Akademos

Find out about the rich history of the Akademos Trial / Rally

Event History

The Akademos Trial/Rally has been the signature event conducted by the Melbourne University Car Club since 1960.

It  was first run without the Akademos name, which was suggested by Donald Thompson after that successful initial edition. From 1961 onwards, the name Akademos has applied, with the name being a combination of “academic” and “motorsport” while also having some similarity to the famous Acropolis Rally in Greece.

Since 1963, it has been a heat of the Australian Rally Championship or the  Victorian Trials/Rally Championship.

List of Editions held of this event.

Click on the Year to see more details about each edition. Click on the Area to see a plot of the route (if available).

YearDirector(s)AreaDriverNavigatorCarStatus
1960Steve CoffeyMarysville & DandenongsTony TheilerMartin Hartigan, Bill HartiganVWOpen
1961Dave WallisDandenongs and PakenhamJ. ZejbrilkBob ForsythVWOpen
1962Doug RutherfordWest GippslandHarry FirthGraham HoinvilleAngliaVTC
1963Doug RutherfordWest & Central GippslandFrank KilfoyleMike FlanaganFalconVTC
1964Geoff SproatSouth West GippslandBob WatsonJim McAuliffeHoldenVTC
1965Geoff SproatGemrbook, Jamieson, Strathbogies, MrrindindiBruce WoodfullBob ForsythCortina GTVTC
1966Geoff SproatGlenmaggie & returnTony RobertsPeter HaasHolden HR X2VTC
1967Geoff SproatMount Cole etc.Ron PhillipsJim McAuliffeHolden HR X2VTC
1968Geoff SproatMurrundindi, Strathbogies, Mt DisappointmentBob WatsonJim McAuliffeHolden HK V8VTC
1969Bob McInnesDaylesford, Whroo, MurrindindiPeter JansonNeville PriceRenault GordiniVTC
1970Clarke BallardNoojee, Walhalla, Heyfield, LicolaBob WatsonJim McAuliffeRenault GordiniVTC
1971Geoff SproatNorth East VictoriaFrank KilfoyleMike OsborneHolden MonaroARC
1972Clarke BallardCentral GippslandFrank KilfoyleRoger BonhommeTorana XU-1ARC
1973Geoff SproatCentral GippslandGeorge FuryMonty SuffernCortinaVRC
1974Clarke BallardCentral GippslandColin BondGeorge ShepheardTorana XU-1ARC
1975Peter OtzenCentral GippslandStewart McLeod=
Ross Dunkerton=
Adrian Mortimer=
John Large=
Datsun 260Z
Datsun 260Z
ARC
1976Peter OtzenCentral GippslandJohn DixonIan RichardsDatsun 120YVRC
1977George DavidsonCentral GippslandGraham TrounceLloyd MinifieDatsun 1600VCS
1978George DavidsonCentral GippslandGil DavisGraham TonerHolden HRVRC
1979George DavidsonCentral GippslandGeorge FuryMonty SuffernDatsun StanzaARC
1980George DavidsonCentral GippslandRoss DunkertonJeff BeaumontDatsun StanzaARC
1981David McKenzieWest & Central GippslandGeoff PortmanRoss RunnallsDatsun StanzaARC
1982Peter OtzenCentral GippslandChris BrownNoel RichardsDatsun 180B SSSVRC
1983Peter OtzenCentral GippslandDavid OfficerKate HobsonGalantVRC
1984Peter Otzen/ David StannusSouth & Central GippslandP.A.ThompsonS ScottDatsun 1600VRC
1985Michael MorrisseyCentral GippslandHugh BellSteve EllisMazda RX7ARC
1986Michael MorrisseyCentral GippslandAndrew MartinPhilip MartinGalant GBVRC
1987Peter OtzenCentral GippslandGrant WalkerDenis O’BrienFord Escort Mk 2VRC
1988Michael SeidlerCentral GippslandDavid GreigPaul TirantDatsun 1600VRC
1989Michael MorrisseyCentral GippslandGreg Hoinville=
Grant Walker=
Michael Cains=
Dennis O’Brien=
Ford Escort Mk 2
Ford Escort Mk 2
VRC
1990Darryl OtzenCentral GippslandJohn ReynoldsDavid BoyceMadza 323 4WDVRC
1991Darryl OtzenCentral GippslandGary KendrickRon GottschalkCommodore V8VRC
1992Michael MorrisseyCentral GippslandDavid OfficerGreg HiltonStarionVRC
1993Darryl OtzenCentral GippslandNigel LettyStephen YoungSubaru LibertyVRC
1994-2001Not conducted
2002Peter OtzenRubicon – Blue RangeMike ReevesRobin SmalleyLancer Evo IIIVRC
2003Peter OtzenRubicon – Blue RangePeter MontgomeryChris MontgomeryImpreza WRXVRC
2004Natasha SwanRubicon – Blue RangePeter MontgomeryChris MontgomeryImpreza WRXVRC
2005Natasha SwanRubicon – Blue RangePeter MontgomeryChris MontgomeryImpreza WRXVRC
2006Peter OtzenRubicon – Blue RangeEli EvansMatt McAdamImpreza WRX STiVRC
2007Natasha SwanRubicon – Blue RangeJustin DowelMatt LeeLancer Evo VIIVRC
2008Peter OtzenRubicon – Blue RangeBrendan ReevesRhiannon SmythImpreza RSVRC
2009Peter OtzenRubicon – Blue RangeBrendan ReevesBen AtkinsonImpreza WRX STiVRC
2010Peter OtzenRubicon – Blue RangeJustin DowelMatt LeeLancer Evo IXVRC
2011Peter OtzenRubicon – Blue RangeEli EvansGlen WestonHonda Civic Type RVRC
2012Peter OtzenRubicon – Blue RangeWill OrdersLauren GrayLancer Evo VVRC
2013Peter OtzenRubicon – Blue RangeTristan PenhallJodie MiddletonImpreza WRX STiVRC
2014Peter OtzenRubicon – Blue RangeEli EvansGlen WestonHonda Civic Type RVRC
2015Peter OtzenRubicon – Blue RangeArron WindusJoe BrkicImpreza WRX STiVRC
2016Peter OtzenRubicon – Blue RangeDarren WindusBernie WebbLancer Evo XVRC
2017Darren McKemmishRubicon – Blue RangeGlen RaymondKate CatfordImpreza WRX STiVRC
2018Natasha SwanRubicon – Blue Range, Black RangeMatt LeeCathy ElliotImpreza WRX STiVRC
2019Natasha SwanRubicon – Blue Range, Black RangeRichie DaltonDale MoscattFord FiestaVRC
2020-21Not conducted (Covid)
2022Natasha SwanRubicon – Blue Range, Black RangeCancelled (weather)VRC
2023Not conducted