1978 Repco Alpine International Rally

The Repco Alpine was held on November 24-26

LCCA Repco Alpine International Rally

The 1978 Repco Alpine was directed by Ian Richards for the Light Car Club. With a Friday start, the event comprised 560 km of competition across 43 special stages timed to the second. The event was also the first use of a maximum penalty system for each special stage.
After Greg Carr encountered problems, privateers Geoff Portman and Ross Runnalls took a narrow victory from the factory Escort of Colin Bond and John Dawson-Damer.
More to come.
1st O/R: Geoff Portman & Ross Runnalls in Grunter MK 1
1978 Alpine Geoff Portman - Ross Runnalls Grunter 1
A little later in the event showing lights removed to cool the carburettors.
1978 Alpine Winners - Portman - Runnalls
Winners are grinners
Colin Bond & John Dawson Damer
Colin Bond & John Dawson Damer Pic Gary Firman
Peter Brock & Noel Richards
Peter Brock & Noel Richards Pic: Gary Firman



Listen to an interview with Geoff Portman by Noel Burley for his motor sport radio program on 3TR.

Results and entry list

PlaceDriverNavigatorCarTime penalty
1Geoff PortmanRoss RunnallsDatsun 160047:12
2Colin BondJohn Dawson-DamerEscort RS180047:39
3Murray CooteBrian MarsdenDatsun 120Y55:57
4Peter BrockNoel RichardsHolden Gemini61:23
5Frank NealePhilip DoddLancer62:07
6Dave MorrowIan LincolnDatsun 160063:02
7Chris BrownSimon BrownDatsun 160064:01
8David BalmainTerry HanrahanLancer69:14
9Jim UttleymooreTony BondLancer70:41
10Bob WaterhousePaul PatersonDatsun 16071:21

Entry list

Detailed Results

Bob Watson made the front of Auto Action!


Media Reports