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

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26 Nov 2012 - 16:06

More than 60 vintage cars will make their way to Oban Airport on Monday 3 December for time trials on the runway. 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 1 December and arrive at John O’Groats on Tuesday 4 December, covering 1,400 miles. The event is organised by the Historic Endurance Rallying Organisation (HERO).

The cars will be on the runway at Oban Airport between 6.15pm and 8.00pm.

Lead Councillor for Culture, Louise Glen-Lee said, “This will be a fantastic sight to see at the airport as there will be all sorts of cars including a 1957 MGA coupe and a 1965 Mercedes- Benz 230 SL with crews from all over Europe. I am delighted the rally will be stopping off for time trials in Argyll and Bute and have nothing but admiration for all those involved who face some tough driving conditions during the rally. I wish them the best of luck.”

Peter Nedin, Hero’s Event Director and Clerk of the Course for LeJog, said: “This is the 18th running of LeJog and the event has developed a strong following through the UK and Europe with its reputation, reaching enthusiasts in the Far East and the USA as well. LeJog has been labelled the toughest event of its kind in Europe, possibly the world. We are delighted to be able to bring the route as far west as Oban, where the cooperation received has been outstanding. I hope it will be the first of many visits.”

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.