Welcome to the Victoria Cross Rally. I and the Historic Rally Association Inc. look forward to your participation, whether as a competitor, service crew or official. We acknowledge the indigenous custodians of the land the rally will use, the Taurarong north of the divide and Wurundjeri south of the divide, thank them for their support and pay our respects to elders present and past.

We have endeavored to design an event that suits competitors and officials. It’s close to Melbourne, has a compact route, most roads are excellent quality and it has good facilities for the service park. The start, finish and service park will be at the State Motorcycle Complex (SMC), just off the Hume Freeway outside Broadford. Service crews will remain at the SMC for the duration of the rally.

The rally will be fully route charted and will have two components: a Special Stage rally that will be a round of the Victorian Club Rally Series and the HRA Rally Championship and a Rally Regularity that will be a round of the HRA Standard Car Class Series.

The regularity is not restricted to HRA Standard Car Class competitors – any vehicle complying with Motorsport Australia’s General Requirements for Vehicles will be eligible. A safety cage is not required and nor is a HANS type device, but if the car does have provision for the crew to use a HANS type device, it must be worn. A typical road car could be suitable, noting that additional care will be required driving the lower quality segments of the route (less than 20%). The Regularity should suit both new competitors to rallying and those without a “fully prepared” rally car who want to experience competition at a modest pace. Note that all stages in the Regularity will have target times that require an average speed of less than 70km/hr and competitors are not allowed to exceed 110km/hr at any time during the event.

The event will comprise two divisions, with the route for each division being identical. Each division has 50.6km of special stages and 57.2km of transport/liaison. 98 octane fuel will be available in Broadford until 10pm. You can refuel from your own supplies at the service park.

In accordance with Motorsport Australia Covid management requirements, there will be no provision for spectating, no pre-event scrutiny session (see the Supp Regs for advice about getting your car scrutineered prior to the event as there will be no scrutiny at the SMC) and you will undergo a “Covid registration” and temperature check when you arrive at the SMC. Please allow time for that as you may have to queue.

Further information for competitors will be published in a Guide to Competitors, which will be available at least one week before the event and will include servicing information.

The administrative work required to conduct a car rally increases year by year. To assist us, we ask that you lodge a fully completed entry. In any case, the online entry facility will not allow you to submit your entry if essential information is missing, so please gather all necessary information before you lodge an entry. If you have any questions about the entry process, please contact the Entries Secretary.

Finally, we look forward to your entry and trust you will enjoy special stage rallying at its finest in the 2021 Victoria Cross Rally.

OFFICIALS REQUIRED All HRA members are invited to participate – it’s OUR round and it’s close to Melbourne. Based at the Broadford Motorcycle complex, the Victoria Cross will start at sunset on Saturday May 1. The field limit is 70. You will see Victoria’s top rally crews at close quarters as well as a healthy contingent of the HRA’s Resto Country Spares Standard Car Class competitors. (You may cheer.)

Contact our officials co-ordinator JOEL WALD. Telephone 0412 352 252 or send an e-mail (subject line: Vic Cross) to joel@grange.com.au Joel will fill you in on the details you need very promptly. Little or no rally official experience is NOT a barrier. Rookies can be accomodated. Get involved – get the most out or your rally club by turning up and lending a hand. You WILL love it!

David McKenzie, Clerk of Course

VW rally car in the 2013 Victoria Cross.

Page banner… John Pinkerton and Peter Shearman in the mighty VW Beetle, in the 2013 Victoria Cross.