to Sydney Marathon
5th June - 4th July 2004
Day 26 -Windorah
LEAD - OUTBACK EATS CARS
Today was the second longest day of the
rally with two of the longest and toughest stages, over 100
kms of rough rugged running.
McAndrew was quickest over the first with
Lorimer in second place. But on the second one he was bettered
by team mate Mike Montgomery who had been shaping up to have
a go at him for several days. And Mike did it by exactly one
minute elevating himself into second place overall.
Jimmy McRae was a non-runner today, his
head gasket having blown the previous day so he collected
maximum penalties for today's two missed stages. Whether he
can get the Toyota repaired for tomorrow looks doubtful. Today's
penalties drop him from a challenging second place to a lowly
The lame and the limping. The outback is
beginning to take its toll of the rally cars. Veteran Lloyd
Hughes and Hugh Hodgkinson had a chapter of related disasters
last night. Hugh was being towed in the Porsche when he ran
over the towrope, which tore out the rear brakes. The service
vehicle with a trailer on the back them went off the road
damaging the trailer and holing the sump of the Land Cruiser.
They were stranded without one working vehicle but managed
to find the homestead of the property they were on and make
use of the owners phone.
Richard Mart Hurst in the Capri suffered
gearbox problems which were being worked on until late in
the night at Windorah and he left in the morning hopeful that
the cure had worked. Sadly not. He was last seen stopped midway
The Escort of van Haaren and Rhodius in
the Clowes Cup had a huge whoopsie on the Birdsville Track
catching its wheels in the mud tracks of a road train and
went into what Fredrick van Haaren described as, "a two and
half somersault." They were unhurt but the window-less Escort
was a sadly distorted little body. Uncomfortable to drive
in, but maybe possible.
The classic MGB in the Clowes was having
a hard time on the Birdsville and was last see shaping up
to spend the night at the famous pub and set out again in
Meanwhile Aussies with good knowledge of
the outback roads made gentle progress. Peter Lockhart in
the 2-litre Proton - a veteran of 17 Australia Safaris, said
"the dust was so bad in some places I was having to stop and
wait for some visibility."
Brian Hilton in his
Toyota is another wily outback veteran. "It's all about hurrying
slowly over these roads." Garry Leeson in his V8 Falcon and
Peter Cochrane in his Mustang are biding their time in 7th
and 9th places. more...
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