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The Historic Rally Association in Victoria are well into the planning of a 50th anniversary BP Rally, to run on the first weekend in May next year.

Under the directorship of Ross Runnalls, the event will be run over a distance of around 1500km, starting in Melbourne on the Thursday evening, and finishing in the early hours of Sunday morning.

“We are toying with a Melbourne start at 7.00pm on a Thursday night and assembly/trial stage to Gippsland, and then over the mountains at night and then by day to a Friday night stop at Swan Hill,” Runnalls said.

“Next day, we’ll venture west, deep into the Mallee, then south to Ballarat for a finish at around 3am on Sunday morning.”

Ninety-five per cent of the route has been planned, with route instructions from nearly all previous BP Rallies being used to determine the route for the 2008 event.

“I am keen to make the navigation easier on the road than it appears on the maps, and to crank up the challenge slowly as the event progresses, and navigators grow in confidence,” Runnalls added.

“For drivers, they will play a greater role than in recent Old BP’s, and get a decent workout over some memorable roads.”

After the completion of the event, a celebration lunch will be held on the Sunday, with lots of BP memorabilia on show.

Those wanting more information on the event should check out the HRA website at: www.hra.org.au

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