1953 Sun Rally

The first Sun Rally was organised by the Victorian Sporting Car Club and directed by Maurie Monk and Don Thomson. Sponsored by the Sun News-Pictorial, the event started on Thursday April 16th and finished on the following Sunday, covering 1267 miles throughout Victoria, mostly only in daylight with overnight stops in Warrnambool, Bendigo and Lakes Entrance.

The event attracted a large field of 129 entries. Winners were Lex Davison and Peter Ward in a Holden.

A full report appeared in Australian Motor Sports.

Results and entry list

This beautifully restored Twin pot Hartnett was Car 1 in the 1953 Sun Rally

1Lex DavisonPeter WardHolden1285.8
2Bob ForemanJohn McDougallMorris Minor1283.4
3Rolly LuxtonH. RussellAston Martin Lagonda1281.8
4Ern AbbottMrs. AbbottFord Consul1277.4
5Pat SullivanMargaret EmenyMorris Minor1275.4
6Tony JohnsTony Grove, Arthur WoolmanPeugeot 2031271.6


The event started in Alexandra Avenue then headed to Ballarat via Gisborne and Geelong and to Warrnambool via Skipton and Camperdown.

The second day headed to Bendigo via Hamilton, the Grampians, Ararat, Avoca, Maryborough and Castlemaine.

On Saturday the route took first crews to Albury via Cobram then to Hume Weir and on through the Alps to Omeo, through Bruthen to the overnight stop in Lakes Entrance.

The final day headed west then south to Yarrum then through the South Gippsland hills to the finish at Albert Park for a couple of timed sub-events,

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