Re-live the action from 1987
Year in review
The Victorian Rally Championship was won by Geoff Portman and Peter Gale in their Datsun 1600 2.3L.
Australian Rally Championship
Victoria hosted the sixth and final round of the ARC with the BP Visco Alpine Rally which was won by Ian Hill and Phil Bonsar in a Subaru RX Turbo.
Despite the continuance of the split Group A/Group G points system, the ARC was now dominated by Group A cars, many that were 4WD. But in something of a surprise, it was Greg Carr and Fred Gocentas who took out the 1987 title in their rear wheel drive Alfa Romeo GTV6, closely followed by Wayne Bell and Dave Boddy (in both a rear wheel drive Toyota Corolla Levin and a Mazda 323 4WD).
Victorian Rally Championship
VRC events this year were the Maryborough Nissan Blue Ribbon Rally, the Bayswater Wrecker Stages, the Marsh Seats Akademos, the George Derrick Memorial Rally, and the BP Visco Alpine Rally.
Outright Champions: Geoff Portman / Peter Gale, Datsun 1600
State Recognised Driver Award: David Greig, Datsun 1600
Stage Recognised Navigator Award: Doug Gould (navigating for Graeme Gambold)
Clubman Award: Michael Reeves / David Proctor, Datsun 1600
Production Rally Car Award: Graeme Gambold / Doug Gould, Toyota TE71
For more details, including event results and points tables, go to the 1987 VRC page.
Victorian Trials Championship
The VTC events this year were:
- Experts Trial
- Rally of the Rising Sun
- William Harvey Memorial Trial
- Eureka Trial.
State Recognised Award:
Production Rally Car Award:
For more details, including event results and points tables, go to the 1987 VTC page.
Western Region Trial Series
This series of closed events was for clubs in western Victoria, in particular Geelong, Ballarat and Melton. Events held were:
- Yulunga Trial
- Highlander Trial
- Daryl Tunbridge Memorial Trial
- Western Lion Trial
- Booderoo Trial
Riverina & North Eastern Series
This closed series was for members of the car clubs in northern and north-eastern Victoria. The series comprised:
- Beaurapaires Tyres Trial
- NSW event?
- Whiteknuckles Trial
- Goulburner Trial
- NSW Event?
- Spring Trial
This series of closed events was originally for the various technical college and university car clubs. This year saw the Combine 6 series effectively merged into the TAUCC Series, so in addition to the HMAS Cerberus Car Club, the Melton Motor Sports Club and the Nissan Car Club of Australia both joined the TAUCC series. This year the series comprised (Moonlight Meander was cancelled):
- Swinburne 200 – Results in March Unicar
- Autumn Midnight Trial – Have results, also in April Unicar
- Nissan Nightmoves – Results in Aug Unicar
- Bog-A-Duck Trial – Results in Sep Unicar
- Forester Trial – Results in Oct Unicar
- Distrial – Results in Nov Unicar
The individual TAUCC Champions were Nigel Letty and Cameron Jay.
This closed series comprised events run by PIARC, CRB Car Club and the Torana Club of Victoria. Events were:
- Zodiac Rally
- ANZ Bank Trial
- Tee Cee Vee Memorial Trial
- Kanga Trial
- Pathfinder Trial
- Tocoan Trial
- MMAL Safari
- Adam ‘n Eve Trial
The High Country Trial was another excellent example of a multi-day navigational event organised by Ross Runnalls. The HCT took competitors through many parts of the Australian Alps in Eastern Victoria. Winners were David Officer, David McKenzie and Kate Officer in the Officer’s Pajero.
The Rally Calendar for this year:
|Zodiac Rally (cancelled?)
|Kirk Memorial Trial
|Festival Novice Trial
|Challenge of Clubs
|Whroo Ramble (postponed to Oct)
|ANZ Bank Trial
|George Woods Memorial Trial
|Maryborough Nissan Blue Ribbon Rally
|Tee Cee Vee Memorial Trial
|Autumn Midnight Trial
|Beaurapaires Tyres Trial
|High Country Trial
|Northern Mini Parts Rallysprint
|Bayswater Wrecker Stages (ex Camcrusher)
|Coca Cola Trial
|Moonlight Meander (cancelled)
|Darryl Tunbridge Memorial Trial
|Nissan Nightmoves (postponed to end Aug)
|Western Lion Trial
|Topline Pines Trial
|Rally of the Rising Sun
|Waw Novice Trial
|Shamateur 2 (postponed a week?)
|Anglia Memorial Trial
|George Derrick Memorial Rally
|Scarfe Steel Supplies Trial
|William Harvey Memorial Trial
|Far Western Trial
|Victoria Cross Rally
|Adam & Eve Trial
|BP Visco Alpine Rally
|Chick Pfeifer Memorial Trial
|Western Districts Trial