One of the greatest boosts to rallying in Australia came from the running of the 1968 London – Sydney Marathon. The idea of a “race” across the word captured the public’s interest and created enormous interest among motoring enthusiasts.
See our gallery of photos from one of the Victorian stages of the 1968 London to Sydney.
The original Marathon was followed by a similar event in 1977. Both events were won by Andrew Cowan and both events traversed stages in Victoria, the latter with a brief stopover in Melbourne.
Subsequent Marathons ran in later years but improved road conditions and concerns for public safety inevitably resulted in different kinds of events. Only the 1993 event attempted to follow the route of the original Marathon, although open road competitive sections were replaced by some closed road special stages.
Subsequent versions were also special stage style events with long road sections in between. None traversed Victoria although the 2014 event used a stage along the Vic/SA border near Renmark.