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Inaugural Rally Retro Day a classic display

Nicola Testa's Nissan 240RS, and John Marson's works Stanza replica. Photo: Peter Whitten

Victoria’s first Rally Retro Day has been hailed as a huge success, with nearly 50 classic vehicles on display.

Organised by the Historic Rally Association and held at the Geelong Motor Sport Complex at Avalon, the day was held in fine and sunny weather, with many cars completing laps of a dirt circuit.

A special highlight of the day was the reunion of four original 1968 London to Sydney Marathon Ford Falcon GTs.

The three Ford factory Falcons, registered KAG 001, 002 and 003, sat line astern and were popular among the hundreds of motorsport fans who took the chance to admire the cars on display.

Ian Vaughan, who finished third outright in the 1968 event, was also on hand and relishing the reunion, despite a broken arm from a snow skiing accident.

IYK000 was a popular car at Rally Retro Day. Photo: Peter Whitten

Other famous cars to make an appearance were the ex-Ford Rally Team Escort RS1800 – IYK000 – famously driven by Greg Carr, and an ex-Nisasn Rally Team Datsun 160J (Stanza) built in Japan for the 1980 Motorgard Rally, and now being restored by Jeff Cameron.

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While the venue proved dusty and perhaps not ideal for a static display of such valuable machinery, the positive response to the event will ensure that there should be many more to follow in future years.

The HRA should be commended on instigation such a brilliant event, which replicates many similar rally car shows in Europe.

The beautiful Fiat 131 Abarth of Paul Scrambler. Photo: Peter Whitten

Ian Vaughan finished third in the 1968 London to Sydney Marathon. Photo: Peter Whitten

Barry Ferguson wasn’t in attendance, but a replica of his Mitsubishi Galant was. Photo: Peter Whitten

Subaru fans were salivating over Dave McDonough’s original Prodrive Impreza WRX. Photo: Peter Whitten

A 1967 Austin 1800 Landcrab owned by Simon Young. Photo: Peter Whitten

Niel Taylor’s gorgeous Datsun 710 SSS works replica. Photo: Peter Whitten

Ted Perkins’ 1964 Ford Lotus Cortina. Photo: Peter Whitten

Garry Williamson owns Colin Bond’s 1979 Repco Reliability Trial Ford Cortina. Photo: Peter Whitten

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Peter has been the editor of RallySport Magazine since its inception in 1989, in both printed and online form. He is a long-time competitor, event organiser and official, as well as working in the media.

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