1985 Akademos Rally

The Akademos, organised by the Melbourne University Car Club, was held on November 16.

1985 ARC Round 6 / VRC Round 7 – MUCC Akademos Rally

The Akademos was to be held on its traditional May date as a VRC round but weather forced director, Michael Morrissey, to postpone the event to November. It was fortuitous as with the demise of the Alpine, the Akademos was promoted to also be the final round of the 1985 Australian Rally Championship.

Despite the postponement, heavy rain in the lead up to the event created an organisational nightmare with considerable re-routing and cancellation of stages. In the end, only the Saturday stages ran and the event was only comprised 106 competitive kilometres. The Director’s reflection on the event can be read in November Unicar.

Both championships hung in the balance. In the ARC Barry Lowe and Kevin Peddar headed Hugh Bell and Steve Ellis by four points. Bell beat Lowe home by over a minute but the second place was sufficient to give Lowe the national title.

In the VRC, Smith and Birrell held a slender one point lead over Jones and Curtain, with both Harris/Oliver and Horan/Wiseman mathematically able to take the championship. The Smith/Birrell Sigma finished sixth outright and third VRC to beat Jones/Curtain by one place and take the state title by just a couple of points.

Hugh Bell and Steve Ellis on the 84 Alpine

Results and entry list

PlaceDriverNavigatorCarTimeGroup GPRCVRCVRC S/RVRC Clubman
1Hugh BellSteve EllisMazda RX71:17:0911
2Barry LoweKevin PeddarSubaru 4WD1:18:291
3Wayne BellDave BoddyToyota Corolla1:18:362
4Peter ClarkWayne KennySubaru 4WD1:18:403
5Terry HarrisBryan OliverFord Escort RE1:19:29221
6Brian SmithJohn BirrellMitsubishi Sigma1:20:0133
7Peter GlennieIain StewartDatsun 12001:21:454
8David JonesPeter CurtainHolden Commodore1:23:3654
9Andrew MartinPhilip MartinMitsubishi Galant1:24:286521
10Jim KennedyJim DavisMazda 6261:24:4276
11Steve McLaughlanRick ThorpeNissan Bluebird1:25:22873
12Peter “Pud” ThompsonNoel RichardsDatsun 16001:25:3998
13Andrew MurfettPhilip WelchMazda RX21:25:3910
14Graham AlexanderDavid StewartToyota Sprinter1:26:234942
16Keith MorlingGray ParsonsonFord Escort1:27:11105
17Les DowellRobert HolcombeDatsun 16001:30:3563
18Jim MiddletonJon ThomsonHolden Commodore1:31:165
19Gerry JustusPeter LochnerToyota Corolla1:32;2274
20Graeme PalmerRod BeetToyota Celica1:33:0885
21Joe BrkicRobert BrownDatsun 16001:34;:0596
22Murray BrownRob DavidMitsubishi Lancer1:35:27107
23Bill JohnstonCameron JayFord Cortina1:36:068
24Bruce DillonJohn DowlingDatsun 16001:37:009
25Daryl HendrickAlan CampbellHolden Gemini1:37:15610
28John GeorgeJohn ArnoldDaihatsu Charade1:38:287


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