Celebrating 50 years of the Southern Cross Rally

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Newsletter No 5

Hi again SCGAR participants and officials. Planning for the event is going well. We now have almost 100% of the permissions required for the various forest stages after much hard work from Graham Wallis assisted by Allan Horsley and Philip Bernadou. Phil has joined the organising group as Assistant Director to add the benefit of […]

Andrew Cowan wishes Southern Cross Gold Anniversary Rally well

Six times winner of the Southern Cross rally and the greatest long distance rally driver of all time Andrew Cowan has expressed regret that he cannot be at November’s Southern Cross Gold Anniversary Rally. Speaking from his farm in Scotland the six time Southern Cross Rally winner and long distance legend said: “I am very […]

Behind the scenes to the Firth / Hoinville win… (Part 2)

The Melbourne control was at a BP service station in Church Street just up from the Hawthorn Bridge. That station has long since been replaced by ‘modern development’. Time allowed was generous so we prepared for our engine removal by removing three of the six bellhousing bolts, and two of the four bolts retaining each […]

Behind the scenes to the Firth / Hoinville win… (Part 1)

The motor sporting journals of the day comprehensively covered our victory in the Cortina GT500. What has never been recorded is the series of incidents which occurred during preparation and the actual event, any one of which could have caused us not to finish, let alone win the event. This is perhaps the occasion to […]

My Southern Cross Rallies – Bob Watson – Part 3

Welcome back! (Missed part 2? – find it here) My son was born in 1976 so that year became a non-rally year. I had plenty of domestic things to do, and there was no suitable ride on offer. However we ventured up to Port Macquarie as spectators (Daniel saw his first Escort BDA at age 4 months). […]

My Southern Cross Rallies – Bob Watson – Part 2

Welcome back!  (Missed part 1? – find it here) I missed the ‘Cross in 1967, having gone to England for twelve months to work at Vauxhall. My place in the Holden Dealer Team was taken by sports car racer Ron Phillips. I did manage to arrive back in time to drive one of the Holden […]

My Southern Cross Rallies – Bob Watson – Part 1

For rally drivers in the late 1960s and early 70s, there were two must do events: the BP Rally and the Southern Cross. The rallies were a total contrast – the BP very navigational, with roads that sometimes made a mockery of the term. That was not to say that drivers had no influence on […]