Magical Ironbark Tour

After a successful running of this event for the first time in 2016 and again in 2017 we are back again with a similar format – but this time we are based out of Goornong. This move allows us to look at new areas for Touring and Speed events.

It is an old fashioned TRE ( Now called a “Road Rally” ) comprising some Speed events and Tests along with day and night time Touring.

The Speed events and Tests will take place on a mix of Private Property and DELWP Roads. The Touring sections have been surveyed in a family road car so we expect that
HRA members will be able to join in the event in road cars, but Speed events will require helmets for Driver / Navigators.

The night time Touring and a Speed Test will take place after dinner refreshments at the Rally Headquarters which will be at the Goornong Public Hall

Event Summary

  • Saturday 21st July, leave Goornong late morning
  • 2 Closed Stages.
  • Return to Goornong for Refuel
  • Touring Event Bendigo area
  • Speed Test Bagshot
  • Return Goornong for light refreshments
  • Speed Test Bagshot
  • Touring Event in previously unused areas.

The beauty of the new Road Rally Regulations is that we can combine Touring with a decent length of Speed Tests.

This idea for this Event and possibly Events in the future will work if competing Crews stick to Touring speeds while obeying traffic regulations on the Touring sections and do not treat the traversing of the roads as the usual race against the clock.

The experienced navigators will tell you that if you go too quickly in these Forests you will miss many turns and information.

If there are any questions re the Event, please contact Amy Cranston (0414 560 688)

The Shortest Day tour of the Dandenongs

The Tour of the Dandenongs organising team have been out touring these surrounds and have just about completed finding an interesting and – in places – testing route.

The information for participants is now available.

In true Shortest Day Team style an interesting tour is now on paper.

Interesting Places, Interesting Roads, Interesting Directions ….

… now just waiting for Interested People!

The brief plan is …

The start is at Bruce Wilsons Calypso Campers in Ringwood; Book In from 8.30 for a 9.30 start.

Section One is from Ringwood to Melba Park, Lilydale and is laid out as a Novice style Introductory Tour of approx 40 kms.  Here you have a  45 min Coffee stop which includes plotting and thinking time for Section 2.

Ken Cusack will be on hand; as he has with just about ever motoring activity I have organised since 1977, to compile a record of your participation for all to see!

Section Two; Lilydale to Seville Centenary Gardens. 55 kms of old style HRA Touring Assembly route and navigation. Starting with a run straight over the top of the Dandenongs to Kalorama – just for the view  – then down again wandering through Mt Evelyn to the Wandin(s) locale before finding Seville.

The Centenary Gardens are right next to the famous Seville Bakery and a 20 min refreshment has been allowed before you turn South for Section Three.

This section is set out as a Driving Tour of eastern side of the Ranges – giving the driver a stress free run and the crew the chance to watch the scenery of Yellingbo, Macclesfield, Emerald, Menzies Creek, Selby to Belgrave.  A bit like a old fashioned Sunday drive around the Dandenongs and you might even see – and even stop for – Puffing Billy along the way. Just the thing for our Train Spotting members to enjoy on a Sunday morning! There will be a few easy Via points along the 50 kms to find just to keep the crew awake.

From the Belgrave we pick up the Melbourne suburban rail network for the 30 km run back to Bruce Wilsons establishment in Ringwood.  Upwey, Upper Ferntree Gully, Boronia, Bayswater and East Ringwood areas are visited, with the sands of time – read Melbourne development – meaning  Mr Broadbent will let you down here or there.

First car is back at Ringwood at around 2.30 where Tom and Carol Latta will book you in – and offer you the opportunity to accept the challenge of Toms Experts Lap – a 20 km jaunt around Tom’s backyard.  With your new found, or re-antiquated navigating skills it will be a breeze!

Ken Cusack will once again pull out the Texta and big sheet of paper to display the record of your day whilst you enjoy the best of catering that our Club BBQ legend Frase has prepared for you.

See you on the 1st of July.

The HRA Shortest Day Team
Simon Brown, Mike Novak, Peter Fraser, Ken Cusack, Tom & Carol Latta and Marg Davington.

George Woods Memorial Rally

George Woods Novice Rally
incorporating the Rookies Ramble
Round 1 of the 2018 Resto Country Spares HRA Standard Car Challenge

George Woods Historic Rally
Round 1 of the 2018 HRA Rally Championship

Rich River Revival

Welcome and thank you for your interest in the 2018 Rich River Revival

This event was last run in 2008 so it is very apt it is revived after 10 years. It has been very challenging in organising this event due to changes in forest access as a result reclassification from state forest to national park as well as natural issues, primarily flooding. This has caused a few false starts previously but it is all good now. The event builds upon those successfully run in 2007 and 2008 by Steuart Snooks. Whilst the area is the same, the limitations and need to make it a unique event have resulted in a route that is challenging and not what it seems at first glance. For those that have competed in this area before, you have been warned. And for those that haven’t, you have also been warned.

Being completely at night, the event will start with a Tour section out of Cohuna and finish back at the Rally HQ, back in Cohuna. A chance for cars and crew to refuel and then back into the night for more driver oriented stages, starting and finishing back at Cohuna. There will also be some fantastic opportunities for spectators not too far from Rally HQ meaning that service crews will be able to head out to watch some of the action.

Cohuna water towerThe event is centred around the township of Cohuna at the Cohuna Recreation Reserve. This will be the location of Start/Finish, Servicing/Refuel and Rally HQ. This is very conveniently located directly across the road from the Cohuna Waterfront Holiday Park. There is also a wealth of other local accommodation available either in Cohuna or just down the road in Echuca, Barham or Kerang. Come and make a weekend of it.

Finally, the Shire of Gannawarra have been incredibly supportive and provided a host of assistance culminating in the donation of a prize for 1st Outright.

I sincerely hope you enjoy this event and I look forward to seeing you out there.

Mike Foreshew

Bagshot Rallysprint

On behalf of the Historic Rally Association (HRA), we invite you to enter our 2018 Bagshot Rallysprint.

The Event will be conducted at the Bendigo Car Club property at Bagshot (Bendigo Motorsport Complex and the property known as ‘Kings’), about 35 km North East of Bendigo (Vicroads Map 44 J3, Melways Map 609 F1) on Saturday 7th April.

Our plan is to give Competitors 6 runs of the 5km circuit, which includes roads in the Bagshot Complex and also the property next door. There will be 3 timed runs run Anticlockwise and 3 timed runs Clockwise, with the best 2 times in each direction will count for your score. You will get a recce run in each direction.

A CAMS L2S licence is all that is required, Roll Cages are not required (but recommended), so it is an ideal event for Standard Car Challenge competitors.

As a HRA event, the event eligibility will be based on 2wd non turbo vehicles.

There will only be 40 entries accepted, plus 5 reserves, so don’t leave your entry until late, if you break your toy between entering and the event, you will get your entry fee back.

If you are unable to enter, you are welcome to come up and give us a hand to run the event, we will need some officials to stand on corners and other jobs.

Please send your entry to the Event Secretary.

Looking forward to your entry,
Graham Wallis, Andrew Paice, Rick Hartmann and the rest of the Bagshot Team.