1976 Summer Safari

The Summer Safari was held on February 7.

VCS Round 1 – 1977 PCCV Summer Safari

As the opening round of the 1976 Victorian Clubman Series, the Summer Safari ran in the Whroo forest and some shire roads to the west of Nagambie. Director Barry Peterson set a challenging and fault-free event, run in warm and dusty conditions.

The first division to the refuel at Rushworth comprised straightforward navigation and at this stage scores were minimal. Retirements included Tom Seymour and John Adams whose V8 engined Peugeot 504 had broken a fan belt, and Laurie Wilson / Dick Denvil, who had just fitted a 1.8 litre engine into their Datsun 1000, stuck the fan into radiator, ending their run.

The following stages ran around the non-existent Whroo township, where spectators could view the action. Very little separated the leaders, but dust with lack of wind was becoming an increasing problem, making passing almost impossible.

Navigation became a little challenging around Mt Black, after which there was a simple run to Graytown and on towards the finish at Michelton.

Bob Phillips and Ross Runnalls emerged winners in their new Datsun 1600.
Phillips and Runnalls on the 1976 Mideastern Rally

Results and entry list

1Bob PhillipsRoss RunnallsDatsun 160010
2Keith HendyPeter CarrollCortina11
3Graham TrounceLloyd MinifieDatsun 160014
4Herb GodwinJim MaudeTorana XU-115
5Colin SichlauDavid McKenzieFiat 12518
6John BirrellGraeme VauxRenault Dauphine20