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- November 20, 1978
- Vol. 10
- No. 21
Diplomacy Takes a Back Seat as Ambassador Kingman Brewster Takes on Britain's 'old Crocks'
Bundled into a 1904 Speedwell Dog Cart owned and driven by editor Ray Tindle, Brewster, 59, and wife Mary Louise (in the back seat) enjoyed the slow, jouncing drive through the English countryside. The nearest they came to the sort of calamities that enlivened the 1953 movie spoof of the run, Genevieve, occurred when the Speedwell stalled while slowing to avoid a car that had broken down. Ironically, that car was a 1902 Yale, one of seven foreign entries, and was driven by a Princeton man from Toledo.
Moving on, the Brewsters and their host paused only long enough for a roadside picnic (fried chicken and sandwiches from the embassy car to supplement the flasks of lager and tomato soup) before crossing the finish line. Elapsed time: five and a half hours. Not exactly Formula One speed, but then any car averaging over 20 mph was disqualified from the run. And if their 206th place in a field of 264 seemed to let down the U.S. side, well, it was just one car behind world driving champion Mario Andretti, who caught up in a 1902 Wolseley after missing the start (reportedly by oversleeping)—and only about 50 cars behind Britain's own legend, Stirling Moss, driving a 1900 Renault. Exulted Brewster upon his arrival in Brighton: "This day was beyond anything I could have dreamed."
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