Re-live the action from 1976

Year in review


The Victorian Rally Championship was won by Bob Waterhouse and Paul Paterson in their Datsun 1600 1.8L. 

Two International status rallies were held in Victoria in 1976, the Holden Dealers International in October and the Kleber Alpine Rally in November. Both were won by Greg Carr and Fred Gocentas in a Datsun 710.

Australian Rally Championship

Victoria hosted two rounds of the Australian Rally Championship, the Marchal Rallye (Round 2) and the North Eastern Rally (Round 5). Fury and Suffern won both the Marchal Rallye and North Eastern in a Datsun 710 but were ineligible for ARC points. Ross Dunkerton and Jeff Beaumont placed second in both events in their Datsun 240Z and went on to convincingly win the national title that year.

Greg Carr on his way to winning the 1976 Holden Dealers International


Victorian Rally Championship

The 1976 VRC comprised six events: George Derrick Memorial Trial, Brass Monkey Trial, Akademos Rally, Experts Trial, Hunter Safari, Eclipse Motors Rally

Outright Champions: Bob Waterhouse / Paul Paterson, Datsun 1600

For more details, including event results and points tables, go to the 1976 VRC page.

Waterhouse and Paterson on the 76 Holden Dealers

Victorian Clubman Series

VCS rounds for 1976 were the Summer Safari, Otway, Yulunga, Mountain, North Central and Mideastern.

Winners: Bob Phillips / Ross Runnalls, Datsun 1600

For more details, including event results and points tables, go to the 1976 VCS page.

TAUCC Series

This was the second year of a series of closed events for the various technical college and university car clubs. The series was won by the CCRMIT with individual honours going to Peter Evans and Chris Maniatakis.

Ten events were calendared in the TAUCC Series for 1976 but two were cancelled:

  1. Summer Trial
  2. Swinburne 250
  3. Introductory Trial
  4. Autumn Midnight Trial
  5. Winter Trial
  6. Amateur Trial
  7. Baxter’s Burn (cancelled)
  8. Western Districts Trial
  9. Boomerang Trial (cancelled)
  10. Disrally

Other Events

Overture Rally

A relatively new concept, this one day daylight special stage event was intended as a season opener and shakedown event. Read the full story here.

Presidents Trial

The traditional end of year event. Read more to see who won!

 The Rally Calendar for this year:

1 FebOvertureLCCAOpen
7 FebSummer SafariPCCVVCS-1
7 FebHighlander TrialCCCClub
7 FebSummer TrialNECCClub
7 FebNovice TrialHDCCClub
14 FebMountain RallyCERBClub
14 FebTwilight TrialCRBCCClub
21 FebSunrise RallyPIARCClub
21 FebSummer TrialMUCCTAUCC-1
21 FebNovice TrialWDCCClub
28 FebSummer StagesBLCCClub
28 FebClosedRCCDClub
6 MarGeorge Derrick Memorial TrialCCRMITVRC-1/SARC
13 MarInvitation TrialCOCCVClub
13 MarTiro’s TortureFCCVClub
13 MarAnglia MemorialFFCCClub
13 MarAutumn TrialSHDCCClub
13 MarShamateur ILCCAClub
13 MarFind the Finish and FeedVMACClub
20 MarChallenge TrialPCCVClub
20 MarARC PracticeRCCVClub
20 MarSwinburne 250SCOTCCTAUCC-2
27 MarOtway RallyWDCCVCS-2
27 MarUp the RiverADCCClub
3 AprMelton Shell 250MMSCClub
3 AprTriple H Double JPACClub
3 AprAmateur 100VADCClub
10 AprYulunga TrialHDCCVCS-3
10 AprIntroductory TrialMSCCTAUCC-3
10 AprAutumn TrialNECCClub
10 AprWestern TrialWDCCClub
10 AprNovice TrialCRBCCClub
10 AprMDCC 200MDCCClub
24 AprBrass Monkey TrialRCCDVRC-2
24 AprPresidents InvitationSEACClub
24 AprRecruitment IBLCCClub
1 MayNovice TrialDCCAClub
1 MayShamateur IILCCAClub
8 MayMountain RallySCOTCCVCS-4
8 MayRollawayM850Club
15 MayMarchal RallyeRCCVARC-2
22 MayBeepacBPACClub
22 MayAutumn Midnight TrialCCRMITTAUCC-4
22 MayPines TrialSEACClub
29 MayAkademosMUCCVRC-3
29 MayTee Cee VeeTCVClub
29 MayAutumn TrialVADCClub
5 JunMidlander RallyCVCCClub
5 JunPresidents Trial (cancelled)CRBCCClub
5 JunWinter TrialNECCClub
5 JunTrialRCCDClub
19 JunSpencer Motors TrialFCCVClub
19 JunWinter TrialHACClub
19 JunWinter TrialMUCCTAUCC-5
19 JunPeck and Stokes TrialRCCGClub
26 JunGoldfields RallyRCCVOpen
26 JunMountain MastersADCCClub
26 JunWinter TrialBACClub
26 JunBorder TrialSEACClub
3 JulForest FossickCATCCClub
3 JulValkyrian TrialVWCCClub
10 JulExperts TrialLCCAVRC-4
10 JulWilliam Harvey MemorialPCCVClub
10 JulNovice Trial???Club
17 JulAmateur TrialCCRMITTAUCC-6
17 JulHonda ScamperHCCVClub
17 JulForest ClassicNECCClub
17 JulBellarine Night TrialWDCCClub
31 JulPathfinder TrialPIARCClub
7 AugWinter TrialFCCGClub
7 AugBaxter’s Burn (cancelled)CCRMITTAUCC-7
14 AugHunter SafariCOCCVVRC-5
14 AugClub TrialHDCCClub
21 AugTwo Day Trial (cancelled)VADCOpen
21 AugDaryl Tunbridge MemorialBLCCClub
21 AugNovice TrialFCCVClub
21 AugRookies RambleRCCVClub
28 AugNorth Eastern RallyNECCARC-5
28 AugShamateur IIILCCAClub
4 SepNorth Central TrialCCCVCS-5
4 SepMt Gambier TrialSEACClub
4 SepSpring TrialSHDCCClub
11 SepRoundabout TrialM850Club
11 SepRenault Australia TrialRCCVClub
18 SepForester RallyCERBOpen
18 SepWestern Districts Trial???TAUCC-8
18 SepBP Novice TrialBPACClub
25 SepMideastern RallyLCCAVCS-6
2 OctTrialFFCCClub
2 OctPresidents TrialHDCCClub
2 OctMoonlight MeanderMMSCClub
2 OctRecruitment IIBLCCClub
9 OctMini Invitation TrialM850GClub
9 OctBoomerang Trial (cancelled)MSCCTAUCC-9
16 OctRally of the Rising SunDCCAClub
16 OctPAC TrialPACClub
16 OctKanardly TrialTCVClub
16 OctNovice TrialRCCVClub
23 OctEclipse Motors RallyWDCCVRC-6
23 OctOctober TrialLCCABENClub
23 OctShamateur IIILCCAClub
30-31 OctHolden Dealers InternationalVMACInternational
30 OctCamcrusher Rally (cancelled)FFCCVCS-7
30 OctPresidents TrialCVCCClub
30 OctSpring TrialNECCClub
6 NovValve Stretcher TrialFCCGClub
13 Nov1000 PuddlesTrialADCCClub
13 NovAdam ‘n Eve TrialCRBCCClub
13 NovDisrallyMSCCTAUCC-10
13 NovHonda GraduationHCCVClub
20 NovInvitation TrialHDCCClub
20 NovMaldon MuddleMUCCClub
20 NovRallye des DamesRCCVClub
26-28 NovKleber Alpine RallyLCCAInternational
4 DecPresidents TrialCCRMITOpen
11 DecSummer TrialVADCClub