1966 Victorian Trials Championship

The Holdens finally broke the dominance of the Ford factory team in 1966. Tony Roberts and Peter Haas won the Victorian Trials Championship in their X2 Holden and also won the annual BP Rally and Alpine Rally.

While the 1965 champions, Firth and Hoinville were successful in the Derrick, Roberts and Haas won the Begonia,  Akademos, North Eastern and Cooper Memorial, and placed second in the Derrick to take out the championship. Their closest rivals were team-mates Reg Lunn and Geoff Thomas who placed consistently, including a win in the Two Day Trial, but retired on the final round.

To see what else happened during 1966 in Victorian rallying, go to the 1966 year page.

To see other years of the Victorian Rally Championship, go to the VRC page.

Series Regulations

There were no specific restrictions on the kinds of events that could be rounds of the VTC. All events were timed to the minute, but there were virtually no tied placings. Most events had a significant degree of navigation.

Only the outright award was given. Points were awarded 30-27-24-21-18-15-12-9-6-3 for first to tenth with the best five of seven results to count.



The following tables have some entries missing but we believe the totals are correct. The best 5 results counted, total shown in brackets.

Drivers Pointscores

1Tony Roberts303027273030147 (174)
2Reg Lunn1815243025½112½
3Ray Christie930212418102
4Harry Firth2127213099
5Ian Vaughan2718211581
6John Taws24?16½70½
7Andy Chapman1818??16½?61½
8=Max Jackman15??12??51
8=Tom Cox21?2151
10Ron Phillips25½2449½
11Rex Lunn12?2745

Navigators Pointscores

1Peter Haas303027273030147 (174)
2Geoff Thomas1815243025½112½
3Graham Hoinville2127213099
4Jim McAuliffe12?1525½2494½
5Rick Bainbridge1818??16½?73½
6Geoff Sproat24?16½1567½
7Martin Hartigan21241863
8=Ian Johnson1551
8=Mike Osborne21?2151
10=Neville Price12?2745
10Roger Vaughan18121545