EFG International announce their backing of the 2013 HERO cup

EFG International are backing the 2013 HERO Cup, run by the Historic Endurance Rallying Organisation, and this year it will be bigger and better than ever with events taking place across the length and breadth of the UK as well as the rest of Europe. The organisation hold the HERO cup on an annual basis and is a contest for drivers who take part in the various events throughout the year.

Kevin Gapp is EFG International’s head of strategic marketing and communications, and he has said that the bank are delighted to be involved with the 2013 HERO cup and the events are set to provide one of the most competitive and complete classic series of rallying trials ever seen in the UK, or Europe.

Patrick Burke, Joint Managing Director for Hero said: “EFG International supported last year’s Scottish Malts Classic Reliability Trial and Tour, so it is a real pleasure to welcome them as partners in the HERO Cup. Now that we have joined forces with the CRA, the competition for cup will incorporate three CRA events, a real bonus for classic rally competitors everywhere looking to participate in a variety of rallies across the UK and Europe.”

Joint Managing Director Tomas de Vargas Machuca added: “EFG International support the best motoring events around the world. We are constantly trying to improve and enhance the experience of classic rallying and we look forward to working together with EFG International to achieve our goals”.

The events counting towards this year’s cup include the CRA’s Poppy Regularity Rally, Classic Marathon and Rally of the Tests as well as HERO’s London-Lisboa Classic Reliability rally, Throckmorton Challenge, and the LeJog (Land’s end to John O’ Groats) reliability trial and tour.

The Poppy Regularity Rally, based in Ypres in the Flanders region of Belgium, will be the first qualifying round of this year’s Cup. The rally runs from March 15th to 17th 2013 and is also a round of the FIA Trophy for Regularity Rallies.

The London – Lisboa Classic Reliability trial and tour, one of Europe’s premiere classic car events, is back after a six year break and will see drivers going on an epic journey starting on April 27th and ending on May 5th.

For its 25th anniversary, the Classic Marathon will run from Ypres to Cortina d’Ampezzo in the Italian Dolomites visiting, along the way, many famous passes used on events in the 50‘s and 60‘s. The event will be running from June 15th to 21st.

The HERO Throckmorton Challenge on 12th October at RAF Pershore at Throckmorton will be the fourth qualifying round. Throckmorton is also part of the Historic Rally Car Register’s (HRCR) Clubman Championship, a series of events that are held throughout the country.

The Rally of the Tests will also be part of this year’s HERO Cup and will see crews setting off from Chester for four days of rallying in Wales and Northern England through to the finish in Harrogate. The Rally of the Tests runs from October 31st to November 3rd and like the Poppy Regularity Rally, will be a round of the FIA Trophy for Regularity Rallies

The sixth and final qualifying round of the much coveted HERO Cup will be LeJog, one of the toughest classic car rallies in Europe. The event will see drivers battling against the UK’s most extreme weather conditions on their way from Land’s End to John O’Groats from December 7th to 10th.

Winners of the HERO Cup will spend a week cruising on board the 85 ft. S/Y Orianda in the Mediterranean (www.orianda1937.com) Competitors coming in second place will be awarded a weekend hospitality package at the 2014 Goodwood Revival and those in third place will win a an entry on to the Throckmorton Challenge 2014.

The Cup rules have been modified to reflect the merger between the two rally platforms HERO and the CRA and the increased number of eligible events. The new rules will be available for competitors on HERO’s website (www.heroevents.eu) by the end of January 2013.