Victorian Trials Championship

Find out about the history of the VTC

Series Summary

The Victorian Trials Championship was inaugurated in 1981 after the Victorian Rally Championship had evolved into a series of fully route charted special stage events. The events in the VTC included varying degrees of navigational difficulty as well as often challenging road conditions. 

The VTC re-used the same of the VRC prior to 1972, which is potentially confusing. From 1988 it appears that the VTC was called the Victorian Trials Series, apparently to save CAMS fees. It appears that the last “full” VTS was conducted in 1995, although odd VTS events continue to appear in calendars up to 2001 but do not appear to comprise “series”.

Victorian Trials Champions

Click on each year to see the details of the series in that year.

YearDriverNavigatorVehicle
1981Geoff PortmanRoss RunnallsDatsun 1600
1982Bob WaterhousePaul PatersonDatsun 1600
1983Chris WallTrevor BoydDatsun 1600
1984Chris WallTrevor BoydDatsun 1600
1985Gary Grealy*Jim Maude*Datsun 1600
1986Steve McLaughlinNoel KellyDatsun Stanza

VTC Grade 2 / State Recognised Awards

YearDriverNavigatorCar
1981Bill JohnstonChris ManiatakisMazda RX4
1982Brian SmithPeter MignotGalant
1983Phil NicholsonGeoff RainbowDatsun 1600
1984David MitchellGreg MathesonDatsun 1600
1985Trevor StanleyTony BondVolvo 360 GLT
1986Steve McLaughlinNoel KellyDatsun Stanza

VTC Clubman Awards

YearDriverNavigatorVehicle
1981Peter HurreyKeith NewbyToyota Celica
1982Barry ThompsonKeith SilerDatsun 1600
1983Keith WinterPaul MaurerMazda
1984David MitchellGreg MathesonDatsun 1600
1985Trevor StanleyTony BondVolvo 360 GLT
1986Wayne TaylorMark Laidlay