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 are approved and posted on the event web site southerncrossanniversaryrally.com.au we are able to accept entries on the approved entry form. Because you have registered your interest you will receive priority in the situation that the event is over subscribed.
Entry fees are: For the full event (Albury to Coffs Harbour) $1900. For the partial events (Albury to Sydney, Sydney to Coffs Harbour) $1200.
A non refundable (except in dire circumstances) payment of $500 must accompany your entry. The balance of the entry fee can be paid either as a lump sum or in two part payments, as outlined in Regulation 8.2 of the Supplementary Regulations.
Road planning for the event is well under way. Clerk of Course Graham Wallis is keen to provide the best possible event, and has already made several survey trips. The course will consist of touring on roads used in the original Southern Cross rallies, plus a number of timed competitive events each day. These will include closed road rally stages, hill climbs, autocross and khanacross tracks and rallycross circuits.
Roads are being chosen to be as smooth as possible, but we advise that a sump guard would be desirable, not so much because the roads are rough, but in case you leave the road. The extra protection may prevent damage that might otherwise put you out of the event.
There will be a night navigation event, as was the case in the State Bank Discovery Trial re-run. This was a popular segment of the SBDT so we have decided to include it to provide more variety in the sub events. Navigation will be quite straightforward, but driving lights would be an advantage.
The SCGAR has a strong organising committee. Chairman and Event Director is Bob Watson, event secretary is Tom Snooks, Clerk of Course and road director is Graham Wallis, assisted by Alan Horsley. Our web site and social media functions are handled by Mike Ward.
Philip Bernadou will be Assistant Director supporting Bob Watson, Liz Partington is in charge of accommodation for officials and event functions and Kaye Kilsby is the Entries Secretary and will also be the Competitor Relations Officer on the event. Peter Fraser (no show without Punch!) will be Equipment Manager.
Other stalwarts include HRA President Rick Hartmann who will liaise between the organising committee and the club and also fill the Course Checker’s role, scoring and results guru Gary Hodgskiss and Kerrill Maloney, HRA Treasurer who will keep an eagle eye on the finances.
Further news as entries start to come in and more details of the course become available. Roll on November!