Re-live the action from 1969

Year in review


The Victorian Trials Championship was won by Bob Watson and Jim McAuliffe in their Renault R16TS. 


Australian Rally Championship

Victoria hosted the first round and the final round of the Australian Rally Championship, the Classic Rally and the Alpine Rally respectively. Both were won by Frank Kilfoyle and Doug Rutherford in their Ford Lotus Cortina. They also won the Warana Rally in Queensland and so were the 1969 Australian Champions. 

Bob Watson and Jim McAuliffe in their Renault 16TS on the 1969 BP Rally

Major Events

The only major rally held this year was the BP Rally of South Eastern Australia, from 6th to 11th May, won by Ian Vaughan and Bob Forsyth in a Ford Falcon GT.

Victorian Trials Championship

VTC events for 1969 were the Akademos, Experts, Blue Ribbon, Derrick, Two Day, North Eastern and Cooper Memorial.

Outright Champions: Bob Watson / Jim McAuliffe, Renault 16TS

For more details, including event results and points tables, go to the 1969 VTC page.

Other Open Events

Several clubs opted to conduct open events that were not part of the state series.

The Ballarat Light Car Club ran its annual Begonia Trial as an open event.

The fairly new Central Victorian Car Club ran its Midlander Trial as an open event with hopes of achieving VTC status, which they did some years later.

The Victorian Sporting Car Club continued to run its Midnight Trial in addition to the Blue Ribbon.

The Huntingdale Auto Club apparently ran its Maroondah Rally, Winter Trial and Invitation Trial all as open events.

A memorial event was the Midyear Rally, conducted by the Monash Sporting Car Club as an open restricted event.

The Car Club of RMIT again ran its Presidents Trial as at the end of the season.

Closed Events

The number of closed events continued to grow as existing and new clubs became more active in rallying.

The Melbourne University Car Club again ran three closed events, the Summer Trial, the Commencement Rally and the Winter Trial.

The Car Club of RMIT ran three closed events, namely the Novice Trial, the Autumn Midnight Trial and the Amateur Trial

More closed events are listed in the calendar below.

 The Rally Calendar for this year:

Not yet complete.

1 FebSummer TrialMUCCClub
8 FebSummer SafariPCCVClub
1 MarNovice TrialCCRMITClub
8 MarBegonia TrialBLCCOpen
22 MarCommencement RallyMUCCClub
29 MarClubman RallyLCCAClub
19 AprClassic RallyGMHMCARC-1
26 AprAmateur 100VADCClub
3 MayAutumn Midnight TrialCCRMITClub
20 AprMidlander TrialCVCCOpen
6-11 MayBP Rally of South Eastern AustraliaLCCAInternational
31 MayAkademos RallyMUCCVTC-1
7 JunMaroondah RallyHACOpen
14 Jun??Maroondah Trial??HACClub
21 JunMidnight TrialVSCCClub
28 JunAmateur TrialCCRMITClub
5 JulExperts TrialLCCAVTC-2
12 JulMidyear RallyMSCCRestricted
19 JulWinter TrialHACOpen
19 JulOtway TrialWDCCClub
26 JulBlue Ribbon RallyVSCCVTC-3
9 AugWinter TrialMUCCClub
9 AugCoroboree TrialCRBCCRestricted
16 AugGeorge Derrick Memorial TrialCCRMITVTC-4
30 AugTwo Day RallyVADCVTC-5
13 SepInvitation TrialHACOpen
21 SepNE Hill Country TrialM850CClub
27 SepHunter Safari TrialCOCCOpen
12 OctOpen Restricted TrialVSCCRestricted
25 OctNorth Eastern RallyNECCVTC-6
8 NovCooper Memorial TrialWDCCVTC-7
22 NovPresidents TrialCCRMITOpen
29 NovAlpine RallyLCCAARC-5
14 DecPolice Courtesy RallyVPMSCOpen