Celebrating 50 years of the Southern Cross Rally

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 his vast experience gained in running the Classic Outback Trial.

The full event itinerary was published in Newsletter No 4

Entries:

A full list of entries to date is shown below, in no particular order.

Ross Dunkerton / Lisa Dunkerton Datsun 1600
Hilary Evans / Doug Fernie Datsun 1600SSS
Daniel Castro / Anthony Hudson Datsun 1600
Ian Reddiex / Mike Mitchell Toyota Celica RA28
Andrew White / Ashley Yelds Volvo 122S
William Cromarty / Hugh Maslin Chrysler/Mitsubishi Lancer
Steve Marron / Benjamin Marron Mitsubishi GTO Galant
Greg Park / Brian Ward Peugeot 504
Ray Potts / David Maher Citroen D Special
Alan Ryan / William Bilston Datsun 1600
Gerald Lee / Ian Reddoch Volvo 244 GLE
Robert Mifsud / Starr Mifsud Datsun Stanza
David Hodge / TBA Peugeot 505
Darryn Snooks / Matt DeVaus Datsun Stanza 160J SSS
Ian Swan / Val Swan Volvo 242
Mike Batten / Steuart Snooks Datsun P510
Peter Glover / Suzi Wiseman Peugeot 404
Ben Seehusen / TBA VW Beetle
Laurie Pelech / Russ Day Mitsubishi Sigma
Tim Kennon / Chris Lee BMW 325i
Graham Thompson / Winton Brocklebank Volvo 142S
Tom Kaitler / James Riddell Datsun Stanza
Rowland Tidd / Glyn Farrell Volvo 240
Rod Piggott / Karen Piggott Peugeot 404

Entries that have been promised but not paid are not included.

With a couple of weeks left before entries close we are expecting more, particularly for the second half from Sydney to Coffs Harbour. This segment features a lot of the 1976 ‘Cross course and also the experience of competing on some of the World Rally Championship roads used by Rally Australia including the Coffs Harbour Super Special street stage.

Ross Dunkerton won the final Southern Cross Rally in 1980, and the State Bank Discovery Trial re-run with wife Lisa co-driving in 2015.

There is plenty of stiff competition for State Bank Discovery Trial winners Ross and Lisa Dunkerton. The main threats will come from Mike Batten/Steuart Snooks, Ian/Val Swan and Darryn Snooks/ Matt DeVaus, although there are other dark horses.

Sydney Dinner Saturday November 12.

This will be held at the Penrith Panthers Leagues Club. It will be a farewell and awards night for those competitors doing the Albury to Sydney leg of the rally, and a welcome to those competitors joining the event from Sydney to Coffs Harbour. For non competitors the cost is $50 per head. A number of guests including two times ‘Cross winner Barry Ferguson, former Ralliart manager Bob Riley, 1971 winner Colin Bond, two times winning co-driver John Bryson and works driver James Laing-Peach (all of whom were stars of the original Southern Cross rallies) as well as commentator Will Hagon to impart some history to us.

Andrew Cowan and the late Freddie Gocentas celebrating Andrew’s sixth Southern Cross win in 1976

Andrew Cowan and the late Freddie Gocentas celebrating Andrew’s sixth Southern Cross win in 1976

 We are also negotiating a live cross to six times Southern Cross winner Andrew Cowan in Scotland during the dinner, which will be a huge highlight.

One notable absentee will be Max Stahl, presenter and radio commentator, who generally hosted the presentation nights and made up wonderful ficticious stories for his radio reports when no information was available. You will be missed Max.

The welcome function at Lake Hume Resort the evening of Monday November 7 will also be a highlight. It will take the form of a barbecue at the pleasant outdoor covered barbecue area familiar to many Alpine rally competitors. We are expecting to be joined by twice Southern Cross winner George Fury (1978, 1979), who farms close by at Talmalmo.

1978 and 1979 Southern Cross winners George Fury and Monty Suffern.

1978 and 1979 Southern Cross winners George Fury and Monty Suffern.

Evening dinners

During the event the organisers will specify preferred locations for evening dinners so that competitors can get together for re-runs of the day’s activities.

Navigation

In case there are any fears out there about complicated navigation, let me assure you that the navigation throughout the event, be it timed sections or touring, is very straightforward. All timed sections will be arrowed to mark the course clearly and all touring sections are route charted.

Keep watching the web site, particularly the Noticeboard for the latest information.

Not long to go now!

Cheers, Bob Watson

Southern Cross Gold Anniversary Rally

November 8 - 19, 2016