Land's End - John O'Groats
Considered by crews as one of the most demanding and challenging events in Europe and a definite to be ticked on your “must do” events list! HERO’s Land’s End to John O’Groats Reliability Trial is open to cars of a specification built before 1986. Running in December, tough conditions are to be expected, but no-one crosses the finish line without a smile on their face. The event has been tackled and completed by novice crews in the past, however, we would recommend undertaking less advanced events as a preparatory measure prior to competing on Le Jog.
This year sees the Silver Jubilee running of LE JOG and that means a very special, traditional (and, as always, tough) event is in store. The 25th running will pay homage to the original ‘93 event and include numerous locations which have not been visited recently, together with one or two completely new roads and venues. To ensure the best possible event takes place, HERO have persuaded John Kiff to return to the route planner’s role that he held from 2011 to 2014. John was the only Gold medal winning navigator on the original LE JOG in 1993 and was the first person to also win a Gold medal as a driver (with his brother Rob) in their 1958 VW Beetle in 2003.
From the Land’s End start, the event will see swift progress up through South-West England and across the Severn Bridge into Wales for a long night using some of the best lanes the country has to offer. To make up for the long night, a little extra time will be allowed in bed near Chester before a traditional ‘LE JOG Sunday’ over the moors and fells – and via the pubs – of the ‘spine of England’. A good night’s rest at the Border will prepare crews for the 24 plus hours up through Scotland. An early start will enable crews to see more of this beautiful country in daylight as we visit classic sections and traditional locations – but also some that have been rarely used. After battling the roads and elements, weary crews will then experience that special LE JOG euphoria as they cross the finish line to strains of the piper and the wave of the chequered flag.
As is traditional, LE JOG will be about straightforward and unambiguous plotting, accurate map-reading and route-finding together with precision test-driving and, of course, reliability and endurance! Gold medals will be as hard to come by as ever! To read more about the first Land’s End to John o’Groat’s Reliability Trial in 1993 CLICK HERE.
7th December 2019
10th December 2019
Briefing Friday 6th at Land's End
(printed maps supplied)
Until 31st May
Until 31st May (then £3,729)
Subject to availability
NON REFUNDABLE (Balance Due 31st August 2019)
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The Rally Package does not include accommodation on the Friday or Tuesday nights. Crews are required to book these themselves.
The Rally runs through Monday night so no accommodation is required – you do not sleep
Scrutineering is scheduled to take place at a local garage from 10am. Once crews pass scrutineering, they can make their way to the Land’s End Hotel and signing on. The route handouts are issued at midday and an event overview takes place before the Drivers briefing and welcome buffet.
An early start straight into the first Test around Land’s End. The first cars tackle the cliff route in the dark before making their way to the first Regularity. Swift progress will be made up through South-West England to cross the Severn Bridge in good time for the evening halt so that crews can prepare for a long night of truly classic sections through Wales
The traditional Saturday night through the classic lanes of Wales usually shakes up the crews a bit before the very welcome bed in the early hours of the morning and a few hours sleep at Chester.
The traditional ‘LE JOG Sunday’ over the moors and fells and onto a full night’s rest at the Border will prepare crews for the 24 hour+ journey up through Scotland.
An early start as we venture into Scotland will enable crews to see more of this beautiful country in daylight as we visit classic sections and traditional locations.
Crews begin to battle through the final sections of the event including the famous 'Loch ness Monster Regularity' and then cross over the finish line in John O'Groats to the strains of the piper and the wave of the chequered flag.
|1||Richard Isherwood||Ian Canavan||Volkswagen Golf GTI||1600||1981|
|2||Philipp LeibundGut||Nicolas Geigy||Saab 900 Turbo||1985||1986|
|3||Ralf Gerdes||Maximilian Brueckle||Triumph TR 4 IRS||0||1968|
|4||Martin Hoermann||Jochen Hempel||Mercedes Benz SLC 500 AMG||5000||1981|
|5||Susan Holyoake||Claire Lawson||Landrover 80||2000||1950|
|6||Dieter Geske||Dietrich Krahn||AUDI 80 GLS||1577||1978|
|1||richard boughton||TBA||bmw 2002 Tii||1996||1972|
|2||David Bourgoo||Filip Bourgoo||Porsche 912||1582||1966|
|3||Richard Harrison||Peter Boyce||Volkswagen Golf GTi||1600||1980|
|4||Thomas Bricknell||Roger Bricknell||VW Golf GTi||1800||1983|
|5||Dave Bryan||Anthony Davies||Ford Escort RS2000||1995||1974|
|6||Martin Burhenne||Axel von Blittersdorff||British Leyland Mini Cooper SMK III||1275||1971|
|8||Paul Crosby||Ali Procter||Porsche 911||2195||1969|
|9||Kai Dathe||Robert Renner||Porsche 924||2000||1984|
|10||Bill Cleyndert||TBA||Austin 1800||1800||1968|
|3||Robert Jentzsch||TBA||Porsche 911||0||1977|
|4||michael moss||James Ewing||TBA||0||0|
|5||Reiner Seume||Julian Seume||Porsche 944||2||1984|
|6||Nigel Stead||David Stead||TBA||0||0|
|7||Mike Tanswell||Andy Ballantyne||Ford Escort Mexico||1598||1973|
|8||Christopher Winter||TBA||Saab 99||1900||1981|