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What’s it all about?
Are the organisers experienced and reputable?
How experienced do I need to be?
What kind of vehicle is best, and will it need special preparation?
How do I get to Singapore and back from China?
What insurance cover will I need?
What support do HERO 4x4xplore provide?
What clothes will I need?
Health
How much does it cost?
What training and briefing opportunities will there be?


What’s it all about?

The Adventure Drive is a style of event invented by HERO 4x4xplore to enable owners of modern 4x4s to take their own vehicles on a long distance journey of discovery to places off the beaten track, sharing the experience with others of like mind, and staying in the best available accommodation.

It’s for people who love to drive. It isn’t a high speed dash or a rally run against the clock, but it’s nevertheless a genuine challenge, and those who complete the course will receive well deserved awards. We are rally people and use rally techniques to give you the freedom to travel on your own, but within the security of a competent organisation that takes care of most of the hassle of visiting remote parts of the world.

Are the organisers experienced and reputable?

Highly so. HERO 4x4xplore is an offshoot of HERO - the Historic Endurance Rallying Organisation. Event Director John Brown is one of the world’s most experienced organisers of rallies and long distance motoring adventures. HERO was founded in 1996 by John and around 100 enthusiasts to run classic car rallies, including the legendary LE JOG (the Land’s End to John o’Groats Reliability Trial), the Scottish Malts Reliability Trial, and the London-Lisbon Classic Rally.

4x4xplore was launched in 1998, when HERO’s great London – Cape Town rally was opened to modern 4x4 vehicles as well as classic cars. 2001’s epic Inca Trail around South America, the Arctic Winter Trial in 2003 and the 2006 Great Tour of China and Aventura Panamericana also catered for both. The 2004 Great Tour of China, the 2005 African Adventure and the 2007 Grand Tour of India were run purely for 4x4s.

Today the wider HERO Club has some 2,000 members, the great majority of whom have competed on at least one big classic car or 4x4 event organised by HERO or 4x4xplore.

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How experienced do I need to be?

If you are a reasonably experienced and skilled driver on normal roads, you should cope perfectly well. The event does not require you to drive at high speed or in extreme conditions, and gives you time to find your feet – and our experts will be there to help.
How will the event run?
Crews must sign out at the start and back in at the finish of each day, and possibly at one or two points in between. This is for your own safety as much as anything else. But we do not normally run in a nose to tail convoy. Most of the time, you are free to deviate from the designated route if you wish, to travel in your own time, by yourself or with a group of friends, to stop at places along the way, to explore local sights, and to eat in little restaurants.

What kind of vehicle is best, and will it need special preparation?

A reputable modern 4x4 with high ground clearance should cope perfectly well with all the conditions you are likely to meet. Just make sure that the suspension is in good condition, and that the vehicle is properly equipped, with long range fuel supply, extra spare wheel, good jack, and so on.

We will issue you with detailed advice notes on vehicle choice and preparation, and you will be able to bring your vehicle along to a briefing day and discuss it with one of our experts.

How do I get to Singapore and back from China?

The entry fee includes shipment of your vehicle to Singapore and back from China, from a designated port in the UK, continental Europe, North America and some other parts of the world. Our shipping agents will take care of all the hassle, and help you with the paperwork.
The fee does not include your own personal travel to Singapore or back
from China.

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What insurance cover will I need?

The entry fee includes generous personal accident and medical cover; this can be extended through our broker on request. You will be required to take out third party vehicle insurance to cover all your vehicle’s drivers. We advise you also to take out comprehensive vehicle and contents cover, and cover against liability for import duty (which can be extremely high) if your vehicle cannot be repatriated (e g if stolen); against non-appearance (if you have to withdraw); and against marine transit damage or losses. You may also wish to consider supplementary personal accident and medical cover. In conjunction with our brokers, we are preparing an information sheet on all the above.

What support do HERO 4x4xplore provide?

The event will be accompanied by three or four official vehicles crewed by HERO 4x4xplore’s Event Director and other officials, including local helpers. Each of these vehicles will carry a satellite phone to ensure good communications wherever they are. Sweeper vehicles will follow the route, each crewed by a skilled mechanic with tools and other light equipment, and by one the event doctor/paramedic team, with an emergency medical kit. The medical team will run one or two days ahead, checking the route and Road Book, and passing back the latest information.

At overnight halts in bigger towns, we will where possible arrange for local motor traders to stay open, to provide workshop facilities, tyre repairs and replacements, etc.

Participants must however be aware that the event is potentially dangerous, and that the Organisers’ resources are limited and may not be able to cope with a serious accident, mechanical breakdown or security incident. You should not take part unless you accept that there is an element of risk to yourself, your companions and your vehicle.

What clothes will I need?

The temperatures will vary from the very warm to the chilly and in places rainy. Bring practical, comfortable clothes, bearing in mind that you may need to change a wheel at some time. You will be able to get clothes laundered during the rest days, so don’t load yourselves down with a whole month’s supply. Most evenings, smart casual dress is fine; although you should bring a jacket and tie for some special occasions.

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Health

You will need valid immunisations against a range of diseases. Our Chief Medical Officer will circulate guidance notes and offer advice before the event on how to stay well. He will specify a medical kit to be carried by each crew, and will be travelling with his own comprehensive medical equipment to help out if any serious problems arise.

How much does it cost?

The entry fee of GBP 33,950 includes the rally itself; shipping of vehicle, as above; 32 nights’ bed and breakfast for two people sharing a twin or double room; welcome and farewell dinners; all other evening meals in your hotel or in typical local restaurants; various other functions and receptions; coaches to and from various functions; rally number plates and door panels; a souvenir award for all finishers; event clothing; fully detailed tulip road book; etc. Discounts are available for those paying in full in advance – see Regulations for details.
Hotel upgrades to single room accommodation are available at extra cost. No refunds are available to participants not taking up accommodation booked for them, for whatever reason.

What training and briefing opportunities will there be?

There will be at least one Briefing Day in Britain, which will include talks on the event outline, vehicle choice and preparation, and other practicalities. Dates will be advised.

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