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Thursday 15th January 2004
Taking Morris to Sydney
Joy Rainer in her Morris Minor
Joy Rainey in her Morris Minor
An Evesham woman is driving a specially restored Morris Minor 15,000 kilometres to Sydney as part of a rally.
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Joy leaves on June the 5th in her specially restored and converted Morris Minor

The route cover 15,000 kilometres in sixty special stages in Europe, India and Australia.

The original London to Sydney rally took place in 1968.

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This is some drive, but then Joy Rainey is some driver - as her website boasts she'll tackle "anything with an engine."

That includes roaring up hill climbs in anything from an E-type Jag. to a vastly powerful Pilbeam car.

It will be a bit of a shock to move from something with that kind of acceleration and power to a humble Morris Minor.

But the London to Sydney rally is all about reliability and endurance rather than power and speed, and Joy says this is what attracted her to the Morris 1000.

Morris 1000
The Morris Minor being rebuilt

"(It's) cheap and simple mechanically and if something does go wrong then you're likely to be able to fix it." she told BBC Hereford and Worcester.

The car is being rebuilt virtually from scratch and will have a slightly more powerful engine than the original 1000cc thanks to an old Morris Marina engine with 1275cc.

It's a long way

That engine and the rest of the rebuild is likely to be severely tested as the rally has sixty stages across Europe, India and Australia, and will take the cars a total of 15,000 kilometers.

The route across Europe

In India Joy will take a figure of eight route beginning and ending in Bangalore.

The rally then moves on to Australia, with competitors driving from Alice Springs in the centre of the continent to Sydney of the coast, taking in Ayers Rock of the way.

The route through Australia

Joy is still interested in sponsors for the trip, and anyone interested should contact her on 07768 497474.

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