My name is Ian Glass, of Tirionfa, Llandyrnog, Denbigh, LL16 4HP. In December 2014, together with my navigators Nick Ward and Clifford Auld, I took part in the 20th running of Le Jog (Lands End to John O’Groats) endurance rally for classic cars. This is regarded as the toughest event of its type in Europe and possibly the world, as there is just one night’s sleep in four days rallying!
The car, nicknamed The Flying Tortoise (see below at John O’Groats) is a 1953 Ford 103E, with just 30bhp from its tiny engine. It has a three-speed gearbox, vacuum operated wipers that stop when going uphill, and a top speed of just 60 mph – with a following wind or downhill!
A competition to guess the total mileage covered raised over £2,600 for local charities in 2014. The car is entered again on the event this year, starting on December 3rd, when we hope to exceed that figure on behalf of Ty Gobaith Children’s Hospice and Cae Dai Trust.
The total mileage from and to Denbigh is roughly 2,500 miles which includes approximately 1,400 miles on the rally itself. For £2 a go or 3 for £5 you are asked to estimate the total number of miles the car will actually travel. Despite careful preparation it could, of course, break down (although it didn’t last time!), in which case you may want to guess a low number or, if we make mistakes on navigation, it may be higher!
The person who gets closest to the recorded mileage on the trip meter will win a three-night stay for two at the exclusive Chateau Rhianfa Hotel overlooking the Menai Straits (www.chateaurhianfa.com).
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EVERY PENNY collected will be going to the charities, with nothing deducted for expenses or admin, and our thanks go to Chateau Rhianfa who have kindly donated the fabulous prize. Thank you very much.