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Swift action following the announcement of the cancellation of the 2008 Bega Valley Rally has resulted in a commitment to conduct the event in 2009 and beyond.

Graham Roser, organiser of the event for the past 12 years, has arranged for a succession for 2009 by handing over the event to a consortium headed by Tom Snooks.

“I have come under increasing business pressure which entails significant overseas travel,” Roser said in Sydney last week when meeting with Snooks to discuss the handover.

“This has meant I simply can’t find the time that is needed these days to meet the various requirements of CAMS, shire council, et al, and it is in the best interest of the future conduct of this iconic event to have a smooth transition to another organiser.”

Snooks, who has a long history of involvement in organising major rallies, was General Manager of the Bega Valley Rally in the mid-seventies (1972 to 1978) when he was secretary of the organising club, The Australian Sporting Car Club.

“Our intention is to conduct the 2009 event over the June long weekend, in the same very successful format of the past few years when in excess of 100 entries were attracted to the rally. We will be applying for state championship status for both New South Wales and Victoria,” Snooks said.

“When we have concluded negotiations with the various stakeholders in Bega we will be in a position to make available further details,” he added.

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