• Short Summary

    NINETY EIGHT CARS TODAY (SUNDAY) SET OUT ON THE GRUELLING LONDON TO SYDNEY CAR MARATHON - THE WORLD'S LONGEST, RICHEST AND TOUGHEST RALLY - IN WHICH DRIVERS WILL ATTEMPT TO COVER 10,000 MILES (16,000 KMS) IN TEN AND A HALF DAYS.

  • Description

    NINETY EIGHT CARS TODAY (SUNDAY) SET OUT ON THE GRUELLING LONDON TO SYDNEY CAR MARATHON - THE WORLD'S LONGEST, RICHEST AND TOUGHEST RALLY - IN WHICH DRIVERS WILL ATTEMPT TO COVER 10,000 MILES (16,000 KMS) IN TEN AND A HALF DAYS. THOUSANDS CHEERED AS THE CARS, REPRESENTING 14 COUNTRIES, LEFT LONDON'S CRYSTAL PALACE AT ONE MINUTE INTERVALS.

    AHEAD OF THE DRIVERS LIES CONTINUOUS DRIVING ACROSS EUROPE'S ICE COVERED MOUNTAINS, THROUGH THE DESERTS OF IRAN AND AFGHANISTAN, AND ACROSS INDIA TO BOMBAY.

    AT BOMBAY, THE DRIVERS WILL GO BY SHIP ON A NINE-DAY VOYAGE TO FREMANTLE, WEST AUSTRALIA, WHERE THEY'LL FACE A HAZARDOUS 3,500 MILE (5,600 KMS) STRETCH ACROSS THE NULLARBOR PLAIN.

    THOSE WHO MAKE IT TO SYDNEY ON DECEMBER 17, THE SCHEDULED FINISH DAY , WILL HAVE DEFEATED FLOODS, ICE, SNOW, MUD AND DESERT SANDS IN THEIR BID FOR THE TOTAL GBP23,000 PRIZEMONEY OFFERED BY THE SPONSORS, THE LONDON DAILY EXPRESS AND THE SYDNEY TELEGRAPH.

    THE WINNERS WILL RECEIVE GBP10,00.

    ALL CARS ARE LOADED WITH TINNED FOOD AND THOSE WITH WOMEN ABOARD ARE WELL STOCKED WITH COSMETICS TO BRIGHTEN THEMSELVES UP FOR THE OFFICIALS AT CHECKPOINTS.

    TWO BRITISH CARS WITHDREW AT THE LAST MINUTE BRINGING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF COMPETITORS OF 98. BRITAIN HAS THE LARGEST ENTRY OF 55 CARS, WITH AUSTRALIA 18, FRANCE FIVE, RUSSIA FOUR, AND WEST GERMANY THREE.

    OFFICIALS PREDICTED TODAY THAT THREE QUARTERS OF THE FIELD WOULD NOT FINISH BUT THE DRIVERS WERE MORE CONFIDENT.

    IRISH RALLY DRIVER ROSEMARY SMITH AND YOUNG FRENCH GIRL LUCETTE POINTET COMPRISE ONE OF TWO ALL-WOMAN TEAMS WITH BRITISH MOTORING JOURNALIST NICK BRITTAN AND HIS AUSTRALIAN WIFE JENNY THE ONLY HUSBAND-AND-WIFE TEAM.

    FIFTY-NINE TWO-DRIVER CREWS ORIGINALLY ENTERED FOR THE RACE WITH 37 THREE-DRIVERS AND FOUR 4-DRIVERS.

    MISS WORLD, 19 YEAR OLD PENELOPE PLUMMER OF AUSTRALIA, FAREWELLED THE DRIVERS. SHE TALKED TO SOME OF THE WOMEN DRIVERS BEFORE THEIR DEPARTURE.

    A 1930 BENTLEY SPORTS TOURER DRIVEN BY BRITAIN'S K. SCHELLENBERG IS THE VETERAN COMPETITOR. FOUR RUSSIAN CREWS ARE ALSO COMPETING.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA3ERK3P9E87ZQRL9IV9SZ737R6
    Media URN:
    VLVA3ERK3P9E87ZQRL9IV9SZ737R6
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/11/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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