The Daily Mirror World Cup Rally 40: The World's Toughest Rally in Retrospect

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Lasting six weeks and covering 16,000 miles from London to Mexico City via some of the most varying, tortuous and difficult terrain on three continents, the 1970 World Cup Rally was a unique high-speed event, attracting many serious works teams such as Ford and British Leyland.  Despite the tremendous amounts spent choosing and developing new cars, completing months-long route surveys, and analyzing every detail of diets, oxygen provision, and the number of crew members, out of an entry of more than 100, only 23 cars made it to the finish.  It was, and remains, the toughest rally of all time.

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After a varied career in the automotive industry, Graham Robson has gained a worldwide reputation as a motoring historian, and has more than 160  books to his credit. Born in 1936, and educated at Ermysteds Grammar School in Yorkshire, Graham then went on to study Engineering at Oxford University. He  joined Jaguar Cars as a graduate trainee, becoming involved in design work on the Mk II, E-Type and Mark X. Beginning as a hobby, he became a rally co-driver, eventually joining the Sunbeam 'works' team in 1961, and took part in rallies up to International level (once with Roger Clark), but stopped rallying by 1968. During this time, he joined Standard-Triumph in Coventry, in 1961, as a Development Engineer, mainly on sports car projects. He then ran the re-opened 'works' motorsport department from 1962 to 1965, this being the period of the birth of Spitfire Le Mans cars, TR4, Vitesse, Spitfire and 2000 rally car developments. Graham Robson’s writing began with rally reports for magazines which evolved into a job with Autocar from 1965 to 1969. He was recruited back to industry at Rootes to run the Product Proving department, then after a brief period in 1972 as technical director of a safety belt company, became an independent motoring writer. Graham has lived 'by the pen' and 'by the voice', not only writing but commentating, presenting and organising events of all types.
 

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"Rallying historian-in-chief Graham Robson tells the tale of the 16,000-mile 1970 World Cup Rally to Mexico over nine action-packed chapters. Robson's finest hour, worthy of the Jules Rimet Trophy." – Classic & Sports Car
 "This book is a truly engrossing read for any rally enthusiast, but perhaps more importantly, it is also a testament to an amazing and utterly heroic achievement – the actual event itself." – Old Stager

"... must be regarded as the definitive book on the subject." – Motor Cycle Club


 "All the vital information is here, in one reference work, relayed with undeniable passion for the subject." – Classic Cars "Not only is the book well written, it must also be considered to be the definitive work on the subject." – Mini Cooper Register

"Robson’s World Cup Rally narrative zips along at a brisk tempo through the many twists and turns of an epic that began as a simple brilliant idea over a couple of drinks and took on a life of its own as so much talent, energy and money was thrown behind it." – – pattayamail.com 
 "As usual, Robson spins a great yarn, and this well illustrated book is a delightful read – a must-buy for all dedicated rallying enthusiasts." – New Zealand Classic Car

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