Nearly 70 cars will leave Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday (5 May) at the start of the what has been called the toughest event in motoring history....
LV & CU Cars lined up with drives looking at maps (2 shots)
SV & CU Austrian entry with drivers of Opel Ascona (No. 41) (2 shots)
SCU Australian entry (No. 46) being inspected
CU ZOOM OUT FROM Send tracks on car (No. 53)
SV Car and scrutineers (2 shots)
SV & CU U.S. Jeep entry (No. 26) PAN TO support vehicle
SV PAN Entry (No. 32) British entry with French rivers ZOOM TO heat repelling roof
SV PAN Entry No. 16 with crash barriers
SV PAN Italian entry (No. 47)
GV PAN Cars lined up for inspection
Initials BB/1814 RJ/MR/BB/1827
SPORT: CAR RACING
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Background: Nearly 70 cars will leave Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday (5 May) at the start of the what has been called the toughest event in motoring history....the 1974 World Cup Rally. The 11-thousand mile (17,000 kms) rally will take drivers through 15 countries over some of the most hazardous terrain in the world, ending in Monich, West Germany, centre of the 1974 World Football Cup.
On Saturday (4 May) officials scrutineers were inspecting cars taking part in the rally to make sure they conformed to the rally rules. The cars will travel through England, France, Spain, Morocco, Algeria, Niger, Nigeria, Tunisia, Sicily, Italy, Turkey, Greece, Yugoslavia, Austria and Germany. The rally is scheduled to end at the Munich stadium on 25 May.
The ruggedness of the terrain is reflected in the rules of the race. Each car must carry a tank holding three gallons of water for each crew member, a full survival ration kit, distress flares and a magnetic compass.