Celebrating 50 years of the Southern Cross Rally

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 of the Sydney to Coffs Harbour component of the event in early August. We covered the sections from the Marulan Driving Centre south of Sydney through to the Rally Australia stages at Coffs Harbour. We used Graham’s 240,000 km Peugeot 405, with no special preparation apart from GPS and Terratrip.


Event Itinerary

The full itinerary is now finalised. A full list of event activities is shown below:

Mon Nov 7. Scrutiny, documentation and welcome BBQ at Lake Hume Resort.

Tue Nov 8: Event starts at Lake Hume Resort. Breakfast at the Bethanga Pub, tour of one of the Bethanga l966 loops, closed road stage at Jarvis Creek Plateau, lunch and Khanacross at Carboor, Closed road stage and khanacross at Whitlands, overnight at Mansfield.

Wed Nov 9: Tour to Pakenham khanacross and lunch, hill climb at Bryant Park (Haunted Hills), dinner at Sale, Night Trial, overnight Sale.

Thu Nov 10: Maffra Car museum, closed road stage at Boisdale, closed road stage at Briagolong, lunch Bruthen, touring via Barry Way (1966 Southern Cross Route) to Jindabyne. Overnight Jindabyne.

Fri Nov 11: Breakfast at Cooma Car Club rooms, closed road stage near Adaminaby, Snowy Mountains Scheme museum, touring to Canberra via 1966 Southern Cross route,  two closed road stages Kowen forest. Overnight Canberra.

Sat Nov 12: Khanacross at Gundaroo, lunch and two closed road stages at Marulan, dinner at Penrith Panthers World of Entertainment club. Overnight Sydney.

Sun Nov 13: Closed road stage at Eastern Creek Dragway, Closed road stage at Awaba, hill climb khanacross and lunch at Ringwood hill climb, group dinner at Club Taree. Overnight Taree.

Mon Nov 14: Closed road stage and Autocross at Nabiac track, closed road stage at Burrawan, touring to Port Macquarie over 1976 Southern Cross roads. Overnight Port Macquarie.

Tue Nov 15: Two closed road stages in Lorne forest, khanacross Rollands Plains, lunch at Telegraph Point pub, Cooperabung hill climb. Dinner Kempsey, Night Trial Tan Ban forest. Overnight Kempsey.

Wed Nov 16: Two closed road stages in Tan Ban forest, khanacross at Eungai, lunch Taylors Arm pub (Slim Dusty’s Pub with No Beer). Touring to Gordonville Ford near Bellingen, overnight Sawtell.

gordonville ford

The notorious Gordonville Ford near Bellingen, which struck terror in many a rally driver’s heart in the 1970s.

Thu Nov 17: Closed road stage Raleigh Raceway, closed road stage near Lower Bucca, Rally Australia Rally Car show (10 SCGAR cars), overnight Sawtell.

Fri Nov 18: Closed road stage and lunch at Raleigh Raceway after Rally Australia cars (we can spectate WRC cars), 50% of our cars compete in Rally Australia Super Special night stage in Coffs Harbour. Overnight Sawtell.

Sat Nov 19: Tour Rally Australia Newry stage, closed road stage Newry forest, other 50% of our cars compete in Super Special stage in Coffs. Presentation Dinner at Sawtell Golf Club. End of event.

Sun Nov 20. Spectating Rally Australia, Rally Australia ceremonial finish. Special spectating arrangements for our competitors and officials.

As you can see, Graham Wallis has once again put together a great event. Anyone who has the opportunity to participate in this great celebration of the Southern Cross rallies and misses out will be very cross with themselves, I can assure you. The action, the socialising and the cameraderie will be something very special.

A reminder about Accommodation

The overnight venues were listed in Newsletter No 2 and are also on the web site southerncrossanniversaryrally.com.au. Make sure you book early, as with the expected full field of 60 cars and associated service crews and officials there will be a big call for accommodation, particularly in the Coffs Harbour area due to the WRC event.

At the time of writing with three months to the event we have 20 paid entries, only one of which is for the half event option. Many more have been promised, so don’t leave it too long to fill out your entry form.


Graham hard at work on one of the roads we are not using


Taylors Arm. The “Pub with no beer”

More news as it comes to hand. Keep watching the web site.

Southern Cross Gold Anniversary Rally

November 8 - 19, 2016