Amco 1000: Were you there?

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The Amco 1000 Desert Rally of 1975 is re­mem­bered as a short-lived and some­what sham­bolic event, and our frequent con­trib­u­tor Pe­ter Whitaker is try­ing to track down in­for­ma­tion and pho­tos from the event. Run­ning be­tween Bro­ken Hill and Ren­mark on the 1975 Queens Birth­day long week­end, the event at­tracted around 100 starters in­clud­ing top en­duro rid­ers John Atkin­son, Laurie Alder­ton, Hans Ap­pel­gren, Rod Tin­gate and Jim Dowsett, plus speed­way star Jim Airey. More than half the field got lost and were stranded overnight in mi­nus 2 de­gree C tem­per­a­tures, and there were some se­ri­ous ac­ci­dents. Of the 97 starters, only 48 even­tu­ally made it to the fin­ish, while seven fin­ished up in hospi­tal. Need­less to say, the Amco 1000 was des­tined to be a one-off. If you can help Pe­ter Whitaker piece the story togther, he can be con­tacted on (07) 5599 5763 or by email pe­dron­[email protected]­mail.com

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