Me? The faux Duke of Rutland? In a luxury Hotel in Warwickshire rubbing elbows with the H.E.R.O.s and heroines? It was a chance meeting. As I left the Woodland Grange Hotel, a tad shagged out after an engagement, I found my mucky old Porsche surrounded by these pristine classics. The Historic Endurance Rallying Organisation (aka H.E.R.O.) were in town for their summer trial.

26 cars were in action, the start and finish line being the hotel, and I was particularly pleased to see a British Leyland Motorsport liveried Austin Landcrab lining up along more obvious classics. Another pleasant surprise was the mount of female drivers. Rallying events inevitably attract ugly chaps like me so to see the smiling ladies in a Mini and the grinning lovely in the Lancia Zagato pictured here was great. ‘ello, ‘eroines.

The cars, then. Classic Minis look like winners before they’ve even crossed the start line. The Fiat cabriolet had Bologna plates and a crew far too dapper to be Brits. My Porsche stayed put but a brace of classic 911s joined the start (check the skid plates on the green one), followed by an Audi coupe (no, not that type) and a Lotus Cortina.

The Italians! In addition to the aforementioned Fiat was a lovely Lancia Fulvia Zagato and a red Alfa GT Junior. Great to see such gorgeous machinery being used under the cloudy Midlands skies. A gaggle of Triumphs and a happy looking Beetle completed the line up. I watched a chap in the reddest of red trousers wave them off as Motors TV filmed – I wished I was joining in. Next year, heros and heroines, next year…

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About The Author

Rich Duisberg

Rich's drivel regularly appears in Practical Performance Car and GT Porsche magazines. He has also written for Classic & Sportscar, MogMag, Classic Performance and Retro, Banzai, Evo, and Modern Mini. He also did a book no-one bought. His hungover fizzog also often appears on CBS’s Carfection channel enthusing about historic motoring. Le Mans winner Derek Bell once refused to get in Rich's Morgan Three Wheeler with him at the wheel. Currently amongst the detritus in his garage is a 1972 Fiat 500 Abarth, a fat BMW and a Lotus Elise. Previous machinery includes a Porsche 968, an Alfa GTV V6 and a dreadful Sinclair C5. He also owns a vintage Royal Enfield pushbike.

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