Rally greats reunited at Historic Marathon Rally Show


A number of famous names from the world of rallying have turned out in support of the inaugural Historic Marathon Rally Show, which took place at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon on 31 May. 

Rosemary Smith, Barrie ‘Whizzo’ Williams, Mike Broad, Tony Davies and Pat smith all made an appearance, along with navigators Willy Cave, Mike Wood, Hywel Thomas and team managers Stuart Turner, Bill Price and Graham Robson.

“We had about 500 attendees, including 65 famous names for what was a lovely reunion of both the historic marathon cars and crews of the era,” said event organiser Ted Taylor. “It was great to see so many of the drivers and navigators catching up, and some even still debating the results with their old rivals. The weather may not have been as we would have liked it, but the atmosphere and camaraderie definitely was!”

More than 150 historic rally cars were put on display during the event, including a London-Mexico World Cup Triumph 2.5PI, plus Austin and Morris 1800s that took part in the London to Sydney Rally and first World Cup Rally.

Phil Garratt and Kieron Brown’s 2013 Peking to Paris-winning 1937 Chevrolet Fangio Coupe was also on show, as was a selection of former Peking to Paris entrants, including Michael O’Shea’s 1938 Jaguar SS, Alan Smith’s Morris Minor and David Spurling’s 1953 Morgan Plus Four. 

Bill Cleyndert’s Morris 1800 Casablanca and Classic Safari Rally car was used to take Rosemary Smith for a demonstration lap to the delight of visitors. 

The late Philip Young was also honoured at the event, with a number of his competition classics gathered as a tribute to the rally organiser, who passed away earlier this year. They included the Magenta he built for his first rally – the 1977 London to Syndey event – as well as the Austin-Healey he drove in the Himalayan Rally, which was on show in the museum. 

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