Entrants 101-150

Details of entrants are taken from the official results and from the Challenge Australia book, with most photos from that book and courtesy of Ray Berghouse, Chevron Publishing.
Car number 1-50, 51-100, 101-150 below, 151-208.
Car No. Details Photos

101

Entrant: Roger Ingerson
Roger Ingerson, Murray Bridge, Sa
Jerry Wilson, Murray Bridge, SA
David MacCulloch, Renmark, SA
Peugeot 404
This crew of South Australian school teachers palced 47th on the seeding stage but then had slow runs on the stages to Mt Gambier. Being down the field, they then dropped almost 3 hours in the Bordertown bog. They persevered but struck problems near home, skipping the Kuitpo stage and missing 2 controls into Adelaide. A slow run through SA forced them to skip from Blinman to the Nullarbor Roadhouse, but they also skipped the Rawlinna stage and missed 7 more controls into Perth. They struck problems at Gerandton and skipped to Newman, did one trial stage and then skipped to Darwin picking up a few controls along the way, missing 5 more controls on the division. They skipped the entire division to Townsville, missing 16 controls. They did much of the divisionto Sydney but skipped the stages from Dorrigo to Kempsey missing 2 controls but did the entire last division, placing 50th. They were classified 49th outright with 32 controls missed.

102

Entrant: Mainway Car Sales, Mudgee
Kevin Cafe, Mudgee, NSW
Robert Gurney, Mudgee, NSW
Anthony Dawson, Mudgee, NSW
Mazda RX4
With more racing than rallying experience, this Mudgee based crew placed 70th on the seeding stage. After Mt Gambier they were among the first to get stuck on the first short trial stage and later got stuck at Bordertown and exceeded late time. They skipped to Adelaide missing 7 controls. After some big time losses through to Broken Hill, they skipped from Blinman to Perth, picking up a few controls but missing 15. With serious problems they followed the highway to Darwin missing all the controls and then did likewise to Townsville, only picking up a few controls at Mt Isa but doing no competitive stages. They had a better run down to Sydney, doing the entire route and placing 25th on the division. Despote leaving Sydney almost 2 hours later they did the entire final division placing 53rd. They were calssified 76th outright with 60 controls missed.

103

Entrant: Dr. Jim Caudle
Jim Caudle, Padthaway, SA
Graham Drew, Padthaway, SA
Wally Elsden, Padthaway, SA
Datsun 1600
This crew from south-east SA had limited experience and placed 120th on the seeding stage. They then skipped the Heywood stage, the Tarpeena stage and the Bordertown bog, as well as short-cutting the Sunset Country, but didn't actually miss any controls so were placed 82nd into Adelaide. They left Adelaide more than an hour late and short-cut from Yunta to Frome Downs, then Blinman to Nullarbor Roadhouse, then skipped the Rawlinna stage so missing 10 controls for the division to Perth. They left Perth an hour late and subsequently skipped from Meekatharra to Port Hedland, picking up a few controls along the way, and then to Derby where they lost nearly 3 hours on the Gibb River Road. They had only missed a further 3 controls to Darwin but then did no competition to Townsville, missing a further 15 controls. They only appear to have done a couple of competitive stages to Sydney and missed 11 controls on the division then skipped most of the final division, missing a further 8 controls. They were classified as finishing 66th with 47 controls missed.

104

Entrant: Ralph Boys
Ralph Boys, Albury, NSW
Greg Vonthien, Walbundrie, Vic
Ford F100
After placing 101st on the seeding stage, this two man crew in the big F100 struck early problem at Heywood, losing more road position. They had a reasonable run north from Mt Gambier and lost minimal time at Bordertown but then skipped from Pinnaroo to Adelaide, missing 6 controls. With significaint time losses to Broken Hill then subsequently skipped from Blinman to Nullarbor Roadhouse. They did the rest of the rouyte to Perth, losing mroe than 2 hours on the Rawlinna stage, but only missed 5 controls on the division. They did the route from Perth to Newman but then skipped the 3 stages before Port Hedland, missing 5 controls on the division to Darwin. They did the route all the way to Cairsn but lost significant time at the Norman River and at Cairns and were forced to skip the last stage before Townsville, missing 2 controls. Down the east coast they lost significant time at Rockhampton and at the Gold Coast and were forced to skip from Dorrigo to Sydney, missing 4 controls. They completed the final division in 45th and were classified as finishing 35th with 22 controls missed.

105

Entrant: Greg Hunt
Greg Hunt, Charleston, NSW
Stephen Barnes, Engadine, NSW
Kelvin Haynes, New Hampton, NSW
Datsun 180B
A slow time on the seeding stage (119th) placed this crew down the road order facing deteriorating road conditions. They took maximums on the Tarpeena stage and at the Bordertown bog then short cut the Sunset Country stage. They skipped from Renmark to Adelaide missing 3 controls. On the rugged run up to Broken Hill they broke the suspension and retired.

106

Entrant: Ross Easton
Ross Easton, Sydney
Don Rayner, Sydney
Reg Bell, Sydney
Datsun 1600
After placing 89th on the seeding stage. this crew struck problems at Mt Gambier and skipped 4 controls to Bordertown where they took a maximum, then took another maximum when they skipped to the end of the Sunset Country stage. They took significant time losses on the run to Broken Hill where they needed time for repairs and skipped to the Nullarbor Roadhouse the next day. They also skipped the Rawlinna stage missing a total of 11 controls on the division to Perth. Problems at Perth saw them skip to Geraldton. Then they skipped from Meekatharra to Newman and missed the subsequent stages to Port Hedland and the stage after, although they visited the controls. They missed 7 controls on the division to Darwin. They did none of the competitive stages to Townsville and missed 13 controls. They grappled with more problems down the east coast skipping much of the competition and losing several hours at Brisbane. They missed 11 controls on the division to Sydney and skipped all of the stages on the final division from Canberra to the finish. They were classified as finishing 70th with 54 controls missed.

107

Entrant: Paul Caddey
Paul Caddey, Tathra, NSW
Cyril Mulach, Tathra, NSW
Terry Hanrahan, Batemans Bay, NSW
Ford Fairmont
The big Fairmont placed 48th on the seeding stage but then lost almost an hour on the Heywood stage. They short cut the route missing a passge but placed 73rd into Adelaide after only losing minimal time at the Bordertown bog. They had problems on the run up to Broken Hill and had to skip from Broken Hill to Nullarbor Roadhouse. They only did one stage on the Nullarbor before skipping to Perth missing 16 controls for the division. On the WA division they skipped from Meekatharra to Newman and then from Port Hedland direct to Darwin, missing 6 controls for the division. They appear to have done no competitive stages to Townsvilel and missed 13 controls. They retired somewhere after Townsville with unspecified problems.

108

Entrant: Roger Dickeson
Bill Johnston, Melbourne
Allan Marsh, Melbourne
Mazda R100
A slow time on the seeding stage (113th) was followed by car problems at Mt Gambier where they lost almost 3 hours before doing one more trial stage and cutting directly to Adelaide missing 10 controls. Various problems continued with slow times on the loop up through Broken Hill after which they cut and ran from Blinman to the Nullarbor Roadhouse, then did one more stage before cutting to Perth having missed 14 controls on the division. It's not clear how much competition they did through WA but they are recorded as having retirned at Kununurra where they exceeded their late time limit.

109

Entrant: Freeman Motors
David Quill, Kuitpo
Rowan Quill, Melbourne
Peter Ellis, Mt Gambier
Holden Commodore
After placing 48th on the seeding stage, once into more familiar country this SA crew moved up to 35th at Mt Gambier and placed 32nd into Adelaide after losing half an hour in the Bordertown bog and 45 minutes in the Sunset Country. A solid run through SA saw them up to 26th at Immarna despite some time lost in the sand. However they failed to reach the Nullarbor Roadhouse within late time and subsequently skipped to Perth, missing 12 controls. Their results are not recorded through WA but they reportedly had a good run until engine failure forced their retirement at Kununurra.

111

Entrant: John Kipling
John Kipling, Wakefield, SA
John Potticary, Wakefield, SA
Holden HJ Ute
A slow run on the seeding stage (108th) followed by problems on the Heywood stage (an hour lost) would have placed them down the field. They persevered losing close to an hour on the Tarpeena stage but miraculously lost little time at the Bordertown bog. However problems forced them to skip the Sunset Country stage missing one control plus a missed passage. After Adelaide they struck problems at Yunta and skipped the stages up to Curnamona, then lost quite a bit of time at Marree. They subsequently skipped from Kingoonya to Perth picking up a few controls but missing a total of 12 for the division. Their times through WA are not recorded but they reportedly retired with a blown engine somewhere in the north-west.

112

Entrant: Ian Hargrave
Ian Hargrave, Brahma Lodge, SA
Andy Hutton, Salisbury Downs, SA
Albert Trinks, Salisbury Downs, SA
Holden LC Torana
A slowish time on the seeding stage (104th) was followed by dramas on the Ballarat stage where they lost almost an hour and then had to skip to Adelaide missing 16 controls. Significant time losses on the Flinders Ranges stages forced them to skip from Blinman to Kingoonya. They then lost over 2 hours in the sand to Immarna and subsequently did not reach the Nullarbor Roadhouse within their late time limit. They skipped to Coolgardie but then also lost half an hour at Narrogin, eventually reaching Perth with 9 controls missed for the division. Their results through WA are not recorded but they retired at Kununurra after reportedly hitting a bull on the Kimberley stage.

113

Entrant: Malcolm Hall
Malcolm Hall, Renmark, SA
Ross Smith, Mildura, Vic
Andrew Lott, Renmark, SA
Ford Escort
Fairly slow from the outset, being 122nd on the seeding stage, this crew from the Riverland area continued to lose considerable time and road position on the first night, eventually dropping 1 hour 25 minutes at the Bordertown bog and then skipping the Sunset Country stage. They went directly from hometown Renmark to Adelaide missing 6 controls for the division. Problems delayed them in Adelaide and they eventually headed directlyfor Perth missing the entire division and 26 controls. It didn't improve much after Perth where they abandoned competition at Geraldton and headed for Darwin, missing 14 controls for the division. Similalrly, they did no competition to Townsville, missing 16 controls. While they did a couple of stages on the way to Brisbane, they then cut directly to Sydney missing a further 13 controls. On the final division they only did the last special stage and were placed 88th outright with 85 controls missed.

114

Entrant: Sierp Bros. Pty. Td.
Gus Suth, Happy Valley, SA
Bernard Gros, Happy Valley, SA
Julie Suth, Happy Valley, SA
Volkswagen Beetle
The SA VW entry had a reasonbale run on the seeding stage (71st) and climbed to 57th by Adelaide despite an hour and a half lost in the Bordertown bog. They struck problems in the first Flinders Ranges stage and had to cut and run from Yunta to Kingoonya, then lost an hour and a half in the sand to Immarna and almost 2 hours on the rocks to Nullarbor Roadhouse. They then skpped to Perth missing 20 controls for the division. Their progreess through WA is not recorded but they did not make it to Dariwn within their late time limit.

115

Entrant: John Birrell
John Birrell, Melbourne
Brian Smith, Melbourne
Rosemary Nixon, Melbourne
Renault 16TS
After placing 88th on the seeding stage, this crew from the Melbourne University Car Club suffered from road position and the limitatioins of the front-wheel drive Renault. They lost an hour and half in the Bordertown bog and short cut the Sunset Country stage but did not drop a control, placing 70th into Adelaide. They plodded through SA, losing an hour at Yunta with problems and then two and a half hour in the sand to Immarna by which time they were up to 48th. The Nullarbor brought them undone as they did not make it to the Nullarbor Roadhouse within their late time. Like so many others, they skipped the Rawlinna stage but only missed 3 controls for the division. They departed Perth late and skipped directly to Geraldton and then from Meekatharra to Newman but did the remainder of the route missing 6 controls for the division. After Darwin they skipped the stage from Roper Bar to Borroloola, missing only 1 control, but otherwise did the dvision, although they lost several hours at Townsville. They had a good run donw the east coast, placing 21st on the division to Sydney and 49th on the final division after significant time losses at Omeo and on their way into Albury. They were classified as finishing 27th with 10 controls missed.

116

Entrant: Gerald Duyvestyn
Gerald Duyvestyn, Minto, NSW
Graeme Kirk, Casula, NSW
Brian McIvenna
Holden EH (Turbo)
Problems on the seeding stage saw them lose over an hour and a half after which they had to head directly for Adelaide missing 16 controls. They left Adelaide late and rejoined the event at Frome Downs but then continued to lose a lot of time, eventually cutting from Kingoonya to Perth with 20 controls missed for the division. They apparently retired somewhere in WA after hitting a kangaroo.

117

Entrant: Mark Ferrier
Mark Ferrier, Sydney
Ted Smith, Sydney
Honda Civic
A slow run on the seeding stage (130th) after puncturing two tyres on a stump, was followed by a careful run to Mt Gambier but then this two man crew in the tiny Civic lost over an hour on the Tarpeena stage. They never made it out of the Bordertown bog within their late time and eventually headed straight for Adelaide missing 9 controls. They lost plenty of time on the loop up through Broken Hill and, perhaps close to late time again, skipped from Blinman to Nullarbor Roadhouse, where they managed to enter the control from the right direction! They did one more trial stage and skipped to Perth missing 14 controls for the division. After losing over an hour on the trial stage north of Perth with failed shockers, they abandoned competition at Geraldton and headed directly to Darwin missing another 16 controls. They then skipped to Mt Isa but did 3 trial stages through to Townsville, missing 8 controls for the division. They skipped the entire division to Sydney and on the final division they only completed the Canberra special stage. They were classified 87th outright with 79 controls missed.

118

Entrant: Dennis Parsons
Denis Parsons, Brisbane
Lenore Parsons, Brisbane
Mazda 323
This husband and wife crew reportedly had little or no experience and were in it for the adventure. It was not such an interesting adventure because they did very little of the competition. After placing 138th on the seeding stage they did the Ballarat stage and then headed for Adelaide. They appear to have done no competitive stages to Perth, nor on the division to Darwin or the division to Townsville. Their progress down the east coast is not recorded but they reportedly rolled the car out of the event near Bundaberg, presumably on the Wonbah Drag trial stage, perhaps their first competitive stage since Ballarat!

119

Entrant: George Harris
George Harris, Sydney
Bruce Ross, Sydney
Geoff Boyd, Canberra
Citroen CX2400
Harris had experience of long distance events and a well prepared car. They placed 75th on the seeding stage and despite almost an hour lost in the Bordertown bog, they had a reasonable run to Renmark where they were placed 58th. They lost over an hour on the 'easy' trial stage to Murray Bridge and placed 62nd into Adelaide. Unfortunately their run came to an end on the run up to Broken Hill when they apparently hit a kangaroo.

120

Entrant: Hal Moloney
Hal Moloney, Beresfield, NSW
Ian Vitnell, Dora Creek, NSW
Paul Daley, Wallsend, NSW
Leyland P76
Maloney had quite a bit of experience including in two previous round Australia trials. They placed a great 25th on the seeding stage, gaining a reasoable road position. They lost minimal time in the Bordertown bog then half an hour in the Sunset Country to place 27th into Adelaide. Their good run continued through to Kingoonya where they had problems that cost them almost 2 hours and they then lost an hour in the sand to Immarna and 2 hours with punctures on the run to Nullarbor Roadhouse. They elected to short cut irect to Coolgardie but did the remainder of the route into Perth, missing only 3 controls. After Perth they struck trouble on the Rabbit Run stage and then lost almost 2 hours on the run upt o Meekatharra, presumably carrying out repairs. They skipped the 2 stages to Newman and then skipped from Port Hedland to Darwin, missing 4 controls for the division. After Darwin they skipped the Roper Bar to Borroloola stage and subsequently lost over 2 hours at Mt Isa, cutting from there to Cairns, missing 6 controls on the division to Townsville. On the run to Sydney they missed the stages south of Mackay south of Grafton, missing a further 7 controls. They did much of the final division but missed the last two competitive stage. They were classified 39th outright with 23 controls missed.

121

Entrant: Des Craig
Des Craig, Cloverdale, WA
Bernard Wansbrough, Frematle, WA
Morris Cooper 'S'
The little Mini placed 93rd on the seeding stage but lost considerable time on the Heywood stage before taking a maximum on the Tarpeena trial stage. They battled on into Adelaide dropping 3 controls. After the first Flinders Ranges stage they started to shortcut and eventually skipped to Nullarbor Roadhouse, did a stage then skipped to Coolgardie, dropping 11 more controls into Perth. Their progress through WA is not shown in the results but they were recorded as having retired in Broome.

122

Entrant: Tom Kaitler
Tom Kaitler, Corowa, Vic
David Kay, Tarrawingee, Vic
Ronald Harper, Benalla, Vic
Datsun 1600
This well prepared car with a quick crew should have been higher up the starting order. They placed 22nd on the seeding stage but were still well back and lost almost 2 hours in the Bordertown bog after an otherwise good run. They apparently short cut the SUnset Country stage but placed 67th into Adelaide. Their progress through SA is not known but they apparently retired somewhere with a broken piston.

123

Entrant: Ken Garner
Ken Garner, Lakemba, NSW
Mick Madden, Tuncurry, NSW
Allan Corben. Morebank, NSW
Holden LX Torana
After placing 85th on the seeding stage, the Torana crew had a reasonable run unti losing over two and a half hours in the Bordertown bog. They then skipped to Adelaide dropping 8 controls. They completed the run to Broken Hill with some hefty time losses but then had to skip to Nullarbor Roadhouse. They then did one trial stage and skipped to Perth dropping 17 controls for the division. After a good run through to Meekatharra they skipped to Newman. They skipped the Nunyerry stage and after Port Hedland they basically followed the highway to Darwin, missing 6 controls for the division. They skipped the entire division to Townsville but had a reasonable run down to Brisbane. They then cut directly to Sydney dropping 10 more controls and di most of the final division, only dropping 3 more controls. They were clasasified as finishing 78th with 64 controls missed.

125

Entrant: John Larkin
Jack Larkin, Piangil, Voc
Joan Conner, Boundary Bend, Vic
Rodger Larkin, Piangil, Vic
Apparently a 4th crew member was Terry Conner
Holden EH
The Larkin EH was 126th on the seeding stage and continued to lose considerable time through to Mt Gambier. They lost half an hour on the next short stage then took a maximum penalty on the Tarpeena stage but miraculously avoided significant time loss in the Bordertown bog. They placed 74th into Adelaide. A broken suspension, probably on the stages up to Broken Hill, caused them to retire.

126

Entrant: Tom Hayden
Tom Hayden, Moura, Qld
John Phillis, Finley, NSW
Richard Hogan, Mackay, Qld
Mazda RX2
Things started badly for the RX2 crew with half an hour lost on the seeding stage (149th) and more time lost enroute to Mt Gambier, taking a maximium on the Heywood special stage. After losing another hour on the next short boggy stage, they started skipping controls, eventually missing 9 by Adelaide. They dropped considerable time through the stages to Broken Hill and then cut to Kingoonya. They lost over 2 hours in the sand to Immarna and then 2 hours enroute to Nullarbor Roadhouse. They skipped the Rawlinna stages and also lost a heap of time on the Lake King stage, skipping another control for a total of 7 missed on the division to Perth. Afterr leaving Perth almost 2 hours later they skipped from Wanneroo to Geraldton then did the stages through to Newman then skipped to Port Hedland. They completed the remainign stages to Darwin with 6 more controls lost for the division. They only did the first stage out of Darwin then cut and ran to Townsville. They completed thr oute down as far as Grafton with considerable time losses but then missed 7 controls into Sydney. They pretty much skipped the final division but were classified as finishing 72nd with 56 controls missed.

127

Entrant: Gary Cuthell
Gary Cuthell, Melbourne
Stephen Harris, Melbourne
Holden XU1 Torana
The XU1 crew placed 133rd on the seeding stage and were more than an hour late into Mt Gambier. They then lost over an hour in the next short boggy stage and started skipping stages but cleverly only missed 4 controls into Adelaide. They struck problems on the first stage in the Flinders Ranges and subsequently cut to Nullarbor Roadhouse the next evening. They did one trial stage then headed for Perth dropping 23 controls for the division. They continued competitively after Perth but lost all light and electrics near Derby at night. A local auto-electrician eventually helped, but they were out of late running time at Darwin.

128

Entrant: Geoff Sawyer
Geoff Sawyer, Dareton, SA
Leslie Shadwick, or was it John Halliday, Mildura, Vic
Robert Mortimer, Mildura, Vic
Ford Falcon XB
The big Falcon placed 80th on the seeding stage and had a reasonable run through the first night, managing to lose minimal time in the Bordertown bog. However they struck trouble in the Sunset Country, dropping one control. They completed the route into Adelaide OK. They had a reasonable run up to Broken Hill and back across through the Flinders Ranges but dropped an hour and a half to Marree and subsequently skipped to Nullarbor Roadhouse. They completed the remainder of the route to Perth, including the Rawlinna stage, with 4 control missed for the division. Their progress through WA is not recorded but they disappeared off the radar at some stage and retired with no details provided.

129

Entrant: Rob Barkell
Rob Barkell, Sydney
Tom Breese, Sydney
Ford Escort
The Mark 1 Escort encountered problems on the first night after placing 147th on the seeding stage. They missed the Heywood stage then lost over an hour on the short boggy stage after Mount Gambier. They headed for Adelaide missing 12 controls for the division. They struck more problems on the stages up to Broken Hill where they retired.

130

Entrant: Eril Mitchell
Eril Mitchell, Mildura, Vic
Allen Rowe, Mildura, Vic
Geoff York, Melbourne
Ford Cortina Mk II
This keen Victorian crew were slow at Tooborac (143rd) then struck trouble losing more than an hour on the transport to Creswick. These were apparently a combination of gearbox problems and bent steering. Being down the field, they struck trouble on the short boggy stage after Mt Gambier from where they skipped to Renmark missing 5 controls. After leaving Adelaide almost 2 hours later they skipped to Broken Hill then did a couple of stages before heading directly for Perth. Their progress through WA is not recorded but they reportedly retired at Kununurra with a broken gearbox. They mysteriously reappeared on the final special stage at Beechworth where the photo is taken but were not classified as finishers.

131

Entrant: Dr. Wayne Herdy
Wayne Herdy, Samford, Qld
Pat O'Kane,Lawnton, Qld
Brian Gramenz, Algester, Qld
Peugeot 504
This Queensland crew had a reasonable run to Mt Gambier after placign 107th on the seeding stage but then got stuck on the short boggy stage and had to skip to Renmark missing 6 controls. They left Adelaide over an hour late and after doing the first trial stage they skipped to Broken Hill. After two more stages they skipped from Marree to Nullarbor Roadhouse, did another trials vateg then skipped to Narrogin special stage missing 9 controls for the division to Perth. They had a good run through WA as far as Meekatharra, then skipped to the stages to Newman, but did the stages to Port Hedland before skipping to Darwin. They skipped many stages on the division to Townsville but did the stage after Mt Isa and the trial stages before and after Cairns. They missed no controls on the division to Sydney but did skip the horror stage north of Rockhampton. They completed the entire final division placing 39th and were classified 38th overall.

132

Entrant: Peter Glennie
Peter Glennie, Moree, NSW
Mike Shaw, Moree, NSW
Ken Amos, Gurley, NSW
Datsun SX
After placing 63rd on the seeding stage, this regional NSW crew had a largely trouble free run to Adelaide where they were placed 34th. They climbed to 31st by Broken Hill which they held despite losing an hour in the sand to Immarna. Punctures brough their good run to an end with almost 2 hours lost into the Nullarbor Roadhouse from where they skipped to Coolgardie, missing 4 controls on the division to Perth. They disappeared off the results sheet on the run through WA with no details of their problems.

133

Entrant: Bob Gawler
Bob Gawler, Townsville, Qld
Debbie Gawler, New Zealand
Toyota Celica
After placing 98th on the seeding stage, this farther and daughter crew had a resonable run util the Tarpeena trial stage after Mt Gambier where they lost almost 2 hours. They nevertheless managed to avoid significant time loss at Bordertown but struck trouble in the Sunset Country. They eventually skipped from Renmark directly to Adelaide missing 4 controls. Their progress through SA is not recorded but they reportedly retired at Eucla on the WA border.

134

Entrant: David Tattingham
David Tattingham, Roseworthy, SA
Rob Geue, Roseworthy, SA
Peter Kemp, Roseworthy, SA
Holden EH
After placign 102nd on the seeding stage, the crew of the EH Holden had a reasonable run through the first night, managing to only lose 26 minutes in the Bordertown bog but taking a 1 hour maximum on the Sunset Country. They placed 54th into Adelaide and climbed to 47th by Broken Hill but ended up skipping from Marree to the Nullarbor Roadhouse, missing 4 controls but then completed the remainder of the route to Perth. They struck trouble at Geraldton and had to skip to Meekatharra, did the two stages to Newman and then skipped to Derby where they completed the Kimberley stage. They had missed an additional 8 controls to Darwin but skipped the first stage after Darwin as well as the run to Burketown. They did much of the route from Mt Isa to Townsville but skipped the Norman River stage. On the run wouth to Sydney they skipped the two stages north of Rockhampton and the last two stages before Port Macquarie and then skipped the entire final division. They were classified as finishing 45th with 31 controls missed.

135

Entrant: Mini Car Club of NSW
Greg Cleaves, Peakhurst, NSW
John Stone, Sydney
Leyland Moke
The diminutive Moke placed 81st on the seeding stage and had a reasonable run as far as the deep sand of the Sunset Country. Perhaps short of late time, they headed directly to Adelaide from Renmark dropping 3 controls. Perhaps leaving Adelaide late they headed for Yunta and did the stages to Broken Hill and on to Marree from where they cut and ran to Perth missing 19 controls for the division. Some reports suggest that they actually retired at Nullarbor but in any case, they didn't proceed beyond Perth.

136

Entrant: John Blair Motors
John Coleman, Melbourne
Gregory Boot, Melbourne
Honda Civic
While Coleman was an experienced rally competitor in Victoria, the tiny Civic was perhaps not so well suited for the event. They placed 79th on the seeding stage and they had a reasonable run as far as the Bordertown bog. After extricating themselves they headed directly for Adelaide missing 9 controls. They retired by Broken Hill apparently breaking the suspecion on the tough Flinders Ranges stages.

137

Entrant: Terry Madgwick
Terry Madgwick, Adelaide
Justin Hanna, Adelaide
Ford F100
The F100 certainly had plenty of grunt and placed 53rd on the seeding stage. They had a reasonable run as far as the Bordertown bog where they lost over 2 hours and they subsequently short cut the Sunset Country. They nevertheless reached Adelaide in 71st place with no major controls missed. Their progress through SA is not recorded but they reportedly hit a Kangaroo and retired.

138

Entrant: Marcel Baumgartner
Marcel Baumgartner, Stoneyfell, SA
Cyril Ostler, Stoneyfell, SA
Holden Gemini
This two man crew in the Gemini were unfortunately one of the earliest retirements in the event when reportedly navigator Ostler broke his leg when he fell in a hole opening a gate. It seems likely that this was on the Tarpeena stage north of Mt Gambier.

139

Entrant: Bell Stevenson
Bill Stevenson, Sydney
John Eassie, Sydney
Ian Lincol, Ornage, NSW
Austin 1800 RS
The results list the crew as Warwick McGregor and Paul Fenech
The front wheel drive Austin 1800 was well prepared but perhaps not the ideal car for this event. They were slow on the seeding stage (134th) and then struggled with the sloppy conditions north of Mt Gambier, losing over 2 hours on the Tarpeena stage, but only 30 minutes on the Bordertown bog. After that they skipped to Delaide dropping 8 controls. Their progress through SA is not recorded in the results but they appear to have exceeded their late time limit at some point and retired without making it to Perth.

140

Entrant: Peter Glover
Peter Glover, Melbourne
Peter Burke, Melbourne
John Hather, Melbourne
Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle 1600
Despite being a bit slow on the seeding stage (95th) the tough little VW had a good run on the first division managing to only lose under an hour on the Bordertown bog and 39 mniutes in the Sunset Country placing them 53rd into Adelaide. Problems beset them after Adelaide with a late departure and significant time losses to Yunta. Problems on the Mingary stage saw them drop almost 2 hours and then short cut to Kingoonya where they then lost 3 hours in the sand to Immarna and over 5 hours enroute to Nullabor Roadhouse. Close to late time limit they headed for Perth having missed 17 controls for the division. After a late departure from Perth they only did the Rabbit Run stage north of Geraldton and the Gibb River Road stage, missing 12 more controls to Darwin. After doing the first stage out of Drawin they struck more problems and skipped the remainder of the division to Townsville, missing 17 more controls. They had a solid run down the east coast only missing one control on the division to Sydney and completing the final division in 30th place. They were classified as finishing 65th with 47 controls missed.

141

Entrant: Paul Lahiff
Paul Lahiff, Canberra
John Beath, Canberra
Michael Clarke, Yass, NSW
Holden HR
The Canberra based HR was often quite quick throughout the event, startign with a solid time (55th) on the seeding stage. They were up to 46th by Mt Gambier, managed to minimise their loss in the Bordertown bog then took a maximum 1 hour penalty on the Sunset Country to place 41st into Adelaide. They basically held that position through to Kingoonya, despite some problems after Broken Hill, but then last cloase to 3 hours in the sand to Immarna dropping to 45th. The results record a quick run to Nullarbor Roadhouse but perhaps because of late time, they chose to shortcut from there to Perth dropping 8 controls. They must have had problems and departed Perth latem pickiung up the competition at Meekatharra and doing the stages to Port Hedland. They also did a veryfast time on the Kimberley stag but still dropped 8 more controls on the division to Darwin. Despite leaving Darwin late, losing an hour in the dust to Burketown and over 2 hours at Mt Isa, they compelted the entire division to Townsville except for skipping the Norman River stage (but did not miss the control). A solid run down the east coast was interrupted by problems in Townsville so that they skipped the stages near Bundaberg then they perhaps ran low on time limit, skipping from Dorrigo to Port Macaquarie. On the final division they short cut from Canberra to Albury and were eventually placed 50th outright with 33 control missed.

142

Entrant: HMAS Cerberus Car Club
Neil Turner, Melbourne
Keith Donohue, Sydney
John Sparrow, Westernport, Vic
Leyland P76
The big P76 was slow on the seeding stage (127th) then lost considerable time on the boggy stages north of Mt Gambier. Despite some wrong directions they did not miss any major controls to Adelaide. Problems struck near Curnamona and they had to skip to Nullarbor Roadhouse but picked up some controls along the way. After skipping the Rawlinna stage sthey dropped 9 controls into Perth. A late depature saw them skip directly to Geraldton from where they did stages as far as Wittenoom, then headed for Darwin picking up a few controls along the way. They skipped the first stage after Darwin but followed the route to Mt Isa then cut to Townsville. It seems they completed the entire division to Sydney despite having carburettor problems in Brisbane and brake problems in Grafton. They also completed the final divison on which they placed 42nd. Overall they placed 37th with 22 controls missed.

143

Entrant: Russel Tyrie
Ross Nielson, Maffra, Vic
Jim Stewart, Langwarrin, Vic
Russel Tyrie, Maffra, Vic
Holden HQ
The big HQ placed 74th on the seeding stage but later succumbed to the boggy roads north of Mt Gambier before taking a maximum on the Bordertown bog. They skipped to picked up the Kuitpo special stage to drop 5 controls into Adelaide. They short cut from Yunta to Broken Hill when Tyrie became ill, being admitted to Broken Hill hospital with appendicitis. He insisted that the other two continue, which they did. After losing considerable time they cut to Nullarbor Roadhouse the next day, doing one more stage then skipping to Coolgardie. They had missed 10 controls on the division to Perth. They dropped a further 10 controls enroute to Darwin, only doing the trial stages from Geraldton to Newman. They dropped 8 controls to Townsville, doing 4 of the trial stages. A late departaure from Townsville saw them miss the first trial stage then they followed the route to Grafton from where they cut to Sydney. They completed the entire final division in 34th place and finished 62nd outright.

144

Entrant: Giddings Datsun
Rod Jones
Trevor Seaman
John Giddings
Datsun 200B
The 200B placed 46th on the seeding stage and they were up to 26th by Mt Gambier. Clearly they should not have had such a lowly starting number! An hour and a half lost in the Bordertown big was followed by a broken axle after which they skipped to Adelaide and missed 6 controls. The potential of this car and crew shone through after Adelaide as they completed the entire division to Perth in 25th place and were 23rd on the division to Darwin. They missed a single control (the final trial stage) on the division to Townsville, and missed the final competitive before Port Macquarie, apparently after leaving their road card behind and having to return to fetch it, dropping 3 more controls. They placed 19th on the final division and 26th outright with 10 controls missed.

145

Entrant: Jon Leighton
Jon Leighton, Melbourne
Richard Mason, Melbourne
Frank Cohn, Melbourne
Datsun 1600
The ever populat Datsun 1600 piloted by ex-Datsun racing team driving Jon Leighton placed 48th on the seeding stage then had a reasonable trouble free run to Adelaide where they were placed 33rd. Their progress through SA is not recorded but they reportedly retired somewhere with a blown engine.

146

Entrant: David Sheridan
David Sheridan, Melbourne
Richard Reid, Woodend, Vic
Datsun 1600
ANother Datsun 1600, which placed 92nd on the seeding stage, had a solid run through the first night with limited losses on the boggy stages north of Mt Gambier and almost an hour lost in the Sunset Country. They placed 43rd in Adelaide and continued their soilid run through SA climbing to 37th depite losing an hour in the sand to Immarna. An hour and a half lost into the Nullarbor Roadhouse was not too bad but, perhaps being close to late time limit, they headed straight for Perth from Cocklebiddy missing 8 controls. They had a reasonable run through WA but skipped the stage before Port Hedland and the Kimberley stage to drop 4 more controls into Darwin. They lost 2 hours into Boroloola and 2 more hours into Burketown and eventally bypassed Cairns missing 2 more controls. Problems on the stage after Mackay cost them much time but they persevered down the coast eventually skipping the last two stages into Port Macquarie. On the final division they short cut from Canberra to Mitta Mitta but were classified as finishing 40th with 24 controls missed.

147

Entrant: Robin White
Robin White, Melbourne
Chris Austin, Melbourne
Phillip Hogarth, Melbourne
Mazda Coupe
After a slow run on the seeding stage (121st) the little Mazda struck problems and they had to head straight from Ballarat to Adelaide missing 15 controls. The reults do not record their progress through SA but it appears they ran out of late time somewhere and retired.

149

Entrant: Peugeot Car Club of Victoria
Graham Wallis, Melbourne
David Cochrane, Melbourne
Richard Davies, Melbourne
Peugeot 404 Wagon
A moderately experienced crew in the slow but evere reliable Peugeot 404 placed 78th on the seeding stage. A solid run through the first night ended with almost 3 hours lost in the Bordertown bog but they persevered, short cutting the Sunset COuntry but not dropping a control to Adelaide where they were placed 76th. Problems on the Curnamona stage saw them skip to Broken Hill and then they lost over an hour in the sand to Immarna and almost 3 houyrs through to the Nullarbor Roadhouse from where they headed for Perthe dropping 13 controls. Their progress through WA is not recorded but they reportedly retired with a holed radiator.

150

Entrant: James Taylor
Jim Taylor, Canberra
John McCulloch, Canberra
Max Taylor, Inverell
Peugeot 504
The 504 entry from Canberra had a reasonable run through the first night after placing 110th on the seeding stage, but failed to complete the Bordertown bog within late time. They headed for Adelaide dropping 9 controls. Their progress after Adelaide is not recorded but they reportedly retired at some point having exceeded their late time limit.
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9 comments:

Gary Cuthell said...

Car 127 was competitive beyond Perth. Lost all light electrics near Derby, WA at night. Local auto-electrician eventually helped, but caused us to be out of late running time at Darwin - Gary Cuthell - driver

Ian Richards said...

Cheers Gary, have made the corrections!

Paul Cooper said...

I remember car 130 had gearbox and other troubles on the first day of the rally,
The driver ripped the gear stick out of the box and damaged the steering.
I remember as a 10 year old helping my grandfather do a wheel alignment on it using a 1" rope as a straight line to get it steering properly again that night.

Ian Richards said...

Cheers Paul, will add that into the text.

Hal moloney said...

Car 120 P76 is Moloney and not Maloney,
Hal Moloney

Hal moloney said...

Car 116 Holden EH, third crew member was Brian McIlvenna and not Bob Comley,
Hal Moloney

Ian Richards said...

Thanks Hal. Fixed those.

The Partsman said...

Great article
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Alan Vaughan said...

Hi Guys, The number 135 mini moke did make it past Perth.
I was part of the Service Crew.
The problem with the car was the long range fuel tank was so heavy that the rear suspension pins were bending causing the rear tyres to rub on the inner guards. We only half filled the tank and made some mods in Perth to keep them going.

The boys cut and run a bit after Perth and retired in Darwin.

Note: the car is still running is Sydney and is still competitive in Motorkhanas and Khanacross.