1972 Victorian Clubman Series

This was the inaugural year of the Victorian Clubman Series, intended as a second tier state award.

The series was won by Bob Bird and Warwick Smith but not without some controversy. As this article by Tony Walsham explains, drivers and navigators were being “classified” during the year if they scored 10 or more VRC points, which then rendered them ineligible for the VCS! Several crews were classified during the year, including Bob Bird and Warwick Smith, so they were not eligible for the final two VCS rounds!

Their victory was in part due to the openness of the competition with five different winners across the six rounds. Rex Muldoon also helped by moving from the left had to the right hand seat!

To see what else happened during 1972 in Victorian rallying, go to the 1972 year page.

To see other years of the Victorian Clubman Series go to the series page.

Series Regulations

There may not have been much in the way of regulations for the series as it piggybacked onto the VRC. In fact several events were joint VRC and VCS rounds. Points were scored for the first six places, as per the VRC, 9-6-4-3-2-1.

As mentioned above, points were awarded to Grade 3 crews, but they could be upgraded during the year, making them ineligible for further points.


The series was to comprise seven rounds, but one (the Sunrise Trial) was cancelled. Three rounds were also VRC rounds. Click on the links to see more details of each event.

  1. Begonia Rally
  2. Blue Ribbon Trial
  3. Classic Rally (also VRC)
  4. George Derrick Memorial Trial (also VRC)
  5. North Eastern
  6. Cooper Memorial (also VRC)

Outright Pointscores

Outright Drivers Pointscores

1Bob Bird96621
2George Fury91919
3Garry Harrowfield93618
4Barrie Edmonds3912
5David Chettle611
6Rex Muldoon99

Outright Navigators Pointscores

1Warwick Smith196622
2=Monty Suffern91919
2=Bruce Norton64919
4David Hodge93618
5Rex Muldoon3914½
6Laurie Comerford3611½