1984 Victorian Trials Championship

Chris Wall and Trevor Boyd started the year by winning the first VTC round, the Summer Safari, setting the scene for their overall result. They went into the final event, the George Derrick, 5 points ahead of both of the leading grade 3 crews, David Mitchell/Greg Matheson and Rob Devenish/Phil Wylie  and sealed the championship by winning that epic event.

Mitchell/Matheson finished third in the George Derrick to cement second place in the overall Championship and win both the State Recognised and Clubman championships. Devenish/Wylie could manage only 7th in the George Derrick, allowing Gary Grealy and Geoff Byron, who finished 4th, to catch them in the Outright Championships with both crews ending up equal 3rd. However, Devenish/Wylie still prevailed for 2nd place in the State Recognised and Clubman championships, with Grealy/Byron 3rd.

To see what else happened during 1984 in Victorian rallying, go to the 1984 year page.

To see other years of the Victorian Trials Championship, got to the VTC page.

Series Regulations

These were specified in Standing Regulations, but we don’t have a copy!

The 1984 VTC was made up a variety of events comprising varying degrees of navigation.

Awards were made for outright champions, State Recognised (previously Grade 2, Grade 3 also assumed to be eligible) and Clubman (Grades 3 and 4 only).

Consistent with the change in the VRC, in each division points were allocated 20-15-12-10-8-6-4-3-2-1 for first to  tenth with the best four results to count from the five rounds.


There were only five VTC events this year. Click on each event to see further details, including results.

  1. Summer Safari
  2. Four Pointer Trial – Results also in April Unicar
  3. Noel Burley Memorial Trial
  4. Dales of Heathcote Experts Trial – Results also in Nov Unicar
  5. George Derrick Memorial Trial

Outright Pointscores

Outright Drivers Pointscores

1Chris Wall201282060
2David Mitchell4152121243 (45)
3Rob Devenish1210121438 (39)
3Gary Grealy6201036
5Bill Johnston206632
6Peter de Vaus15823
7Ross Comport20121
8Frank Kilfoyle69217
9=Patrick Ryan1515
9=Dinta Officer1515
9=Graham Wallis1515
12Janiene Kilfoyle31013
13Barry Thompson21912
14Graeme Palmer1010
15=Phil Nicholson88
15=Rob Knight88
15=Keith Winter448
18=John Rawson336
18=Gordon Brown66
20Phil Nicholas145
21Wayne Taylor314
22Rob Knight33
23=M. McKenzie22

Outright Navigators Pointscores

1Trevor Boyd2012382060 (63)
2Greg Matheson4152121243 (45)
3Phil Wylie1210121438 (39)
4Geoff Byron6201036
5John Wilkinson203326
6Geoff Rainbow81523
7Stuart Lister20121
8Mike Osborne69217
9=Graham Wallis1515
9=David McKenzie1515
9=Nick Wright1515
12Warwick Smith31013
13=Chris Maniatakis6612
13=Keith Siler21912
15Rod Beet1010
16=Nick Wright88
16=Peter Maurer448
19Paul Paterson66
20Dave Cochrane145
21Mark Laidlay314
22=Jim Maude22

State Recognised Pointscores

State Recognised Pointscores

1984 saw little participation by State Recognised (Grade 2) crews in this year’s Victorian Trials Championship. The only event with grade 2 competitors was the George Derrick, which had 3 such crews. Two of those crews didn’t finish the event and the one crew that did finish, Peter Gale and Shane Blandford, finished one place below that necessary to score points.

As a result, the score tables for the State Recognised Championships this year are identical to those for the Clubman Championships.

Clubman Pointscores

Clubman Drivers Pointscores

1David Mitchell10208152065 (73)
2Rob Devenish20151281057 (65)
3Gary Grealy12201547
4Keith Winter61012634
5Phil Nicholas812222
6Wayne Taylor106420
6Bill Johnston2020
8Graeme Palmer1511219
9John Rawson10818
10Graham Wallis1515
11Peter de Vaus1212
12P Frisk44210
13Greg Brown3249
14Michael Ward2338
17J Ellis66
17A Patterson66
19Tom Porritt33
20A Uzunoglu11
20D Withall11

Clubman Navigators Pointscores

1Greg Matheson10208152065 (73)
2Phil Wylie20151281057 (65)
3Geoff Byron12201547
4John Wilkinson62010844
5Peter Maurer61012634
6Nick Wright151227
7Dave Cochrane812222
8Mark Laidlay106420
9Rod Beet1511219
10Helen Wylie44210
12Wal Harris3249
14Mara Silins336
16Dave Smith235
17A Roberts11