Local legend Sidney Dickson completed two turns of the London-Sydney Marathon, a 10,000-mile car race that was filled with treacherous roads and dangerous conditions. The first 7,000-miles from London to Bombay, covered 11 countries in as many days.
The final 2,600-mile leg of the race across Australia began after the P&O liner S.S. Chusan ferried the first 72 cars and their crews on a nine-day voyage from India to Freemantle. It was first run in 1968. Seventy-seven cars participated, fifty-six cars finished. In 1993, a 25th anniversary race was held. Twenty-one of the original racers participated in the anniversary race. Local St. Michaels resident, Sidney Dixon finished both races.
Privately funded, Sidney was the only American entrant in the race. Not only did he successfully complete the 1968 race, but he built an identical 1968 race car to compete in for the 25th anniversary.
Both events were documented and filmed. In 1968, a CBS correspondent traveled the entire race as crew with Sidney. Charles Kuralt narrated the film and it was aired on national television. The 1993 event was filmed and narrated by Sidney.
Join us for two special “Suppers with Sidney”. The first event featuring the 1968 race will be held on Friday, February 23rd. The second event featuring the 25th Anniversary race will be held on Friday, March 23rd.
Both events will be held at the Miles River Yacht Club at 7:00 PM. At each event, a buffet dinner will be served, and a cash bar will be available, as we journey from London to Sydney, with Sidney. Tickets are $50 per person.