Sunday 18 November 2012

Rally - The 18th 'Le Jog'

Photograph: Francesco Rastrelli
One of the longest standing events for classic cars, the Land’s End to John O’Groats (Le JoG) rally takes to the highways and byways in a couple of weeks time from the 1st to the 4th of December.

This 18th Le Jog will start and finish in the same place as tradition, and the name, suggests but the organisers have come up with some new roads and routes. 

They’ve also promised to simplify the navigation!

The route of this year’s 1500 mile event comprises:

Leg One, Saturday 1st, 7 am to 5 pm
Staring in Land's End competitors will head for the Severn Bridge through Devon and into Wales for a later afternoon test and two hour rest halt at Cardiff Gate Services before departing on leg Two ....

Leg Two, Saturday evening, 7 pm to 3 am
The route through Wales has been designed with a series of Main Controls at pubs and petrol stations so that crews who experience problems can have a chance to catch up – by cutting sections. The last challenge of the night will be the Navigation Section leading to the rest halt in Llangollen.

Leg Three, Sunday 2nd, 9 am to 7 pm
After bed and breakfast in Llangollen, the route heads through Cheshire and Lancashire to lunch in a country pub north-east of Preston. Then it’s on to Slaley Hall for the overnight rest halt.

Leg Four, Monday
The final 24 hours will begin with a run through Northumbria and the Borders to lunch at Cardrona, then westwards to Glasgow before heading north via the Rest-and-Be-Thankful to evening supper at Fort William.

Leg Five, Monday night, 9 pm to Tuesday morning 9 am
Driving through Monday night, the crews will be greeted by the skirl of the pipes at John O'Groats and breakfast before before turning back south to Wick for some rest ahead of the black-tie prize-giving dinner.

So far, 58 crews have entered this year’s event from as far afield as Germany and Austria, Italy and France, and Sweden, plus of course all the home countries will be represented. The cars represent their usual eclectic mix of pre-1984, TR6s and TR4s, Datsun 240Zs and early BMWs, plus a Bristol 411, Volvo Amazon and PV S44, Minis and a Morris 1800, some Alfas and of course Porsches, plus many other exotics - and not so exotics!

So if you’re doing nothing else that weekend you could always volunteer to Marshal, or just go out and see the cars.

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