Victorian rallying is mourning the loss of long-time rally driver Terry Naish, who died after a long battle with cancer on Monday. Naish, from Wangaratta, was a regular rally competitor throughout the last three decades at the wheel of a Datsun 1600. He competed regularly in the Riverina North East Rally Series in the 1990s, but excelled in longer rallies. When teamed with Ross Runnalls, Naish was often unbeatable in events that suited both the Datsun, his love of long distance events, and Runnalls' navigational expertise. His successes included winning the 2009 Classic Outback Trial that finished at Rally Australia in northern NSW, a victory in the Old BP Rally, and an Alpine Rally success, when the event was conducted by the Albury Wodonga Car Club.

Terry Naish was a flamboyant rally driver in his Datsun 1600, as seen here on the 1990 Alpine Rally.

His funeral will be held at Greta on Monday. Although no guests are allowed, the North Eastern Car Club is planning a drive-by of rally cars during the service. RallySport Magazine sends its deepest condolences to Terry's partner, Barb, his daughters, and family and friends. Rest in peace "Naishy".

Terry Naish contesting the 1995 Round Australia Trial in his Datsun 1600. Photo: Stuart Bowes

Terry Naish, teamed with Ross Runnalls, on his way to winning the Old BP Rally.

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Peter has been the editor of RallySport Magazine since its inception in 1989, in both printed and online form. He is a long-time competitor, event organiser and official, as well as working in the media. In 2020 he received a Motorsport Australia 'Media Service Award'.
Peter has been the editor of RallySport Magazine since its inception in 1989, in both printed and online form. He is a long-time competitor, event organiser and official, as well as working in the media. In 2020 he received a Motorsport Australia 'Media Service Award'.

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