1976 North Eastern Rally

The North Eastern Rally was held on August 28.

ARC Round 5 – 1976 NECC North Eastern Rally

The North Eastern Rally was run in the forests around Beechworth and Myrtleford, traditional Alpine territory familiar to most of the crews. The event was won by George Fury and Monty Suffern in the Datsun 710, but they along with third placed Greg Carr and Wayne Gregson in a similar car, were ineligible for ARC points. Full ARC points went to Ross Dunkerton and Jeff Beaumont in the Datsun 240Z, giving them an unassailable lead in the 1976 national title with one round to go. The full story follows courtesy of Jeff Beaumont ….

76 North Eastern header

The North Eastern Car Club conducted an excellent event directed by Frank Cohn in perfect mid-year weather and run over three divisions. With a total distance of 600 kilometres, the rally ran through the usual north-east plantations familiar to Alpine Rally competitors.

Early in the event Championship contenders Dean Rainsford / Graham West slipped their Porsche Carerra RS off the road and became firmly stuck. This then saw a fierce battle for the lead between the Datsuns of Dunkerton, Fury and Carr.

Dunkerton’s target was of course the ARC win. But the Datsun 710s of Fury and Carr could only target the Open Class victory, with their entries being a test run for the upcoming Southern Cross Rally. As part of that evaluation George Fury was running a new twin cam 16 valve cylinder head. Carr’s single cam 710 was entered by Gerry Ball Tuning from Canberra.

Evan Green’s pretty Alfetta GT put up a steady and fast performance to finally finish runner-up in the ARC division, its best ARC result so far. And Ed Mulligan’s Torana L34 finally had a reliable run.

Victorians David Jones and Ian Pearson claimed a very well deserved podium finish, their best ever result in the national series. Graham Horsfield / Geoff O’Donnell ran a Datsun 240Z for the first time and netted a fine 4th placing. Bob White / Ron Jay rounded out the top six placings.

With another ARC category win, it gave Ross Dunkerton and Jeff Beaumont an unassailable lead in the 1976 Australian Rally Championship; Dunkerton’s second title in a row, and Beaumont’s first.

Marchal winners Fury and Suffern in the 710 on the 76 Overture Rally
Alan Heaphy


1*George FuryMonty SuffernDatsun 71056
2Ross DunkertonJeff BeaumontDatsun 240Z61
3*Greg CarrWayne GregsonDatsun 71064
4Evan GreenJohn BrysonAlfa Romeo Alfetta GT79
5=David JonesIan PearsonGalant82
5=*Gil DavidDavid LongDatsun 160082
7*Geoff PortmanRoss RunnallsDatsun 160084
8=*Garry HarrowfieldGeoff BoydRenault Gordini87
8=*Chris BrownSimon BrownDatsun 160087
10Graham HorsfieldGeoff O’DonnellDatsun 240Z90
11*Mike HeaphyAlan FlemmingGalant91
12=*John ColemanWhiteGalant93
12=*Garry SpenceNoel KellyGalant93
14Hayden WestGeoff SproatCorolla94
15=*JacksonJacksonDatsun 160099
17*Pierre DalleIan BaldockDatsun 180B SSS100
18*Ian NowackiJeff MarshDatsun 1600101
19Ed MulliganFred GocentasTorana L34102
20=*David DyballRex LeitchDastun 1600109
20=*ThorpHoffrichterDatsun 1600109
22John WhiteRonn JayLancer117

* indicates ineligible for ARC points

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