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Little Classics News: 28 May 2015

Historic Marathon Rally Show Confirms Cars and Stars

Triumph 2.5PI Rally Car London-Mexico World Cup

Rally stars and the classic rally cars that competed in famous international rallies in motorsport history have been confirmed for the inaugural Historic Marathon Rally Show.

Held on Sunday 31st May at the Heritage Motor Centre, Warwickshire, the free public event will welcome rally greats from marathon and international rallying events up to 1982, including drivers Derek Bell, Barrie ‘Whizzo’ Williams, and Rosemary Smith, along with navigators such as Willy Cave and Hywel Thomas.

Lancrab rally cars

Over 45 classic cars are confirmed including one of the surviving London-Mexico World Cup Triumph 2.5PIs (top); KNW 798 the 2.5PI that Brian Culcheth piloted on the East African Safari in 1972; Austin and Morris 1800s (above) from both the London to Sydney Marathons and the first World Cup Rally.

Land Rover Series 1 Rally car

Over 65 famous faces are confirmed to appear so far and it is hoped that some of them will get back behind the wheel for a parade lap around the perimeter of the museum.

Also appearing will be Stuart Turner, ex BMC Competitions Manager and also the architect of Ford's successful assault on the 1970 London to Mexico World Cup Rally. Jim Gavin, a competitor in the same event driving a Ford Escort, will join him.

Datsun 240Z rally car

Tina Reynolds, Rob Lyall, and Pat Smith, who was famous for competing as one of a team of three ladies in an Austin Maxi affectionately known as 'Beauty Box' on the 1970 World Cup Rally, are also scheduled to attend

The Historic Marathon Rally Show will celebrate the exploits and endeavours of those men, women and machinery that between 1968 and 1977 competed in Marathon Rallies such as the 1968 London to Sydney Marathon, the 1970 London to Mexico World Cup Rally, the 1974 London-Sahara-Munich World Cup Rally, together with a celebration of the East African Safari Rallies of the ‘70s and ‘80s.

SS Jaguar rally car

In addition, there will be a tribute to the late Philip Young, who many would argue put Historic Rallying well and truly on the map, with a display of the cars he drove including the Magenta from the 1977 London to Sydney rally.

There will also be a celebration of The Endurance Rally Association’s fantastic Pirelli Classic Marathons of 1988-92 and the Peking to Paris Motor Challenge.

Austin Healey with Sterling Moss

Entry into the show is free and the organisers will be offering a discounted museum ticket for attendees. The event open at 10am with free parking.



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