• Short Summary

    This stretch of outback track, about five hundred back-breaking miles through South Australia's Flinders Ranges, is expected to be the key test in the Australian route of the marathon.

  • Description

    This stretch of outback track, about five hundred back-breaking miles through South Australia's Flinders Ranges, is expected to be the key test in the Australian route of the marathon.

    The area abounds in numerous washes, dry creekbeds, and eroded surfaces.

    When filmed, conditions in this rugged terrain were as near-perfect as possible.

    But the survey vehicle was unable to maintain the high averages set down for the race, except for short runs.

    The survey car was difficult to handle, even for its practised driver, despite reduced speed.

    The impossibly-high averages have been set to sort out "the man from the boys", and no-one is expected to get through this stretch without incurring penalty points.

    Bone-dry now, this region will be all but impossible if more than half an inch of rain falls before or during the race.

    If it stays dry, axles, suspension and tyres are bound to suffer heavily.

    In addition to natural hazards, there are hundreds of gates to be opened and closed, occasional transports to block the narrow tracks, and even the odd trigger happy "cocky" who resents having dust thrown up by speeding cars.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA37UO5JNTKIWIP473PZJ417HQB
    Media URN:
    VLVA37UO5JNTKIWIP473PZJ417HQB
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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