1980 Begonia Stages

The Begonia Stages, conducted by the Ballarat Light Car Club, was held on 1 March. Heads of the organising team were Geoff Boyd, Ross Runnalls and Ian McKenzie.

BLCC Begonia Stages to flying Bell

The event lead the trend towards events being timed to the second and continued catering to competitors in 1980 with prizemoney for both outright placings and individual special stage wins.

In a commanding performance, Hugh Bell and Damian O’Reilly won the event by a margin of over 6 minutes. They also won all but four of the event’s 38 stages.

As if to reinforce the margin of Bell’s victory, second to seventh place were separated by little more than two minutes. Bell’s only serious challenger was Geoff Portman who won three stages but struck problems mid-event, eventually finishing ninth.

David Officer rolls his Galant in Scarsdale

Results and entry list

1Hugh BellDamian O’ReillyDatsun 160048:29
2David AdamsChris RandellLancer54:47
3Chris WallMick EllisDatsun 160055:28
4Simon BirrellDavid BrownGalant55:44
5Warwick SmithPaul PatersonLancer56:16
6John WhiteJohn WilliamsLancer56:19
7Steve AshtonRo NixonDatsun 160056:56
8Barry LoweKevin AttwoodDatsun 160058:28
9Geoff PortmanIan LongDatsun 160060:53
10Rob ChambersBarry CollinsDatsun 160063:12

Entry List and Results


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