1974 World Cup Rally
Was this the oft-maligned Leyland P76’s finest hour? In his book, Leyland P76 anything but average, author Gavin Farmer tells the remarkable story of Evan Green and John Bryson’s adventurous (but farsighted) choice of the P76 as their entry in the World Cup Rally of 1974, running from London to Munich, via North Africa and Turkey. Chosen for its size, lightness, durability and performance, Big Brut, as the car became known, proved the naysayers wrong in locations as rugged as the Sahara desert and as challenging as the famed Targa Florio rally circuit. Not only did Green and Bryson finish, when half of the WCR entries didn’t, but they were also fastest around the narrow Sicilian circuit and finished a creditable 13th overall. If it hadn’t been for an undetected weak suspension strut, many believe they could have won the rally outright. But the story doesn’t end there. As Gavin Farmer relates, “After the Rally, Green drove the Big Brut home to Australia along the route of the 1968 London-Sydney Marathon. He had a trouble-free run.” Little wonder that with public interest in the car’s performance in the rally running high, Leyland decided to produce a special limited version, the P76 Targa Florio sedan.