The George Derrick Memorial Trial was held on 26 August. Jeff Beaumont tells the story:
VRC Round 5 & VCS Round 4 – 1972 CCRMIT George Derrick Memorial Trial
At the finish of the event, a top navigator described this rally as “420 miles of navigational impossibilities“.
Barrie Edmonds/Rex Muldoon did a great job and won the rally from fellow grade 2 crew Bob Bird/Warwick Smith.
A top class field of 46 cars started the event at the RMIT with an easy transport to the competitive start near Tooborac.
The first competitive was run out the back of the Puckapunyal military area. A maze of ill defined tracks caught out many of the top crews including Len Shaw/Tony Wunderlich, Mal McPherson /Jeff Beaumont and John Munro/Andy Chapman. Some ended up straying into the range area and became lost for several hours.
The rally then swung west, passing through the Wellsford Forest before a division break in Bendigo. At the division end Bob Watson/Geoff Thomas were leading, followed by Fury/Suffern, Janson/Osborne and Edmonds /Muldoon.
The event headed west through Kingower and Whela with mostly straightforward navigation. At St Arnaud the positions changed considerably due to the challenging navigation with crews getting lost in mazes of poorly mapped tracks that abound in this area. A few crews were starting to cut and run in order to stay within late running time.
At this stage Edmonds and Muldoon had hit the front which they retained to the finish line.
The final sections ran down through the Paddy Ranges near Maryborough and then through the Creswick forest and on to the finish in the middle of the Trentham Forest.
Janson/Osborne overcame problems including an off road excursion and a flat tyre to eventually finish in 4th position.