Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon, 18th April 2010
On the 19th April 1970 nearly 100 cars left Wembley Stadium in London at the start of the toughest rally that has ever been held. The target was Mexico City six weeks later, with the cars scheduled to arrive just before the start of the football World Cup.
The rally covered 16000 miles at exceptional speed over some of the worst terrain imaginable.
To celebrate this amazing event a group of clubs – the Triumph 2000/2500/2.5PI Register, the Land Crab Owners Club International, and the Austin Maxi Owners Club, who between them represent five of the cars that finished in the top eleven places – came together to put on a celebration of the rally which included as many of the original cars, competitors, officials, and team personnel as could be located.
To support the event owners of other cars from the marathons of the 1960s and 1970s, and original historic rally cars from other periods, also attended which made it the biggest get-together of original historic rally cars ever to be held.
Owners of cars who have competed in the more recent ‘historic’ marathons, and classic cars used in historic rallying were also welcome and many attended.
Thank you to all who visited, assisted, organised and laboured – read Ted Taylor’s Epilogue to the Event.
Glad you are celebrating our little rally – it certainly was very popular with the contestants, even those who didn’t make it to the end.
John Sprinzel – Clerk of the Course of the 1970 World Cup Rally