Saturday, 10 December 2011

Le Jog heads into Action!

We're really sorry about the delay in getting this release out. This is due to problems in downloading releases from our usual news wires. Here it is now, a little late... but Hopefully still time for you to get out and see the event in it's second and third days.

Someone tell us what it is, because that, is BEAUTIFUL! 




Cars from Holland, Belgium, Germany, Italy and Switzerland as well as the UK were starting to converge on Lands End today (Friday) prior to the start of the UK’s toughest car
Rally –Le-Jog.

The rally gets under way on Saturday and will see the cars ranging from a 1937 Riley Sport to a 1958 Jaguar XK 150 battling it out to win the prestigious event.

It will be the 17th annual running of the world acclaimed rally which takes place between December 10th and 13th will see the cars competing over a a 1,400 mile course between Lands End and John O'Groats with the longest night navigation section ever to be included.

Seventy cars will leave Lands End on Saturday at 07.45 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 a four day period.

Hero’s Event Director and Clerk of the Course for Le Jog, Peter Nedin, said: “Le Jog 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 of these cars who will do all they can to finish to course no matter what the conditions.

 Tomas de Vargas Machuca, Managing Director of the Historic Endurance Rallying Organisation, HERO said: "This will be one of the most testing events that we have ever run.The weather is already closing in but as in past editions the event has attracted 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.”

All sorts of cars will be taking part including a Riley Sports Special from 1937 driven by Richard Jeffcoate and James May from Surrey. A 1958 Jaguar XK 150 being driven by Charles Graves and Ron Palmer from Surrey and a 1960 Peugeot being driven by Pieter and Thijs Hennipman from Holland. Other cars include BMW’s, Triumphs and Porsche. Spectators are encouraged to turn out and see the cars go through their area.

BMW Park Lane Classic, who as part of a sponsorship deal with HERO has prepared a 1973 BMW 1602 saloon for the event. The car, which will also be included in HERO’s successful Arrive & Drive program, has been repatriated from ITALY.

AVIS will also be supporting the event by providing all coordinating and support vehicles, which will be used by the organizers and marshals to steer crews safely to the finish. 

The infamous Welsh night section will have over 30 time controls - 75% of which will be 4 minute sections and the longest section will only be 3.5 miles - but the route has been designed with loops to allow controls to be cut for those running late.

Wales will also see some tough, late-evening regularities where crews' driving, navigating and timekeeping will be thoroughly tested.  "We want to see every crew arrive at the Telford rest halt, tired but with a big satisfied grin on their faces" said Peter Nedin

In addition this year's Le Jog will have some 30 tests at 26 venues - more than double the number of some recent Le Jogs Many of these tests will be at exciting new venues while those at ones previously used have been completely redesigned.

The overall number of regularities has been reduced slightly but the Jogularity format will be exploited to the full and Le Jog will continue to provide the navigators with considerable map-reading challenges.

There are crews from the UK, Europe and America driving, between them 7 Mercs, 7 Triumphs, 6 Minis, 5 MGs, 4 BMWs; 4 Porsches; 3 Volvos; 3 VW's and many more.
You can follow their progress with daily updates http://www.heroevents.eu/Events/LeJog/le_jog_2011/event_report/

You can also follow the event on Twitter: @heroeventseu and on Facebook - search for Hero Historic Endurance Rallying 

Maserati? Well, it's taking a dip on last year's Le Jog
Le Jog 2011 Spectator Information
Control
Location
County
Venue
OS map ref
Date
Approx. Time Car One
SMC 1 & TEST
LAND'S END
Cornwall
On cliff top behind hotel
203/3424 2509
10th Dec
07:45
TEST
CORNWALL COLLEGE
Cornwall
Cornwall College Park at Pool School opposite test site
203/6620 4145
10th Dec
09:06
TEST
IMERYS
Cornwall
Imerys Facility
200/9920 5744
10th Dec
10:25
TESTS
EDEN A & B
Cornwall
The Eden Project
200/0463 5543
10th Dec
10:37
MC 2
LOSTWITHIEL
Cornwall
Golf Club
200/1093 6047
10th Dec
11:10
MC 3 & 4
OKEHAMPTON
Devon
Betty Cottles
191/5640 9334
10th Dec
12.50in - 13.35out
PC 1
CULMSTOCK
East Devon
Culm Valley Inn
181/1013 1380
10th Dec
15:22
TEST
TRICKY WARREN
Somerset
Tricky Warren
193/2120 1522
10th Dec
15:43
PC 2
FORCHES CORNER
Somerset
Merry Harriers
193/1830 1710
10th Dec
15:51
TESTS
CARDIFF GATE A & B
Wales
Cardiff Gate Services
171/2173 8288
10th Dec
17:31
MC 5 & 6
CARDIFF GATE
Wales
Cardiff Gate Services
171/2175 8282
10th Dec
17:34in - 19:34out
TEST
LLANGORS
Powys, Mid Wales
Llangors Activity Centre
161/1468 2693
10th Dec
21:14
MC 7
LLANGORS
Powys, Mid Wales
Llangors Activity Centre
161/1480 2672
10th Dec
21:25
PC 3
CLYRO
Powys, Mid Wales
Regent House Sdervice Station
161/2132 4350
10th Dec
22:06
MC 8
BUILTH WELLS
Powys, Mid Wales
Co-op
147/0420 5135
10th Dec
23:13
RMC 10
TELFORD
Shropshire
White House Hotel
127/6613 1110
11th Dec
08:30
TEST
MARKET DRAYTON
North Shropshire
Cattle Market
127/ 6725 3525
11th Dec
09:28
MC 11
CROWTON
Cheshire
Hare & Hounds
117/5788 7455
11th Dec
11:13
TEST
KILHEY COURT
Cheshire
Macdonald Hotel
108/5800 1075
11th Dec
12:03
TEST
TICKLED TROUT
Cheshire
Macdonald Hotel
102/5782 3004
11th Dec
12:24
TESTS
RED ROSE A & B
Lancashire
Red Rose Hub
102/5735 3285
11th Dec
12:29
MC 12 & 13
GREAT MITTON
Lancashire
Aspinall Arms
103/7165 3868
11th Dec
12:57in - 13:57out
PC 4
LINTON
North Yorkshire
Fountaine Inn
98/9965 6265
11th Dec
15:15
PC 5
HAWES
North Yorkshire
Dale Head Garage
98/8695 8985
11th Dec
16:00
MC 14
TAN HILL (Tan Hill Inn)
North Yorkshire
Tan Hill Inn
92/8970 0670
11th Dec
17:17
PC 6
EGGLESTON
Northumbria
Three Tuns
92/9994 2391
11th Dec
18:09
MC 15
GOSFORTH
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Marriott Hotel
88/2425 7125
11th Dec
20:09
RMC 16
GOSFORTH
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Marriott Hotel
88/2425 7125
12th Dec
08:00
TEST
ESHOTT
Northumberland
Eshott Airfield
81/1785 9778
12th Dec
08:38
MC 17
CHATTON
Northumberland
Percy Arms Hotel
75/0553 2835
12th Dec
10:23
TEST
RACELAND
East Lothian - Scotland
Raceland Karting
66/4504 7360
12th Dec
12:59
MC 18 & 19
LIVINGSTON
West Lothian - Scotland
Deer Park Beafeater
65/0465 7012
12th Dec
13:49in - 14:49out
TEST
FORRESTBURN
North Lanarkshire - Scotland
Forrestburn
65/8605 6500
12th Dec
15:07
PC 7
ABERFOYLE
Scotland
Trossachs Area Services
57/5240 0095
12th Dec
17:00
TEST
FOREST HILLS
Scotland
Macdonald Hotel
57/4620 0223
12th Dec
17:09
MC 20
KILLIN (Killin Hotel)

Killin Hotel
51/5735 3324
12th Dec
18:57
MC 21 & 22
KINLOCH RANNOCH

Macdonald Hotel
42/6525 5887
12th Dec
20:29in - 22:29out
MC 23
EVANTON (Skiach Services)

Skiach Services
21/6300 6780
13th Dec
04:06
TEST
LITTLEFERRY

Kart Circuit
21/8203 9806
13th Dec
06:05
PC 8
BRORA

Victoria Garage
17/9049 0463
13th Dec
06:21
MC 24 & 25
LYBSTER

Portland Arms Hotel
11/2475 3627
13th Dec
07:54in - 08:39out
TEST
JOHN O'GROATS
Caithness - Scotland
Car Park
12/3808 7327
13th Dec
10:17
MC 26
JOHN O'GROATS
Caithness - Scotland
Café
12/3797 7337
13th Dec
10:18