1973 Victorian Rally Championship

The 1973 VRC was won by Bob Watson and Jeff Beaumont. The first part of the season was in the factory Renault R12 Gordini and the second part in a Holden Dealer Team HQ Kingswood V8.

From the outset, 1973 looked like being a most competitive VRC season, with a very strong bunch of intending crews ready to take on the seven events that would make up the Championship. The closeness of the finishing points in each event during 1973 certainly confirmed this. Ultimately the championship was decided over six events after the North Eastern Rally was cancelled. 

Favourites would be the 1972 Victorian Champions Gil Davis / Peter Haas, driving a 180B SSS for the newly formed Datsun Rally Team.

Bob Watson / Jeff Beaumont in the factory Renault 12 Gordini were expected to be fighting for honours, as well as Matt Philip / Roger Bonhomme in Mollison Motors XU-1 Torana.

However, drama was to occur mid-season when Renault Australia withdrew from the Championship series, leaving their crew to look for another rally vehicle.

The talented young pairing of George Fury / Monty Suffern could possibly spring a surprise, particularly since fitting a 2 litre Pinto engine in their lightweight Cortina.

With three wins and a second placing, Bob Watson and Jeff Beaumont ran out clear champions. It was Bob Watson’s fourth state title.

To see what else happened during 1973 in Victorian rallying, go to the 1973 year page.

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

Holden advertisement for the mighty Kingswood crewed by Bob Watson and Jeff Beaumont

Series Regulations

There were no specific restrictions on the kinds of events that could be rounds of the VRC. All events were timed to the minute, but there were virtually no tied placings.

Only the outright award was given. Points were allocated 9-6-4-3-2-1 for first to sixth with the best five of six results to count.


The 1973 VRC was to comprise seven rounds but the North Eastern Rally was cancelled due to wet weather leaving the following six rounds:

  1. Penfolds Motors Trial
  2. Midlander
  3. Akademos
  4. Experts
  5. Two Day
  6. George Derrick Memorial Trial


Best 5 results count, total shown in brackets where different.

Drivers Pointscores

1Bob Watson9699336
2Matt Philip 443617
3Gil Davis 914216
4Garry Harrowfield 22913
5David Bond 6612
6=Bill Strownix 61411
6=George Fury 9211
8Bob Bird 3418

Navigators Pointscores

1Jeff Beaumont39699336 (39)
2Roger Bonhomme443617
3Peter Haas914216
4David Hodge22913
5Ian Richards6612
6=Geoff Boyd61411
6=Monty Suffern9211
8Warwick Smith3418