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The organisers of this years’ Alpine Rally are delighted at the response received from potential competitors. At the closing date last week, there were 165 expressions of interest (EOI) on Event Director Stuart Lister’s desk.

There are 100 possible places in the event. Potential crews come from most states of Australia and the number of EOI’s indicates a huge level of interest for this form of gravel rallying.

The Alpine will have 420km of closed road competitive stages throughout the forest areas of East Gippsland and there will be plenty of opportunity for the public to spectate with nine locations organised over the weekend. There will be an all new spectator point at Forestech TAFE, just minutes from Lakes Entrance, featuring great viewing locations with catering provided by the TAFE college.

Organisers estimate there will be around 3000 people in East Gippsland on the weekend of November 24 and 25 for the 2007 Alpine Rally. This will provide a huge boost to the local economy, which is still recovering after the disastrous fires and floods earlier this year.

The Lakes Entrance foreshore will come alive at the ceremonial start on the Saturday morning. Local Member of Parliament, Craig Ingram, will be on hand, together with East Gippsland Shire councillors and other VIP’s to greet crews and flag cars on their way. Motorsport journalism icon, Max Stahl, will also be on hand to interview crews as they arrive at the start line.

Don’t wait too long to book your accommodation through the East Gippsland Visitor Centre as places there are filling fast too. No matter what your budget, the Visitor Centre has packages to suit, from caravan park cabins, peaceful B & B’s or 5 star opulence. To use this great service simply call 1800 637060 or visit www.lakesandwilderness.com.au

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