“On Saturday 16th October 2010 the Historic Endurance Rallying Organisation promoted the first 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 series 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. This year the Throckmorton Challenge has been classed as an Introductory Event allowing those without a competition licence to try historic rallying for the very first time, and with very little specialist preparation needed to their vehicle.
Moving into and beyond the sixth year the event has run, the popularity of the Throckmorton Challenge grows year on year, the event now regularly attracts over 100 entries and a 10-15 strong reserve list, early entry is advisable.”
Clubmans Documentation: http://www.heroevents.eu/Events/thethrockmortonchallenge/
“The 6th running of this popular event will see tweaks to keep the event looking and feeling fresh and exciting. The event is a reserve round of this year’s Historic Rally Car Register Clubman’s championship and is an ideal event for those thinking of tackling the 2016 championship to cut their rallying teeth on.
Based around the Throckmorton Airfield, many of the driving tests take place on the same runways that were used to dispatch the legendary Vulcan Bombers in times past, this affords both driver and navigator a challenge with open and flowing tests on generally sealed surfaces.
As well as the driving tests on the airfield and beyond, the Throckmorton Challenge National ‘B’ section has several regularity sections that can differ to the Clubman’s event, the route is always compact and draws the best lanes from the Vale of Evesham.
Once again Rally HQ is at the excellent Vale Golf Club Bishampton, there is ample parking both on site and at the airfield close by with several bistro-style and traditional public houses offering a good standard of food and accommodation should you prefer this option.
We expect demand for this event to be high once again as competitors hone their driving and map reading skills on one of the premier events in the UK’s regularity rallying calendar. Read more here”
National B Documentation: http://www.heroevents.eu/Events/natb/