Australian Rally History

by Tom Snooks
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2007 Porsche Great Ocean Road Escape

The 2007 Porche Great Ocean Road Escape was the fourth Porsche national customer event in nine years. It followed the highly successful customer tours of the Adelaide Hills in 2002 and Targa Tasmania Tour in 2000. It was more than two years in its planning.

175 Porsches started the event in the Yarra Valley on 8 November 2007 and headed to Lorne to Erskine Beach Resort – home for the next three nights.

The event was predominantly a touring event aimed at enjoying driving a car on mostly scenic country roads, but included competitive activities ranging from observation tests, average speed sections (regularity tests), motorkhana tests and driving skill tests.

As part of the Porsche celebrations a section of the Great Ocean Road, from Lorne to Apollo Bay, was closed to vehicular traffic except for the exclusive passage of the Porsche Customer Tour vehicles, for the first time ever for a motoring event – not once, but twice, with the event using the closed road one way on the Friday and the other way on the Saturday.

Being able to use sections of the Great Ocean Road completely free of other traffic was an unrepeatable experience for those in the Porsche Customer Tour, as the road had never been closed for a motoring event, and beyond this special one there could be no plans to close the road again for cars, making this Tour a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience. 

Read about the Porsche Customer Tour in the document below… Use mouse, scroll bar or page controls to move through the document.