UK’s toughest classic car rally LeJog sets off from Land’s End on December 1st

Considered by many as the toughest event of its kind in Europe, LeJog’s severe wintry weather conditions that hit the UK in December will see drivers battling it out on an epic 1,400 mile course between Land’s End and John O’Groats from December 1st to 4th.

Over 60 cars are to leave Land’s End on a route across Britain that will see them travelling through Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Wales, Shropshire, Cheshire, Lancashire, North Yorkshire, Northumbria, Northumberland, East Lothian, West Lothian, North Lanarkshire, and across Scotland to John O’Groats over the four day period.

Hero’s Event Director and Clerk of the Course for LeJog, Peter Nedin, said: “LeJog is one of the toughest events of its kind in Europe, possibly the world, and we constantly strive to maintain this enviable reputation. We have no idea what the weather will bring but it certainly won’t stop the drivers who will do all they can to finish  the course no matter what the conditions are.”

All sorts of cars, built before 1984, will be taking part including a 1957 MGA coupe driven by Curt Wagner and Horst Pokroppa, a 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL driven by Jochen Gabriel and Onder Turker and a 1974 Datzun 240 Z driven by Riccardo Moraldi and Pietro Turrinelli, amongst others including BMWs, Alfa Romeos, Triumphs and Porsches.

Patrick Burke, joint Managing Director of the Historic Endurance Rallying Organisation (HERO), said: “This will be one of the most testing events that we have ever run. As in past editions the event is attracting crews from all over Europe and beyond which is a testament to the event and all those who work so hard to make it happen.”

Deputy Clerk of the Course and route co-ordinator, John Kiff, has spent many hours poring over maps and, together with HERO’s Scottish co-ordinator, Justin Morris and West Country co-ordinator Geoff Gibson has driven many hundreds of miles to devise a route that takes in numerous roads and tracks never used on LEJOG before – or at least have not been used for many years. 

At the supper halt in Fort William the crews will plot a route that will take them up the Great Glen to a series of Jogularity navigation sections in the Inverness area before the traditional halt in the early hours at Skiach services where a little more plotting will give them the rest of the Jogularities to the north coast and John O’Groats.  

Patrick Burke added: “We were delighted with the welcome Le Jog receives around the country with the locals being more than willing to allow use of their land and to let controls be sited in appropriate places. For many people, LeJog is the only competitive motor sport event that comes past their door and they are keen to turn out and see the cars go through their area.”

This year’s LeJog will break new ground with the route using roads and parts of the country that have never been used before on this iconic event, including two new locations for the rest halts: Llangollen and Slaley near Hexham, as well as several new test locations.

The route will also be taking drivers deeper into Wales than any previous LeJog and challenging the crews with night-time regularities and navigation sections on some of the tightest and most twisty roads that the Principality has to offer in territory that is new for LeJog.

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