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Australian classic rallying is about to take a new direction with the formation of a new car club whose aim it is to foster classic special stage rallying.

The Australian Classic Rally Association aims to promote a new category of rallying using cars that were popular in the 70’s and 80’s – cars such as Group 4 Escorts, Datsun Stanzas and the like which attracted thousands of spectators to the forests to watch these legendary vehicles in action.

The new club, presided over by Chairman, Gerald Schofield, is not just another touring road group but a club whose members are keen to get their classic rally cars from this period out and use them in anger in the forests.

Now affiliated with CAMS, the club has done a great deal of hard work over an extended period to get the club established, and is now a serious group which aims to continue promoting this exciting branch of rallying.

Under Schofield, the executive committee consists of Darryn Snooks as secretary/treasurer, Mike Morris, Matt Ruggles and Bill Dunn who fill the other three positions. Ross and Lisa Dunkerton have been offered honorary membership as a result of their enormous efforts in trying to establish classic rallying in Australia some years ago.

Bill Dunn will head the technical working group with assistance from Jim White in NSW and Justyn Snooks in Victoria. These three have a huge amount of technical knowledge and will be more than happy to assist anyone with a query on the eligibility of their classic car.

The new classic rally cars have already been seen in action this year with 15 cars competing in the Cerberus Rally in Victoria and the Bega Valley Rally in NSW. Running at the front of the field, the appearance of the classics has been very well received by spectators and the event organizers.

Further details on the Australian Classic Rally Association can be found at www.classicrallycars.com

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