The Border Oils and Batteries Mitta Mountain Rally returns to the rally calendar in 2018, with the third running of the event to be held on Saturday, May 5th
The rally is a round of the Victorian and NSW Rally Championships, incorporating the Mitta Masters - a Multi Club Event for classic cars and competitors.
It will also be a round of the new-for-2018 East Coast Classic Rally series.
Based out of the township of Mitta Mitta in the north east of Victoria, the event will offer crews 130-140km of competition over five blind stages, on twisty mountain roads.
All roads have been graded in the past 12 months, meaning conditions should be better than ever.
The Border Oils and Batteries Mitta Mountain Rally is being organised jointly by the North Eastern Car Club and Albury Wodonga and Districts Car Club.
Competition will start at 8.00am on Saturday, May 5, allowing for results to be finalised on the day and presentations held that night.
Accommodation in the area will be tight, but the organisers have booked all they can. To make a booking, get in touch with Accommodation Co-ordinator Geoff Dunlop on 0473 017 492 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and find what suits you best .
The organising team has evolved in 2018, and now includes:
Clerk of Course: Col Elliott
Road Director: Tod Reed
Event Secretary: Gary Gourlay
Promotion: David West
Event Checker: Ross Runnalls
Nearly 140 classics cars and motorcycles took centre stage at the North Eastern Car Club's annual Show Us Your Car Night on Wednesday.
The display was held at the club's Tarrawingee headquarters, and despite the extreme heat, the biggest collection of cars and bikes yet seen were presented to a large group of enthusiasts.
This was the sixth year that the car show has been held, and North Eastern Car Club spokesman, Jeff Whitten, said it was once again a huge success.
"Our vehicle numbers were up slightly from last year, which is very pleasing for the club," he said.
"The hot weather no doubt kept a number of vehicles and spectators away, but overall the night was very well received."
The North Eastern Car Club is north east Victoria's oldest car club, having been established in 1953.
With around 200 members, the club caters for members with an interest in all forms of motoring and motorsport, and provides a wide range of events catering for drivers as young as 12 years of age.
The North Eastern Car Club’s annual “SHOW US YOUR CAR” night will be held on Wednesday, February 7th.
The car show will be held at their clubrooms in Nolans Lane, Tarrawingee, 11km east of Wangaratta on the Great Alpine Road between 6pm and 8.30pm.
Owners of muscle cars, rally cars, vintage and veteran cars, classic cars, trucks and motorcycles of all descriptions are invited to display their vehicles in front of an expected large crowd of motoring enthusiasts.
Entry for display vehicles is a $5 donation, while spectators are free.
Over 100 vehicles will be on display. Ample trailer parking is available.
A barbecue and cold drinks will be on sale during the evening.
Further information: email@example.com or Ron Woodward phone (03) 5727 3407.
As I sit back and reflect over this year’s khanacross series and the past Khanacross series over several years, I wondered if they have been successful.
How do we measure this? Is it the number of competitors/round of the series? Is it the money which we make for the club and other community groups? Or is it seeing the fastest and most skilful drivers battling at the front of the pack for the outright positions?
While it is great to stand and watch these top drivers negotiating the set course with skill and finesse; is this what makes an event successful? This is part of what makes this series successful, but to me the success of the khanacross series comes down to a few very basic things.
1. When the juniors start competing, some have no driving skills, some have few skills and as the year and years go by, you see not only the knowledge of the car improving but their skill in car control.
The most satisfying thing is seeing the juniors grow as a person, their confidence grow’s they start to see that they can do an activity which is out of the comfort zone. They can talk to and take advice from senior competitors and officials in a nurturing environment. Without the junior competitors realising at first, they see how an event is organised.
The manner in which they must conduct themselves, the rules and regulations that must be followed to ensure every ones safety including their own and structure of the officials who conduct the event.
Many of the juniors who have started in this type of event over the years have become an important part of the North Eastern Car Club and participated in other club events and some get involved in the management committee of the club.
As the clerk of the course this makes all the effort worthwhile and very rewarding.
2. To conduct a successful event you can’t do it by yourself, you have to assemble a dedicated team of officials to work together to achieve a common goal. This is exactly what happened over the past khanacross series.
The personnel which put their hand up to take a number of roles to ensure each round of each series were conducted successfully. Without their time and effort this outcome would not have happened.
3. The last measure of success is one which sometimes is lost in the heat of the battle or its importance is overshadowed by less important things.
So as I stand in the back ground of each round and watch the event unfold throughout the day, this little thing is hard to not notice whether it’s the seniors or juniors or officials or the spectators it’s on show for all to see, so what is this small thing? IT’S FUN!!
Everywhere you look you see smiles, people enjoying themselves, that’s what makes the job rewarding.
So because there is no I in team, I would like to thank the following people and the roles which they officiated in to make each round happen.
Setting up administration and office department – Brooke Roman
Book In Ralph Scalzo Lola and Gary Gourlay
Safety checks and scrutineering – Rod Shaw, Ron Woodward, Troy Brendel.
Course designer and construction – Ray, Jimi, Tyler and Grace Wingrave, Peter, Luke & Matthew Whitten & Robin Box
Catering – Veronica, Lisa, Jodie& Andrea Box, Marnie Wingrave & Clare Whitten
BBQ- Allan Roman Matthew Whitten and members of the Carboor Hall committee
Timing –Jeff Whitten, Debbie Richards, Peter Whitten, Ray Wingrave and many others
Scoring – Ron & Jan Harper, Cody Richards Luke Whitten, Lisa Box and Kate Whitten
Car Maintenance – Terry Goode
Media – Peter Whitten, Richard Fung
Families and spectators.
Thank-you to the Carboor hall committee for providing the grounds and facilities to run each khanacross round and for supplying the catering.
And lastly a big thank-you to Lola for your support and help over the last 6 years of the khanacross series and for typing up articles for the “Good Oil”.
As I stated before I could not have done this without you all – So thank you!
– Stephen Roman
A brand new rallysprint series has been unveiled in Southern NSW and North East Victoria, commencing in September.
The Wagga & District Car Club, the Albury Wodonga and Districts Car Club and the North Eastern Car Club all want to rebuild their rallying profiles, and given the difficulty of attracting entries from the distant big competitor bases in Sydney and Melbourne, have come up with the an exciting series that should get the attention of competitors of all abilities from near and far.
They are reinstating the Riverina North Eastern Victoria Rally Series that ran successfully from 1980 to 1994, but as a series of Rallysprint events run by each club, to be known as the Riverina North East Rallysprint Challenge.
The events will be run two weeks apart over a four week period from September 9 to October 7, 2017.
Facilities are available for competitors who want to leave their cars in the area for that period and come and work on them before each event.
First up on September 7 will be the iconic NECC Mt Porepunkah Rallysprint, based near Bright, back again after a few years lay off.
The 8km roads up and over the mountain have received some maintenance so are in the best condition seen for some years. They will be run twice in each direction as usual. Keep up to date with the event via https://www.facebook.com/Mount-Porepunkah-RallySprint
Then on September 23 will be Wagga’s Bondo Rallysprint, run in the Bondo state Forest near Tumut. Wagga have traditionally run the Mundarlo Road event, but have moved back into the forest with 10 and 13 km stages used three times in the one direction.
This is a variation to normal Rallysprint formats at the request of NSW Forestry Corporation. Contact is Debbie Quirk (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The final round on October 7 will be Albury Wodonga’s all new Bethanga Stampede, based at Bethanga out of Albury, revisiting the same name, location and some of the shire roads used as a famous part of the first Sydney-Melbourne-Sydney Southern Cross Rally in 1966.
Two 8km stages will be run twice in each direction. Contact is David West (Weststractorparts@bigpond.com).
Intending competitors do not have to enter the Challenge to enter any one of these events, and members of the three organising clubs will not receive preference in accepting entries.
The Challenge Regulations are pretty simple:
• To be eligible, the driver and co-driver must be a financial member of one of the three clubs.
• Entry forms will allow for the option to nominate for RNERC.
• There will be a 4WD winning driver and a 2WD winning driver and co-driver.
• Points to be awarded from each event: 1st 20, 2nd 15, 3rd 11, 4th 8, 5th 6, 6th 5, 7th 4, 8th 3, 9th 2, 10th 1.
• Compensatory points for officialling on one round to the average of points gained in all other rounds contested. No enter, equals no points.
• The club with most points from competing members will be recognised on and retain the (existing) perpetual trophy.
An announcement on a Challenge sponsor and awards is still to come.
The second khanacross for the year will be held at the Carboor Recreation Reserve this Sunday.
After a frosty start, it's supposed to be a fine, sunny day, so warm up by competing, or by coming to spectate and standing by one of the fire drums as drivers strut their stuff.
Cars of all types are eligible to compete on the grass track.
Book in is from 9am, with the first run to get underway at 10am.
For more information contact Steve Roman on 5721 9147.
The more chrome bumper cars the better. Modern day plastic bumper vehicles are also welcome.
Other club members are welcome as well as their family and friends.
We will visit these places: Thoona, Lake Rowan, Tungamah, Katamatite, Mulwala, Corowa, Wahgunyah and Boorhaman.
• Meet at Apex Park Wangaratta at 9:00am for 9:30 am departure.
• $5.00 donation per car to club to cover insurance.
• BYO morning tea and we will have a stopover along the way.
• Lunch at Lake Mulwala Hotel/Motel or BYO picnic by the foreshore.
• We will provide a map on the day.
Rain or shine, hope you can make it.
Please advise David Ward by phone or text on 0427 521 735 or email email@example.com if you are coming.
Please provide name of driver and number of persons who will by having lunch at the hotel, as we need to give the hotel an indication of numbers.
The first khanacross for the year will be held at the Carboor Recreation Reserve this Sunday, April 23.
Cars of all types are eligible to compete on the grass track, which should be in perfect condition after the recent good weather.
So clean your driving gear, dust off the car (!), tune it up and get to Carboor this Sunday for a great day of club motorsport.
Book in is from 9am, with the first run to get underway at 10am.
For more information contact Steve Roman on 5721 9147.
The North Eastern Car Club is conducting another lap dash event at the Wilby Motorsport Park on April 2, 2017.
CLICK HERE for more information and event regulations.
The initial NECC calendar for 2017 is now available, and can be found HERE.