1991 BP Alpine Rally

The BP Alpine Rally, organised by the Light Car Club of Australia and directed by Simon Brown, with assistance from Ron Harper, was held on April 26-28.

Australian Rally Championship Round 2

Victorian Rally Championship Round 2

With a start and subsequent base in Albury, this year’s Alpine started with stages on Friday afternoon around Chiltern and Mount Pilot. Saturdays stages were in Stanley, Ovens and Merriang before heading to Bright for the speedway and mealbreak. Some night stages took crews back through Tawonga, Mitta Mitta, Old Tallangatta and Bethanga to Albury. Sunday headed for a finish in Melebourne with stages in Stanley, Ovens, Hurdle Creek, Reef Hills and Porsche Park (one stage was not contested by VRC “only” crews or at least did not count towards the VRC results).

It was a long and arduous event although the weather was kind. Murray Coote with Coral Tylor in the Mazda 323 Familia convincingly won the ARC round by more than 5 minutes from George Kahler and Lofty Drew. Rob Herridge and Steve Vanderbyl were third in the Subaru Legacy, but would go on to win the ARC that year.

The VRC round was won by Graham Alexander and David Stewart in a Galant VR4, also placing seventh in the ARC classification.

Murray Coote and Coral Taylor on their way to winning the 1991 BP Alpine Rally

Results and entry list

ARC Results

1Murray CooteCoral TaylorMazda 323 Familia4:29:28
2George KahlerHarold ‘Lofty’ DrewsMitsubishi Gaant VR44:34:51
3Rob HerridgeSteve VanderbylSubaru Legacy RSR Turbo4:38:05
4Wayne HoyAndrew BennettDatsun 240Z4:39:34
5Norm FritterSteve HollowoodToyota Celica GT-44:47:12
6John LongDamien LongHolden Commodore V84:47:29
7Graham AlexanderDavid StewartMitsubishi Galant VR44:47:43
8Wayne BellDave BoddyHyundai Elantra4:49:11
9Gary KendrickRon GottschalkHolden Commodore V84:50:12
10Bob NicoliBrian HarwoodDaihatsu Charade GTti4:52 44

VRC Results

1Graham AlexanderDavid StewartMitsubishi Galant VR44;42:58
2Gary KendrickRon GottschalkHolden Commodore V84:45:10
3Dean NixonMarlene NixonNissan March ST4:49:40
4Bruce RobertsonIan EndersToyota Celica GT-44:51:25
5Richard McNayCraig IrwinDatsun Stanza5:03:591
6Ernie GrahamDominic WoldFord Escort RS20005:10:20
7Brenden EdgertonStephen WalshMitsubishi Lancer5:10:40
8Mark RodgersDavid HaddonMazda RX-24:11:302
9Paul MahoneyChris WaltersDatsun 1200 Coupe5:22:043
10David SmartMark SmithDatsun 16005:40:204
11Danny MurphyBill ClarkDatsun 16005:41:025
12David RobertsonSandy TargettMini Cooper S5:46:246


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