The forest roads around Bonnie Doon and Barjarg will come alive on Saturday, April 17 when a record field of sixty rally crews will contest one of Victoria’s most popular car rally events, Rally Bonnie Doon.

The 150 kilometre all-daylight event has exceeded its 60 car entry limit, with a further 10 crews having their entry put on the reserve list.

Rally Bonnie Doon, now running in its fourth year in the Strathbogie Forest areas, has a reputation of being one of the leading events on the Victorian calendar. Drawn by the lure of some fantastic drivers’ roads and competitive rally stages, drivers in next Saturday’s rally will be keen to experience the challenging terrain which is unlike any that can be found anywhere else in the state.

Although run in a very compact area, crews will drive each stage twice, a feature that will give spectators a double dose of high-speed action.

More than a dozen 4WD turbocharged cars will be mixing it with a full complement of 2WD vehicles that includes perennial favourites such as Datsun 1600s, Escorts, Mazdas, Commodores, Hyundais and Nissans.

Local Mansfield crew, the father and daughter team of Danny and Rikki-Lee Hudswell, are expected to be well up amongst the top of the seven-car Hyundai Excel challenge which runs as a part of the overall event. Despite the diminutive size of their front wheel drive Hyundai, their knowledge of the local area should be a decided benefit, making up for the car’s lack of sheer power.

Organised and promoted by the Wangaratta-based North Eastern Car Club under the direction of Scott Spedding, Rally Bonnie Doon gets under way from the Bridge Motel next Saturday at 9am.

The briefing of crews will commence at 8am and the full compliment of cars will be on display prior to the start. A comprehensive spectator guide listing a number of spectator points close to both Mansfield and Bonnie Doon will be available at the start, and the general public is invited to come out and see the action.

After a full day’s rallying, weary crews will return to the Bridge Hotel from 4.00pm where scores will be calculated and the winners announced at a post-event function. The event brings a much-needed financial benefit to Bonnie Doon and district through accommodation, food, fuel sales and more, as well as financially assisting several local service clubs and charities.

2010 Rally Bonnie Doon entries (unseeded)

Driver   Navigator   Car  
  1   Wilson   Joe   Warneke   Martin   Triumph 2500PI   D  
  2   Crook   Ian   Fernie   Doug   Leyland Rover SD1   D  
  3   Ellis   Simon   Ellis   Ian   Subaru Legacy RS   E  
  4   Stapleton   Ross   Hall   Daniel   Nissan 200SX   E  
  5   Wilson   Stephen   Petrie   Chris   Datsun Stanza   D  
  6   Kavanagh   Andrew   Proctor   Andrew   Datsun 180B   C  
  7   Donoghue   Troy   Gibson   Sean   Ford Falcon EF   D  
  8   Mackenzie   Ben   Dunn   Liam   Datsun 1600   C  
  9   Taylor   Andrew   Stanborough   Michael   Mazda RX7   D  
  10   Bansagi   Leeham   Bansagi   Michael   Datsun 1200   A  
  11   Schoof   Stuart   Ryan   Andrew   Datsun 1200   A  
  12   Williams   Brett   Ormesher   Andrew   Datsun 1600   C  
  13   Wilson   Alan   Wilson   Kevin   Subaru Impreza   E  
  14   Twycross   Dale   Anderson   Matt   Ford Escort Mk II   C  
  15   Piggott   Stephen   Robinson   Craig   Datsun Bluebird   C  
  16   Sytema   Luke   Sytema   Aaron   Ford Escort Mk II   C  
  17   Walker   Justin   Bianca   Lowe   Ford Escort Mk II   C  
  18   Allan   Ross   Allan   Scott   Subaru Legacy   E  
  19   Maguire   Eddie   Grave   Nic   Mitsubishi Evo 3   E  
  20   Trucano   Michael   Brooks   Terry   Datsun Sunny   A  
  21   Woollard   Rowan   Woollard   Russell   Datsun Bluebird   D  
  22   Wallis   Graham   Davies   Richard   Peugeot 203   B  
  23   Wellings   David   Wilson   Adam   Datsun 1600   C  
  24   Testa   Nicola   Muldoon   Adam   Datsun Violet GT   D  
  25   Fynch   Daniel   Webb   Wayne   Mazda GTX 323   E  
  26   Bruni   Dwayne   Seddon   Alana   Subaru WRX   E  
  27   Hudgson   Sean   Wythe   Darren   Datsun 1600   C  
  28   Boyer   Simon   Thompson   Simon   Datsun 1600   C  
  29   Bell   Andrew   Seabrook   Correne   Commodore VH   D  
  30   Patterson   John   Patterson   Rachel   Datsun 180B   C  
  31   Cuttle   Keith   Cuttle   Tyler   Commodore VC   D  
  32   McKenzie   Robert   Balfour   David   Subaru Leone   C  
  33   Huggins   Tony   Huggins   Stephanie   Datsun Stanza   D  
  34   Friend   Alan   Smalley   Robin   Nissan Silvia RS   D  
  35   Hudswell   Danny   Hudswell   Rikki-Lee   Hyundai Excel   B  
  36   Moore   Tony   Moore   Nikki   Hyundai Excel X3   B  
  37   Richards   Mark   Richards   Stephanie   Ford Escort Mk II   C  
  38   Sefton   Geoff   Heywood   Grant   Ford Escort Mk II   C  
  39 &nbs p; Blum   Gerard   Stuchberry   Tim   Hyundai Excel   B  
  40   Attwood   Mark   Clough   Richard   Ford Escort Mk II   E  
  41   Hurle   Graeme   Kidgell   Elizabeth   Ford Escort Mk II   C  
  42   Bloomfield   Adam   Sharlott   Rebecca   Commodore VH   E  
  43   Carney   Daniel   Rainer   Cathy   Hyundai Excel   B  
  44   Barson   Kimberley   Cuttle   Sandra   Hyundai Excel   B  
  45   Mackenzie   Steven   Parry   Dan   Hyundai Excel   B  
  46   King   Daryl   Barrett   Chris   Toyota Corolla   B  
  47   Snooks   Darryn   De Vaus   Matt   Nissan 240RS   TBA  
  48   Jay   Cameron   Corrales   Eddie   Ford Escort Mk II   C  
  49   Long   Michael   Haskett   Vaughan   Datsun 180B SSS   C  
  50   Otzen   Peter   Loke   Sidney   Datsun 180B SSS   C  
  51   Pate   Graham   Pearce   Cale   Datsun 180B   C  
  52   Teagle   Rohan   Teagle   James   Ford Escort Mk II   C  
  53   Davidson   Thomas   Davidson   James   Mitsubishi LA Lancer   B  
  54   Taylor   Mark   Taylor   Michael   Datsun 180B   C  
  55   Curry   Ian   Curry   Melissa   Datsun 1600   C  
  56   Jennison   Scott   Wilson   Adrian   Diahatsu Charade G102   A  
  57   Porter   Steven   O'Halloran   Kimberly   Mazda RX7   D  
  58   O'Reilly   Ross   McGill   Tim   Nissan 910 SSS Bluebird   C  
  59   Morrison   Peter   Wasson   Susan   Hyundai Excel   B  
  60   Canning   Peter   Dorcich   Darren   Datsun 1600   C  
  Reserves  
  61   Berry   Nathan   Berry   Dane   Mitsubishi Evo 4   E  
  62   Smith   Timothy   Blacker   Hayley   Datsun 180B   C  
  63   Lawrance   David   Webb   David   Datsun 1600   D  
  64   Hale   Geoff   Hale   Rachel   Volkswagen Golf   B  
  65   Hedley   Mark   Lenne   Heath   Datsun 180B   C  
  66   Smith   Lachlan   Ilsley   Simon   Ford Esccort Mk I   C  
  67   Reynolds   Tim   Reynolds   Simon   Datsun 180B   C  
  68   Hasnat   Dean   Peterson   Matthew   Commodore VB   D  
  69   Mammi   Charles   Mammi   Michael   Datsun Sunny   B  
  70   Hubbert   Dean   Hubbert   Wayne   Ford Laser   B 

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