1955 Blue Ribbon Trial

The 1955 Blue Ribbon Trial, organised by the Victorian Sporting Car Club, was probably held on June 26th.

This was apparently the fourth Blue Ribbon, and was directed by Vic Cox. It ran in daylight from dawn to dusk on the “shortest day of the year”. Of the 26 starters, 16 reached the finish with Bob Scarlett’s Vanguard winning. As was the custom at the time, navigators, so crucial to the performance, were not mentioned!

A full report appeared in Australian Motor Sports.


Results and entry list

1Bob ScarlettStandard Vanguard100
2Reg SmithHolden124
3Charlie DeanFord Anglia144
4Bob ForemanVW150
5Laurie WhiteheadVW168
6P, CrookeFord V8172
7N. PriceZephyr182
8Norm FirthVW212
9K. StuartVW336
10Harry FirthGraham HoinvilleMG350


According to the report the event started in Batman Avenue and had ten controls as follows:

  1. Exford
  2. Durdwarrah
  3. Near Mt Mercer via the Bamganie Ford
  4.  Dereel to Berringa and Italian Gully to Browns
  5. Lunch at Brewster
  6. Dean near Creswick
  7. Newbury with a controversial direction of entry
  8. Colbrook via Simmonds Reef Road
  9. Bacchus Marsh
  10. Broadmeadows via a private road near Bulla

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