Re-live the action from 1967
Year in review
The competition was intense in 1967 between the Fords and Holdens, with the new Renault team in their R8 Gordinis also having success, winning the annual BP Rally in the hands of Mal McPherson and Robin Sharpley.
Reg Lunn won the Victorian Trials Championship for drivers in his X2 Holden. The navigator’s award went to Roger Vaughan, navigating for his brother Ian in a Cortina.
The 1966 champions, Tony Roberts and Peter Haas, won at least one VTC round and also won the annual Alpine Rally in their X2 Holden.
The 1967 BP Rally of South Eastern Australia was conducted from 2-7 May, effectively starting in Wangaratta and finishing at Chadstone Shopping Centre. Mal McPherson and Robin Sharpley were popular winners in their R8 Gordini. For more detail on the event, go to Ross Runnalls’ compilation of BP Rally history.
The second International Southern Cross Rally was held in October, running from NSW into eastern Victoria with a stopover in Bairnsdale. Barry Ferguson and Dave Johnson were winners in their VW. For more details, go to the Southern Cross Rally history site.
The 1967 Alpine Rallye was again won by Tony Roberts and Peter Haas in their X2 Holden.
Victorian Trials Championship
VTC events for 1967 were the Derrick, Classic, Akademos, Experts, Two Day, North Eastern and Cooper Memorial.
Outright champion driver: Reg Lunn, Holden X2
Outright champion navigator: Roger Vaughan (with Ian Vaughan in a Cortina).
For more details, including event results and points tables, go to the 1967 VTC page.
Other Open Events
Various clubs ran open events that were not part of the VTC. These included the following.
The Victorian Sporting Car Club ran its annual Blue Ribbon Trial in September. It would become a VTC round the following year. They also ran their long standing Midnight Trial in June.
The Western District Car Club ran its annual Otway Trial in July in addition to its VTC round, the Cooper Memorial.
Similarly, CCRMIT ran its annual residents Trial in addition to the Derrick.
The only open restricted event appears to have been the Huntingdale Auto Club’s Invitation Trial in November.
We have few details on closed events in 1967 but there were almost certainly quite a lot. Here is just a small sample.
The Melbourne University Car Club ran four closed events, starting with the Summer Trial in February, then the Commencement Rally in March, the Mayday Eve Rally at the end of April, and the Winter Trial in July.
The Car Club of RMIT possibly ran three closed events, being the annual Autumn Midnight Trial as well as a Novice Trial and the first edition of their Amateur Trial.
The Junior “branch” of the Light Car Club ran a Junior Experts Trial in September.
The Rally Calendar for this year:
Not yet a complete calendar.
|11 Feb||Summer Trial||MUCC||Club|
|4 Mar||George Derrick Memorial Trial||CCRMIT||VTC-1|
|11 Mar||Begonia Rally||BLCC||Open|
|18 Mar||Commencement Rally||MUCC||Club|
|18 Mar||Twilight Trial||CRBCC||Club|
|2 Apr||Novice Trial||CCRMIT||Club|
|8 Apr||Classic Trial||GMHMC||VTC-2|
|23 Apr||Gippsland Trial||GCC||Open|
|30 Apr||Mayday Eve Rally||MUCC||Club|
|2-7 May||BP Rally||LCCA||National|
|Autumn Midnight Trial||CCRMIT||Club|
|24 Jun||Midnight Trial||VSCC||Open|
|1 Jul||Experts Trial||LCCA||VTC-4|
|8 Jul||Midyear Rally||MSCC||Club|
|15 Jul||Winter Trial||MUCC||Club|
|22 Jul||Otway Trial||WDCC||Open|
|5 Aug||Two Day Trial||VADC||VTC-5|
|3 Sep||Junior Experts Trial||LCCA(J)||Club?|
|24 Sep||Blue Ribbon Rally||VSCC||Open|
|4-8 Oct||Southern Cross Rally||ASCC||International|
|14 Oct||Caltex North Eastern Trial||NECC||VTC-6|
|21 Oct||Linacre-BMC 400 Trial||M850C||Open|
|11 Nov||Cooper Memorial Trial||WDCC||VTC-7|
|12 Nov||Invitation Trial||VADC||Club|
|19 Nov||Invitation Trial||HAC||Open restricted|
|2 Dec||Alpine Rallye||LCCA||National|
|10 Dec||Police Courtesy Rally||VPMSC||Open|