• Short Summary

    THE LONDON TO SYDNEY CAR MARATHON WILL START FROM LONDON NEXT SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 24). AMONG?

  • Description


    SIMCA CARS ON DISPLAY WITH NAMES OF DRIVERS; PEOPLE LOOKING AT THE CARS.




    Initials RE/VS/MR/OS



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: THE LONDON TO SYDNEY CAR MARATHON WILL START FROM LONDON NEXT SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 24). AMONG THE 100 CARS TAKING PART IN THE 10,000 MILES (16,000 KILOMETERS) EVENT WILL BE A SIMCA FACTORY TEAM. THE THREE SIMCA MODELS WERE DISPLAYED IN PARIS TODAY (MONDAY) BEFORE GOING TO LONDON FOR THE START OF THE RACE.

    THE THREE SIMCAS ARE ORDINARY PRODUCTION MODELS ESPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR THE RACE. INSTEAD OF THE NORMAL 1,100 CUBIC CENTIMETERS, THE ENGINE CAPACITY HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO 1,200. THE PETROL TANKS HAVE BEEN ENLARGED AND THE BRAKES IMPROVED. THE WHEELS AND THE INSTRUMENT PANELS HAVE ALSO BEEN SLIGHTLY MODIFIED. TO COPE WITH THE VARYING CLIMATIC CONDITIONS AND THE RIGOURS OF THE ROAD, EXTRA WHEELS AND ABOUT 50 KILOGRAMS (100 POUNDS) OF SPARE PARTS HAVE BEEN ADDED. EACH CAR WILL ALSO CARRY A HIGH FREQUENCY TRANSMITTER AND RECEIVER RADIO SET.

    SYMBOLICALLY, EACH SIMCA CAR HAS BEEN PAINTED IN EITHER BLUE, WHITE OR RED, THE FRENCH NATIONAL COLOURS. EACH CAR WILL HAVE A TWO-MAN TEAM. THE DRIVERS ARE: BERNARD HEU: AN EXPERIENCED RALLY DRIVER, WHO HAS TAKEN PART IN THE MONTE CARLO RALLY. HE HAS WON SEVERAL RACES. JEAN-CLAUDE SYDA: AN INDUSTRIALIST WHO HAS DRIVEN A SIMCA IN THE TOUR OF EUROPE RACE THIS YEAR. PIERRE BOUCHER: A RETAILER, WHO WON THE 1968 MOBIL TROPHY. GEORGE HOUEL: A RESTAURANT OWNER AND FORMER FRENCH MOTORCYCLING CHAMPION. ROGER MASSON: A FARMER, WHO TOOK PART IN EIGHT LE MANS 24 HOURS RACES. JEAN PY: AN INDUSTRIALIST, WHO IS AN EXPERIENCED RALLY DRIVER.

    THE LONDON-SYDNEY MARATHON IS ORGANISED BY A BRITISH DAILY NEWSPAPER WITH PRIZE MONEY OF GBP10,000 STERLING. IT IS ONE OF THE LONGEST AND MOST GRUELLING MOTOR CAR RACES EVER UNDERTAKEN. CLIMATIC VARIATIONS WILL BE SHARP. WHILE THE DRIVERS WILL SET OFF IN EUROPEAN WINTER THEY WILL ARRIVE AT THE PEAK OF AUSTRALIA'S SUMMER.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA370LV3BJRZD5WV9ZLARWMKBJ9
    Media URN:
    VLVA370LV3BJRZD5WV9ZLARWMKBJ9
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/11/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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