On the recce to Bombay Jack Sears and Tony Ambrose were joined by Mike Wood-Power who was the husband of the sister of Don Shead who built the race engines for Jack Sears racing boats. Wood-Power ran a popular “Hippy Trail” travel agency that specialised in overland tours between Europe and India, catering predominantly for returning Australians. Wood-Power knew the roads and the pitfalls, he had the contacts, and he would short cut the time needed to find a Marathon route. Conveniently, he knew how to cross inter-country borders, who to speak to, a major obstacle in countries that were literally at war with each other even in 1968.
Incredibly, the recce across Europe to Bombay was completed in just five weeks. The trio returned to London in early to mid-February 1968 and were rewarded with full-time roles funded by the Daily Express. Jack Sears was installed as the Secretary of the Event and Tony Ambrose as the Assistant Clerk of Course. Dean Delamont (Director of Motorsport at the RAC) would manoeuvre his way to become the Clerk of Course, while Stuart Turner was also added to the team.
In March of 1968, the first letters of invitation were sent out to prospective entrants and manufacturers, along with the first version of the Supplementary Regulations. The Entry Fee of £550.00 was published which was inclusive of the Channel Crossing and the 9 Day crossing from Bombay to Fremantle onboard the SS Chusan. A £125 supplement was required for any additional Crew.