Re-live the action from 1989

Year in review


The Victorian Rally Championship was won by Greg Hoinville and Michael Cains in their Ford Escort MkII. This was a symbolic generational change as Greg is the son of two-times former Victorian Trials Champion navigator Graham Hoinville. This was also the first year when Group G cars were no longer able to run in the VRC, only Production Rally Cars and Clubman Rally Cars.

Australian Rally Championship

Victoria’s hosted Round 2 of the Australian Rally Championship, the BP Visco 2000 Alpine, earlier in the year on 28-30 April. The Alpine was won by Greg Carr and Mick Harker in their Lancia Delta Integrale 4WD and they went on to convincingly win the championship.

Victorians didn’t feature in the championship placings this year.

Greg Carr and Fred Gocentas in the Lancia Delta Integrale on the 1989 Festival State Rally


Victorian Rally Championship

VRC events were the Bayswater Wrecker Stages, the Swinburne 200 Rally, the BP Visco 2000 Alpine Rally, the Akademos Rally, the George Derrick Memorial Rally, and the Wodonga North Eastern Rally.

Outright Champions: Greg Hoinville / Michael Cains, Escort Mk II

State Recognised Award: Pat Barber / Jim Maude, Ford Laser TX3 4WD

Clubman Award: Neil Cuthbert/ Daryl Adams, Datsun 1600

Novice Award: Brenden Edgerton / Graeme Holding, Mitsubishi Lancer

For more details, including event results and points tables, go to the 1989 VRC page.

Victorian Trials Championship (Series)

Again, the VTC was generally now called the VTS and comprised:

  1. Border Safari (did this run?)
  2. Experts Trial
  3. Bernarras Trial
  4. William Harvey Memorial Trial

Detail series results

Sprint Rally Series

Details? Events:

  1. ANZ Begonia City Sprint Rally
  2. MMAL Safari
  3. Zodiac Sprint Rally
  4. Anglia Memorial Sprint Rallt

Western Region Trial Series

This series of closed events was for clubs in western Victoria, in particular Geelong, Ballarat and Melton. Events held were: 

  1. ANZ Begonia City Sprint Rally and Trial
  2. Yulunga Trial
  3. Daryl Tunbridge Memorial Trial
  4. Bernarras Trial
  5. William Harvey Memorial Trial

Riverina & North Eastern Series

This closed series was for members of the car clubs in northern and north-eastern Victoria. The series comprised at least these events, but perhaps additional NSW events:

  1. Beaurepaires for Tyres Trial
  2. Goulburner Trial
  3. Spring Trial

TAUCC Series

This series of closed events were for the various technical college and university car clubs, HMAS Cerberus Car Club, Melton Motor Sports Club and Nissan Car Club. This year the series comprised only four events. The Nissan Nightmoves was cancelled due to wet weather, as was the Bog0a-Duck Trial, while the Western Districts Trial was cancelled due to a lack of personnel to run the event.

  1. Autumn Midnight Trial Results in May Unicar
  2. Moonlight Meander – Result sin May Unicar, Amended in Nov Unicar
  3. Forester Trial – Results in Oct Unicar
  4. Distrial – Results om Dec Unicar incl series points

Group 5

This closed series comprised events run by PIARC, CRB Car Club and the Torana Club of Victoria. Events:

  1. Tee Cee Vee Trial
  2. Spring 200
  3. Pathfinder Trial
  4. Tocoan Trial
  5. Adam ‘n Eve Trial
  6. Kanga Trial

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 The Rally Calendar for this year:

5 FebGrant Walker Motors Sprint RallyFFCCClosed
11 FebShamateur I (postponed to 8 July)LCCAClosed
25 FebCooboboonee Cruisin’ TrialHDCCClosed
25 FebTee Cee Vee TrialHMSCCGroup5-1
5 Marypedia.com.au/1988-bayswater-wreckers/”>Bayswater Wreckers StagesFFCCVRC-1
11 MarChallenge of ClubsNCCAClosed
11 MarRobertson’s Pharmacy Novice TrialNECCClosed
18 MarIntroductory TrialMSCCClosed
18 MarANZ Begonia City Sprint Rally and TrialBLCCSRS-1 / WR-1
1 AprSwinburne 200 RallySCCVRC-2
8 AprBeaurepaires for Tyres TrialAWDCCRNES-1
8 AprSafariMMALCCSRS-2
15 AprSpring 200FFCCGroup5-2
22 AprYulunga TrialHDCCWR-2
28-30 AprBP Visco Alpine RallyLCCAARC-2 / VRC-3
6 MayAutumn Midnight TrialCCRMITTAUCC-1
6 MayGeorge Woods Introductory TrialPCCVClosed
13 MayPathfinder TrialPIARCGroup5-3
20 MayAkademosMUCCVRC-4
20 MayCarlin & Gazzard Pines TrialSEACClosed
27 MayMoonlight MeanderMMSCTAUCC-2
27 MayZodiac Sprint RallyCRBCCSRS-3
3 JunBorder Safari Trial – did this run?NECCVTS-1
10 JunDaryl Tunbridge Memorial TrialBLCCWR-3
17 JunTocoan TrialTCCIGroup5-4
24 JunExperts TrialLCCAVTS-2
8 JulShamatur 1LCCAClosed
15 JulTubemakers Metal Centre TrialSEACClosed
22 JulDatsauto Nissan Nightmoves (postponed to September then cancelled)NCCATAUCC
29 JulLCCA RallyLCCAOpen
19 AugMobil TrialSEACClosed
26 AugShamateur 2LCCAClosed
2 SepAnglia Memorial Sprint RallyFFCCSRS-4
9 SepGoulburner TrialSDCCRNES-2
16 SepBog-A-Duck Trial (cancelled)MUCCTAUCC
23 SepVictoria Cross RallyCACAOpen
23 SepSouth Eastern TrialSEACClosed
7 OctBob Jane Novice Trial (cancelled)BLCCClosed
7 OctSpring TrialNECCRNES-3
14 OctForester TrialCerberusTAUCC-3
14 OctAdam ‘n Eve TrialCRBCCGroup5-5
14 OctFar Western TrialHDCCClosed
21 OctBernarras TrialLCCABENVTS-3, WR-4
28 OctGeorge Derrick Memorial RallyCCRMITVRC-5
10-12 NovJohn Pryce Memorial Old BP RallyLCCAOpen
18 NovWestern Districts Trial (cancelled)SCCTAUCC
18 NovThe Double Yoo Dee TrialHDCCClosed
18 NovKanga TrialMMALCCGroup5-6
25 NovWodonga North Eastern RallyNECCVRC-6
2 DecWilliam Harvey Memorial TrialPCCVVTS-4, WR-5
9 DecDistrialMSCCTAUCC-4