WE DO ALL LOVE A CLASSIC CAR AUCTION!

Here’s one with a difference though!

How do you fancy the idea of owning a little piece of rallying history…..with the emphasis on ‘little’?

On Sunday May 5th 1974, a Ford Capri Mk1 2.8V6 built by a team of 22 prototype development engineers at Ford Motor Company’s Dunton, Essex, Research & Development facility entered and competed in the 16,493 km, 20 day long UDT London-Sahara-Munich World Cup Rally, the last of the three great Marathon rallies that challenged man, woman and machine as they crossed the world and faced the most forbidding terrain against the clock.

Running as Car no.2 on the event, this particular car made it to the finish line in Munich and co-drivers Dave Skittrall and Brian Peacock received a Certificate of Performance for their efforts, having been lost for almost three days in the wilderness of the Sahara desert in an incident that almost cost them their lives.

The Historic Marathon Rally Group is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of this extraordinary event as part of our Historic Marathon Rally Show at the British Motor Museum, Gaydon, Warwickshire UK on Sunday 21st April 2024. The genuine original Capri still exists and can be seen at the show, together with its owner of the last 44 years who has recently completed a full restoration of Car No.2.

In recognition of this wonderful event, our Group’s Chairman and model maker extraordinaire Andrew Bradbury has painstakingly and beautifully fashioned the original car into an exquisite scale model, seen here in its display case.

This model could be yours!

On Monday February 12th 2024, this particular model will go under the hammer in an online Auction at e-Bay. The winning bidder will not only have the joy of owning not only one of just three limited edition Capri models but all proceeds will go towards the cost of our April Historic Marathon Rally Show and Anniversary celebration.

All you have to do is search e-Bay from Monday 12th Feb onwards,  dig deep and place your bids if you would like the chance to own this little piece of rallying history.

Auction Live Here!

World Cup Rally 1974

It might be 50 years since Brazilians Carlos Weck and Claudio Mueller set off from Wembley bound for

Munich via the Sahara desert, but the film they somehow managed to take whilst competing is one of the rarest in existence of this extraordinarily challenging Marathon rally. 

After having a replacement transmission assembly flown to Algeria and fitted by the two men after they’d also fixed their car’s damaged suspension, this unusual choice of rally car, a Volkswagen Brasilia, took them all the way to Munich and an incredible 16th place amongst 19 Classified finishers. 

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Enjoy life with a sexy young model

With just a few hours to go until the e-Bay auction ends, make sure you don’t miss out on this beautiful 1/43 scale model of the 1974 UDT London-Sahara-Munich World Cup Rally Capri, running Car No.2 and driven by Dave Skittrall and Brian Peacock.

The auction ends at 6.00pm on Thursday 22nd February, so get those bids in soon!

Click here for the Auction:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/176236573935?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&mkrid=711-127632-2357-0&ssspo=z56ywJCmTPW&sssrc=2047675&ssuid=CuDFLe__QJ-&widget_ver=artemis&media=COPY


Unlike the original car (pictured below), built by 22 men at Ford’s R&D facility in Dunton, Essex, the faithfully replicated scale model was constructed by HMRG Chairman Andrew Bradbury as one of just three limited edition models. No others will ever be made and this particular model is the only one in the world that will ever be offered to the public, with sale proceeds going directly to help the Historic Marathon Rally Group with their April 21st 50th Anniversary of the 1974 UDT World Cup Rally Reunion and Historic Marathon Rally Show at Gaydon.

E-Bay Auction alert! You can own this ‘little’ piece of World Cup Rally history

If you fancy being the proud owner of this exquisite 1/43rd scale model of the Team Dunton Ford Capri Mk1 2.8V6 that competed in both the 1970 Daily Mirror London-to-Mexico AND the 1974 UDT London-Sahara-Munich World Cup Rallies, then you have just FOUR DAYS to get your best bid in. The e-Bay auction ends at 18.00hrs (6pm UK time) this coming Thursday February 22nd, but remember, “you’ve gotta be in it to win it”.

We are auctioning this incredibly detailed model to raise funds for the April 24th Historic Marathon Rally Show and UDT World Cup Rally reunion at Gaydon, and as one of just three such models in existence and no more ever being made by HMRG Chairman Andrew Bradbury, it’s your opportunity to have a little piece of International rally history on your mantlepiece (or maybe in your garage!)

Here’s the real thing in action on the 1974 UDT London-Sahara-Munich World Cup Rally (sorry, but this one’s already taken)!

Click here for auction details….

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/176236573935?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&mkrid=711-127632-2357-0&ssspo=z56ywJCmTPW&sssrc=2047675&ssuid=CuDFLe__QJ-&widget_ver=artemis&media=COPY

Historic Marathon Rally Group at the 2024 NEC Classic Car and Restoration Show

Come and see us in Hall 5, Stand No. 560 at the Practical Classics sponsored Classic Car and Restoration Show at the NEC on 22-24 March 2024.

This year we’ll be staging and an interactive restoration display, and one also featuring a very rare Austin 1800 ‘UTE’ which is a vehicle that UK buyers were never lucky enough to see on sale. ‘UTE’ is the `Australian slang for ‘Utility’ and there, the Land Crab 1800 UTE was a popular buy amongst farmers, delivery companies and other businesses who valued the vehicle’s strong construction, simplicity, comfort and capacity.

Often used as Rally Service and Support Vehicle, we’ll be doing precisely that as alongside the UTE on Stand 560, Hall 5, you’ll be able to witness the continuing restoration of POH 703G as it’s brought back to life 54 years after it was used as one of British Leyland Press cars ahead of the 16000 mile 1970 London to Mexico World Cup Rally, famously won by Finn Hanna Mikkola and Co-Driver Gunnar Palm in FEV 1H, a Ford Escort 1850GT. Here is a rare photo of both cars together at a Rally Control in Rio de Janeiro, with Gunnar Palm next to his winning car.

When BL had finished with the car and before the rally itself started at Wembley Stadium on 19th of April 1970, the car was sold to rally sponsor The Daily Mirror, who sent it to BL’s Special Tuning workshop facility in Abingdon, Oxfordshire for some serious modifications before putting it to great use as the Daily Mirror’s Press car, covering the South American leg of the Marathon rally and reporting back daily to the London Press Office as the three-man journalist crew followed the competing cars across Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Bolivia, Peru and onwards to the rally finish at the Aztec Stadium in Mexico City on the 27th of May 1970, some five weeks after competitors left London’s Wembley Stadium.

Fast forward 50 years or so and current owner and HMRG member Steve Bates discovered the now-dilapidated car and researched its history, with help from those in our Group with the knowledge and skills , and access to, original development paperwork that allows them to help Steve to bring the car back to its original 1970 Abingdon competition specification.

So come and watch as a three man team fits a rear anti-roll bar, restores the wonderful ‘hydrolastic’ suspension system to its competition specification and installs the internal roll cage to the front and rear of the car over the NEC weekend.

You can follow progress either on the site here or on our Facebook page, or if you’re planning to visit the NEC between 22nd and 24th of March, come and see it in the flesh!