1979 Victorian Rally Championship

The Victorian Rally Championship was a closely fought battle over seven events with Warwick Smith and Paul Paterson emerging victorious for a second year in succession in their Mitsubishi Lancer.

The closeness of competition was evidenced by the fact that there were six different winners across the seven events, with Uttleymoore/Bond and the Brown brothers equal winners of the first round. Smith/Paterson were the only crews to win two rounds.

The Grade 2 award was also very closely fought with five different winners across the seven rounds and three crews finishing closely on points. The driver’s award was won by Mick Ellis, but his navigator, Jim Maude, had to forego points in the second round because he was the Director! Jan Fitcher won the navigator’s award on a countback from Shane Blandford.

To see what else happened during 1979 in Victorian rallying, go to the 1979 year page.

To see other years of the Victorian Rally Championship, got to the VRC page.

Warwick Smith & Paul Paterson during a very wet Alpine

Series Regulations

This was the last year when the VRC had non Special Stage events. Three events were Special Stage events timed to the second, the other four timed to the minutes, some requiring map reading.

Awards were made for outright champions and Grade 2 (non Grade 1, so Grade 3 and 4 could score points also).

In each division points were allocated 9-6-4-3-2-1 for first to sixth with the best five results to count.


The 1979 VRC comprised seven rounds as follows. Click on each round to see the full story and results.

  1. Chadstone Chrysler Safari
  2. Otway Trial
  3. Mountain Rally
  4. North Eastern Rally
  5. George Derrick Memorial Trial
  6. Amateur 100
  7. Blue Ribbon Rally
The Brown brothers on the Derrick
Uttleymoore and Bond on the 79 Otway
Phil Rodgers on the Alpine

Outright Pointscores

Outright Drivers Pointscores

1Warwick Smith4469932
2Jim Uttleymoore62423
3Chris Brown9622½
4Philip Rodgers6612
5=Bob Watson99
5=Hugh Bell99
5=David Jones99
8=Bob Bird448
8=Chris Power628
10Mick Ellis4
11Alex Fitcher3317
12Greg Lee½31
13Chris Randall224
14=Peter Evans213
14=Greg Stewart33
14=Bruce Wilson33
17=Gil Davis22
17=Phil Nicholson22
17=Bruce Robertson22
17=Garry Spence22
21=Mick Ellis11
21=Bruce Tassell11
23John White½½

Outright Navigators Pointscores

1Paul Paterson4469932
2Tony Bond62423
3Simon Brown9622½
4Mike Rebecchi6612
5=Ian Pearson99
5=Damien O’Reilly99
5=Stuart Lister99
8=Trevor Boyd448
8=Fred Lakerink628
10Jim Maude4
11Jan Fitcher3317
12Shane Blandford½31
13=Chris Maniatakis213
13=Barry Burt33
13=Ian Heraud33
16=Graham Toner22
16=Ken Price22
16=Ian Baldock22
16=Rex Leitch22
16=Ray Scott22
16=Jim Davis22
22=John McKay11
22=John Tassell11
24John Williams½½

Grade 2 Pointscores

Grade 2 Drivers Pointscores

1Mick Ellis4299125
2=Alex Fitcher99422
2=Greg Lee5266322
4Hugh Bell3912
5Greg Stewart2911
6=Bruce Robertson52310
6=Chris Randall4610
8=Peter Evans639
8=Bruce Wilson99
10Colin Sichlau3418
11Chris Wall347
12Bruce Tassell66
13=John White55
13=David Adams235
13=Phil Nicholson55
16=Peter Thompson112
16=Rob Knight22
16=T. Power22
19=Wayne Muldoon11
19=Bob Buck11
19=Peter Johannesen11

Grade 2 Navigators Pointscores

1Jan Fitcher99422
2Shane Blandford5266322
3Jim Maude299121
4Damien O’Reilly3912
5Barry Burt2911
6Ian Baldock52310
7Chris Maniatakis639
8Ian Heraud99
9David McKenzie3418
10John McKay437
11=John Tassell66
11=Jim Davis66
13=John Williams55
13=Ken Price55
15=Ray Scott44
15=Graeme Vaux44
17=Rod Green33
17=Don Williams23
19=Ian McCallum112
19=Ian Morrison22
19=M. Dolphen22
22=Tony Bishop11
22=Terry Johannesen11