1972 Akademos Rally

The Alpine Rally was held on 28 May.

1972 ARC 2  – MUCC Akademos Rally


Jeff Beaumont tells the story…

The Akademos was run over 500 kilometers in the area north of Bairnsdale.

This second round of the ARC certainly turned out to dramatic, with the majority of the top ARC crews having off-road excursions or mechanical failures.

The entire Mitsubishi Team had problems and all failed to finish.  This left the three XU-1s to fight for honours with Bob Watson / Geoff Thomas in their Renault R12 Gordini. This group, together with Stewart McLeod, were covered by just two points near the end  and staged a fight to the finish.

Then Watson slipped off on a muddy corner, Bond broke a trailing arm forcing him to limp home and McLeod hit a tree heavily and retired.

This left Kilfoyle and Bonhomme in front by a single point from Bond/ Shepheard, with Watson fighting back to finish ahead of Barry Ferguson / Warwick Smith in the third XU-1.

Victorian crews filled the next five placings.

Racing Car News report

Auto Action Report

Kilfoyle and Bonhomme had a narrow victory (Photo: Chris Brown)
Colin Bond and George Shepherd on their way to 2nd place.
Watson and Thomas placed third in the R12 Gordini (Photo: Chris Brown)

Results and entry list

1Frank Kilfoyle Roger BonhommeTorana XU-131
2Colin Bond George ShepheardTorana XU-132
3Bob Watson Geoff ThomasR12 Gordini34
4Barry Ferguson Warwick SmithTorana XU-137
5George Fury Monty SuffernCortina38
6Mike Fitzgerald Geoff SchmidtPeugeot 40446
7Peter Janson Mike MitchellTorana XU-166
8John Dixon Rex MuldoonEscort74
9=Mal McPherson Jeff BeaumontR12 Gordini75
9=Evan Green Roy DennyEscort75


From the start in Sale the event ran entirely in the area to the north of Bairnsdale.

Route Instructions Division 1

Route Instructions Division 2

Route map

Other event documents