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AMC read­ers’ pics of the dra­matic nal day of the ‘68 Lon­don-Syd­ney Marathon.

Bob is the fa­ther of AMC ad­ver­tis­ing man­ager Cameron Davis and he took these shots on the 1968 Lon­don to Syd­ney Marathon’s last com­pet­i­tive stage, near Nowra, on the NSW South Coast. Bob was part of the ser­vice con­trol run by BMC Aus­tralia that pro­vided spare parts for the British Ley­land, BMC Aus­tralia and Royal Navy-en­tered Austin 1800s. Bob re­calls do­ing speci c train­ing at BMC Aus­tralia HQ at Zet­land, in in­ner Syd­ney, to fa­mil­iarise the lo­cal crew with the rally-spec con gu­ra­tion of 1800s. De­spite be­ing across the dif­fer­ent ‘species’ of Land Crab, Bob and his col­leagues had an easy time as none re­quired any ser­vice prior to the nal road run to the War­wick Farm nish. He re­mem­bers Paddy Hop­kirk (se­cond over­all) waved to the crew with Rauno Aal­to­nen ( fth) stop­ping purely for a chat. The im­ages of the de­stroyed Bianchi Citroen and the of­fend­ing re­sult-chang­ing Mini were cap­tured as they were towed in to the ser­vice con­trol off the stage.

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