Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Modbury (Adelaide)
Stewart McLeod's 1968 London to Sydney in an Alfa
With the 50th year anniversary of the 1968 London to Sydney Marathon event a new book has been released. In his new book 'Race across the World', John Smailes, mentions an Alfa Romeo 1750 Berlina entered by Stewart McLeod with C.J. Lock and T.Theiler from Adelaide, Australia (car was obtained from Addison Motors).
Stewart McLeod with Jack Lock campaigned four of the five events in an Alfa Giulia, in the 1968 Australian Rally Championship. In round three the Walkerville 500 Rally (run in South Australia).
As mentioned in the information sheet by the motorsport organization setting the rules 'Under the worst road conditions for years' ... 'The conditions provided heavy rains in the early stages, strong winds, sand, fog and extremely boggy roads.' Stewart McLeod with Jack Lock finished on the podium their best placing 3rd, Fourth round they had engine issues, then they left for London missing the fifth round.
Their Berlina had been shipped to Milan from Adelaide where the factory pulled it apart and did not quite finish putting it together when McLeod's team arrived to pic it up. They took matters into their own hands and finished assembling the car then drove it to London.
I have come across some press photos of the team in London at a dealer/workshop checking the car over prior to the start.(photos miss placed at the moment)
From London, McLeod and the team drove the car to Turkey.
The first special stage Sivas, Turkey to Erzincan: 299km with a time allowed 2h 45mins average speed 109km/hr needed, pg 190.
Stewart McLeod with C.J. Lock and T.Theiler were 16th in their 'self-built Alfa Romeo 1750'... ' they had done an amazing job to fling their car down mountainside to claim sixteenth ahead of the Porsche of Zasada'. (Smailes)
In 16th place the Alfa was considered the second fastest of the privateers, 15th was the first private entry Bob Holden in a works-assisted Volvo. (Smailes)
On page 217 list some where near Kabul? the Alfa Romeo 1750 Berlina was the first of the privateer cars.
I will let you read the book
Last edited by Steve105; 01-07-2019 at 03:08 AM.