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Across Africa and Beyond

The Incredible Story of the 1988 London-Sydney Vintage Rally

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Paul Davies and James Wheildon

Join us on Saturday 16th February to hear the story of Paul Davies and James Wheildon's incredible journey on the 1988 London to Sydney Vintage Rally.

Paul Davies and James Wheildon had been campaigning vintage Talbot 90's in various events from VSCC racing to a prestigious entry in the 1984 Mille Miglia. In considering how to follow on from that event they couldn't resist entering the gruelling 1988 London to Sydney Vintage Car Endurance Trial. The pair bought a wreck of a 1930 open tourer Talbot and spent 27 months building it for the event. Organised as part of Australia's bicentennial year celebrations, their route took them 10,000 miles overland across some of the worst terrain in the world in a (then) 58 year old car (now 88!) without back up vehicles or support network. Daunting and dangerous does not even come close! They won the event arriving in just 84 days and before the event organisers had managed to arrange the welcoming (not expecting any entrant to arrive that soon) by a route that seemed impossible.

Come and see and hear their story.


The evening will commence at 7:30 pm in the Lecture Theatre of the National Motor Museum’s Collections Centre and finish at around 10:00 pm. The National Motor Museum will be open from 6:00pm for a private viewing at no extra charge. A pay bar will be available in the Collections Centre for the purchase of beers, wines and soft drinks.


For further information and to purchase tickets please contact Theresa Browning on 01590 614792 or email theresa.browning@beaulieu.co.uk.

Tickets will be sent electronically where possible, so please provide an email address in any correspondence. If tickets are required by post, please provide an SAE.

Members* £7.50
Non Members £10.00

*Friends of the National Motor Museum Trust


For more information about becoming a member of the Friends of The National Motor Museum Trust, visit their website.

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