Re-live the action from 1972

Year in review


The Victorian Rally Championship was won by Gil Davis (driver) in his Holden Torana XU1 3.3L. The navigators championship was a tie between Roger Bonhomme and Peter Haas. The inaugural Victorian Clubman Series was won by Bob Bird and Warwick Smith in a Cortina.

Australian Rally Championship

Victoria hosted two rounds of the Australian Rally Championship, the Akademos on 27 May and the Alpine on 26-30 November, both won by Frank Kilfoyle in a Torana XU-1, although his team mate Colin Bond won the national title.


Other Major Events

Two other major events in 1972 are worthy of note. The BP Rally ran in May and was won by Bob Watson and Geoff Thomas in a Peugeot 504. At the end of the year Victoria saw the second Dulux Rally.

Gil Davis and Peter Haas at the finish of the 1972 BP Rally

Victorian Rally Championship

VRC events for 1972 were the Penfolds, Classic, Experts, Midyear, Derrick, Two Day and Cooper Memorial.

Outright champion driver: Gil Davis Holden Torana XU-1.

Outright champion navigators (equal): Peter Haas (with Gil Davis) and Roger Bonhomme (with Matt Philip).

For more details, including event results and points tables, go to the 1972 VRC page.


Victorian Clubman Series

This was the first year of the VCS. Events were the Begonia, Blue Ribbon, Classic (also VRC), Derrick (also VRC), North Eastern and Cooper Memorial (also VRC).

Outright winners: Bob Bird / Warwick Smith, Ford Cortina Mk I

For more details, including event results and points tables, go to the 1972 VCS page.

Some other events

Summer Trial

Club event from the Melbourne University Car Club.

Rookies Ramble

A long standing Peugeot Car Club event for novices.

Autumn Midnight Trial

CCRMIT’s longest running event.

 The Rally Calendar for this year:

5 FebSummer SafariPCCVOpen
5 FebSummer TrialMUCCClub
19 FebInvitation RallyHACOpen
4 MarBegonia RallyBLCCVCS-1
11 MarShamateur 100LCCAClub
11 Mar?Introductory TrialCCRMITClub
18 MarPenfolds Motors TrialRCCVVRC-1
25 MarCamcrusher TrialFFCCOpen
25 MarInvitation TrialCOCVClub
25 MarCommencement RallyMUCCClub
8 AprBlue Ribbon TrialVSCCVCS-2
15 AprMidlander TrialCVCCOpen
22 AprGippsland TrialGCCVOpen
29 AprClassic RallyGMHMCVRC-2/ VCS-3
9-14 MayBP Rally of South Eastern AustraliaLCCAInternational
13 MayIntervarsityMSCCClub
20 MayAutumn Midnight TrialCCRMITClub
27 MayAkademos RallyMUCCARC-2
3 JunClubman’s TrialLCCAOpen Restricted
3 JunRenault Australia TrialRCCVClub
10 JunAmateur 100VADCOpen
17 JunMidnight TrialVSCCClub
1 JulExperts TrialLCCAVRC-3
15 JulMidyear RallyMSCCVRC-4
22 JulWinter TrialMUCCClub
22 JulAmateur TrialCCRMITClub
29 JulOtway TrialWDCCOpen
5 AugWinton TrialBPACOpen
12 AugMidwestern RallyLCCAOpen
12 AugCorroboree TrialCRBCCOpen
26 AugGeorge Derrick Memorial TrialCCRMITVRC-5/ VCS-4
2 SepBrass Money TrialRCCDOpen
2 SepMidnighter TrialCVCCClub
9 SepHunter SafariCOCVOpen
16 SepTwo Day TrialVADCVRC-6
23 SepSunrise Trial (cancelled)PIARCVCS-5
30 SepGrindstone TrialGMHMCOpen
30 SepMaldon MuddleMUCCClub
7 OctNorth EasternNECCVCS-6
7 OctMaffra Spring TrialMDCCOpen
14 OctMountain Masters RallyADCCOpen
14 OctNovices TrialVSCCClub
21 Oct2nd Western Districts TrialSCOTCCClub
28 OctPresidents TrialCCRMITOpen
4 NovCooper MemorialWDCCVRC-7/ VCS-7
11 NovPresidents TrialCRBCCClub?
9-18 NovDulux RallyASCCInternational
18 NovInvitation Novice TrialHAC/ VADCClub
25-26 NovAlpine RallyLCCAARC-6
10 DecPolice Courtesy RallyVPMSCOpen
unknownValkyrian TrialVWCCClub
unknownRookies RamblePCCVClub