Celebrating 50 years of the Southern Cross Rally

Posts by Bob Watson

Newsletter No 6

Hi again SCGAR people. Our event is nigh! In fact, bloody nigh! Everything is in place. The CAMS course check has been successfully done, the road book is being printed, all required permissions from authorities have been granted. All we have now before the event starts is scrutiny, which is on Wednesday 2 November at […]

Newsletter No 4 August 2016

Hello again SCGAR participants and officials. Because of the Classic Outback Trial in June not a lot happened with SCGAR over June and July. I also slacked off with a trip to France but am now ready to give 100% to making the SCGAR a great success. Road planning Graham and I did a full […]

Course survey complete

The course for November’s Southern Cross Gold Anniversary Rally has been completed. The route covers 3000 Kms from the start in Albury NSW to Coffs Harbour on the NSW north coast over twelve days. As well as revisiting the roads used in the 1966 and 1976 Southern Cross rallies, there are 40 timed competitive sections […]

Newsletter No 3 June 2016

Hello again SCGAR participants and officials. The Classic Outback Trial in Alice Springs has been occupying a lot of us, so not a lot has happened with SCGAR in June. Road planning Graham Wallis and I went to the Cooma Canberra area early June to confirm a great closed road stage that was used in […]

Newsletter No 2

Newsletter No 2 May 2016 Hello again SCGAR participants. Things are moving along quite nicely with the organisation of the event. We have been granted permission from Forestry for our Victorian forest stages so there will be plenty of meaningful competition to look forward to. Below is a list of the overnight stops for the […]

The Barr-Smith Incident!

One of the most talked about incidents from the original Southern Cross rallies was the Tom Barr-Smith adventure. In the 1971 event South Australian state champion Tom Barr-Smith was driving a Renault R16TS in the Southern Cross. Our Renault R12 Gordini had broken down early in the event and we hitched a ride with journalist […]

Newsletter No 1

Newsletter No 1 Thank you for your expression of interest in the Southern Cross Gold Anniversary Trial. You will be kept up to date with developments through these newsletters as the event planning progresses and developments unfold. The supplementary regulations for the event have been drawn up and approved by CAMS. Now that the regulations […]