RE: PistonHeads Sporting Tour South now open!

RE: PistonHeads Sporting Tour South now open!

Saturday 9th February

PistonHeads Sporting Tour South now open!

Join PH as we tour along 170 miles of Kent's stunning countryside in the spring sunshine (we hope)



We're excited to announce that the PistonHeads Sporting Tour South is now open for booking, taking place in Kent on the 13th April.

The one-day event will tour 170 miles of beautiful country roads, with lunch and two timed tests at Brands Hatch circuit. Each competitor will have a start time, but as most of the driving takes place on public roads, there will be no other timing involved other than the tests. You'll make your way to check points, where marshals will stamp your route book before setting off on the next stage of the rally.

Your co-driver will need to brush up on their map reading skills, as you'll navigate the route with a Tulip Road Book with no satnav in sight. The book plots out the distances, directions and junctions you need to navigate throughout the route, making for a refreshing change from the need for technology. Seasoned motorsport competitors are welcome but this event is perfect for novices who want to take their first step onto the ladder.


For those of you who joined us in October, we've listened to your requests; the road sections are longer with less smaller roads, and excitingly we're laying on some bigger auto tests at MSV circuits. This has resulted in a slightly higher entry cost of £180 per car, but we're confident it'll be worth it.

Our base for the start and finish will be the Mercure Great Danes Hotel (Maidstone), with the auto tests using a section of the GP circuit and the tarmac rally stage at Brands Hatch. The event is authorised and permitted by Motorsport UK.

Entries for PistonHeads Sporting Tour South are now open and are available on a first come first served basis here.

Once you've signed up, add yourself to the entrants Wiki here.



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Norbury90

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6,598 posts

144 months

Friday 8th February
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Just making a mental note to pack my mankini for the hotel pool hehe

blue al

82 posts

97 months

Friday 8th February
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Apologies if this sounds slightly cynical

Be good to see if the timed events at Brands hatch is genuine track time ?
Or just handbrake turns in between impossibly narrow cones at the equivalent of the local Tescos car park.

Otherwise looks like 180 quid to drive down some leafy roads where your far more likely to see a horse or tractor up close and personal, irrespective of what speed you approach a blind corner

Edited by blue al on Friday 8th February 19:52

B'stard Child

16,696 posts

184 months

Friday 8th February
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blue al said:
Apologies if this sounds slightly cynical

Be good to see if the timed events at Brands hatch is genuine track time ?
Or just handbrake turns in between impossibly narrow cones at the equivalent of the local Tescos car park.

Otherwise looks like 180 quid to drive down some leafy roads where your far more likely to see a horse or tractor up close and personal, irrespective of what speed you approach a blind corner

Edited by blue al on Friday 8th February 19:52
I did the first one and the feedback during and after the event was very positive in the main

The route chosen was fun and full of variety, the tulip maps added a new dimension to a drive out for the navigator.

The midday tests on the first one were just a trial to see what could work and if people liked it - I would hope they are developed to be a bit more challenging (which I understood was the plan) as it would add more competition to the event as the road sections are not timed.

As far as cost goes - for a day out (with costs shared at £75 each) I viewed it as better value than a track day for all round fun - without the wear and tear on car and tyres

It won’t appeal to everyone but I would say it something worth trying just for the experience.

I’m just trying to make space in the house calendar to attend this one but it will be as navigator this time as it won’t be my turn to drive on the next one. It’s nice to share the roles with a good mate on a day out but classic insurance on my car meant a driver swap on the day wasn’t possible.

Hammond1073

107 posts

49 months

Saturday 9th February
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What about one in the North??

wolfie28

77 posts

82 months

Saturday 9th February
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Hammond1073 said:
What about one in the North??
6th July. I'm guessing details of that one will be nearer the event.

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BenLowden

1,385 posts

115 months

PH Marketing Bloke

Saturday 9th February
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blue al said:
Be good to see if the timed events at Brands hatch is genuine track time ?
We're running two timed tests at Brands Hatch. The first is on a section of the GP circuit, but it is an auto test, not a lap of the circuit. Auto tests are all about car control, so this first test will be navigating a route through a set of cones with your co-driver. The second test will be a full run of the tarmac rally stage; I'm hoping we'll be able to go and shoot a quick video on this soon to give people a better idea of what to expect.

But the tests are definitely going to be longer and more challenging than last year. Going to be a huge amount of fun! biggrin

Hammond1073 said:
What about one in the North??
We'll be opening booking for the North event in April.

Gallons Per Mile

298 posts

45 months

Saturday 9th February
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I've no idea what to expect really, but it sounds like fun so I'm in!

speech

374 posts

94 months

Sunday 10th February
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Sounds a great idea... I learned to drive at Brands Hatch so always good to return. Plus it's just after my birthday wink

My only concern is do I need to get any additional insurance for the track stage? I have a leased car so not sure if that's possible.

Norbury90

Original Poster:

6,598 posts

144 months

Sunday 10th February
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speech said:
Sounds a great idea... I learned to drive at Brands Hatch so always good to return. Plus it's just after my birthday wink

My only concern is do I need to get any additional insurance for the track stage? I have a leased car so not sure if that's possible.
There is an option to get insurance when you book, I think it was 25 or 30 quid. Not sure of the small print though.

speech

374 posts

94 months

Sunday 10th February
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Norbury90 said:
There is an option to get insurance when you book, I think it was 25 or 30 quid. Not sure of the small print though.
Ah thanks, will check

BenLowden

1,385 posts

115 months

PH Marketing Bloke

Sunday 10th February
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Norbury90 said:
speech said:
Sounds a great idea... I learned to drive at Brands Hatch so always good to return. Plus it's just after my birthday wink

My only concern is do I need to get any additional insurance for the track stage? I have a leased car so not sure if that's possible.
There is an option to get insurance when you book, I think it was 25 or 30 quid. Not sure of the small print though.
The Jelf insurance you can bolt on through the entry form is just third party cover for road driving and does not cover you for the auto tests. They do offer motorsport insurance but you would need to contact them directly for a quote as this will vary widely depending on the car you're competing in.

I'll add that there's quite a lot of room for error at Brands and it's up to you how hard you push. Personally I won't be taking out any additional insurance so I'll be staying well within my comfort zone!

Edited by BenLowden on Sunday 10th February 13:40

Norbury90

Original Poster:

6,598 posts

144 months

Sunday 10th February
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Ah sorry! I thought that it was for the tests last time out, didn't realise it was set up differently this time.

Audi-Ben

25 posts

26 months

Tuesday 12th February
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A full lap of the rally track sounds great. I might get out of first gear this time!
Thursday 14th February
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Be good to see one in the South West too (Devon & Cornwall).

B'stard Child

16,696 posts

184 months

Thursday 14th February
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Oh this is going to cause some issues

I rib Paul my co pilot at the last event about being a member for over 14 years and still lurking rather than posting

So he pings me an email to see signed up car 42 so I thought I'd better do the wiki bit and I see it's already done



Just wondering if he realises.........