- Release Date: 1st January 1970
- Asset ID: 803380
- Synopsis: The story of one of the most spectacular drives yet attempted in Australia. The object of the 12,000 mile journey was to prove the toughness of an Austin 1800 car and New Formula Castrol Motor Oil.
- Shotlist: A Castrol Film. They travel from Melbourne to Rockhampton, through the Snowy Mountains and up to Byron Bay and the Gold Coast. From there they become the first people ever to drive all the way across Australia (passing through Alice Springs) from east to west. After completing that challenge, they drive up to Darwin through rising rivers and then back down to Alice. They are met with extreme conditions throughout the journey, from roads blocked with snow in the mountains, to sinking in the sand and soaring heat in the deserts to monsoons and having to be towed through rivers in the Tropics around Darwin. The men who take on this challenge are Scott Pollinghorne, Evan Green, Alan Kemp and Jack Murray. The film features footage from all over Australia including the very unusual sight of Uluru (Ayres Rock) in the rain and the famous satellite dish in Carnarven. It also features old telegraph stations, Australian wildlife (including wild camels), an aquarium with sharks, dolphin feeding and a seal show, the famous gold coast meter maid, GVs of the bush, the royal flying doctors, the Devils Marbles and a lot of footage of Aboriginals and their culture and artistry. It also features one of the controversial missionaries where Aboriginal children were taken to be taught English and Christianity.
- Production Company: None
- Licensing Restrictions: Please note that this film may include footage and/or music sourced from multiple rights holders. For information on re-use of content in a new production, please contact BPVL@bp.com
- Viewing Restrictions: Public
- Format: BetaSP_Small
- Alternative Language Notes: None