Classic rally cars hit the road to revive a rally 40 years on

Winners of the 2013 Victoria Cross Rally, Neil Schey and James Elliott

MEDIA RELEASE 10 MARCH 2019
For immediate release

VICTORIA CROSS RALLY April 13 2019.

CLASSIC RALLY CARS HIT THE ROAD TO REVIVE A RALLY 40 YEARS ON

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.

The event was popular in the early 1980’s when today’s classic rally cars were nearly new and this 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 two (2) Divisions with a service break between. Each Division will consist of 45km Competitive and 35km Transport. The event will start and finish 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 totalling 90 km COMPETITIVE

The Event additionally offers two separate introductory rallies:

  1. The Standard Car Challenge Rally, for vehicles that meeting the Resto Country Spares Standard Car Challenge rules. It will be the same length as the special stage Victoria Cross Rally.
  2. The Rookies Ramble 2, a shorter introductory event for Novice and Rookie competitors only. It will be 45km of Competitive sections with 59km Transport sections.

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!

  • Competitors should note that Supplementary Regulations will be available on the HRA website from March 18. Go to: www.hra.org.au
  • Spectator instructions will be available on the HRA website on April 10 and at the start.
  • 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.


About the Historic Rally Association

The Historic Rally Association (HRA) was formed in 1992 by a group of rally enthusiasts who were inspired by the emergence of historic rallying in Europe and who recognised the growing interest in running typically Australian forest stage rallies in cars which were popular during the 1960’s to 1980’s.

The aim of the HRA is to re-create the classic age of rallying, the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s and in particular to attract entries from the wide range of cars which competed in the era. Although over 25 years old, these cars are fun, often quite fast and importantly can be cheap to run. Spectators love the noise and action of Historic Rally Cars.

The HRA runs a range of competition events each year including gravel rallies and bitumen navigation events. Navigation in these can range from simple to demanding, but assistance is always available for novice rallyists. Events often end with a barbeque or a social event. The club regularly runs navigation training days and nights to assist those wishing to improve their skills in this area.

The HRA has been instrumental in resurrecting a number of iconic events, the most notable being the Alpine Rally now conducted every second year in the forests of East Gippsland. It has grown to be Australia’s biggest rally for classic rally cars and boasts over 100 entries.

Tarmac events are often run over 2 days with a social night between. As well as the navigation to ‘out of the way’ places on the open road, there are often driving tests included like Autocross, Khanacross, closed road sections and maybe even an old fashioned motorkhana.

About the Resto Country Spares Standard Car challenge

Recently the HRA successfully introduced the Standard Car Challenge (supported by Resto Country Spares), as a low budget way of bringing new competitors to the sport and to attract back those who had left the sport.

It gets back to the original days of the sport where a crew in a standard car with a few modest modifications could enjoy a rally and be competitive with other similar cars. Vehicle modifications are restricted to keep costs low and the competition close.

Find out more at the HRA website

About the Confederation of Australian Motorsport (C.A.M.S.)

The Victoria Cross Rally is conducted with the sanction of the controlling body of Motorsport in Australia, C.A.M.S. The Confederation of Australian Motor Sport Limited (CAMS) has been the custodian of motor sport in Australia since 1953.

CAMS is the National Sporting Authority (ASN) for motor sport in Australia, delegated this responsibility by the Federation Internationale de’l Automobile (FIA). The FIA aims to ensure that motor sport is conducted in accordance with the highest standards of safety, fairness and and social responsibility and CAMS, together with in excess of 120 other ASNs in over 100 nations, are committed to carrying out the mission of the FIA.

Further information: www.cams.com.au
Tel: 1300 883 959 NATIONAL OFFICE: 851 Dandenong Road, Malvern East Vic 3145, PO Box 147, Caulfield East Vic 3145