F1 presenter Tony Jardine will take part in this year’s Le Jog in a 1970 BMW 1602.
It’s one thing to be thrown in the deep end in motorsport with a microphone – it’s quite another to be competing yourself. Tony Jardine, one of the highest profile motorsport presenters in the UK, is to take part in HERO’s classic rally Le Jog – the Lands’ End to John O’Groats Classic Car event.
Tony will join 60 other crews from around the globe in a gruelling 1500-mile, four-day event which will take the endurance of both car and crew to their limits. And as if driving 1500 in a classic car wasn’t enough of a challenge, the required check points (which teams are expected to arrive at a precise time over a route) are not disclosed until the day before the start.
The cars and crews competing range from a 1957 MG A Coupé
from Germany to a 1985 Saab 900 Turbo
from Switzerland, while there are also entries from Australia, Canada and the United States of America.
Although a Le Jog rookie, Jardine will use his massive motorsport experience to tackle this epic challenge. He will be navigated by Yorkshire’s Nick Cooper, a classic rally specialist, with a host of great results behind him. The duo chose one of HERO’s Arrive and Drive fleet to compete in the event – a specially prepared 1970 BMW 1602
Jardine said: ‘This will be a very different ‘in-at-the-deep-end’ challenge - the toughest classic road rally in Europe and a totally different motorsport discipline for me, run to the original rallying format.
‘I’m relishing trying to learn the art of precision driving, while attempting to play the long game. My goal is to finish, which looking at Le Jog will be an achievement in itself! The last 28 hours are almost non-stop through Scotland, in potentially adverse conditions, so I am expecting fatigue and sleep deprivation to affect me like never before.
‘I’ve competed in 24 hour races, seven Arctic rallies and numerous Camel Trophy adventures, in jungles and across deserts, but Le Jog is set to be the toughest test for me so far!’
Le Jog is running until December 12.