NEC Classic Restoration Show March 2023 Album

Historic Marathon Rally Group (HMRG) – Hall 5, Stand 560

The stand featured Austin 1800 VLT 1G the ex-1968 London Sydney Marathon and 1970 World Cup Rally, having a new radiator fitted.

Also on display was the the MGB,UMD 534F, driven by Jean Denton (later Baroness Denton) and Tom Boyce on the 1968 London to Sydney Marathon.

The third car was the Ford Capri 2.8lt V6, GVX 40H, which competed in both the 1970 and 1974 World Cup Rallies. Owned by its current owner since 1981.

Among the visitors to the stand were Tina Kerridge Reynolds and husband Tim who drove Austin Maxi, no. 20 on the 1970 World Cup Rally and Ray Evans who drove Ford Cortina, no.9, also on the 1970 World Cup Rally.

HMRG is an unfunded and voluntary organisation run by a committee of enthusiasts who aim to reunite historic cars and their crews from the era of Marathon Rallies and Classic Car Endurance events.

The most recent HMRG event was the successful 50th anniversary of the London – Mexico World Cup Rally, held at the British Motor Museum, Gaydon on 1 May 2022.

Plans are underway to hold a Marathon Rally Car Show, featuring
the 50th anniversary of the 1974 UDT London – Sahara – Munich World Cup Rally, at the British Motor Museum, Gaydon, on Sunday 21st April 2024.

Media inquiries: Andrew Bradbury, Chairman
[email protected]
0788 773 5833

Show photography by Andrew Bradbury

NEC Classics 2022

The Historic Marathon Rally Group will be on Stand 170 in Hall 3.

Diagram showing HMRG Stand 170 in Hall 3 at NEC 2022
Diagram showing HMRG Stand 170 in Hall 3 at NEC 2022

We have 6 cars on our Classic Motor Show stand this year. These are… (in no particular order)….

Hillman Hunter car 83 from the Wold Cup Rally 1970 at WCR50+2
Hillman Hunter car 83 from the Wold Cup Rally 1970 at WCR50+2

1) Hillman Hunter, GEJ 166F, Number 83 in 1970 WCR 

2) Ford Escort, H1 FEV

3) Mini Clubman replica, XJB 308H, 1970 WCR, 

4) Ford Capri, GVX 40H, 1970 & 1974 WCR

5) Ford Zephyr, winner 1953 Monte Carlo Rally

6) Nash Healey prototype, entered 1950 Mille Miglia and 1950 Le Mans

Please note the Zephyr was built by Ford in the 1980’s…. this car is a recreation of that winning car, the original having been destroyed in an accident with a German coal lorry in the mid-1950s! The car still belongs to the Ford Motor Company.