The final selection of entries by the organisers, the Hants & Berks M.C., has aimed at providing as wide a variety of cars as possible in the four classes. This year 28 different models of British cars in current production will take part in the 1,200-mile event. The introduction to the public last year of smaller cars with an emphasis on increased fuel performance provides keen competition in Class 1, where the Austin Se7en, the Morris Mini-Minor, the Triumph Herald, the Ford Anglia and the Ford Prefect will be fighting for the highest miles-per-gallon figure. The results, obtained without freak driving and under strictly enforced regulations, will be of interest to every motorist.
Once again, George Kendrick, three times Outright Winner of the Mobil Economy Run and Outright Winner of the French Mobil Economy Run in 1956, will be taking part. Last year he returned a figure of 38.79 m.p.g. in an Austin A105; this year he is driving a Ford Zephyr.
The route this year will be a severe test of car and driver. In addition to main roads, busy city streets and secondary roads, the Hants & Berks M.C. have included several rally sections in the three and a half day event.