Following the recent resignation of the Australian Classic Rally Association (ACRA) committee, a new committee has been formed, effective immediately.

Ross Dunkerton has joined the committee as President, with Darryn Snooks the Secretary/Treasurer, and Karl Willett and Shawn Urquahart as committee members.

The previous committee resigned following an impasse over a number of issues, and which resulted in the potential of a motion of no confidence in the committee being brought forward at a special general meeting, which had been requested by members.

“With Ross Dunkerton now at the helm of a movement that he started some years ago, we can anticipate that classic car rallying will blossom into a viable category of rallying under his vibrant style of leadership,” Darryn Snooks said when announcing the new committee.

“I am very pleased to have been asked to preside over the regrouped Australian Classic Rally Association,” Dunkerton said.

“I believe the most promising thing about classic rallying is that the passion for competing in period cars is universally shared by enthusiasts worldwide. Here in Australia it particularly provides a cost effective medium of rallying that can be enjoyed irrespective of which State you live in.

“ACRA have done a good job to date in promulgating revised regulations to ensure that the category is viable in the long term by working with ARCom and CAMS. These cars provide a showcase of the history of our sport and provide spectators with an added bonus,” Dunkerton added

“Following last year when a great deal of competitor and spectator interest was generated from the appearance of the classic rally cars at a number of prominent events, including the Bega Rally, 2007 is shaping up to be of even greater interest, with ACRA committed to lobbying Australian Rally Championship organisers to provide the necessary structure to incorporate Classics at the front of their fields.”

Up to half a dozen events in Victoria and New South Wales, and potentially some ARC events, will be calendared by the association. The calendar will include the Alpine Rally at the end of the year.

Anyone interested in being involved with the Australian Classic Rally Association is invited to contact the Association Secretary. More information at www.classicrallycars.com

It should be noted that ACRA is separate from the NSW Classic Rally Car Association, which also announced their plans this week.

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