Stephen Mee and Damian Reed have won the Henry Lawson Memorial Rally, round 3 of the South Australian Clubman Series, held at the Tailem Bend Motorsports Complex on Sunday 1st September. Fighting overheating issues and the rough roads which claimed many other competitors, Smee and Reed pushed hard all day to take the victory by almost a minute and a half after after 64 competitive kilometres.
Paul Rowe and Alex Raggatt, driving a Subaru Legacy RS Turbo, finished in second place.
Third outright was won by the Datsun Stanza of Andrew Gleeson and Lisi Phillips, who also took victory in the classic class.
The Datsun 1600 of Gavin Fowler and Warren Neitz looked fantastic as it slid around the two stages to take fourth place. Continue reading →
Eli Evans and Glen Weston have maintained their dominance in the 2WD Australian Rally Championship to claim victory at Scouts Rally SA in their G2 spec Honda Jazz. Despite a strong push from local hero Jack Monkhouse, Evans held on to extend his lead in the 2WD national championship.
The experienced husband and wife pairing of Simon and Sue Evans cruised to second place in the debut outing for the new Rallyschool Mazda 2. The car showed exceptional pace throughout the event and was a serious challenger to the Jazz of Simon’s brother, Eli. This really is a remarkable effort because despite its looks, the Mazda isn’t actually a factory backed car – it was developed and built by Mick Ryan and the privateer team at Rallyschool. For it to be up challenging for an outright win in its first event speaks volumes of the thought and skill that went into its preparation.
Third place was earned by the second Jazz G2 of Mark Pedder and Claire Ryan, which was a momentous occasion for two reasons. The first is that this was Claire’s first ARC podium, and the second is that this is the first time that the entire podium was taken by cars from the new G2 class. Continue reading →
The 2012 Adelaide Hills Tarmac Rally kicks off on Friday, with a vast array of cars competing across a wide variety of new stages and old favourites across the hills. Any Given Reason has the latest rally itinerary and seeded entry list for you to download in PDF format.
The event started off as a solely competition event but last year saw the introduction of the thoroughbred tour. The SDCC have taken it a step further this year, including a touring section where participants can enjoy the roads at a fast, but non rally speed. I think it’s a great thing – they might not be pushing hard, but we still get to a whole lot of interesting cars that would have been gathering dust in a shed otherwise. Continue reading →
It seems like just a few months ago that we were at Jarvis Subaru, launching the 2011 rally season with great anticipation. A lot has happened in the past twelve months in the rally world – new events, new cars, old favourites and a battle for the championship that came right down to the last stage of the year at Kuitpo. There’s no less anticipation this year, in fact there’s possibly even more with a whole range of new cars and competitors, a new event and the national shift toward 2WD cars. The 2012 launch night was a good kick off, and gave a really interesting insight into what we can look forward to in the coming months.
There are quite a few interesting cars coming out for the championship. The one I’m probably most excited about is Jeremy Browne’s Mini Cooper S. Continue reading →
This is it, the 1600 you dream of finding. Completely unmolested and in original condition. Everything is there, one elderly owner. A well used time capsule. So the big question, what would you do with it? A grunter historic rally car? A tough street car? (please, no SR20). Or maybe something with big power, but keeping the looks completely as is. But then again 1600′s are rare cars these days, particularly in such original condition. It’d almost be a shame to modify it. I’d maybe loose that steering wheel cover, however….