The Historic Rally Association (HRA) wants to track down as many ex-competitors, officials and families associated with the BP Rally of South East Australia.

The event was a hallmark of the Australian Rally calendar in the 1950s and 60s, run by the Light Car Club of Australia.

Reunion organiser, and former champion navigator, Ross Runnalls said the HRA were hoping to get as many people as possible together to commemorate 52 years of BP rallies.

“The get-together will feature rally memorabilia, old film footage and video interviews with former competitors,” Mr Runnalls said.

“The lunch reunion will follow the four day Old BP Rally which will traverse regional Victoria.

“The HRA has been running the commemorative event about every five years since 1979.

“If you were associated with the historic event at any stage, then the HRA is looking for you,” he said.

The reunion will be held at Dowling Forest Racecourse, Ballarat on Sunday 9 May.

The original annual BP Rallies roamed the Victorian, New South Wales and South Australia countryside for four days in May, providing a test of navigation and endurance in reasonably standard sedan cars of the time, such as early Volkswagens, Vauxhall Vanguards, Ford Anglias, Datsun Bluebirds and Peugeot 404’s.

Further information on the Old BP Rally and commemorative get together, including ticket purchase can be found online at www.hra.org.au

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