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Dominic Winter Auctioneers

Aviation, Military & Maritime History

9 November 2018

*London - Sydney Marathon.

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Lot 4

Estimate: £100 - £150

Route notes for the London to Bombay leg of the inaugural car rally from the United Kingdom to Australia run in 1968,
[2], 130 pp., cyclostyled copy of ?Jack Sears' handwritten route notes, versos blank, original plain wrappers with wire comb spine, a few minor marks, together with a typed letter on British Leyland Motor Corporation letterhead, 24 February 1969, sending the enclosed copy of the route notes to Mr Alderson at the request of Paddy Hopkirk, and signed by Sandra Lawson, secretary to the Competition's Manager, minor fraying to foremargin, one page, folio
The original 1968 Marathon was sponsored by the Daily Express in association with the Daily Telegraph. An eight-man organising committee was established to create a suitably challenging but navigable route. Jack Sears, organising secretary and former racing driver, plotted a 7,000-mile course covering eleven countries in as many days, and arranged the P&O liner SS Chusan that would ferry the first 72 cars and their crews on the nine-day voyage from India, before the final 2,600 miles across Australia. The race was won by Andrew Cowan in his Hillman Hunter, Paddy Hopkirk second in an Austin 1800, and Australian Ian Vaughan third in a Ford XT Falcon GT. A second event was organised in 1977, since when there have been four further rallies, the most recent in 2014.

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