Sunday, 8 September 2013

Toughest classic rally in Europe returns on December 7th

‘Panic envelope’ feature added to help crews in Le Jog’s night section in Wales
Le Jog, which is considered as the toughest event of its kind in Europe, will see drivers battling it out against UK’s fierce weather conditions on an epic 1,500 mile route between Land’s End and John O'Groats from December 7th to 10th.
 This years’ event, which is organised by the Historic Endurance Rallying Organisation (HERO), will see a number innovations to enable novice crews to complete more sections of the route. However, this will not make the challenge any easier for the expert crews, thereby maintaining the event's status as the one of the most challenging in the continent.

One of the new features is a ‘panic envelope’ that crews will receive at the start of the Welsh leg, containing copies of the maps of the sections with the route marked on it. If at the end of the leg they broke the seal or fail to hand the envelope back, they will incur an immediate loss of all medals plus a points penalty.

(c) Ph. Rastrelli

Peter Nedin, Event Director of HERO, said: 
“The Welsh night section is one of the toughest parts of Le Jog and this feature is intended to help crews having difficulties in plotting their route or getting lost as sometimes this situations would leave them with no other option but to cut out a section and go straight to the end of the leg. This feature will only apply to the Welsh overnight section.”

Patrick Burke, joint Managing Director of HERO, said: 
“Le Jog is a challenging event, particularly for novice crews. For this reason, beginner crews are invited to take part in the Training and Briefing day prior to Throckmorton on Friday 11th October at RAF Pershore in Throckmorton, Worcestershire. This will have a Le Jog specific section but is generally aimed at equipping novices with the knowledge required to tackle any classic rallying event competently.”

Deputy Clerk of the Course and route co-ordinator, John Kiff, has spent many hours poring over maps to create a route with new roads for regularities, new locations and designs for the tests and the challenging Welsh night navigation section with approximately 30 time controls in 68 miles.

(c) Ph. Rastrelli
The event, open to cars built before 1984, will take drivers from Land’s End on a route across Britain that will see them travelling through Cornwall, Somerset, the famous Porlock Hill, Wales, Llangollen, Cheshire, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Dumfries and Galloway, Loch Linnhe and across Scotland to John O’Groats.

Patrick Burke said: 
“Le Jog is one of the toughest rallies of its kind in Europe, possibly the world, ranking high in the list of ‘must do’ events. The weather in early December is unpredictable but year after year crews from all over the world continue to test their skills against some of the toughest driving conditions that Britain has to offer.”
“We have received more entries than in any of the past ten years, including crews from all around the UK, Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands, Luxemburg, France, Austria and the USA.”

The event counts already with over 70 registered crews with a good number of complete Le Jog novices and returning competitors as well, including past gold medal winners and Lucy and Henry Gastall, who took on classic rallying for the first time in last year’s event in their little 1958 Austin A35.

Other entries include Bruce Macleod in a 1937 Austin Nippy and his brother Duncan Macleod in a 1937 Austin 7 Ulster REP, Mel Hatton and Phillippa Robinson in a 1960 Riley 1.5 and David Mustarde and Shon Gosling in a 1961 Alfa Giulietta Ti.

Le Jog’s gold standard is set very high and every competitor dreams of collecting one of these elusive medals –only one was earned in 2012–, but crossing the finishing line is the main aim of many, particularly novices.

About HERO
The Historic Endurance Rallying Organisation (HERO) is a classic car club recognised by the Royal Automobile Club Motor Sports Association (the MSA - the official governing body for motor sport in the UK, affiliated to the FIA) and, through its membership of the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs, is affiliated to FIVA - the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens. A classic car endurance rallying club that dates over eighteen years, HERO has organized more than 90 events (trials and tours) especially for classic cars. HERO also offers a wide range of services such as the Arrive & Drive classic/rally car hire program, corporate and bespoke event planning and organisation, storage and transport logistic, a Premier Membership that offers discounts throughout its network of Partners; making it a truly integrated one stop shop platform.
Le Jog, sponsored by Orianda, HERO Arrive & Drive and Motors TV, is the sixth qualifying round of the much coveted HERO Cup, in association with EFG International. The club's annual championship sees crews participating in a sufficient number of events organised by HERO and the CRA along 2013, competing to win a week on board the 95 ft. S/Y Orianda cruising in the Mediterranean (
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 Le Jog (Land’s End to John O’ Groats) reliability trial and tour.

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