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Leading Western District Motor Vehicle Group - Kings Cars will be the key supporter of the famous Begonia Rally 2009 to be conducted on Saturday August 15.

Announcing his company’s sponsorship of the event, Dealer Principal Peter Kings said that the Kings Cars Begonia Rally provided his company with a valuable opportunity to support local tourism, community groups and his Customers.

“Motorsport such as the new Kings Cars Begonia Rally brings significant numbers of people to the region so although it is a fun event for the competitors, it is really about economic activity for the region and in that regard we believe our support is a well placed contribution to the local economy,” he said.

The event will kick off with a ‘book-in’ and briefing session at the Kings Cars Learmonth Road premises on Friday August 14 before a 9 o’clock start on Saturday morning in Daylesford’s Victoria Park.

Three Official Spectator Points provide the local community with opportunities to see all the action in the forest under tightly controlled conditions.

Mr King said that his company was delighted to announce the appointment of Australian Rally legend Ed Ordynski as Patron of the Kings Cars Begonia Rally and looked forward to working with Ed and Rally Organisers in the future and helping make to raise the profile of this event.

“Ed Ordynski’s name and record of achievement are unique in the annals of Australian motorsport,” said Peter “and it will be a great pleasure for our company and all our staff to see him involved with our sponsorship.

“We expect to welcome Ed initially to the book-in and drivers briefing and to assist in the ballot for the road positions of the leading competitors. I know that he will also be out in the forest at the Spectator points where he will be contributing to the commentary during the day.

We also expect to see Ed at the finish to join all the winners and losers in celebrating a great event.”

Peter King has also announced that his company will be bringing the official Mitsubishi Evolution Rally Car simulators to Ballarat as part of the on-going activities surrounding the Kings Cars Begonia Rally.

“These simulators are very close to the ‘real thing’ and are recognised as some of the best fun you can have without actually being out there in the forest,” said Peter.

The simulators will be operational over a full four day period coinciding with the Rally and will be located at Kings Cars all New Showroom facility in Learmonth Road Wendouree.  They will be open to the general public of all ages – provided they can reach the controls, and a modest fee will be collected from each budding rally driver with all proceeds going to the Ballarat Autism Network.

“These simulators are amazing and previously only ever seen at major Motor Shows where they attract huge crowds so for us to get them here in Ballarat is a real win”.

“We will keep track of the times shown by all the ‘drivers’ and the best results will be posted on our website with daily prizes included to raise the competitive spirits even further”.

Kings Cars will also be making various Course Cars available to the event to assist with its set-up and management.

These are expected to include the newly-released Great Wall dual cab utes and each will be driven by a member of the Kings Cars team.

Peter said that Kings Cars was delighted to be among the family of Great Wall dealers around Australia and that the response to their arrival had been extremely positive.

“I believe that with these vehicles we have further tangible evidence of the expertise of the Chinese Automotive industry and that these vehicles will rapidly acquire an enthusiastic band of loyal and satisfied owners.

“We are pleased to provide Great Wall products to assist the organisers of the Begonia Rally in 2009."

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