• Short Summary

    THE FIRST OF THE 98 STARTERS IN THE 10,000 MILE (16,000 KM) LONDON TO SYDNEY MOTOR RALLY ARE EXPECTED IN BELGRADE, YUGOSLAVIA, EARLY THIS AFTERNOON (TUESDAY).

  • Description

    THE FIRST OF THE 98 STARTERS IN THE 10,000 MILE (16,000 KM) LONDON TO SYDNEY MOTOR RALLY ARE EXPECTED IN BELGRADE, YUGOSLAVIA, EARLY THIS AFTERNOON (TUESDAY). BY MIDNIGHT LAST NIGHT MORE THAN 75 CARS HAD BEGUN TO DRIVE ACROSS YUGOSLAVIA WITH ALL THEIR TIME IN HAND AFTER THEIR DRIVE THROUGH FRANCE AND ITALY.

    AS THE CARS PASSED OUT OF RANCE INTO ITALY YESTERDAY SOME WERE DELAYED WHEN CUSTOMS OFFICERS ENFORCED PRESIDENT DE GAULLE'S NEW CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS AND CHECKED THAT DRIVERS DID NOT TAKE MORE THAN THE ALLOWED NUMBER OF FRANCS FROM THE COUNTRY. HOWEVER, ONLY FOUR CARS HAD BEEN DEBITED WITH PENALTY POINTS AT THE LAST REPORT. THESE WERE A RUSSIAN ENTRY, THE SYDNEY DAILY TELEGRAPH NO 4 ALL-WOMEN TEAM; A BRITISH ALL-WOMEN TEAM AND ANOTHER BRITISH ENTRY.

    THE FIRST OF THE CARS REACHED TURIN WELL AHEAD OF SCHEDULE YESTERDAY, AND THE SUN WAS SHINING WHEN THE FIRST CAR -- A BRITISH FORD CORTINA GP -- REACHED THE TURIN CONTROL POINT. THE NEXT CAR WAS AN AUSTRALIAN FORD FALCON. ON OF THE FALCON TEAM, MR. A. CHAPMAN, TOLD NEWSMEN THEY HAD ENCOUNTERED NO PROBLEMS. "IT WAS SMOOTH GOING ALL THE WAY AND WE DO NOT EXPECT DIFFICULTIES UNTIL WE REACH YUGOSLAVIA", HE SAID. BRITISH AND AUSTRALIAN CARS MAKE UP THE MAJORITY OF THOSE IN THE RALLY -- SPONSORED BY THE LONDON DAILY EXPRESS AND THE SYDNEY DAILY TELEGRAPH - BUT 14 COUNTRIES IN ALL ARE REPRESENTED.

    SWEDEN'S BENGT SODERSTROEM AND GUNNAR PLAM LEFT TURIN IN THEIR FORD CORTINA LOTUS AFTER FITTING A SPARE PART WHICH THEY CLAIMED HAD COST THEM 50,000 LIRE (GBP86 STERLING). THEY SAID THE PART'S NORMAL PRICE WAS 3,000 LIRE (GBP2 STERLING). BY 1526 GMT ALL 98 CARS HAD PASSED THROUGH THE TURIN CHECKPOINT AND ON TOWARDS THE NEXT AT BELGRADE. ONE OF THE FAVOURITES, AUSTRALIA'S EDDIE GREEN, SAID THE RALLY HAD BEEN SIMPLE SO FAR AND WOULD PRESENT NO PROBLEMS UNTIL THEY REACHED TURKEY. ANOTHER FAVOURITE, BRITAIN'S PADDY HOPKIRK, SAID YESTERDAY'S DRIVE HAD BEEN EASY, WITH MIST BETWEEN LYONS AND THE ALPS THE ONLY HAZARD.

    THE CARS HAVE YET TO PASS THROUGH BELGRADE, ISTANBUL, SIVAS, ERZINCAN, TEHERAN, KABUL, SAROBI, DELHI AND BOMBAY -- WHEN THEY WILL GO ABOARD A SHIP FOR AUSTRALIA. WHEN THEY REACH FREEMANTLE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA, FOR THE DRIVE ACROSS THE AUSTRALIAN CONTINENT TO SYDNEY, ALL CARS WILL BE STEAM-CLEANED ON THE ORDERS OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO PREVENT DISEASES BEING BROUGHT INTO AUSTRALIA.

    HERE IS A LIST OF THE CARS SEEN IN OUR FILM, IN ORDER OF THEIR APPEARANCE:
    CAR NO 2. -- FORD FALCON GT ENTERED BY FORD MOTOR COMPANY OF AUSTRALIA, DRIVEN BY HILL FIRTH; CAR NO 58. -- PORSHCE 911S ENTERED BY S. ZASADA OF POLAND, DRIVEN BY S. ZASADA; CAR NO 57. -- FORD 20 MRS ENTERED BY FORD DEUTSCHLAND, DRIVEN BY S. STAEPALAERE; CAR NO 8. -- VOLVO 144S, ENTERED BY AMOCO AUSTRALIA, DRIVEN BYU P.H. WINKLES; CAR NO. 16. -- BMC 1800, ENTERED AND DRIVEN BY D.A. CORBETT OF BRITAIN; CAR NO 56. -- SAAB ESTATE ENTERED AND DRIVEN BY A.J. PERCY OF BRITAIN; CAR NO 63. - VOLVO 142S, ENTERED BY AMOCO AUSTRALIA AND DRIVEN BY R.J. HOLDEN.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA407U3AV2CYYH17TL5CJFQX1IC
    Media URN:
    VLVA407U3AV2CYYH17TL5CJFQX1IC
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/11/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:16:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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