Australian Rally History

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MARATHON TRIALS...
There were 15 Marathon Trials in Australia between 1953 and 2008. Read all about them... ​
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Wynn's Safari
The story of the Great Australian Challenge, from 1985 to 1988
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The Dulux Rally
An innovative mix of race and rally that captured Australia's attention in 1971 & 1972
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The Southern Cross Rally...
A history of Australia's premier international rally from 1966 to 1980.
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The Quiet Achiever
The story of the BP Solar Car Crossing of Australia in the summer of 1982/83.
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AUSTRALIAN RALLY HISTORY

By Tom Snooks

Tom Snooks, Australia’s most senior long-distance rally administrator, shares an insider’s history of some of Australia’s most important rallies.  

THE MARATHONS

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Marathon Trials - A Summary...

There were 15 Marathon Trials in Australia between 1953 and 2008. Read all about them...

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1995 Mobil 1 Trial - Reliability Trial

The Mobil 1 Reliability Trial - 59 special stages and covering 18,300 km around Australia in 20 days.

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1995 Mobil 1 Trial - Challenge Division

The Mobil 1 Challenge Division - 32 special stages, covering 16,667 km around Australia.

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Red Centre to Gold Coast Trial 2008

7,000 km in 12 days across outback Australia!

1998 PlayStation Round Australia Rally

The last of the "Round Australias"... The Playstation Rally comprised 76 stages and covered more than 18,000 km over 22 days.

GRAVEL RALLIES

History of the Australian Rally Championship, 1968-1988

The year-by-year story of the CAMS Australian Rally Championship, from 1968 - 1988.

The Dulux Rally 1971 & 1972

The story of the 1971 and 1972 Dulux Rallies - an innovative combination of race and rally that captured Australia's attention.

History of the Southern Cross International Rally

A history of Southern Cross Rallies from 1966 to 1980.

2013 Bega Valley Rally

The story of the Bega Vally Rally, with focus on the 1973 and 2013 events.

THE SAFARIS

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Australian Safari 1989-1992

The Challenge continues...

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Wynn's Safari 1985-1988

Wynn's Safari, the Great Australian Challenge.

TARMAC EVENTS

Targa Tasmania 1992-2003

The story of the development of Targa Tasmania from 1992 to 2003.

Classic Adelaide 2002-2005

The story of Classic Adelaide from 2002 to 2005.

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2002 Grand Prix Rally

The 2002 Grand Prix Rally started in Shepparton and finished 5 days later at Albert Park.

2007 Porsche Great Ocean Road Escape

A historic closure of the Great Ocean Road in 2007 saw 175 Porsche Customers have a "once in a lifetime" tour.

The Italian Connection Trophy

The Italian Connection Trophy (ICT), a touring event in North East Victoria, was a fund-raiser for the Duchenne Foundation.

Total Oil Economy Run

Total Oil Economy runs were conducted from 1976 to 1980

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The Quiet Achiever

The story of the BP Solar Car Crossing of Australia, from Perth to Sydney in the summer of 1982/83.

PEOPLE

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Orders

Australian Rally History journals are available as printed copies and colour eBooks.