1953 Alpine Trial

The fourth post-WWII Alpine Trial was conducted by the Light Car Club on the weekend of December 5th and 6th. Once again, the event was directed by Bill Leech with assistance from Bill Hicks.

This was a long and arduous event and as the final event of the season, attracted 40 entrants and 36 starters, but only half of those finished. It was convincingly won by Harry Firth and Graham Hoinville in a Sunbeam Alpine.

A full report appeared in Australian Motor Sports.

From The Herald

Results and entry list

1Harry FirthGraham HoinvilleSunbeam Alpine966
2Harley MeheganMaurie Nelson?Holden951
3Alan PilkingtonErn AbbottFord Zephyr947
4Peter MantonAustin A30946
5=Geoff BrothertonAustin A30935
5=G. HayFord Zephyr935
7Stan JonesHolden929
8J. SeymourFord Consul926
9Reg SmithHolden922
10Charlie DeanFord Zephyr918

Also from The Herald


This Alpine started from Elsternwick and the first control was at Noojee, with two possible routes – through Launching Place or through Gembrook, the later being shorter but slower. Cars then headed to Stratford, thence to Ensay for dinner, and on to Omeo, remembering most of the Omeo Highway was gravel at this time.

The next control was Myrtleford for breakfast, via Yackandandah with a choice of going over hotham or via the High Plains Road. Most chose the former. The run home was via Whitfield, Mansefield, Woods Point (where everyone was late) and on to the finish at Berwick.

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