Wales didn’t reach Mexico ’70 World Cup Tournament. They failed to qualify from a group containing Italy and East Germny. But this didn’t stop three Welshmen representing Wales at the event, in Cardiff City’s Bluebird car.
Alan Rees from Carmarthen, Hywel Thomas of Neath and Washington James from Newcastle Emlyn drove to the Aztec Stadium, Mexico City in a modified Hillman Hunter, which was decorated with Cardiff City’s badge on its bonnet.
They were taking part in the “World Cup Rally”, a 39-day endurance race organised by the Daily Mirror which would take them across the coffee plantations of Brazil, the dirt roads of Argentinian pampas, over the Andes, through the ancient Inca roads and into Ecuador.
The car was funded by proceeds from Cardiff City’s “Golden Goal” competition.