RE: Four Point Challenge launched

RE: Four Point Challenge launched

Friday 11th January

Four Point Challenge launched

A race to the furthest corners of the UK, winner takes the shortest route - here's how to be involved



If the success of PistonHeads' inaugural Sporting Tour proved anything, it was that PHers love a navigational challenge. If pootling around Suffolk was a little too simple for you, though, here's a rather more testing mission - the Four Point Challenge.

New for 2019 and with two dates available in June, the Four Point Challenge takes in the most Northern, Western, Southern and Eastern points of the UK. In order, those locations are Dunnet Head and Ardnamurchan Point in Scotland, Lizard Point in Cornwall and Ness Point at Lowestoft in Suffolk. The challenge actually begins at Snetterton circuit - the closest track to Lowestoft - where there's a complimentary track day available to kick off proceedings. Once that's done and the trackers are fitted, entrants will be off.


But here's the key: the winners of the challenge (and recipients of the £5,000 prize) will be those that cover the shortest distance to reach all four points, and not those that complete it in the quickest time - hence the trackers. The organisers suggest it will take between four and five days, with a maximum of 12 allocated. So it could well be that a team takes a week to complete, but through careful planning of overnight stops (the car must be stationary for nine hours in every 24), rest breaks, fuel top ups and so on, could actually cover the shortest distance. For those feeling especially intrepid, electric cars are permitted to compete and will receive a 10 per cent discount.

A pair of 4 Point Challenges will take place in June, the first on the 6th and the second on the 20th. A minimum of two drivers are required for the event, costing £480 each, though additional drivers beyond the first two are free of charge. Don't forget about that £5,000 prize, either, which will be accompanied by a £5k donation to a charity of your choice. Entry is open to all four-wheeled, road legal cars that will pass Snetterton's noise tests (92db drive-by, 105db static) - the entry form is here...


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BeillyNoy

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351 posts

173 months

Friday 11th January
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Oliver-2optb

27 posts

39 months

Friday 11th January
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Love the idea of this, like a scatter rally on a massive scale.
However the entrant price is ridiculous.
Why is it so high? Are you closing roads or something?
Why not ditch the track day, as who wants to do a track day and then have to travel a couple of thousand miles the following 4 days.
Also lower the winning prize. Being the winner is an accolade enough. Why not get someone like Caterham to give away a free track in one of their cars or whatever.
That way more 'normal' people who actually enjoy navigating and the scenery can get involved. A grand before you even start rolling is steep.
Or are you trying to appeal only to wealthy.

VanquishRider

217 posts

89 months

Friday 11th January
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£1k entry fee to win £5k? Plus you have all the fuel, vehicle wear, hotel costs and food. Sounds like a no win competition to me. So for £1k the organisers provide a tracker and a track day? Not sure they have their sums right to me.

gazza5

446 posts

42 months

Friday 11th January
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Love the idea of this, not interested in the track day though (does that not make me a petrol head).

Tbh though considering we would have to find our own accommodation etc, think I will stick with my trip to germany (not doing ring this year), where drivers actually drive properly, nice maintained roads, and cheaper than doing this! Considering I will be doing the brewery tour at bitburger pils, then porsche museum, then watching GT racing at Spa away thursday to monday, the cost of this (not staying in crap hotels either) is as much as it is for one entrant (£480) and thats then split between both of us so £240 each including fuel and euro tunnel crossing.

Would however be interesting to see the results, the nerd in me likes the idea of doing it in the least miles etc.

RB Will

5,435 posts

177 months

Friday 11th January
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What he said. I was quite interested until I saw the price. I would struggle to part with that considering accommodation etc is not included and convincing any of my mates to put up similar will be impossible.



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HumanSteamroller

36 posts

14 months

Friday 11th January
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Love the idea, but absolutely crazy entry price will present somewhat of a barrier.

TurboBlue

497 posts

100 months

Friday 11th January
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Had a cunning plan (involving a Shogun) until I read the rules, so I think I'm out; not helped by the cost and inevitable procession on the same road.

louiebaby

8,526 posts

128 months

Friday 11th January
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Can I do it my push bike?

(I know I'll meet the noise requirements...)

Cyder

6,336 posts

157 months

Friday 11th January
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In these days of sat navs and google maps won't the shortest route be easy to find with a little bit of time spent on the computer.

I like the idea of the event, but as others said can't quite work out why it's so expensive.

InitialDave

4,178 posts

56 months

Friday 11th January
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It sounded interesting until I read the pricing and rules, never mind the "complementary" track day business.

Blackgator

15 posts

126 months

Friday 11th January
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Just for fun I did the round trip in Google Maps: 2107 miles and 42hours driving time. This only cost me a few pennies electricity. Much more environmentally friendly.

Ed Moses

230 posts

57 months

Friday 11th January
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Love the idea, not sure a track car would be good for the driving, more a wafting barge and the pricing seems high.

Ed

Tom_The_Light_House

25 posts

44 months

Friday 11th January
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It says you only have to reach each of the four points, nothing about returning to Snetterton Circuit.
I make it 1477 miles and 30hrs ?

Dyl

978 posts

147 months

Friday 11th January
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Tom_The_Light_House said:
It says you only have to reach each of the four points, nothing about returning to Snetterton Circuit.
I make it 1477 miles and 30hrs ?
I got it as low as 1398 miles then Google told me I couldn't make any more route amendments. Still 30 hours though as it basically struck a straight line across Central London.

Once you do more than one destination, Google Maps disregards traffic times, so in reality the 30 hours will be much, much more.

jeremyc

17,138 posts

221 months

Friday 11th January
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I've decided on my vehicle, now where do I sign? silly




Kenny6868

156 posts

82 months

Friday 11th January
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Ardnamurchan Point is certainly the most westerly point in mainland Britain, but the challenge is to get to the 4 points in the UK. That includes Northern Ireland, so you'd all better get your maps out again and check your ferry times!

But if you insist on sticking to GB, then Neist Point Lighthouse on Skye is accessible by car without any ferry crossings.

Just saying....


theplayingmantis

1,501 posts

19 months

Friday 11th January
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Ed Moses said:
Love the idea, not sure a track car would be good for the driving, more a wafting barge and the pricing seems high.

Ed
Thanks Ed

Blackgator

15 posts

126 months

Friday 11th January
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Tom_The_Light_House said:
It says you only have to reach each of the four points, nothing about returning to Snetterton Circuit.
I make it 1477 miles and 30hrs ?
Sorry chap; if you look at the 4point challenge website - https://www.fourpointchallenge.com/ - you will see the following:,

"THE FOUR POINT CHALLENGE CONSISTS OF DRIVING FROM THE SNETTERTON RACE CIRCUIT IN NORFOLK TO THE MOST NORTHERLY, WESTERLY, SOUTHERLY AND EASTERLY POINTS OF MAINLAND BRITAIN AND BACK AGAIN IN THE SHORTEST POSSIBLE DISTANCE."

Blackgator

15 posts

126 months

Friday 11th January
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Kenny6868 said:
Ardnamurchan Point is certainly the most westerly point in mainland Britain, but the challenge is to get to the 4 points in the UK. That includes Northern Ireland, so you'd all better get your maps out again and check your ferry times!

But if you insist on sticking to GB, then Neist Point Lighthouse on Skye is accessible by car without any ferry crossings.

Just saying....
Skye is an island - not on the MAINLAND - Du-uh

atlex

110 posts

96 months

Friday 11th January
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quid pro quo ? nihilo. What a load of barracks. Nice photography and filming of various locations however.