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Marathon Rally 50th Anniversary – Postponed until April 2022

17th April 2022 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Ford Escort wins World Cuo Rally

An announcement from the organisers –

“Due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation and today’s re-imposition of a National lockdown the HMRG committee feel that yet again we have to postpone our World Cup Rally reunion until April 2022.

We consider that April 2021 is still too close for vaccination to have been rolled out to enough people and also international travel is likely to still be very limited, further restricting potential visitor numbers.

On a brighter note we are planning to have another rally car event in July / August 2021 at The British Motor Museum at Gaydon, where we can promote who we are and what we do. This will most likely be as part of another event already being held. No dates have been confirmed, but we will keep you informed as soon as we know anything.”


A one day event celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the 16000 mile London to Mexico World Cup Rally. Originally planned for 2020 but postponed due to covid restrictions.

The Historic Marathon Rally Group (HMRG) are organising a reunion and celebration of this iconic rally, when entrants left Wembley Stadium on their 16000 mile adventure through Europe, South and Latin America.

Originally 106 teams entered with only 96 starting from Wembley and just 23 finished at the Aztec Stadium in Mexico, 6 weeks later. The Ford Escort, FEV 1H (1850 cc GT Mk.1) of Hannu Mikkola and Gunnar Palm, took first prize.

Visitors will be able to see the cars and meet the people involved in the event in all different aspects. There will be interviews, films, talks and a large display of memorabilia.

The HMRG would like to hear from anyone connected to the rally who would be interested in joining them at this celebration. Contact – info@historicmarathonrallygroup.co.uk

To see the entry list click on this link –


Finishers List –


Pos No Entrant Drivers Car Penalties (Time)
1 18 United Kingdom Daily TelegraphFord Motor Company Limited Finland Hannu Mikkola
Sweden Gunnar Palm
Ford Escort 1850 GT Mark I 9hr 7min
2 88 United Kingdom British Leyland CarsThe Football Association United Kingdom Brian Culcheth
United Kingdom Johnstone Syer
Triumph 2.5 PI Mark II 10hr 25min
3 46 United Kingdom Daily ExpressFord Motor Company Limited Finland Rauno Aaltonen
United Kingdom Henry Liddon
Ford Escort 1850 GT Mark I 10hr 46min
4 98 United Kingdom British Leyland CarsThe Football Association United Kingdom Paddy Hopkirk
United Kingdom Tony Nash
United Kingdom Neville Johnson
Triumph 2.5 PI Mark II 12hr 26min
5 103 United Kingdom Daily TelegraphFord Motor Company Limited Finland Timo Mäkinen
Belgium Gilbert Staepelaere
Ford Escort 1850 GT Mark I 14hr 31min
6 26 United Kingdom Springfield Boys Club-Ford Motor Company Limited United Kingdom Jimmy Greaves
United Kingdom Tony Fall
Ford Escort 1850 GT Mark I 19hr 31min
7 100 France Societe d’Encouragement de Automobile France France Patrick Vanson
France Olivier Turcat
France Alain Leprince
Citroën DS 21 22hr 3min
8 14 United Kingdom Ford Motor Company Limited Poland Sobiesław Zasada
Poland Marek Wachowski
Ford Escort 1850 GT Mark I 23hr 59min
9 54 United Kingdom Reginald Redgrave United Kingdom Reginald ‘Redge’ Redgrave
United Kingdom Phil Cooper
United Kingdom Bob Freeborough
BMC 1800 24hr 42min
10 74 United Kingdom Evening StandardBritish Leyland Cars Republic of Ireland Rosemary Smith
United Kingdom Alice Watson
France Ginette Derolland
Austin Maxi 30hr 35min
11 32 Australia BLMC Australia Australia Ken Tubman
Australia Andre Welinski
Australia Robert McAuley
Austin Maxi 32hr 36min
12 28 Soviet Union Avtoexport Soviet Union Leonti Potapchik
Soviet Union Edouard Bazhenov
Soviet Union Youri Lesovski
Moskvitch 412 34hr 6min
13 29 Bolivia Bolivian National Team Bolivia William Bendek
Bolivia Dieter Hubner
Bolivia Jorge Burgoa
BMW 2002 Ti 35hr 14min
14 15 United Kingdom Temple Meads Motors United Kingdom Ron Channon
United Kingdom Rod Cooper
Ford Cortina GT Mark II 36hr 43min
15 83 United Kingdom W.G. James United Kingdom Alun Rees
United Kingdom Hywel Thomas
United Kingdom Washington James
Hillman Hunter 37hr 50min
16 38 Germany Fixo-Flex Sports Team Germany Alfred Katz
Germany Alfred Kling
Germany Albert Pfuhl
Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 38hr 5min
17 71 Soviet Union Avtoexport Soviet Union Gounnar Khlom
Soviet Union Vladimir Boubnov
Soviet Union Kastitis Guiradouskas
Moskvitch 412 38hr 52min
18 91 United Kingdom Woman Magazine United Kingdom Jean Denton
United Kingdom Pat Wright
United Kingdom Liz Crellin
BMC 1800 39hr 16min
19 66 Argentina SAFRAR-Peugeot Argentina Argentina Gaston Perkins
Argentina Jack Forrest Greene
Peugeot 404 40hr 46min
20 19 Soviet Union Avtoexport Soviet Union Sergei Tenichev
Soviet Union Valentin Kislykh
Soviet Union Valeri Chirotchenkov
Moskvitch 412 41hr 5min
21 31 Netherlands Rob Janssen Netherlands Rob Janssen
Netherlands Jaap Dik
Datsun 1600 SSS 46hr 1min
22 96 United Kingdom AutocarBritish Leyland Cars United Kingdom Terry Kingsley
United Kingdom Peter Evans
United Kingdom Michael Scarlett
Austin Maxi 46hr 25min
23 45 United Kingdom Doug Harris United Kingdom Doug Harris
United Kingdom Mike Butler
Ford Escort 1300 GT Mark I 66hr 8min


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