Re-live the action from 1965
Year in review
While we don’t have complete information on 1965, it appears that the dominance of the Ford factory team continued but with strong challenges coming from Holden with their new X2. Harry Firth and Graham Hoinville won the state championship in their Cortina GT, in a close tussle with Bob Watson and Jim McAuliffe in a Holden.
Reg Lunn and Geoff Thomas won the BP Rally in a similar Cortina and Frank Kilfoyle together with Roger Abrahams repeated their Alpine victory in a Falcon.
The 1965 BP Rally of South Eastern Australia was conducted from 4-9 May, effectively starting in Daylesford and finishing at Chadstone Shopping Centre. The event was won by Reg Lunn and Geoff Thomas in a Cortina GT. For more detail on the event, go to Ross Runnalls’ compilation of BP Rally history.
The 1965 Alpine was again won by Frank Kilfoyle and Roger Abrahams in a factory Ford Falcon. With sponsorship from Philip Morris, the event was renamed the Alpine Rallye.
Victorian Trials Championship
VTC events for 1965 were the Begonia, Akademos, Experts, Two Day, North Eastern and Cooper Memorial.
Outright champions: Harry Firth / Graham Hoinville, Ford Cortina GT
For more details, including event results and points tables, go to the 1965 VTC page.
Other Open Events
With only six events in the VTC, quite a few clubs ran other open events. Here are a few for which we have some information, others being listed in the calendar below.
The GMH Motoring Club ran their Classic Trial in April.
The VW Car Club appeared to also run an open novice trial in November called the Jinx Trial.
While the Western District Car Club ran the final round of the VTC, the Cooper Memorial, they also ran their annual Otway Trial in July.
There were many clubs running closed events. Here are just a few for which we have some information.
The Car Club of RMIT possibly ran only two closed the Novice Trial, probably in March, and the Autumn Midnight Trial in May.
A few other closed events are listed in the calendar below.
The Rally Calendar for this year:
Many club events are likely missing from this calendar.
|6 Feb||Summer Trial||MUCC||Closed|
|12 Feb||Motor Show Trial||VSCC||Open|
|6 Mar||Caltex Begonia Rally||BLCC||VTC-1|
|? Mar||Novice Trial||CCRMIT||Club|
|4 Apr||Classic Trial||GMHCC||Open|
|25 Apr||Gippsland Trial||GCC||Open|
|28 Mar||Commencement Rally||MUCC||Closed|
|1 May||Mayday Rally||MUCC||Closed|
|4-9 May||BP Rally||LCCA||National|
|15 May||Autumn Midnight Trial||CCRMIT||Club|
|26 May||Invitation Trial||VMCC||Closed|
|13 Jun||Cec Warren Trial||AMSC||Open|
|19 Jun||Midnight Trial||VSCC||Open|
|3 Jul||Experts Trial||LCCA||VTC-3|
|17 Jul||Presidents Trial||CCRMIT||Open|
|24 Jul||Night Trial||MUCC||Club|
|31 Jul||Otway Trial||WDCC||Open|
|14 Aug||Horsham Trial||WLCC||Open|
|15 Aug||NE Hill Country Trial||M850C||Club|
|15 Aug||Invitation Winter Trial||VWCC||Club|
|4 Sep||Two Day Trial||VADC/ VWCC||VTC-4|
|19 Sep||Blue Ribbon Trial||VSCC||Open|
|9 Oct||George Derrick Memorial Trial||CCRMIT||Open|
|23 Oct||North Eastern Trial||NECC||VTC-5|
|24 Oct||Novice Trial||VSCC||Open Restricted|
|7 Nov||Invitation Trial||GMHCC||Club|
|13 Nov||Cooper Memorial Trial||WDCC||VTC-6|
|13 Nov||Jinx Trial||VWCC||Open Restricted|
|27 Nov||Alpine Rallye||LCCA||National|
|12 Dec||Police Courtesy Rally||VPMSC||Open|