On Saturday 16th October 2010 the Historic Endurance Rallying Organisation promoted the HERO Throckmorton Challenge at the former RAF airfield near Pershore, Worcestershire, less than 20 minutes from junction 6 of the M5. One-time base for training Wellington Bomber crews during World War Two (the disused control tower and ancillary buildings are still a prominent feature) and in later years a dispersal site for Vulcan Bombers, the airfield still has some of the longest runways in the UK. The site has had a chequered history including having been used by Dick Strawbridge to film his TV serious Crafty Tricks of War, and HERO were grateful to QinetiQ for permission to use the site.
Intended for crews keen on Classic Reliability Trials and Historic Road Events, the format was a large number of driving tests spread throughout the site, and interspersed with a few regularities. No two tests were the same. The tests were similar to those used on other HERO events such as Le Jog and gave novice and experienced crews an enjoyable day’s sport at a very competitive entry fee.
The event has run every year since 2010”