The Historic Rally Association plans to rerun the first few days of the 1979 Repco Reliability Trial (Melbourne to Kingoonya) in the form of a touring road event, to be held in August 2009.

The event will be run in similar style to the successful Redex and Ampol Reruns run by the Peugeot Car Club of Victoria in 2003 and 2006.

The rerun will start at the Melbourne Showgrounds on August 8 and take approximately nine days to traverse the original route between Melbourne and Kingoonya. Competition will be in the form of special tests.

These tests will include autocross (dirt circuit speed events), khanacross, road sections in the more remote areas, and a motorkhana or two. The original road book will be used as much as possible.

Car eligibility will be pre-1980, with no special preparation needed except for safety equipment as per the Touring Road Event (TRE) Regulations.

The route will pass through Tooboorac, Bendigo, Mayborough, Ballarat, Heywood, Mt Gambier, Renmark, Murray Bridge, Mt Compass/Adelaide or Barossa Valley,  Burra, Curnamona, Broken Hill, Frome Downs, Blinma, Parachilna, Marree, William Creek, Coober Pedy and Kingoonya.

The motorsport side of things will terminate at Parachilna after 7 days, with the presentation dinner held at the resort there.

Overnight stops will be at Ballarat, Mt Gambier, Renmark, Adelaide or Barossa, Broken Hill, Parachilna, Coober Pedy and Port Augusta.

Further details on the event can be obtained from event director, Graham Wallis, on 0429 939619 or

Involvement from people who competed in the 1979 Repco Reliability Trial is highly encouraged.

A possible running schedule for the event, with some likely special tests, is as follows:

Day 1 - Melbourne to Ballarat.
Lunch break at Tooborac, special Jim Maude memorial function.
Bagshot Autocross
Drive to Ballarat via Maryborough and a drive through Creswick special stage, second competitive from Repco.
Overnight at Ballarat.

Day 2  - Ballarat to Mt. Gambier.
Autocross at Ballarat Airport.
Lunch at Hamilton
Tour Cobboboonee special stage, near Heywood.
Autocross at SEAC Park
Overnight at Mt Gambier.

Day 3 - Mt Gambier to Renmark
Follow Repco competitives as far as possible given the sandy nature of much of the route
Khanacross at Bordertown Speedway.
Overnight at Renmark.

Day 4  - Renmark to Adelaide
Follow Repco route to Kuitpo area via Murray Bridge.
Tailem Bend Rallycross
Lanac Park Autocross

Day 5  - Burra via Walky Park, Autocross, near Truro.
Lunch at Burra then follow Repco route through Curnamona to late finish at Broken Hill.
Overnight at Broken Hill

Day 6  - Rest day at Broken Hill, followed by night competitive sections.

Day 7 -  Follow Repco Route to Blinman and Parachilna Lake Frome and Flinders Ranges.
Competition concludes here. Presentation function at Parachiln.

Day 8 -  Drive via William Creek to Coober Pedy.

Day 9 -  Drive to Kingoonya and then on to Port Augusta for farewell dinner.

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