1951 Summer Trial

The Summer Trial, organised by the Victorian Sporting Car Club, was held on Sunday February 18th.

Directors Maurie Monk and Phil Harrison intended only a moderately challenging event but torrential rains turned the challenge into one of survival, with only 11 of the 30 starters finishing.

The winner was Don Thomson in a Javelin, navigated by his wife, Nan.

A report appeared in Australian Motor Sports.

The following advertisement appeared in many publications.

Results and entry list

1Don ThomsonNan ThomsonJavelin895
2Stewart ChargeNeil ChargeVauxhall Velox885
3I. StevensonLand Rover790


From the start in Balwyn, the route headed first to Evelyn, thence around Silvan Dam to Olinda in appalling muddy conditions. Crews then headed to The Patch, on through Gembrook and Gilwell to Beenak and thence to Gladysdale. From there the course went through a flooded creek at Yelingbo enroute to Adam’s Corner, then on to Emerald Lake along the “old road”, on to Old Narre Warren, Mooroolbark, Box Hill and Templestowe to the finish back in Balwyn.

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