Melbourne University Car Club has for many years had a significant impact on motorsport in Victoria. It conducts the Akademos Rally, typically a round of the Victorian Rally Championship, although often an Australian Rally Championship round in the 1970s and 1980s. MUCC is also the pre-eminent club providing timing services to race meetings in Victoria. This is all due to a small but enthusiastic group of members who attended Melbourne University in their younger years.
Current connections with Melbourne University are limited, with modern students not having the interest in motoring activities that so fascinated their forebears.
A monthly newsletter commenced in 1955 with the name “Unbalanced Notes”. The name was changed to UNICAR in 1958.
We believe we have every edition of Unicar and probably Unbalanced Notes, available here. Most editions of Unicar are also available from the National Library in Canberra.
If you have any that we don’t have or find any errors, please let us know.
Unbalanced Notes was originally compiled and edited by Brian Fleming and Tim Kendall. Subsequent editors were Ian McDonald (1958-60), Andrew Burston (1960-64), Bill Denvil (1964-1967 but with Brian Fleming doing part of 1965) and Don Humphries (1967-2012).
Unicar became a respected reference for competition results, event reports and calendars. Don Humphries was the editor for almost 45 years until his death in 2012. While almost every edition was published one or two months after its labelled date, Don was fastidious about not skipping an edition. He also published results and kept progress scores for all motorsport series of interest to members, including Formula 1, World Rally Championship, Australian Rally Championship, Australian Sporting Car Championship, Victorian Rally Championship and the TAUCC Championship. If you are looking for motorsport results from the past, try Unicar.
Following Don’s death, no other member was willing to put the time and effort into continuing the publication of such a comprehensive magazine. But Unicar did continue in an abbreviated electronic format thanks to the efforts of Peter Otzen. It’s now called e-Unicar and is restricted to information more directly relevant to club members.