Repco Reliability Trial 40th Anniversary Reunion Lunch

Remember the Repco?

Remember the Repco? Those who were involved in the toughest Round Australia trial ever surely will never forget it! 2019 sees the 40th anniversary of the great event. The Historic Rally Association is organising a reunion lunch for those who were involved, in any way; as competitors, service crews, officials, sponsors and spectators. All are welcome. Continue reading Repco Reliability Trial 40th Anniversary Reunion Lunch

Slot Car Racing Night coming up… Friday May 17

Come along to our next social night on Friday May 17 at Race Party in Hawthorn to play the slots….

Slot Cars that is.  Not just any slot cars – if you’re thinking your old Scalectrix, forget it.  This is boutique slot cars at its best.  It’s huge fun and more competitive than you’d believe.  There are 2 tracks each 40 metres long with 8 lanes to battle on and previous evenings have been thoroughly enjoyed. First car starts at 7:30 pm. That means you. Continue reading Slot Car Racing Night coming up… Friday May 17

Repco Reliability Trial 40th anniversary – reunion lunch

August 1979 saw the running of the toughest of all the classic Round Australia Trials.

Automotive parts company Repco sponsored the event, named the Repco Reliability Trial. The event director, South Australian rally champion Stewart McLeod promised the most difficult round Australia event ever run, and he was true to his word. The trial covered 20,000 kms in two weeks, and of the original 187 crews who started, only thirteen completed the entire course. Continue reading Repco Reliability Trial 40th anniversary – reunion lunch

Holden Museum visit, Metcalfe

There was a very successful association between Kyneton Holden Dealer Mollison Motors and Gil Davis, Matt Philip and some rapid Toranas in the early 1970’s. Who can forget the Pink XU-1 that Gil ran in 1972? Matt Philip and Roger Bonhomme were part of the Lee Brothers “Mollison Motors” team for 1972 as well. It was very successful, with Gil winning the VRC in 1972, Matt second in 1972 and 1973.

Well, some of this magic has be turned in to a private museum in Kyneton and the HRA are going to make a day (or a weekend) of it and inhale some of that special rally dust.

The trip to the Holden Museum at Metcalfe will be on Sunday the 3rd of February.

The museum is run by Jason Lee, son of John Lee, who with his brother David, ran Mollisons Motors in Kyneton. The museum contains a lot of interesting cars and items which came from Mollisons Motors.

Mollisons sponsored Matt Philip, Gil Davis and Roger Bonhomme in the 1970s and there is plenty of memorabilia and photos from those days, even Matt’s track racing Honda Civic. John Lee and Matt Philip will both be attending, so should be some great stories being told. Hopefully Roger will be available to attend, and any others from back in the day.

The Museum is located at 10 Malmsbury – Metcalfe road, close to the centre of town and things will kick off from 0900. Entrance $10 a head and includes Coffee, Tea and scones.

Lunch will be at the Redesdale Hotel from 1200. Does anyone want to return to Melbourne via a scenic route? If we have enough takers for that this can organised. Please email visit organiser, Graham Wallis, to let him know if you plan to attend the Museum visit  Lunch or Scenic Drive.


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Pic of Matt Phillip and Roger Bonhomme in the Mollisons Motors Torana.

Matt Phillip and Roger Bonhomme in the Mollisons Motors Torana. Pic from Matt Phillip’s book, “Motorsport My Way”.

Between Club night night tomorrow…

With humble apologies, our Vice President gives very late notice of the November “between clubnight” get together.

This month, it’s dinner at the Old England Hotel this Wednesday night, 14 November, at 7 for 7.30pm.

The heritage listed Old England is at 459 Lower Heidelberg Rd, Heidelberg.

RSVPs to David McKenzie by email or phone to 0407 405 109 if you can, but not essential. Hope to see you there.