1949 Experts Trial

This, the third annual Experts Trial, organised by the Light Car Club, was held on July 23rd. The event as again directed by Jim Akhusrt with assistance from Roy Linden.

There were 22 starters of which 12 finished, bearing in mind that to be classified as a finisher it was necessary to complete the entire course. The first half of the event was in daylight, the second at night after a short stop in Doreen (now a northern suburb of Melbourne). A subsequent section forded the flooded Deep Creek (perhaps at Darraweit Guim) which saw Peter Manton’s P-Type MG swept away leading to his retirement.

The event was won by Bill Patterson in a Ford V8, and although reports mention “his crew”, they are not named!

A full report appeared in Australian Motor Sports.

As the report attests, there were many difficult sections with mud and deep water crossings. 

Rod Jackson and J. Hill resort to the block-and-tackle to move the Riley
The scores are chalked up at the finish
Pre-event notice in the Herald

Peter Manton and Cam McClaren battling the conditions in their MG P-type

Results and entry list

1Bill PattersonFord V8910
2Frank SinclairAustin A40845
3Stan JonesHolden825
4Maurie MonkAustin 8820
5Doug ParisSinger805
6Alan MaleAustin A40745
7H. “Sport” KingWolseley Hornet740
8Arthur WylieJowett Javelin735
9Ian BensonMG TC730
10Peter ThomasMG TC665
11E.J. (Geoff?) BrothertonAustin A40640
12Rod JacksonJohn Hill?Riley635
*Peter MantonCam McClarenMG P-type500

* Peter Manton was not classified as a finisher, but apparently contributed to the winning team with Bill Patterson and Stan Jones.


Start: Princes Highway and North Road junction. Sections were roughly as follows:

  • Rowville, where some competitors mistakenly found themselves in the Rowville motorcycle track!
  • Through Berwick to Beaconsfield
  • To Monbulk via Emerald and along a very muddy road
  • Black Springs west of Lilydale with a section of road near Kalorama out of bounds, requiring a diversion around the back of Mount Dandenong onto some very slippery roads
  • Thence to Doreen for a short break
  • Across some grassy and rocky lanes to cross the Hume Highway near Beveridge and then the Deep Creek ford presumably at Darraweit Guim
  • Across to Gisborne
  • A bonus section to Coimadai
  • St Albans Railway Station
  • Finish at the LCCA Clubrooms in Eastern Hill

Other event documents

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