London to Sydney can’t be tougher than this
That is the title of a press cutting I have. It shows a photograph of the Ford works team on an eight mile trek over the Welsh mountains. The article begins:
Eight of Ford’s ace drivers in the 10,000 mile London to Sydney Marathon shared a mountain top with a flock of bewildered sheep – in one of the most unusual exercises ever carried out by top international rally teams.
The aim was to toughen up the drivers for the driving test which will see them battling through every conceivable climatic condition, and teach them the art of survival in case an accident shvuld leave them stranded on any of the more inaccessible sections of the route.
This is recorded by Eric Jackson in Petrol in My Blood. He says he enjoyed the training but laughs when he recalled how Ken Chambers, a heavy smoker, hated the physical exercise. He also tells the story of the rally too.Team orders aren’t just controversial in Formula 1, you know
Although Eric does seem to have an apprehensive look on his face in the photograph above, doesn’t he?
Look closely and you can see the scar where he was shot in the stomach. He had survived being shot at by Russian soldiers when he was in Berlin, but was shot when he left the army … in Barnsley of all places.