Classics to battle it out in Rally South Australia
- 18th July 2011, 9:14am
Jeff David in his potent Porsche 911 will be keen to take out the top spot in the Scouts Rally SA in two weeks, after business commitments prevented him from competing in the last round of ACRA’s front of field classic competition in Queensland last month.
David hasn’t competed since the Otago Rally in New Zealand, however he did finish second outright on that occasion.
Classic cars from the golden era of rallying will line up at the head of a quality 70+ field of ARC cars, SA Championship regulars and bikes.
Stewart Reid in his Historic Rallysport Escort RS1800 is hoping the local council has moved all the trees back from the edge of the road! He has not competed in Rally SA for seven years and has strong memories of the fast flowing, cresty roads, not unlike those of the Otago Rally in New Zealand.
“Look, I have to watch out for Jeff in that German Porsche and Snooks in his twin cam Stanza. Barry Lowe has been fast all year, he lives in South Australia and knows every tree personally. His Commodore has hundreds of horsepowers, so I will have my work cut out for me!” Reid said.
Richard Galley, in his 260Z Datsun, will have the legs on the fast roads to put in a top result as well.
Ross Dunkerton, five times Australian Champion, cannot be dismissed and his
Escort RS1800 is fresh from a recent rebuild.
The AussieDuct team of John and David Hills are competing in their Escort RS1600s - potentially the last outing for John in the ageing Escort Mk1 as his new Escort RS1800 nears completion in England.
Dave Thompson returns in the thundering Falcon GT, Henry Knott will drive his Datsun 1600, Neville Whittenbury his Datsun 180B and Brian Smith a Mazda RX-7.
The rally gets underway on Saturday, July 30 at 8am at the Mt Pleasant Service Park.
More details www.rallysa.com.au or www.classicrallycars.com
Photos: Stuart Bowes, Dallas Dogger
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