Hints and Tips - Le Jog

From: Michael Lunch
Sent: 13 June 1999
To: British-Cars-Pre-war
Subject: A7 JOGLE - Easter 2000

I have set myself a deadline to complete Bluebell at last - to take part in next year's millennium A7 John 0'Groats to Lands End run - Easter 2000. Am I mad?

The car has done it before - but not me!

I am told that the record stands at 16 hours in an Austin Seven (incredibly!) and that 24 hours elapsed time is a good performance. This all sounds far too pressured to me - I have in mind two good motoring days of approx 12 hours each - leaving a chance for a nice dinner or two en route!

Any experienced hands at this marathon (approx 875 miles shortest route). I am looking for advice on the route - it would seem smart to pick a route which avoids BIG hills! E.G. - Is it better to go down the "Great Glenn" from Inverness to Ft William and then over the hills to Loch Lomond - or follow the A9 over the hills to Perth etc.

Mike


From: David Cochrane
Sent: 14 June 1999
To: Mike Lunch
cc: british-cars-pre-war
Subject: Re: A7 JOGLE - Easter 2000

Mike,
> I have set myself a deadline to complete Bluebell at last - to take part in
> next year's millennium A7 John 0'Groats to Lands End run - Easter 2000. Am I
> mad?

Probably. I did the 1982 JOGLE in company with a participant in the 1972 event virtually non-stop in 27 hours, and we both agreed that it was one of the most tediously masochistic exercises that it was possible to imagine doing in a motor-car (well, that you would be able to put into print, anyway). The positive aspects of this sort of run are that it can be quite a challenge, and also can raise a good amount for charity.

However, the obvious fastest route would be about 870 miles in length, with 420 miles (i.e. nearly half the distance) on motorways and a good many more on dull dual carriageways (like the A74). I would strongly advise that you do as you suggest by taking it (relatively) easily, and turn the event into something that is more of a challenge than just trying to stay awake. The first thing is not to make use of any motorways, which would have the added benefit of diminishing the risk of accidents such as those which have happened on a couple of occasions a while back, as well as using roads which are far more appropriate for our sort of cars. One of the many aspects of this sanitised age is that we should be seen to be using our cars responsibly, and putting about 100 slow little fragile cars at the tender mercies of the BMW / Toyota Celica brigade may not be viewed as being sensible in some quarters. Many non-motorway roads can be quite fast (eg A9, A30) so it is a Very Good Idea to make sure that you are visible; a warning triangle fixed to the spare wheel is effective.

A suggested route is as follows:

John O'Groats - Inverness - Perth - Stirling - Airdrie - Lanark - Carlisle - Penrith - Kendal - Lancaster - Preston - Wigan - Warrington - Whitchurch - Telford - Kidderminster - Worcester - Gloucester - Bristol - Bridgwater - Taunton - Tiverton - Crediton - Okehampton - Bodmin - Penzance - Land's End.

The total mileage for this route appears to be about 890, but does include quite a lot of fast main roads and bypasses. I am sure that other people could improve on this, but it does give you an idea.

Hope this helps,

Regards,

David Cochrane
Rugby, England.


From: Mike Lunch
Sent: 14 July 1999
To: Mike Harris
Subject: Jogle chatter

Mike Harris wrote:
> The main problems on the Jogle will be the
>first 200 miles down the east coast of Scotland - 11 years ago we could not
>get DOWN one hill (approx gradient 1 in 7) in top and had to change down.
>The wind was too strong. Crossing some of the causeways is also an
>interesting experience if it is windy. The run into Pitlochree, if you take
>the A9 is wonderful - a full hour of 45 mph plus motoring through lovely
>scenery. Dave Wilcox and I have done the last two Jogles and on neither
>occasion have we found it tedious or boring. Last time we actually overtook
>a BMW on one section and caused a roadside warning light to flash to tell us
>to slow down. Not bad for a standard 1930 Chummy with double valve springs!

I am keen to learn as much as possible about how to plan for and then enjoy the jogle! Mike, lets have a longer version of your tale please...

I was thinking of two overnight stops - can you recall how long it took you to get from JOG to say crossing the M8 (Edi - Glas Mway)? I have friends in Helensburgh and was thinking of lodging with them - also considering taking the "Great Glen" route from Inverness - to Fort William, then down W Coast to Lomond and helensburgh.... Any thoughts, and lots of advice please (eat your heart out USA members of the list - this is where the real action is - JOGLE must the THE challenge for next year!)

Mike


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