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2015-02-20 09:37

MARATHON ACTION: Stirling (now Sir Stirling) Moss exits his rather dented (he hit a scaffolding pole) Austin-Healey 3000 which he shared with Zoe Heritage for the Pirelli Classic Marathon back in 1991 Image: Newspress

LONDON, England - Legendary rally drivers, navigators and cars that competed in marathon rallies through the 1960's to the early 1990's will reunite for an Historic Marathon Rally Show at the end of May 2015.

The venue: the Heritage Motor Centre at Gaydon in Warwickshire, central England.

This new event, free to the public, will celebrate the exploits and endeavours of the men, women and cars that competed in pre-1982 international historic rallies with an emphasis on marathon cars of this period such as the 1968 London -Sydney Marathon, the 1970 London-Mexico World Cup Rally, the 1974 London-Sahara-Munich World Cup Rally and right up to the second 1977 London-Sydney Marathon.


There will also be a tribute to the Endurance Rally Association’s Pirelli Classic Marathons of 1988-91 (organised by Philip Young, generally credited with having kick-started the historic rally movement) and a celebration of the East African Safari Rallies of the 1970s and ‘80s.

Ted Taylor, one of the main organisers, said: “This is a celebration and we’re inviting the owners of as many genuine historic marathon cars, the personalities and the competitors who drove and navigated them, and their team members to a fantastic reunion.

“The stories and memories shared will show the tenacity, courage and vision that factory teams, private competitors and support crews showed at a time when the world was a much larger place and when lands were much less travelled.”

Inside the Heritage Motor Centre there will be lively Q&A sessions, previously unpublished film of the period, interviews with competitors, reunions and seminars.


Outside will see parades of the famous cars involved, club and trade stands and a whole host of interactive opportunities for the public to get up close and personal and experience what it was like to be a part of those wonderful days of marathon rallying.

The event will be supported by Club Triumph, which will host a display of sporting models, and sponsored by the Endurance Rally Association which will feature cars, people and stories from the first international event for historics, the 1988 Pirelli Classic Marathon, through to the Around the World in 80 Days, Londo-Cape Town World Cup Rally and the Peking-Paris.

Entry into the show will be free but normal museum entry fees apply. Doors open at 10am with free parking. For more information and the latest show, click here.

Car owners and personalities (anybody from South Africa?) involved can contact Ted Taylor at ted.taylor@bigfoot.com or call Ken Green on +27 1922 452608 to confirm attendance.

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