Classic rally cars to join champs
THE round of the Australian Rally Championship to be held in Coffs Harbour from May 14 to 16 won’t simply be about the turbo-charged vehicles racing their way around the forest roads on the Coast.
A number of classic rally car owners have expressed their interest in participating in the popular event.
That means motor racing fans will be able to not only meet the drivers and check out the vehicles of the big stars of the Australian Rally Championship at the Coffs Harbour Showground but they will also be able to run their eye over the old cars that used to be the kings of racing along the dirt roads.
It has been over 25 years since Ford Escorts and Datsun Stanzas have competed head to head and even though many of the classic cars that have been entered are worth more than $100,000, don’t expect the drivers to take it easy.
These classic cars were the standard that the modern rally competition we see today was built upon.
The Ford Escort RS 1800 won the very first World Rally championship in the hands of Ari Vatanen and these cars dominated Australian rallying in the early ’80s with Greg Carr, Ross Dunkerton, George Fury and Colin Bond just to name a few.
Dunkerton will be in Coffs Harbour for the May event, driving his Group 4 RS 1800 BDA Escort.
Up to five BDA Escorts and a similar number of Datsuns are expected to enter, proving that Classic Rallying is one of the fastest growing sections of rallying, with many new classic cars being built.