Across Africa and Beyond: The 1988 London-Sydney Vintage Rally

1988 London to Sydney Vintage Rally, African river with car and people

Saturday 16 February 2019

Paul Davies and James Wheildon had been campaigning vintage Talbot 90’s in various events from VSCC racing to a prestigious entry in the 1984 Mille Miglia. In considering how to follow on from that event they couldn’t resist entering the gruelling 1988 London to Sydney Vintage Car Endurance Trial. The pair bought a wreck of a 1930 open tourer Talbot and spent 27 months building it for the event. Organised as part of Australia’s bicentennial year celebrations, their route took them 10,000 miles overland across some of the worst terrain in the world in a 58 year old car  without back up vehicles or support network. Daunting and dangerous does not even come close! They won the event arriving in just 84 days and before the event organisers had managed to arrange the welcoming (not expecting any entrant to arrive that soon) by a route that seemed impossible.

Come and see and hear their story.

Please note:  The National Motor Museum will be open for this event.


The evening will begin at 7.30 pm in the Lecture Theatre of the Collections Centre, National Motor Museum, Beaulieu. A bar will be available for the purchase of beers, wines, soft drinks and tea and coffee. The evenings will conclude at around 10.00 pm. Tickets are £10.00 each for non-members; £7.50 for members. For further information and to purchase tickets please contact Theresa Browning on 01590 614792 or email theresa.browning@beaulieu.co.uk.

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