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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-03-2019, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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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
Cheers Steve

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That car lives in Queensland, a mate owns it. He saved it from the crusher over 10 years ago
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I was not sure if it was still around, that's great.
I have a few media photos of the car and the team while it's in London being checked.
It's South Australian (SA) registration plate was RNJ 544.
There was also a Valiant Safari wagon entered from South Australia, it's registration plate was RKB 690.
Some of the other Australian cars have feature stories listed in issue #1751 of Auto Action.

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Hello Stevo I have the berlina and shortly(?)will start a sympathetic resto on it mainly 1/4 panels.I of course are always chasing the history/photos etc on the car but is difficult as there doesn't seem to be many pics.It was featured on the front cover of the mag you mentioned.
It is still remarkably solid.
And yep Craig more than welcome when your up this way
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What an interesting car to own. And who says Alfas aren't tough and reliable!
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I purchased of the 2nd owner who purchased it when it got back to Addisson Motors(interesting story in itself).He rallied it in Victoria and South Oz for a few years and was then used as the sweep vehicle in rallies then used as his daily until 1996 where it retired to his shed.He estimates that it has done in excess of 500000 miles with a few motor rebuilds-and it still runs and drives but not fond of stopping-ill do that last and yep very proud to have it as part of my fleet.Last washed in the last century.
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