (GB)1980MG MGB GT1798
Richard Boughton (GB)Sue Boughton (GB)1972BMW 2002 Tii1996
Richard Dresner (GB)Colin Mackenzie (GB)1970Volvo 122S1998
Rob Robinson (GB)Peter Mellor (GB)1983Audi Coupe2199
Robert Frost (GB)Lauri Frost (GB)1969Mercedes 280SL2778
Steve Bailey (GB)Lucy McFarlane (GB)1966Ford Mk1 Cortina1499
Steven Winter (GB)Fred Winter (GB)1966Hillman Imp930
Stuart Macleod (GB)David Bartholomew (GB)1973Porsche 911 E2400
Tim Robinson (GB)Victoria Robinson (GB)1929Bentley 4 1/2 Litre4500

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