1974 London-Sahara-Munich World Cup Rally
The 1974 London-Sahara-Munich World Cup Rally, known also under the commercial identity of 1974 UDT World Cup Rally, was the second and final of the World Cup Rallies to be held. Drawing inspiration from the 1974 FIFA World Cup which was held in Munich, the rally began in London, Great Britain and travelled to Munich, Germany, via northern Africa. It was won by the privateer Australian crew of Jim Reddiex, Ken Tubman and André Welinski, driving a Citroen DS.
The entry was much reduced in number compared to the 1970 London to Mexico World Cup Rally as the 1973 oil crisis and the resultant drop in global car sales had its effect on motorsport budgets. Many of the manufacturer teams of the 1970 event did not take part four years later. An error in the navigation notes of the event, caused by the end of a road in Algeria being extended several miles in between the compilation of the notes and the rally taking place saw the majority of competitors becoming lost in the Algerian Sahara Desert. This, in combination with the most gruelling terrain ever traversed by an international rally to that point saw only seven cars travel the full distance south into Nigeria, with only five then completing the full competition distance to Germany. Of the remainder of the "Kano Seven". the Lancia Fulvia of Shekhar Mehta and Lofty Drews suffered engine problems on the return leg from Kano to Tamanresset, was towed to Tunis and air-freighted to Salzburg to take part in the final part of the event. The V8 Jeep crewed by Americans Brian Chuchua, Douglas Fortin and Richard Clark made it through Africa, but crashed out of the event following a collision with a large dog in Turkey.
The majority of the competition did not complete the southern-most leg of the rally, south of the Tamanrasset rally point. Aerial searches for lost competing vehicles were conducted and eventually all cars were accounted for with no casualties. Some competitors abandoned the route and found their own way out of Africa. Notably former Grand Prix racer Stirling Moss and his co-drivers Mike Taylor and Allan Sell in their Mercedes-Benz arrived at an Algerian military fort with no water to find it abandoned. Moss and his crew-mates were unable to continue until the arrival of a water convoy in the following days.
Time penalties quickly climbed into large figures during the stages held in Africa with the majority of the field finishing with over a week's worth of time penalties at the finish. The gap between the winning Citroën DS over the first of the factory supported Peugeots that finished second, third and fourth was over 28 hours. The 19th and last classified finisher acquired over 450 hours of time penalties, approximately 18 days behind the winners.
Route and scoring
The course covered approximately 18,000 miles (29,000 km) through Europe and northern Africa before returning to Europe. Some of the principal towns and cities visited were, in order:
- London, England
- Southampton, England
- Le Havre, France
- Bilbao, Spain
- Córdoba, Spain
- Tangier, Morocco
- Béchar, Algeria
- Adrar, Algeria
- In Salah
- In Guezzam
- Assamakka, Niger
- Kano, Nigeria
- Tahoua, Niger
- In Guezzam, Algeria
- In Aménas
- Fort-Saint, Tunisa, near Ghadames, Libya
- Gabès, Tunisia
- Trapani, Italy
- Izmir, Turkey
- Thessaloniki, Greece
- Split, Yugoslavia
- Munich, Germany
The course included many special stages, some over 500 miles (800 km) long. Time penalties were given for exceeding set times on the special stages, as well as for other infractions of the rules, and the cars' positions determined by the penalties awarded rather than lowest cumulative times.
|1||André Welinski / Ken Tubman / Jim Reddiex||Citroën DS 23||15h 27m 30s|
|2||Christine Dacremont / Yveline Vanoni||Peugeot 504||43h 55m 01s|
|3||Robert Neyret / Jacques Terramorsi||Peugeot 504||61h 25m 41s|
|4||Claudine Trautmann / Marie-Odile Desvignes||Peugeot 504||78h 35m 41s|
|5||James Ingleby / Robert Smith||Jeep CJ-6||123h 58m 23s|
|6||Patrick Vanson / "Jacquy"||Citroën DS 23||212h 40m 47s|
|7||Eric Jackson / Bob Bean||Ford Escort||235h 36m 14s|
|8||Ali Sipahi / Asmi Avcioglu||Murat 124||245h 20m 25s|
|9||Basil Wadman / Michael Hillier / Chris Lentz||Peugeot 504||245h 55m 26s|
|10||Claude Laurent / Jacques Marchè||Citroën GS||249h 21m 03s|
|11||Ed Golz / Fred Baker||BMW||263h 19m 51s|
|12||Rainer Ising / Hans Ludort||Range Rover||287h 25m 11s|
|13||Evan Green / John Bryson||Leyland P76||294h 38m 14s|
|14||Stephen Kimbrell / Gary Whitcombe||Rover P6 3.5||303h 02m 01s|
|15||Andrew Cowan / Johnstone Syer||Ford Escort RS2000||311h 20m 00s|
|16||Carlos Weck / Claudio Mueller||Volkswagen Brasilia||324h 11m 49s|
|17||Kurt Reinhardt / Ole Pedersen||BMW||351h 02m 42s|
|18||Bryan Wood / Edward Meek||Ford Escort||378h 33m 03s|
|19||Derek Tullet / Alan Gaunt||Ford Capri||455h 34m 08s|
Only 19 cars finished the event, with only five cars completing the full rally distance. The route included a 171 km loop in the Hoggar mountains on the southbound transition of Algeria; of the "Kano Seven" only the winning Citroën and the Lancia Fulvia of Shekhar Mehta and Lofty Drews completed this part of the course. The Escort of Eric Jackson and Bob Bean also completed the loop, but although they started the leg to Kano, they turned back for Tamanrasset after incurring suspension damage in Niger.
- Green, Evan. A Bootful of Right Arms.
- World Cup Rally, Graham Robson, The Car magazine no. 25, 1985, Orbis Publishing Ltd.