Rich River Revival 2019

Welcome and thank you for your interest in the 2019 Rich River Revival.

The 2019 Rich River Revival is set to run again and builds on the success of last year. Based on the feedback and the experiences of last year, we have made some changes to improve the quality of the event with a view to increase the participation. This event is a multi-club event being a round of the HRA Rally Championship and the Standard Car Challenge. It will also be a round of the North Eastern Car Club Rally Championship.

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.

The event will retain the same format with a navigational section and then after a break, some competitive stages through the Koondrook Forest. What has changed though will be the timing of the sections. The touring section will now run in the daylight hours on the Saturday afternoon. Crews will then re-group before heading off on the competitive night stages in the forest.

The touring section has been completely redesigned to present a greater navigational challenge but very achievable for those competitors still developing their navigational skills. The navigational section is a bit longer than last year at 176 km. After the success of last year’s event, we have been offered some roads that as far as I am aware have not been used before. The HRA Mailbox will again return.

The competitive night section will use the same Koondrook Forest area but with a variety of different roads. With a competitive distance of just over 100 competitive kilometres for this section. Again building off the success of last year, we have been offered a greater area of the forest in which to compete.

The event is centred around the township of Cohuna, at the Cohuna Memorial Hall. This will be the location of Start/Finish and Rally HQ. This is very conveniently located in the centre of Cohuna and a short 10 minute walk to the Cohuna Waterfront Holiday Park. Besides this, there is also a wealth of other local accommodation available either in Cohuna or just down the road in Echuca, Barham or Kerang. The goal is to have all competitors finished by between approximately 9 to 9:30 pm on Saturday night.

There will be facilities for spectators and an opportunity to see the cars twice, all a short drive from Cohuna.

There is a central Service Location that is located approximately 500 metres down the road from Rally HQ. Please note that there is fuel available but they close at 7pm so refuelling will be from own supplies after this time. There is a Shell service station on the road coming to Cohuna (from Echuca, South from Rally HQ), a Caltex on the road leaving Cohuna (towards Koonbrook, North of Rally HQ) and a Liberty in the actual township (heading out of Cohuna towards Koondrook, north of Rally HQ). The service area will not have a designated Refuel area.

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

If there are any questions regards the event, please call Mike Foreshew on 0438 588 152 or email at richriverrally@gmail.com

Mike Foreshew
Clerk of Course
2019 Rich River Revival

The pics were taken on the route check in February:

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Page banner: John Rawson and Ashley McBain,  equal 1st OR in the 2018 Rich River Revival. By the grin, John was having a good time! Pic by John Doutch, b team rally media.

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