1950 Midnight Trial

The Midnight Trial, organised by the Victorian Sporting Car Club, was held on the Night of July 8yth and 9th.

This was the second annual Midnight Trial, one of only a handful of night trials held in an era when most trials ran in daylight.

Directed by Doug Whiteford and Maurie Monk, the event attracted 51 entries of which only 21 finished. Winners were Cec Warren and Arthur Lidsey in an Austin A40 who lost no points.

The event was considered one of the toughest at the time with many crews succumbing to fords with deep water.

A report appeared in Australian Motor Sports.

Article in the Herald

Results and entry list

1Cec WarrenArthur LidseyAustin A40
2Alan WatkinPeugeot
3=Phil HarrisonAustin A40
3=Wal FelthamHolden
5J. PerryBradford
6Alan FergusonMorris Minor
7Vic CoxMG
8Stewart ChargeNeil Charge ?Vauxhall Velox
9Frank SinclairMG
10=Ken WylieMorris Minor
10=D. AndersonFord 10


Start: Corner of Dudley Street and Swamp Road, now obliterated by Docklands.

The route proceeded to Brooklyn then along Boundary Road then to Exford and on to Balliang East. From there it was to Beremboke via McPhails (Brisbane Ranges?) and a very deep ford.

Onwards to Meredith then across paddocks and on through Shelford (Leigh River ford?), Teesdale and a nasty section to Lethbridge, on to Lara and Kirk’s Bridge (near Point Wilson?) and finally back to Deer Park through Werribee Ford which caused difficulties because the shire had erected a “Road Closed” sign!

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