1980 George Derrick Memorial Trial

The George Derrick Memorial Trial was held on 26 April.

VRC Round 3  –  1980  CCRMIT George Derrick Memorial Trial

On behalf of the CCRMIT, director Steve Hollowood ran an excellent event for a very competitive field of VRC competitors, plus a couple of crews from South Australia.

The Rally started in Echuca and consisted of a daylight division in the Perricoota Forest and a night division around Mathoura.

Hugh Bell in his Datsun 1600 was performing impressively setting consistent fastest times. He was well navigated by the car’s owner Tony Allen. So too were Ed Ordinski and Lyndon Wilson, well placed  in their Mazda RX 2 until they were forced out with a broken exhaust and then overheating.

Heavy rain in the preceding week made roads slippery and many crews had trouble with the conditions. Bumping into trees caused retirements for a few, including Gil Davis / David Long and Shane Blandford / Ron Harper, both in Datsuns, whilst John Albanis blew a head gasket and retired.

After the daylight, Hugh Bell was well out in front with more than four minutes to last round winners, Chris and Simon Brown. Rex Muldoon was in third, closely followed by Wall, Uttleymore, Moll with Smith back in seventh, but only a little more than a minute back from second.

After the mealbreak came five tricky stages to the east of Mathoura and two more down to the finish outside of Echuca. The last of the Mathoura stages (SS16) meandered around some sand dunes with many tight calls keeping the navigators busy. One instruction caused some drama with several of the leaders “falling off the route chart”. Worst affected was Rex Muldoon / Gary Gourlay who dropped more than 20 minutes and fell from contention. The Browns may have also wrong slotted, dropping 5 extra minutes.

The penultimate stage south through the Moira Forest had a wrong instruction and was deleted from the results.

After the event, the director used his discretion to delete the troublesome SS16 and while High Bell / Tony Allen were clear winners, this placed the Browns second, Smith/ Paterson third and Muldoon /  Gourlay fourth.

A subsequent protest was upheld, ruling that there was no basis for the deletion of SS16, and so the final results were as below.

Results and entry list

Entry List

Provisional Results

PlaceDriverNavigatorCarPenaltyGrade 2
1Hugh BellTony AllenDatsun 160023:28
2Warwick SmithPaul PatersonLancer27:34
3Chris BrownSimon BrownDatsun 180B SSS30:23
4Alex FitcherJan FitcherDatsun 160032:101
5Roger MollRobert WestLancer33:132
6Simon BirrellDavid BrownGalant34:113
7David JonesIan PearsonLancer37:56
8Jim UttleymooreRay ScottLancer41:52
9Phil NicholsonDon WilliamsDatsun 160044:054
10Ted KnowlesGeoff CroftsEscort44:095
11Ian MorrisonPaul HambletonLancer44:456

Final Results

Stage Times


This was the first Derrick to run as a full special stage event. It comprised 11 daylight special stages in the Koondrook- Perricoota Forest followed by 7 night special stages in the forests near Mathoura and north-east of Echuca. The event ran entirely in NSW.

Route instructions

Plot on rally-maps

Other event documents