2012 Scouts Rally SA King William Street parade

The 2012 running of the Scouts Rally of South Australia, Round 4 of the Bosch Australian Rally Championship and Round 4 of the South Australian Rally Championship, gets under way tomorrow (Friday). To mark the start of the event, all 55 cars enjoyed a 6pm police escort and a sea of green lights the whole way down King William Street as they crossed the city in convoy from the Torrens Parade Ground to the service park in the city parklands.

We were cautiously optimistic about the weather as the field assembled on the Torrens Parade Ground for the drivers briefing.

The slowly sinking sun cast a warm haze over the crowd as crews checked bulletins and discussed the coming days stages with each other.

But it wasn’t to last long – as nightfall descended upon us, the threatening grey clouds unleashed their full might on the busy city full of commuters, busses and now rally cars.

Whoever at Rally SA had the idea to parade a full field of snarling, barking rally cars through the middle of the CBD at peak hour deserves a gold star – it was a great publicity stunt and one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a long time.

Sure, we got soaked to the bone and I didn’t realise that I was shooting in the middle of the road in front of a bus stop until I looked up to see a waiting bus sitting about two metres from my face and an angry looking bus driver flashing his lights, but that’s all part of the fun.

As for the cars I’m really looking forward to? Well, the first outing of the RallySchool G2 Mazda 2 is a no-brainer. It’s a very serious car, built to factory spec by a privateer team.

Busby has a couple of new sponsors in Driver Skills Australia and Britz, a new paint job, a properly serious gearbox and a flame throwing exhaust, so I’m kinda looking forward to that.

And the classic field now has TWO old 911’s mixing it up in the mud.

So make sure you get out there and have a look, even just for a stage or two. Entry lists, an excellent spectator guide and all the information you need can be found on the Rally SA website. 

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