George Derrick Memorial

Find out about the rich history of the George Derrick Memorial Trial / Rally

Event History

Organised by the CCRMIT, the George Derrick Memorial Trial/Rally honours the club’s first president. George Derrick was a welding instructor at RMIT who sadly died of leukaemia in 1956 at the young age of 42. The Derrrick, as the event became fondly known as,  was first run in 1959 and has been a heat of the Victorian Rally Championship or Victorian Trials Championship in most years. It also holds the unique honour of also having been a heat of the SA Rally Championship in 1976.

Up until 1979 the event had always had a strong navigational element but in 1980 it ran as a fully route charted special stage event. With the introduction of the Victorian Trials Series it reverted to its traditional style from 1981 to 84. From 1985 onwards the Derrick became the George Derrick Memorial Rally as a special stage event and a round of the VRC and/or VCRS. In 1988, with administrative demands escalating, CCRMIT joined forces with the LCCA and ran a combined Blue Ribbon/George Derrick Memorial Rally.  In the mid 1990s it adopted the name “Pyrenees Rush”. In 2021 it was a sub-event of the Gippsland Rally.

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 (where available).

YearDirectorAreaWinning driverWinning navigator / co-driverCarStatus
1959Max Couper/ Alan KingWarragulBevan CrutchfieldRobert FennellJaguarOpen
1960Alan KingNorth East HillsGreg ScottBrian FlemingVolkswagonOpen
1961Peter DavidsonNagambieGeoff SproatBill DenvilSinger GazelleOpen
1962Tom CoxWest GippslandGeorge HughesRoger Abrahams /
Robin Sharpley
Ford FalconOpen
1963Peter DavidsonKilmore/ Graytown/ Seymour/ MurrindindiFrank Kilfoyle / Harry Firth (equal)Roger Abrahams / Graham Hoinville (equal)Ford FalconOpen
1964Tom CoxDaylesford/ Creswick/ Ballarat/ Brisbane RangesFrank KilfoyleMike FlanaghanFord FalconOpen
1965Tom CoxBrisbane Ranges, Steiglitz/ Anglesea/ BannockburnBob WatsonJim McAulliffeHolden EHOpen
1966Tom CoxGoldfieldsHarry FirthGraham HoinvilleFord CortinaVTC
1967Tom Cox/ Mike OsborneHeathcote/ BendigoTony RobertsPeter HaasHolden HRVTC
1968Tom CoxHeathcote/ Bendigo/ StArnaudBob WatsonJim McAulliffeHolden HKVTC
1969Tom CoxDaylesford/ Maryborough/ DunollyBob WatsonJim McAulliffeRenault 16TSVTC
1970Tom CoxDaylesford/ Maryborough/ DunollyBob WatsonJim McAulliffeRenault GordiniVRC
1971Max WhamondDaylesford/ Maryborough/ DunollyPeter JansonMike MitchellHolden MonaroVTC
1972Max WhamondHeathcote/ Bendigo/ StArnaud/ Maryborough/ DaylesfordBarrie EdmondsRex MuldoonDatsun 1600VTC
1973Max WhamondMaryborough/ DunollyGarry HarrowfieldDavid HodgeFord Cortina MkIVTC
1974Noel RichardsGrampians/ StArnaudGarry HarrowfieldGeoff BoydFord Cortina MkIIVTC
1975Noel Richards/ Ian RichardsWestern DistrictsGarry HarrowfieldGeoff BoydDatsun 1600VTC
1976Noel Richards & Co DirectorsWestern Districts and SA
Day 1/ Day 2
Bob WaterhousePaul PatersonDatsun 1600VRC/SARC
1977Graham Horsfield/ Ross TurnerSt ArnaudGeoff PortmanRoss RunnallsDatsun 1600VRC
1978Noel RichardsMt Cole/ StArnaudChris PowerMike MitchellDatsun 1600VRC
1979Steve HollowoodEchucaChris BrownSimon BrownDatsun 180BVRC
1980Steve HollowoodEchucaHugh BellTony AllenDatsun 1600VRC
1981Ross RunnallsWimmera / MalleeMick EllisJim MaudeDatsun 1600VTC
1982Noel RichardsEchucaBob WaterhousePaul PatersonDatsun 1600VTC
1983Noel Richards/ Noel KellyWestern VictoriaDavid OfficerRoss RunnallsMitsubishi GalantVTC
1984Ross RunnallsEastern Victoria and SE NSWChris WallTrevor BoydDatsun 1600VTC
1985Simon BrownHeathcoteTerry HarrisBryan OliverFord EscortVRC
1986Simon BrownHeathcoteGeoff PortmanPeter GaleDatsun 1600VRC
1987Simon BrownHeathcoteGeoff PortmanPeter GaleDatsun 1600VRC
1988Rick Thorpe/ Phil WylieMaryboroughDavid GreigPaul TirantDatsun 1600VRC
1989Rick ThorpeHeathcoteSteve AshtonRo NixonMitsubishi Galant VR4VRC
1990John MillerMurrindindiAndrew BaylissRob HughesDatsun 1600TAUCC
1991Brett PrestonMurrindindiTrevor WoodsDaryl WilliamsDatsun 1600TAUCC
1992Bernard MironMorwellGrant HoreDavid LeonciniToyota CelicaVCRS
1993Bernard MironMorwellRob DavisRobin SmalleyFord Escort RSVCRS
1994Ross FraserAvocaMark MillarStephen DunbarFord EscortVCRS
1995Ross FraserAvocaKeith CuttleSue BrickHolden CommodoreVCRS
1996Ross FraserAvocaDavid SmartGeoff FloydDatsun 1600VCRS
1997Bernard MironHeyfieldRoss FraserAshley FraserHolden CommodoreVCRS
1998Bernard MironHeyfieldBrian SemmensDan ParryToyota CorollaVCRS
1999Neil ScheyMurrindindiAndrew HolloleStephen DunbarHolden CommodoreVCRS
2000Teague CullisTraralgonBen HayesJeff CameronDatsun StanzaVCRS
2001Teague CullisTraralgonGavin EdwardsRobin SmalleyDatsun 240ZVCRS
2002Mike TwycrossMorwellAndrew PannamBrad ClarkeSubaru LegacyVCRS
2003Mike TwycrossMorwellJustin DowelMatthew LeeToyota Celica GT4VCRS
2004Mike TwycrossMorwellEli EvansMatthew McAdamSubaru ImprezaVCRS
2005Mark SichlauAvocaWayne StewartKim StewartSubaru ImprezaVCRS
2006Mark SichlauAvocaWayne StewartKim StewartSubaru ImprezaVCRS
2007Bernard MironRawsonJustin DowelMatthew LeeMitsubishi Lancer Evo 9VRC
2008Bernard MironRawsonJessie RobisonSam RobisonSubaru ImprezaVRC
2009Mike TwycrossAvocaMark FarcettCarrie MorrisSubaru ImprezaVRC
2010Andrew RosemanAvocaNathan ReevesScott SpeddingSubaru WRXVRC
2011Andrew RosemanAvocaSteve KenwayLauren PalmerSubaru ImprezaVRC
2012Andrew RosemanHeyfieldJustin DowelScott SpeddingMitsubishi Lancer Evo 9VRC
2013David LambieMaffraBarry NowellN/A (Autocross)Nowell SpecialVCAS
2014Andrew OrmesherHeyfieldJustin DowelScott SpeddingLancer Evo XVRC
2015James ElliottAvoca/ Mt ColeDarren WindusJamie SargeantSubaru ImprezaVRC
2016James ElliottAvocaSteve KenwayLauren PalmerSubaru ImprezaVRC
2017James ElliottAvocaGlen RaymondKate CatfordSubaru ImprezaVRC
2018Bernard MironMaffraBen HayesCathy HayesSubaru ImprezaVRC/VCRS
2019Bernard MironHeyfieldDarryn SnooksSteuart SnooksDatsun StanzaVCRS
2020Not Conducted (Covid)
2021Andrew RosemanHeyfieldSteven PorterTony RobinsonMazda RX7VCRS
2022Not conducted


  • 1988 was run in conjunction with the Blue Ribbon Rally
  • 1990 – 1994 were run conjointly with the Autumn Midnight Rally
  • 2013 was cancelled and the name attached to an autocross event
  • 2015 – 2017 were known as the Pyrenees Rush
  • 2019 was run as a sub-event of the Gippsland Rally