The ever popular and always spectacular, Jack Monkhouse, will make his long awaited return to the forest this weekend. It’s been 18 months since he last flew through the stages of an ARC event and Jack is certainly a personality and talent that has been sorely missed at that level, but with the ever increasing costs associated in travelling with the national circus something unfortunately had to give in this small family run team.

With his passion for going sideways still alive and well, 2007 has seen Jack competing alongside his younger brother in the Drift Australia national series. “While the drifting is great fun and a huge challenge, there’s nothing like going flat out over a nice long gravel rally stage!” he said.

This weekend will see the running of the famous Alpine Rally and in his return to the dirt, Jack will being relying on two old friends to get him through. The first is his trusty old Datsun 180B SSS that was instrumental in his rise to prominence in the South Australian Rally Championship, the second is his pairing with long time friend and former Australian champion, co-driver Dale Moscatt.

“I can’t wait to get back out there” said a clearly excited Monkhouse.  “It’s been a while but this style of event’s everything I enjoyed about rallying. There’s heaps of competitive kilometres, heaps of competition and in the old Datto there’s certainly going to be heaps of sideways action, so I’m really looking forward to it”.

The Alpine Rally is an event run from Lakes Entrance in South Eastern Victoria with the stages running up into the old Alpine forests of the region. It has attracted 110 entries (plus reserves) this year and will once again be strictly for ‘Classic’ rally cars.

“This will be my 19th rally this year,” Moscatt commented. “ The competition here is going to be as tough as any of those other events so far. We are primarily in this event to do some skids and have some fun, as well as giving Jack some time back in a rally car to get a feel for whether or not he wants to do some more of these types of classic events. In saying that, though, we are both competitive people and we are also aiming for a strong result, too, so you can certainly expect to see us out their having a red hot go, of course with Jacks usual flair!”

The Alpine Rally will see around 400km of competitive rally action kicking off at 10:30am this Saturday and running through into the wee hours of Sunday morning. The crews will then head back into the forests again at 10:00am Sunday and go through to ceremonial finish at around 2pm back in Lakes Entrance.

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