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.
Briefing Friday 4th at Land's End
(printed maps supplied)
(until 31st May then £3,722.40)
(until 31st May then £4,136)
(subject to availability)
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The usual early start overlooking the rugged Cornish Coastline sees crews straight into the opening Test around Land’s End. The first cars tackle the cliff route in the dark before making their way to the first Regularity, they shouldn’t worry however as everyone will get a close up look at more cliffs later in the morning! The route takes crews to a new test venue and on through some of the lesser used back roads of Cornwall and mid Devon with a lunch stop close to Tiverton. Fully fuelled we plan to venture into pastures new through some favourite rally roads of yesteryear in the Devon Somerset borders concluding with a series of tight tests before a halt in the Newport area.
Leg 2 sees crews heading off into the darkness and heading north for the first of several challenging Regularities in the Welsh Marches followed by a quick break. The action then intensifies with a the now traditional sting in the tail Time Control section that will keep both crew members on their toes before the relaxed run to the Hotel in Chester.
Fully refreshed after a well earned break, the route see crews tackle three tests on the run up the M6 to north of Preston where the final leg really gets going. A long regularity across the hills and fells of the area is followed by more tests before a lunch stop on the outskirts of Kirkby Lonsdale. We are truly in the north at this point but there’s more action to follow as darkness will contrive to increase the challenge of the final regularities before crews arrive for their overnight halt in Newcastle.
The pressure is maintained with a prompt start that leads into a series of tests, route checks and regularities taking us across the border and into Scotland for a late lunch in the Edinburgh area. The day is only half done at this stage and we push further north and on to the more remote roads that the area has to offer for another test and five more regularities before a rest halt at Aviemore. Crews that competed in 2017 will know how the weather can change in this area and appreciate the unique challenges of competing on LeJog.
Returning for 2021, the restart sees crews heading into a ‘Loch Ness Monster’ regularity which will require maximum concentration if medals are to be retained. Battle will continue as the route heads further north through the final sections before proceedings reach a conclusion, accompanied by the strains of the piper, at the finish line in John O’Groats.
Please Note this provisional itinerary is subject to change.
The event Package does not include accommodation on the Friday or Tuesday nights, Crews are required to book these themselves.
The event runs through Monday night so no accommodation is required.
|1||Dick Appleton (GB)||Mark Appleton (GB)||1965||Morris Cooper S||1275|
|2||Michael Baker (GB)||Simon Baker (GB)||1978||Porsche 911SC||2973|
|3||Thomas Bernhard Boemmer (DE)||Hans Josef Lux (DE)||1985||VW Scirocco II GTX||1760|
|4||Richard Boughton (GB)||Paul Bosdet (GB)||1972||BMW||0|
|5||Thomas Bricknell (GB)||Roger Bricknell (GB)||1983||Volkswagen Golf GTi||1800|
|6||Dirk Dohse (DE)||Annika Thieme (DE)||1978||Porsche 911 SC||3000|
|7||Floriaan Eling (NL)||Wendela Wapenaar (NL)||1986||Citreon BX Sport||1905|
|8||Filip Engelen||Ann Gillis||1971||Datsun 240Z||2400|
|9||Chris Exelby (GB)||Graham Booker (GB)||1973||MG B Roadster||1860|
|10||Viktor Gofferje (DE)||Elmar Egli (CH)||1968||Volvo 123 GT||0|
|1||Dave Bryan (GB)||Tony Brooks (GB)||1974||Ford Escort 2000 RS||1995|
|2||David Bundy (GB)||Debbie Bundy (GB)||1968||MG C GT||2912|
|3||Stewart Christie (GB)||1981||MG B GT||1789|
|4||Mr Paul Day (GB)||Mr Alun Jones (GB)||1939||Ford Coupe||0|
|5||Wouter Muller Kobold (NL)||Emile de Boer (NL)||1974||Alfa Romeo 1600GT Junior||0|
|6||Andy Simpson (GB)||Brian Dwelly (GB)||1980||Austin Morris Mini Clubman 1275GT||1275|
|7||Niall Frost (GB)||Amy Henchoz (GB)||1969||Volvo 142||1986|
|8||Callum Guy (GB)||Neil Dashfield (GB)||1972||BMW 1602||1600|
|9||Kevin Haselden (GB)||Gary Evans (GB)||1970||Mini Cooper S||1293|
|10||Roland Heiler (DE)||Frank Angelkoetter (DE)||1987||Porsche 911 Carrera||0|
|1||Gert Pierer (AT)||Howard Atkins (GB)||1965||Volvo Amazon||0|
|2||Owen Turner (FK)||Andy Ballantyne (IS)||1973||Chrysler Galant||1600|
|3||Martin Burhenne (DE)||Laurenz Pokroppa (DE)||1971||Leyland Mini Cooper S Mk3||1300|
|4||Hans middelberg (US)||Still searching for||1967||Ford Mustang||0|
|5||Michael Moss (GB)||James Ewing (GB)||1965||Fiat 2300S Abarth Coupe||2298|
|6||Reiner Seume (DE)||Julian Seume (DE)||1984||Porsche 944||2|
|7||Toby Strauss (GB)||0||Saab 96 V4||0|
|8||Chris Townsend (GB)||TBC||0||Bentley Mark 6||0|
|9||Kurt Vanderspinnen (BE)||Bjorn Vanoverschelde (BE)||1959||Alfa Romeo Guilietta Sprint||1585|
|10||Stefan Wulff (DE)||Joerg Verstl (DE)||1970||SAAB 96 Rally||0|