One of the three DS21 engaged in the 1968 London-Sydney marathon, pictured here at its
arrival in India.
Left: this picture is the only one found
so far of a participating DS taken in
Asia; it was found in a spanish
newspaper (document Jon Mauleon)

Below: arrival in Bombay (now
Mumbai), at the wheel of another car
(document Stephen Harper)
Car Nr 87: this is the one driven by Lucien Bianchi and Jean-Claude Ogier, who will
remain forever in the books as the moral winners of this epoch-making event: leading the
race after 16,300 km and 11 countries crossed non-stop, they had to abandon because of
an accident with a non-competing vehicle... 156 km before the arrival in Sydney.
The rallye was initially
conceived as a news-making
event by the British newspaper
Daily Express. It quickly
captured the imagination of the
general public; 800
applications were received,
and 100 were accepted.
Three DS21 were entered, two
by Citroen, and one by the
Automobile Club de France.
Only one of them finished the
race (in 9th position, team

The first non-stop leg took the
racers from mainland Europe
to New Delhi via Turkey, Iran,
Afghanistan and Pakistan, in
only one week. After a last
stretch to Bombay, the cars
and their pilots boarded a ship
to Fremantle, Western
Australia, for a last effort that
was to take them to the other
side of Australia, to Sydney.
All information and documents on this page are used courtesy of Aussie John Roach, who
made the best and most complete site on this subject, on top of being himself a Citroen DS
fan (he actually even owned a DS, a wagon previously used as a taxi in Sydney...).
The link
to his site is now disabled unfortunately, but you can use this Wikipedia page (English):
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