The Mitta Mountain Rally returns to the Mitta Valley on May 5 for the third year in a row. This year it will be a round of the MTA New South Wales Rally Championship, as well as once again being round 2 of the Focus on Furniture and Bedding Victorian Rally Championship, and also incorporating the Mitta Masters, a rally for classic cars over 30 years old. Forty-four entries have been received to date, but don’t close for another week. It is expected to top the previous limit of 2016’s 46 entries, showing the growing stature of the event. The rally will be based at the Mitta Recreation Reserve, looping out into surrounding forest and shire roads for closed road competitive stages and back to the service park for rest, refreshment and car maintenance. Starting at 8am, the first loop will go south as far as Mt Wills, and the second loop east taking in Mt Benambra and Bullhead Gap. The final loop will be the longest stage along Dorchap Range, finishing back close to Mitta along Trappers Gap Road. Crews will arrive for the finish from 2.30 to 4pm, when a champagne presentation will be held for the podium finishers. The day’s activities will conclude with a presentation function at the Mitta Pub on Saturday night, where the event patron, Jeff Beaumont, a past master of rally driving and co-driving, will present trophies, including a Cup in his name for the winner of the Mitta Masters event. Anyone wanting to venture out into the bush to see the cars in action can grab a spectator guide from the Eskdale, Mitta or Dartmouth stores from Friday morning. It will contain information on where to go and when to see the action, a complete list of competing crews and vehicles, as well as advice on safe viewing. The rally organisers, the North Eastern Car Club, in partnership with the Albury Wodonga and District Car Club, have appreciated the sponsorship of Border Oils and Batteries and the local co-operation from the Mitta Rec Reserve Committee, Mitta Pub, Towong Shire, Forest Fire Management within DELWP, Police, CFA, SES and Ambulance as well as local landholders.
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