1985 Peter Stevens

The Begonia, organised by the Ballarat Light Car Club, was held on March 2nd.

1985 VRC Round 1 – BLCC Peter Stevens Nissan Begonia Rally

Directed by Bruce Campbell, the traditional Begonia Rally was a fully daylight affair utilising the Creswick and Daylesford forests.

As the first round of the VRC, Hugh Bell and Steve Ellis made their intention clear by blitzing the field, winning by a massive 5 minute margin from Brian Smith and John Birrell in their Sigma. Another standout performance was Rowan Quill, a Clubman (Grade 3) driver with experienced navigator Paul Paterson calling the way, placing a fantastic third outright.

Hugh Bell and Steve Ellis on the 84 Alpine

Results and entry list

1Hugh BellSteve EllisMazda RX72:01:06
2Brian SmithJohn BirrellMitsubishi Sigma2:06:35
3Rowan QuillPaul PatersonDatsun 16002:08:2111
4Phil HoranSuzi WisemanDatsun Stanza2:08:29
5David ChestnutRay HartnellFord Escort2:08:342
6Andrew McCathiePhil WylieFord Escort MkII2:08:5332
7Alan FriendHorton PoulterDatsun 16002:09:014
8Julian O’BrienBrian OrtleppMazda RX32:09:1753
9Chris NeilsonGray ParsonsonFord Escort2:09:206
10Grant WalkerDenis O’BrienFord Escort2:08:5574
11Scott ChirnsideHaydn WestDatsun2:10:0585
12Glen CugleyKayleen SlaterDatsun 16002:10:189
14Ron BrownBarry CollinsMitsubishi Galant2:11:10106
15Neil WrigleyWayne CouacaudMazda RX32:11:157
18Murray McKenzieKaryn McKenzieMazda RX32:13:498
19Owen PolanskiJeff OsbornDatsun RE2:14:099
20Neil GehanJohn BellDatsun Stanza2:14:1510


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