Pre-1981 classic cars invited to enter re-run of marathon rally – this time to be run backwards — and with up to six special stages each day
Trans World Events (TWE) ran the last London-Sydney Marathon Rally in 2004 and the Rally is back in 2014, with a twist — it will be run in the opposite direction, reports Colin Wilson.
Taking over from TWE is Mark Solloway's Transworld Historic Rallying, with TWE's Ron Jackson (Rally Manager), Mike Summerfield (Route Coordinator) and other TWE officials forming the organising team, assisted by Steve Weston, who takes on the role of Secretary of the Meeting and Entries Secretary.
The event is a special stage gravel and asphalt rally for pre-1981 classic cars, with certain modifications allowed for the long distances. Most days there will be up to six special stages.
The route will start in Sydney on 12 April 2014 and head west to Perth, from where cars will be airlifted in giant Antonov transporter planes to Turkey while the crews travel in a chartered passenger jet.
After Turkey, the rally runs through Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, Italy and France, before crossing to the UK, where there will be a sting in the tail with stages on the Epynt Ranges in Wales, before heading for London and the Finish on 11 May 2014.
When first announced in 2010, the event was for Classic Rally cars only and without service vehicles. Following representations from potential entrants, the organisers hope to make an announcement soon regarding a Challenge/Touring Category and Service vehicles.
The entry fee for two people and their car is US$52,000, which can be paid in instalments. This includes accommodation and airlifts before or after and during the event.
For more information, please visit the event website at www.transwordhistoricrallying.com, or contact Steve Weston (firstname.lastname@example.org).