UK’s toughest classic car rally ‘LeJog’ comes to Oban Airport

Published Date: 

2 Dec 2013 - 10:06

More than 70 classic cars will arrive at Oban Airport on Monday 9 December for time trials during the ‘LeJog’ car rally. The cars will be on the runway at Oban Airport – operated by Argyll and Bute Council - between 2.30pm and 4.30pm and all are welcome to come along and see them battle it out.

They will be stopping off during ‘LeJog’, considered one of the toughest events of its kind in Europe, which sees drivers leave Land’s End on Saturday 7 December and arrive at John O’Groats on Tuesday 10 December, covering 1,400 miles. The event is organised by the Historic Endurance Rallying Organisation (HERO).

The council’s Policy Lead for Sustainable Economic Growth and Transportation, Councillor Duncan MacIntyre, said, “This is a must see for car enthusiasts, and the good news is that this year the cars will reach Oban Airport in daylight so the spectacle will be even better than last time when it was floodlit.

 “There are some marvellous classic cars taking part, with drivers from all over Europe, and it is a real pleasure to offer the facilities at Oban Airport. Everyone is welcome to come and cheer on the drivers.”

For the buffs, entries include a 1958 Austin A35, a 1937 Austin Nippy, a 1937 Austin 7 Ulster REP, a 1960 Riley 1.5 and a 1961 Alfa Giulietta Ti. To qualify cars must have been built before 1984.

Patrick Burke, joint Managing Director of HERO said: “Le Jog is one of the toughest rallies of its kind in Europe, possibly the world, ranking high in the list of ‘must do’ events. The weather in early December is unpredictable but year after year crews from all over the world continue to test their skills against some of the toughest driving conditions that Britain has to offer. We are delighted to be able to bring the route as far west as Oban, where the cooperation received has been outstanding.”

Over the four day period the cars will travel through Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Wales, Shropshire, Cheshire, Lancashire, North Yorkshire, Northumbria, Northumberland, East Lothian, West Lothian, North Lanarkshire and across Scotland via Argyll and Bute to John O’Groats.

For more information on the time trials at Oban Airport please contact:

 Julian Menendez: t: 020 7544 8831 | m: 078 3854 7531 | e: julian@barzilay.co.uk