1976 North Central Trial

The North Central Trial was held on September 4.

VCS Round 5 – 1977 CCC North Central Trial

After a break of several months, the 1977 Clubman Series resumed with the North Central Trial, organised by the Castlemaine Car Club.

The event was run in clear conditions, and featured three daylight stages in Moonlight Flat Plantation just outside of Castlemaine before the usual night stages. Some challenging goldfields roads and navigation were on offer on the night stages around Maryborough, Bendigo and Maldon.

Driving their Datsun 1600 to victory by a single point, Bob Phillips and Ross Runnalls took a commanding lead in the 1976 VCS. When the final round was cancelled, their series win was assured with only the Mideastern Rally to run.

Close behind were Chris and Simon Brown, also in a Datsun 1600, from Peter Corkran and Jim Maude in the Toyota Corolla just two points in arrears.

Phillips and Runnalls on the 1976 Mideastern Rally

Results and entry list

1Bob PhillipsRoss RunnallsDatsun 1600
2Chris BrownSimon BrownDatsun 1600
3Peter CorkranJim MaudeCorolla
4Colin DeanGerry JustusDatsun 1600
5John WhiteWayne BeaumontCortina
6WillertWatsonRenault 12