1977 Pitstop Toyota Blue Ribbon Rally

The Blue Ribbon Rally was held on September 24.

VCS Round 8 – 1977 Blue Ribbon Rally

Jeff Beaumont tells the story….

The final round of the 1977 Victorian Clubman Championship  was the Pitstop Toyota Blue Ribbon Trial  run by LCCA and directed by Stuart Lister. Attracting a full field, the rally totalled 250 kms of competitive roads and was run in the Heathcote – Nagambie area, with three loops out of from a central control.

Whilst the event was route charted, dust became a problem due to almost zero wind.

At the end of the first loop, the leaders were settling into place, covered by just a few points. The roads had been fast but quite dusty. Graham Trounce and Lloyd Minifie were leading with 8 points lost, followed by a number of crews on 9 points.

Roberts / Gourlay rolled their Honda in loose gravel and Ric Kemp’s Cortina made heavy contact with a solid gum tree and retired on the spot. Jean Jones / Joan Bennett were having carbie issues, with their Galant sounding off key all night.

The second loop contained 110 competitive kilometres on relatively smooth roads. Whilst in a challenging position, Lindsay Dale / John Wilkinson broke the diff in their Datsun and retired.

The final 58 kilometre loop out of the central control saw Denvil / O’Reilly consolidate their lead, whilst the battle continued for the minor placings.

Dick Denvil and Damian O'Reilly on the 77 Blue Ribbon, photo: Ken Cusack

Results and entry list

These results are incomplete and based on the media report included below.

1Dick DenvillDamian O’RiellyDatsun 120020
2Denis BakerWal RickardTorana XU-124
3=Andrew FraserMax NathanDatsun 160025
3=Graham TrounceLloyd MinifieDatsun 160025

Media coverage