A letter from the Clerk of Course, extracted from the Final Results:

Dear competitor

Thank you for participating in the 2019 Victoria Cross Rally. We hope you enjoyed the location, the stages and the other features of the event. No protests were received and these results are now final.

I’d like to thank the following people: all the officials who came out to help run the event on the day, Paul McKinnon of Kennards Hire for the portable lighting at No 1 Camp and the spectator point, the staff at Forest Fire Management Victoria, the staff at Mitchell and Murrindindi shires, the Strath Creek CFA, WAP Motorsport for the MIV, the management of the Broadford Masonic Hall, Broadford Police, Gary Hodgskiss for scoring and of course the organising team who put the event together in only 9 weeks.

Congratulations to all outright and class winners. Awards will be presented at the next HRA Club night scheduled for Wednesday 12 June at the East Malvern RSL, Stanley Grose Dve, East Malvern commencing 8pm. Dinner is available prior. The guest speaker for that night will be Professor Harriet Edquist, from RMIT University who will talk about the history of design in the Australian car industry. It promises to be a fascinating story.

Awards will be presented before her talk and you are welcome to stay for the rest of the night. Award winners are:
Adrian Stratford & Dan Parry (1st Outright and 1stClass PRC Modern)
Keith Lewis & Kylie Turner (2nd Outright and 1st Class P81)
Tim Sullivan & Deb Saltmarsh (3rd Outright)
Ashley Smyth & Dean Hubbert (1st Novice)
Graham Wallis & Nick Luxton (1st Standard Car Challenge).

Note: There was an error in the class awards listed in the first version of this covering letter. With our apologies, the correct award winners are listed above.

We are already planning for 2020. Our philosophy is that a club special stage rally should provide the same high organisational and safety standards for competitors as would a national championship rally. We understand that the competitor is the customer and intended to provide you with an enjoyable experience. In 2020, looking after the competitor will again be our priority.

If you enjoyed the Victoria Cross, please tell your friends as we’d like to have double the number of entries next time!

The best to you in rallying,
Nick Wright
Clerk of Course

About the event

The evening of 13th April will see the next running of the Victoria Cross Rally by the Historic Rally Association. A Special Stage Rally to be conducted over public and private roads within Mount Disappointment, the traditional home of the Victoria Cross Rally.

In the early 1980’s when today’s classic rally cars were nearly new, this event was a favourite. The April 13 event is the second ‘modern’ running of this much loved rally, in an area that rarely sees a rally car these days.

The Event will run in 2 Divisions with a service break between. Each Division will consist of 45km Competitive and 35km Transport. The start and finish is in Broadford and all competitive stages will be in the Mt Disappointment State Forest.

For the competition minded, it is FULLY ROUTE CHARTED over 10 STAGES, a total of 90km COMPETITIVE

The Event additionally offers the Standard Car Challenge Rally, for vehicles that meeting the Resto Country Spares Standard Car Challenge rules and it will be the same length as the special stage Victoria Cross Rally.

The rally is open to historic rally cars, production rally cars, classic rally cars, club rally cars, standard rally cars (as registered with the HRA Resto Country Spares Standard Car Challenge), R25 rally cars and any other rally car deemed by the Clerk of Course to be in the spirit of historic rallying. Entry is restricted to cars over 25 years old and excludes 4WD turbo cars.

As a closed to club event, Frontal head restraints are recommended but not compulsory.

You will be ‘disappointed’ if you miss this event in an area not often used now for special stage rallies!

Officials are requested to e-mail their availability to the Officials Co-ordinator Joel Wald, at vice_pres@hra.org.au

Further enquiries may be directed to
HRA President: David McKenzie, e: president@hra.org.au, m: 0407 405 109
HRA Vice President: Joel Wald, e: vice_pres@hra.org.au, m: 0412 352 252

Winners of the 2013 Victoria Cross Rally, Neil Schey and James ElliottBanner image:

Winners of the Victoria Cross in 2013, Neil Schey and James Elliott.  This was the last time the Victoria Cross Rally was held. Pic by John Doutch.