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Round two of the Tasmanian Rally Series will see the return of a major piece of local motorsport history.  

On May 5, the southern Tasmanian forests will once again come alive when the Southern Safari returns to the Tasmanian Rally Series after a break of several years.

The Safari has been a part of the history of the 500 Car Club of Tasmania for many years and the club committee is thrilled to be able to run the event again.

Starting out as a navigational event, it was one of the first rallies in Tasmania to change to a ‘special stage rally’ format.  In 1993, it became a round of the Australian Rally Championship (ARC) and maintained the name and club ties until corporate pressure necessitated change.

Now that it is free of ARC demands, the Southern Safari is back in the forests around Huon in the hands of Tasmanian competitors, who are once again able to enjoy the sensational Huon valley roads.

As an added bonus, the historical perpetual trophy that has been maintained by the 500 Car Club, carries names of national rally legends Neal Bates and Possum Bourne, making it an even more sought after prize for the current crop of local competitors.

The 2007 Southern Safari will start in central Geeveston on May 5.  Cars will assemble from 8am and the first car will depart at 9:15am.   It is expected that the top 20 competitors from around the state will be contesting the eagerly anticipated rally.

After a disastrous start to the season for some of the top 4WD contenders, the second round will be a chance to make amends.  All in all, it’s shaping up to be an awesome event.

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