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A 40th Anniversary recreation of the original 1968 London – Sydney Marathon is on the drawing board, thanks to the foresight of the UK’s Philip Young.

Planned for October 2008, Young’s Endurance Rally Association promises the event will be a faithful replica of the original 1968 event, with entries open to 1960’s-type cars.

Next year’s event will be a little shorter than the original, at 24 days, but will follow a similar format of a drive overland from England to India where cars will be shipped to Australia before commencing the final part of the route.

John Sprinzel, a competitor in the first LSM in an MG Midget, has been appointed route consultant. “If it can be run in the same heads-down fashion, it will be an awesome adventure,” Sprinzel said.

“We are hoping to attract crews in cars from the 1960s that are capable of keeping speeds up so that the route concept can still be run in the original style.”

The 1968 London – Sydney Marathon covered 16,000 kilometres and was won by Andrew Cowan in a Hillman Hunter. It attracted huge interest in Australia and thousands of spectators turned out to watch the field pass on the way from Fremantle to Sydney.

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