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Little Classics News: 3 June 2015

Rally Classics Join Forces at Historic Marathon Rally Show

1937 Chevy Fangio Coupe

Some of the greatest names in historic marathon rally history were reunited on Sunday 31st May at the Historic Marathon Rally Show, sponsored by the Endurance Rally Association (ERA).

Drivers including Rosemary Smith, Barrie ‘Whizzo’ Williams, Mike Broad, Tony Davies, and Pat Smith all gathered at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon. They were greeted by old friends such as navigators Willy Cave, Mike Wood, Hywel Thomas, and team managers including Stuart Turner, Bill Price and Graham Robson.

Morgan rally car

Event organiser Ted Taylor said: “We had about 500 attendees including 65 famous names for what was a lovely reunion of both the historic marathon cars and crews of the era. It was great to see so many of the drivers and navigators catching up and some even still debating results with their old rivals.”

With 150 classic and historic cars on display, highlights included one of the surviving London-Mexico World Cup Triumph 2.5PIs; KNW 798 the 2.5PI that Brian Culcheth piloted on the East African Safari in 1972; and Austin and Morris 1800s from both the London to Sydney Marathons and the first World Cup Rally.

Renault Alpine

The ERA was well represented with a fantastic line-up of cars including Phil Garratt and Kieron Brown’s Peking to Paris 2013 winning 1937 Chevy Fangio Coupe (top right), Michael O’Shea’s 1938 SS Jaguar, Alan Smith’s Morris Minor, and David Spurling’s 1953 Morgan plus 4, all of which were also Peking to Paris entrants.

Bill Cleyndert’s Morris 1800 made another splash as the Casablanca and Classic Safari Rally car took guest of honour Rosemary Smith for a ride on the demonstration parade.

MG Meastro rally car

In addition, there were two of the cars belonging to the late Philip Young on display - the Magenta that he built for the 1977 London to Sydney, his first ever rally, and his 1986 MG Maestro (above) that was used by Jane Edgington and Gill Cotton in the 2012 London to Cape Town Rally. A third car, the Austin Healey that Philip drove in the Himalayan Rally remains on show in the museum itself.

Land Rover Lightweight

Jane Strange from the ERA said: “It was a great day and the ERA would like to thank all those who kindly displayed their cars and joined us for the event as well as the many personalities who attended including Rosemary Smith and ERA Vice-President Willy Cave.”


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