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World Cup Rally 40th Anniversary Event

Triumph 2.5 PI XJB 304H at the Start of the 1970 Daily Mirror World Cup Rally

Triumph 2.5 PI XJB 304H at the Start of the 1970 Daily Mirror World Cup Rally. Picture © BMIHT, used with permission.

Venue:  The Heritage Centre, Gaydon, 18th April 2010

Organising clubs: Triumph 2000/2.5/2500 Register, Landcrab OC International, Austin Maxi OC.

Discounted tickets are now available in our shop (see ‘Events and Tours’ category).

To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Daily Mirror London-Mexico World Cup Rally which left Wembley Stadium for the 16,000 mile, 6 week trip to Mexico City on 19th April 1970.

The plan is to stage a reunion of all the surviving cars, and as many of the drivers, mechanics and rally officials etc. as possible.

In addition surviving cars from the other marathon events staged in the 1960’s/70’s, such as the London-Sydney, plus other similar historic rally cars are being invited to attend in order to make a unique event for anyone interested in long-distance rallying.

While the cars are displayed on the outside arena, inside there will be film shows, club displays and a chance to meet the drivers in conversation with Graham Robson.

Graham Robson, one of the original WCR travelling controllers, has written a new book entitled  “The Daily Mirror World Cup Rally 40: The World’s Toughest Rally in Retrospect” which will be launched on April 20th.

This is an important event for the Register since BL fielded a team of four Triumph 2.5 P.I.s in the rally, of which one, driven by Brian Culcheth, came second, and another came fourth driven by Paddy Hopkirk – our cars’ crowning moment of motorsport glory.

Entry to the outside arena area of Gaydon will be free on the day, with a discounted ticket price for entry to the museum.

Put April 18th 2010 in your diaries now!

Further details will be published in ‘SIXappeal’ and on the web over the next few months.

Catch up with the latest event news on the official site:

If you can help in finding suitable cars, the owners, memorabilia etc., can assist in publicising this unique event or just want to be involved on the day, please get in touch with Ted Taylor or Alan Crussell

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