Re-live the action from 1974
Year in review
Garry Harrowfield and Geoff Boyd put in a commanding performance to win the 1974 VRC, winning four of the first five rounds. Later in the year, Victoria hosted its first true special stage event, the RACV 500, won by George Fury and Monty Suffern, fresh from their stunning fourth place in the Southern Cross Rally.
Australian Rally Championship
Victoria hosted two rounds of the Australian Rally Championship, the Akademos (Round 2) and the Alpine (Round 7). The Akademos was won by Colin Bond and George Shepheard who went on to win the ARC that year in their Torana XU-1. The Alpine was won by Doug Stewart and Brian Hope in a Lancer, although they were ineligible for ARC points, which went to equal second placed Stewart McLeod / Adrian Mortimer (260Z) and Colin Bond / George Shepheard (XU-1).
July 1st 1974 was designated as the changeover date for Victorian rallies to be run in kilometres instead of miles. This was no easy change for many navigators who had substantial collections of maps annotated with distances in miles. There was either a great deal of “white out” used or a lot of completely new maps purchased. A topographic map cost about $1 in 1974!
Victorian Rally Championship
VRC events in 1974 were the Begonia. Penfolds, Midlander, Experts, Derrick, Hunter Safari, North Eastern and RACV 500.
Outright champions: Garry Harrowfield / Geoff Bord, Cortina Mark II.
For more details, including event results and points tables, go to the 1974 VRC page.
Victorian Clubman Series
VCS events in 1974 were the Summer Safari, Otways, Classic, Amateur 100, Brass Monkey, Midyear, Midwestern, HAC Invitation Trial and Camcrusher.
Winners: Rob Dyer / Graham Wallis, Peugeot 404.
For more details, including event results and points tables, go to the 1974 VCS page.
The Rally Calendar for this year:
|2 Feb||North Central Trial||CCC||Open|
|9 Feb||Summer Trial||NECC||Club|
|16 Feb||Novice Trial||VADC||Club|
|23 Feb||Summer Safari||PCCV||VCS-1|
|2 Mar||BP Rally of the Gippsland Hills||MDCC||Club|
|2 Mar||Novice Trial||BPAC||Club|
|9 Mar||Begonia Rally||BLCC||VRC-1|
|16 Mar||Otway Trial||WDCC||VCS-2|
|23 Mar||Autumn Trial||NECC||Club|
|23 Mar||Introductory Trial||CCRMIT||Club|
|30 Mar||Classic Rally||GMHMC||VCS-3|
|30 Mar||Introductory Trial||CCRMIT||Club|
|6 Apr||Penfolds Motors Trial||RCCV||VRC-2|
|13 Apr||Boomerang Trial||MSCC||Club|
|20 Apr||Amateur 100||VADC||VCS-4|
|20 Apr||Novice Trial||DCCA||Club|
|27 Apr||Midlander Trial||CVCC||VRC-3|
|4 May||Mountain Rally||SCOTCC||Open|
|18? May||Corroboree Trial||CRBCC||Club|
|18 May||Autumn Midnight Trial||CCRMIT||Club|
|1 Jun||Brass Monkey Trial||RCCD||VCS-5|
|22 Jun||Sunrise Trial||PIARC||Open|
|29 Jun||Experts Trial||LCCA||VRC-4|
|6 Jul||Amateur Trial||CCRMIT||Club|
|6 Jul||Honda Scamper||HCC||Club|
|13 Jul||Two Day Enduro (cancelled)||VADC||Open|
|13 July||Valkyrian Trial||VWCC||Group5-1|
|20 Jul||Midyear Rally||MSCC||VCS-6|
|20 Jul||Winter Trial||MUCC||Club|
|3 Aug||Winter Safari||CCC||Club|
|10 Aug||George Derrick Memorial Trial||CCRMIT||VRC-5|
|17 Aug||Camcrusher Trial (postponed to November)||FFCC||VCS|
|24 Aug||RACV Gippsland 500 (postponed)||RYMC||VRC|
|31 Aug||Western Districts Trial||SCOTCC||Club|
|31 Aug||Winter Safari Trial||CCC||Club|
|7 Sep||Goldfield Rally||RCCV||Open|
|7 Sep||Pathfinder Trial||PIARC||Club|
|14 Sep||North Eastern Rally (postponed)||NECC||VRC|
|14 Sep||President’s Trial||VPMSC||Club|
|21 Sep||Open Trial?||GMHMC||Open|
|28 Sep||Midwestern Trial||LCCA||VCS-7|
|12 Oct||Hunter Safari||COCC||VRC-6|
|19 Oct||Presidents Trial (cancelled)||CCRMIT||Open|
|26 Oct||Cooper Memorial Trial||WDCC||Open|
|2 Nov||HAC Invitation Trial||HAC||VCS-8|
|9 Nov||North Eastern Rally||NECC||VRC-7|
|16 Nov||RACV Gippsland 500 Rally||RYMC||VRC-8|
|23 Nov||Yulunga Trial||HDCC||Club|
|30 Nov||Camcrusher Rally||FFCC||VCS-9|
|7-8 Dec||Alpine Rally||LCCA||ARC-7|
|7 Dec||Maldon Muddle||MUCC||Club|