The car crews still in the Ampol Trial are now resting before heading south from CAIRNS no the last run down the East Coast of AUSTRALIA to end the trial.
The car crews still in the Ampol Trial are now resting before heading south from CAIRNS no the last run down the East Coast of AUSTRALIA to end the trial. The drivers and their crews are having a long rest in CAIRNS to recuperate from the run from MAREE to BIRDSVILLE and overland to the coast. Here the first car pulls out of MAREE.
Ahead of the cars were thousands of miles of the most desolate country in Australia. Once out of MAREE they set out along one of Australian's best-known bad roads -- the BIRDSVILLE Track, which wasn't in particularly poor condition this year. But there was a graver problem -- the DIAMENTINA was flooded -- usually the DIAMENTINA is the conventional inland river -- a chain of dust bowls, but lately it's been running high and many a car in the trial plunged gallantly down its banks only to come to an ignominious end.
Other cars tried just as gallantly and, against all apparent laws of probability and internal combustion engineering, contrived to defy the water and win safely through to the far side.
Not so fortunate was this car driven by a former trial winner, Mr. J. MURRAY. His vehicle stalled in mid-stream and needed the services of a two-truck. Then into BIRDSVILLE, in the south-west corner of QUEENSLAND. The car drivers represented a vast increase in the population of BIRDSVILLE -- one of the smallest centres of outback Australia.
Here there was time for a quick meal in a stationary position for a change. Before them lay the long route to CAIRNS where they had forty-three hours' rest to look forward to. Since these films were taken about fifty of the cars have reached CAIRNS and before dawn tomorrow the first of them will set out on the way to SYDNEY.