1987 BP Visco Alpine Rally

The Alpine Rally, organised by the Light Car Club of Australia, was held on November 21-22. The event was sponsored by BP and directed by Stuart Lister. For the first time in many years the Alpine was not based around Bright. A sponsorship arrangement with the Lake Hume Resort saw the event move to Albury. Another first was that the Alpine would be both a round of the ARC and the VRC, although the VRC crews would only do 75% of the route.

Australian Rally Championship Round 6

Victorian Rally Championship Round 5

The ARC was still hanging in the balance with the Alpine as the final round., with just two points separating Greg Carr in the Alfa and Wayne Bell in the Mazda Familia. Both drivers had used two different navigators and that title was all but assured to go to Fred Gocentas.  But on the Alpine Carr had suspension dramas and Bell had an off, allowing Ian Hill and Phil Bonsar to take the win. Both Carr and Bell managed to continue finishing second and fifth respectively, with Carr taking the championship.

In the VRC the situation was just as tight with Portman/Gale in the Group G Datsun 1600 battling Gambold and Gould in the PRC Toyota. Because of the dual Group G/PRC points system, Portman had to win, and they did, taking the championship by just 4 points.

Ian Hill and Phil Bonsar on the 1987 Alpine.

Results and entry list

ARC Results

1Ian HillPhil BonsarSubaru RX Turbo6:33:33
2Greg CarrFred GocentasAlpfa Romeo GTV66:35:15
3Mark TolcherDavid TolcherSubaru RX Turbo6:40:35
4Ed OrdynskiMick HarkerSubaru RX Turbo6:40:44
5Wayne BellDave BoddyMazda Familia Turbo6:44:08
6Jim MiddletonDale PayneHolden Commodore V87:01:33
7Pat BarberDennis BakerFord Laser TX3 Turbo7:11:25
8Mick BaldwinS. SimmonsSubaru RX Turbo7:11:48
9Tom CumpstonTony BestSubaru RX Turbo7:14:25
10Bruce RobertsonChris RobsonMazda Familia Turbo7:14:36

VRC Results

PlaceDriverNavigatorCarGroupTimeState RecognisedClubman
1Geoff PortmanPeter GaleDatsun 1600G4:44:36
2Rick (?) BatesG. KiebbaDatsun 1600G4:46:311
3Ross Fraser Ashley FraserDatsun 1600G4:58:2621
4Eric PietilaMike RebbechiDatsun 1600G4:59:233
5Michael ReevesDavid ProctorDatsun 1600G5:01:0942
6Graeme GamboldDoug GouldToyota Corolla TE71PRC5:01:385
7Glen CuthbertNeil CuthbertDatsun 1600G5:02:1363
8Warwick SmithPaul PatersonMitsubishi LancerG5:02:22
9Mark SmedleyThomas RobertsonNissan BluebirdG5:03:4874
10Trevor NixonDean NixonDatsun StanzaG5:09:2485
11Allan JohnsonIan McKenzieMazda RX-2G5:10:1996
12Bruce RobertsonChris RobsonMazda Familia TurboPRC5:16:2110
13Mike WelshSteve SmithToyota Corolla TE71PRC5:17:14
14Graham PalmerRod BeetToyota CelicaG5:19:357
15Joel WaldDavid VearsMitsubishi GalantPRC5:21:418
16Robert GregoryAndrew SietsmaMitsubishi LancerG5:22:149
17John SeymourPeter BeanlandFord Escort RS2000G5:27:4910
25Martin GriggAlan GrowseMazda RX-7PRC5:43:54
28J. TilbrookA. BakerToyota Cordia TurboPRC5:59:54
29Wayne TaylorMark LaidlayDaihatsu CharadePRC6:00:07


Stages Summary from Route Instructions

Itinerary and Stage Plots

The VRC crews did not attempt SS17 to SS23.

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