Classics race to revive past
“HEY, send them around again ...” was the call from spectators at this year’s ARC events where ACRA’s Classics competed in the inaugural Front of Field competition as part of the Australian Rally Championship.
Held to commemorate 40 years of the ARC, the ACRA assembled notable entries from its membership to display and compete and relive the glory days when webbers, sideways action and rear-wheel-drive were kings.
Multiple Australian Rally champion Ross Dunkerton entered his Ex Judd Escort BDA along with former 2GO and Alpine Rally winner Ian Hill in his Escort RS1800.
Keith Callinan ran a similar car and they were joined by series leader Jeff David in a Porsche 911.
Other cars that featured on the day included a TR7V8, Commodores, Mazdas and Datsun 180Bs and Datsun 1600s.
“2010 was the culmination of a lot of work by our club to relive those great days,” ACRA president Bill Dunn said.
“Our members’ cars are built to suit the CAMS classic regulations that recognise cars prior to 1982.
“Cars that compete in 2011 with us will comply with those regulations.
“Classic Rallying is one of the fastest growing areas of motor sport worldwide with events overseas often fielding over 200 cars.”
Dunn said interest in the competition for 2011 has been amazing.
“These cars are the DNA of our sport,” he added.
“It’s good to see them being used again at ARC Events.”