• Short Summary

    DESERT RACING ENJOYS A LARGE FOLLOWING IN THE UNITED STATES. A VARIETY OF MOTOR VEHICLES?

  • Description

    DESERT RACING ENJOYS A LARGE FOLLOWING IN THE UNITED STATES. A VARIETY OF MOTOR VEHICLES COMPETE IN THE RALLY TYPE RACE OVER TERRITORY WHERE ROADS ARE CONSPICUOUS BY THEIR ABSENCE. THIS STORY FEATURES THE FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE EVENT OF THE 100,000 DOLLAR MINT 400 DEL WEBB DESERT RALLY. AMONG THE MANY CONTESTANTS ARE FORMER INDIANAPOLIS 500 WINNERS PARNELLI JONES AND AL UNSER.

    THE WINNING TEAM OF FRITZ CROYER AND BILL HARKEY DROVE A VOLKSWAGEN DUNE RUGGY, AS DID THE OTHER TOP FIVE FINISHERS. DUNE BUGGIES BEAR LITTLE RESEMBLANCE TO THE ORIGINAL VEHICLE, HAVING BEEN GREATLY MODIFIED FOR DESERT RACING.

    SYNOPSIS: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA AND THE NEARBY DESERT PROVIDED THE SETTING LAST MONDAY FOR THE ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLAR MINT FOUR HUNDRED DEL WEB RALLY. THE VEHICLES, EACH WITH ITS TEAM OF TWO DRIVERS, PARADED THROUGH THE CITY BEFORE DRIVING OUT OF THE DESERT COURSE.

    TWO HUNDRED SEVENTY-THREE ENTRIES STARTED OUT ON THE FOUR HUNDRED MILE COURSE. MANY OF THE ENTRIES IN THE FOUR WHEEL DRIVE EVENT WERE DUNE BUGGIES. THESE VEHICLES ARE BUILT SPECIFICALLY FOR DESERT RACING OF THIS KIND. USING THE CHASSIS OF A SMALL CAR, SUCH AS A VOLKSWAGEN, THE BUILDER WILL THEN BOLT ON A LIGHTWEIGHT FIBREGLASS BODY. OTHER MODIFICATIONS INCLUDE THE USE OF OVERSIZE TYRES AND ADJUSTMENTS TO THE ENGINE FOR RACING.

    SINCE A RACE OF THIS KIND OFTEN MAY RUN TWELVE HOURS OR MORE, EACH CAR IS DRIVEN BY A TEAM OF TWO ALTERNATING DRIVERS. AMONG THE MANY CONTESTANTS ARE FORMER INDIANPOLIS FIVE HUNDRED WINNERS PARNELLI JONES AND AL UNSER. THE RACECOURSE ITSELF IS FOUR HUNDRED MILES OF ROUGH DESERT TERRAIN, WHERE ROADS ARE CONSPICUOUS BY THEIR ABSENCE. OF THE TWO HUNDRED SEVENTY THREE ENTRANTS, ONLY TWENTY EIGHT WERE ABLE TO FINISH. THE WINNING TEAM OF FRITZ CROYER AND BILL HARKEY DROVE A VOLKSWAGEN DUNE BUGGY, AS DID THE OTHER TOP FIVE FINISHERS. THE PAIR FINISHED SHORTLY BEFORE MIDNIGHT, WITH A TIME OF THIRTEEN HOURS, THIRTY MINUTES, AND FORTY TWO SECONDS. THE TWO TOOK HOME SIX THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR FIRST PLACE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5MJTE0BN4KWV8V7S3QUM3E5K6
    Media URN:
    VLVA5MJTE0BN4KWV8V7S3QUM3E5K6
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/03/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:40:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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