HERO to take over Endurance Rally Association events
Long-distance endurance rallying pioneer ERA has promised a seamless transition and preservation of founder’s legacy as HERO prepares to take over rallies
The Historic Endurance Rallying Organisation (HERO) and the Endurance Rally Association (ERA) have agreed that HERO will take over all events previously organised by ERA.
ERA confirmed on its website that successful discussions for this arrangement have been concluded and that contracts have been exchanged. Formal completion of the deal is to follow ‘in the very near future’.
- Triumph TR250 wins ERA’s Trans-America Challenge
- 1925 Bentley leads 8600km Road to Saigon rally from start to end
- 1958 Morris Oxford Endurance Rally Car for sale on AutoClassics
The addition of ERA’s events to the HERO platform will encompass over 25 rallies globally, with around 12 organised each year across multiple continents. This will constitute a year-round calendar of events of varying difficulty, length and car period.
ERA was founded by the late Philip Young in 1988, and it has since organised over 60 major events in more than 50 countries around the world, such as the Peking to Paris Motor Challenge. ERA is credited with being a pioneer in long-distance endurance rallying.
Meanwhile, HERO is a multi-service historic motoring platform, and is responsible for a number of well known UK and European rallies such as the Classic Marathon. It has organised in excess of 150 events since 1993.
Both parties have said they are committed to a seamless transition of the new arrangement, and that already-scheduled ERA events will continue as planned. They have highlighted HERO’s previous successful integration of the Classic Rally Association in 2013, which also was founded by Young.
ERA has stated that under the arrangement it will focus on long-distance rallies, with HERO focusing on short and medium-distance events. Continuity with ERA’s current portfolio has been promised, along with guarantees that Young’s legacy will be preserved.
HERO chairman Tomas de Vargas Machuca said: ‘At HERO, our approach can best be described as “for enthusiasts, by enthusiasts”, and there have been no greater enthusiasts than Philip Young and his colleagues at ERA.
‘Philip was, and still is, a revered figure, and we are proud to be taking on ERA’s portfolio of events. This represents a significant expansion of our activities, especially longer-distance endurance events. We will nurture and build on these for many years to come for the benefit of the historic motoring community as a whole.’
Jane Young, director of ERA, added: ‘HERO enthusiastically shares our passion and values, and runs great events recognised for their quality. They are our choice to bear Philip’s mantle, to build on his efforts and to aspire to his dreams. We are passing the baton to an organisation that will deliver events to the very highest standards, preserving ERA’s spirit and building on its success.’
Classic Cars for Sale
This striking LHD Escort was built by Belgian rally ace Paul Lietaer for Wilfried Masschelein and Edwin Vitse to use on the 2016 Ypres Historic Rally. The car finished 29th out of 54 starters and has not been used since. Recently imported to the UK the Escort has a Belgian Technical Passport and an extensive specification, including: - Excellent all steel shell with steel works style arches
1976 Mk3 Leyland/Morris Mini 1000. Which comes with it's original Caffyns (Main Rover Dealer) order form and original bill of sale. Owned by my Auntie & Uncle for the past 11 years. Sadly my Uncle passed away un-expectantly last year and the mini has been passed to me to find it a new owner. Mileage is at 60,880 at time of advert. Blue in colour with a unique hand painted roof, (painted by