Le Jog is jogging into history, world famous event agrees new partnership with Royal Burgh.
The twentieth Land’s End to John O’Groats Reliability Trial (Le Jog) attracted yet another quality entry of seventy –five crews from twelve countries being represented, amongst the entrants, there were no less than eighteen crews who were from or had a German team member in their vehicle! The event was the final round of the coveted HERO Cup for Drivers in association with EFG International and also the Golden Roamer Trophy for Navigators in association with The Basic Roamer Company.
Historic Endurance Rallying Organisation (HERO) are delighted to announce a partnership with the ancient and historic Royal Burgh of Wick, Caithness. Wick has been the town of choice for the finish venue of this world famous event for the majority of Le Jog’s history, an agreement at the Gala Presentation Dinner held at The Assembly Rooms, Wick ensured that the tradition would continue for the foreseeable future. The partnership between HERO and Wick will attract people who would never normally have the chance to visit the town and enjoy the friendly welcome and wide range of regional shops and services unique to the area.
Patrick Burke, Joint Managing Director of HERO said: “I am delighted that after so many years of staying in Wick, HERO can now work in partnership with local authorities and join forces in giving the town recognition and the publicity it richly deserves. Our competitors always comment on the warmth of the reception they receive from the locals and also the incredibly beautiful scenery with its un-spoilt feeling, it is a very special place.”
Celebrating the twentieth running of Le Jog with HERO was Councillor Gail Ross, Caithness Civic Leader who was instrumental in sealing the partnership for the future; Councillor Ross commented: “It gives me enormous pleasure to announce that Wick and Highland Council will formally validate this valuable association with LeJog going forward. The Presentation Dinner and Civic Function in Wick was a huge success and we are now looking to build on this year after year. LeJog is an event that we need to celebrate locally as it brings much needed bodies into the county at a time of year when tourists are sunning themselves elsewhere! I’m really proud that my home town of Wick is held in such high regard by the organisers and participants of this high profile event and I’m really excited at the prospects for next year’s rally.”
Anne Dunnett, Lord-Lieutenant of Caithness was also present and added “For several years, I have had the honour as Lord-Lieutenant of Caithness of meeting all the competitors and officials at the end of their daunting drive to Caithness. The enthusiasm of the drivers and management team never ceases to amaze me and many friendships have been forged. It is certainly a test of endurance for the drivers but one which brings them great enjoyment. The local people look forward to the event and are in awe of the driving skills of the competitors. We hope that the association with Wick and Caithness will continue for a long time to come.”
Wick is comprised of two halves, Wick to the North and Pulteney town to the South and was only merged into one town in 1902. Wick was granted Royal Burgh status in 1589. It is part of the Highland Council region and one of two towns in the county of Caithness. During the 19th century, Pulteney town and its harbour took full advantage of the herring boom and Thomas Telford created the area around the harbour, mainly for the fishing industry and the people that worked within it. Places of note are the Pulteney Distillery which produces some of the world’s best Whisky according to Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible (21 year old malt in 2012) and attracts hundreds of visitors every year. Wick also boasts the Shortest Street in the World, Ebeneezer Place, in the Guinness Book of Records. There are massive amounts of investment happening in Wick at the moment from Local Government, National Government and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority due to the rundown of Dounreay. It is served by Wick John O ‘Groats Airport which has direct flights to Edinburgh and Aberdeen connecting to London and further afield. Found within easy reach of the Castle of Mey, John O’Groats and Ackergill Tower and Dunnet Head; the most northerly point of the British mainland.
The Historic Endurance Rallying Organisation (H.E.R.O.) 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 130 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.
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