Re-live the action from 1973

Year in review


The Victorian Rally Championship was won by Bob Watson and Jeff Beaumont using both a Renault R12 Gordini and a Holden HQ Kingswood V8.

The Clubman Series was closely fought with 5 different winners across the six rounds. Ross Turner and Ian Pearson narrowly won the championship in their Galant.

This was also the last year that the traditional BP Rally was conducted in May, which was won by privateers, Andy Chapman and Laurie Comerford in a Datsun 1600.

Australian Rally Championship

Victoria hosted two rounds of the Australian Rally Championship, the Classic Rally and the Golden Alpine Rally. Victorian Warwick Smith won the national navigator’s title navigating for Peter Lang in the HDT Torana.

Holden advertisement for the mighty Kingswood crewed by Bob Watson and Jeff Beaumont


Victorian Rally Championship

VRC events for 1973 were the Penfolds, Midlander, Akademos, Experts, Two Day and Derrick.

Outright champions: Bob Watson / Jeff Beaumont, Renault 12 Gordini and Holden HQ Kingswood V8

For more details, including event results and points tables, go to the 1973 VRC page.

Victorian Clubman Series

The VCS events for the year were the HAC Invitation, Amateur 100, Brass Monkey, Midyear, Hunter Safari and Winter.

Winners: Ross Turner / Ian Pearson, Mitsubishi Galant

For more details, including event results and points tables, go to the 1973 VCS page.

 The Rally Calendar for this year:

3 FebSummer TrialMUCCClub
3 FebSummer SafariPCCVClub
10 FebInvitation TrialHACVCS-1
24 FebNovice TrialBPACRestricted
3 MarPenfold Motors TrialRCCVVRC-1
3 MarNovice TrialBPACClub
10 MarBegonia RallyBLCCOpen
17 MarIntroductory TrialCCRMITClub
17 MarCamcrusher RallyFFCCOpen
24 MarClassic RallyGMHMCARC-2
7 AprAmateur 100VADCVCS-2
14 AprBoomerang TrialMSCCOpen
21 AprRallye EntierSCOTCCClub
28 AprMidlanderCVCCVRC-2
28 AprBlack Bush Bash TrialM850CCClub
5 MayInvitation TrialCOCVClub
5 MayMidnight TrialVSCCClub
8-13 MayBP Rally of South Eastern AustraliaLCCAInternational
12 MayNovice TrialVADCClub
26 MayAkademos RallyMUCCVRC-3
2 JunAutumn TrialNECCClub
9 JunBrass MonkeyRCCDVCS-3
16 JunClosed TrialVADCClub
23 JunSunrise TrialPIARCOpen
30 JunExperts TrialLCCAVRC-4
7 JulHonda ScamperHCCVClub
14 JulMidyear RallyMSCCVCS-4
21 JulBlue Ribbon TrialVSCCOpen
21 JulWinter TrialMUCCClub
28 JulOtway TrialWDCCOpen
4 AugGeorge Derrick Memorial Trial (postponed)CCRMITVRC
4 AugNutcracker TrialDSCCClub
18 AugTwo Day TrialVADCVRC-5
25 AugWinter Trial (postponed)HACVCS
1 SepSpring Time TrialRYMCClub
8 SepMidnighter Trial (postponed)CVCCClub
15 SepNorth Eastern Rally (cancelled)NECCVRC
22 SepGrindstone TrialGMHMCClub
29 SepMidwestern TrialLCCAOpen
29 SepMaldon Muddle (postponed)MUCCClub
SepBeepac RallyBPACOpen?
SepFrinite TrialVPMSCClub
6 OctHunter SafariCOCCVCS-5
OctMudlark RallyVWCVClub
13 OctCorroboree TrialCRBCCClub
20 OctPresidents Trial (cancelled)CCRMITOpen
27 OctCooper Memorial TrailWDCCOpen
3 NovPathfinder TrialPIARCOpen
10 NovGeorge Derrick Memorial TrialCCRMITVRC-6
17 NovWinter TrialHACVCS-6
24 NovYulunga TrialHDCCOpen
DecNovice Nightmare TrialRCCDClub
1 DecKanardly TrialTCVClub
8-9 DecGolden Alpine RallyLCCAARC-6
8 DecHonda Graduation TrialHCCVClub
9 DecPolice Courtesy RallyVPMSCOpen
15 DecMidnighter TrialCVCCClub
15 DecHonda Graduation TrialHCCVClub