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1977 Rally Gallery - Car 05

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The 1977 London to Sydney Rally Gallery

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Car 5 arriving in Madras, with the scars of battle evident on the windscreen (quote from John Stathatos, “The Long Drive”, chapter 12)217 views“.. entire population of Poona had turned out, and this crowd seemed much rougher than its counterpart in Bombay.... Hundreds of hands pounded on the sides of the car, the screen and windows. Every sign not painted on was ripped off, and some cars even lost their numbers. We were showered with flowers, weeds still trailing clods of earth and anything else the crowd could lay its hands on. Suddenly a brick came flying through the air and hit the windscreen with a crunch, ......
Car 5 at the Finish in Sydney227 viewsCar 5 in front of the Sydney Opera House (John Stathatos smiling from the door of the car).

Photo John Stathatos
Car 5 at the Start Control in Teheran244 viewsEntrant John Stathatos
Vehicle Peugeot 504TI
Crew John Stathatos Greek
Erling Jensen Danish

Photo John Stathatos

Finished 27th outright; and
8th in Class 2 (1300cc to 2000cc)

In January 2008 John wrote:

“I remained based in London till 2002, when I suddenly decided I’d had enough of the poor weather and moved permanently to a small Greek island; medium-fast internet, a flight to Athens five times a week and keep me in touch with the wider world.
Car 5 being loaded at Madras Docks221 viewsCar 5 being loaded into the ship at Madras Docks.

Photo John Sathotos
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