Australian Rally History

by Tom Snooks
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Australian Safari 1989 – 1992

Following the acclaimed success of the 1988 Bi-Centennial Wynn’s Safari (‘The Big One’) approaches were made by Japanese business interests with a proposal that would guarantee sponsorship of the event over the following four years.

These were accepted by Automotion Australia the event was renamed the “Australian Safari”. However, the very positive association with Wynn’s Australia was never forgotten by Automotion Principals, Tom Snooks and Bob Carpenter.

These documents tell the story of the Australian Safari, from 1989 to 1992.


What every Australian Safari competitor strives for –  the finishers medallion. 

Australian Safari finishers medallion

Australian Safari - year by year...


The 1989 Australian Safari

18 - 27 August 1989


The 1990 Australian Safari

18 - 26 August 1990

Motorcycle winner, John Hedrics, crossing a river

The 1991 Australian Safari

8 - 18 August 1991

The 1992 Australian Safari

8 - 16 August 1992