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EVENT UPDATE:- 2017 Blacksmiths Inn Rally

Bad News

Central North Coast Sporting Car Club are holding an Off Road Rally at their Nabiac complex over the same weekend as our rally. Every year they help us out by supplying 10 to 15 Officials to man the MRC’s in the Coopernook area. This year 95% of those Officials are unavailable. Therefore, we are now faced with a huge problem getting sufficient Officials to run our Coopernook area stage plus all the other stages. So, rather than attempt to run the Coopernook stage with reduced stage security it has been decided that……….

 

THIS STAGE WILL BE DELETED FROM OUR RALLY THIS YEAR!

 

Good News

We have negotiated with Forestry Corporation to allow us to run the Grey Gums, Lorne & Swans stages an additional time.

WE WILL NOW HAVE AN EXTRA STAGE & A FEW EXTRA K’s COMPETITIVE PLEASE NOTE: ALL THE TIMES IN THE INTINERARY HAVE BEEN BROUGHT FORWARD (ON SATURDAY 28th OCTOBER ONLY) BY AN HOUR the first car will now start at 1.30pm

Also, in the new Itinerary, the times allowed for both Service breaks has been extended. (relaxed service breaks for a change!!) This extra time is required to allow all competitors and Sweep/Recovery to clear the stages in the revised format prior to the Zero Cars repeating the stages.

 

The following pages of the Supp Regs have been amended. Please download a copy here:- Updated Event Details

(1) Page 1, item 1.1 Event Details (distances etc) (shown in blue)

(2) Page 1, item 1.2 Event Programme (for new times) (shown in blue)

(3) Page 11, item 8.2 Itinerary Distances

 

CATERING:

Tony (the Publican at the Blacksmiths Inn) will have the café at the rear of the pub open, with hamburgers etc. available during the day & night.

 

Supplementary Regulations available and Entries Open for 2017 Blacksmiths Inn Rally.

 

Supp Regs have now been released for Round 6 of the Pipe King AMSAG Southern Cross Rally Series, the 2017 Blacksmiths Inn Rally.

 

The event will feature 10 stages totalling 140km's competitive based entirely around the NSW Mid North Coast Town of Johns River.

 

The event will be based out of The Blacksmiths Inn located on Johns River Rd Johns River which will be the Rally HQ, Service Park and Presentation venue.

 

The Entry Fee will be $400 with the event featuring both Day and Night stages. Action will kick off when First Car starts at 2:30pm, and scheduled to Finish around 10:00pm with the presentation to start upon the final car finishing.

 

Please note documentation will be held on both Friday Night (7:00pm - 10:00pm) and Saturday Morning (9:30am - 1:30pm).

 

There will be NO scruitineering at the event, please make arrangements for your scruitineering to be completed by one of our regional scruitneers prior to the event. A list of our regional scruitineers can be found on the website here:- AMSAG Scruitineers

 

As a further note, any members having trouble accessing the links on the page, this is due to a website cache issue, essentially the website is showing the page as it was the last time you viewed it and will keep that version for 12 months or until you refresh the page. To fix this you can either continue to Refresh the page each time you open it in order for the links to appear, or you can clear your browsers cache/cookie history, then the page will load correctly for you each time.

 

The Supp Regs can be found on the Blacksmiths Inn Rally Event Page, In order for the link to activate to download the documents, please wait for the page to load fully and then refresh the page then the link will appear or follow the Clear Cache/Cookie Instructions above.

 

Preview: John Giddings Memorial Rally of Orange

 

The 5th round of the AMSAG Pipe King Southern Cross Rally Series will be conducted in the forests around Orange on Saturday 15th September, for the running of the John Giddings Memorial Rally.

 

With the weather forecast for the Central West of NSW including the chance of snow, event director Peter Crich has set a challenging event with the 36 entries required to complete almost 180 competitive kilometres of rallying.

 

AMSAG Open Category leader Ian Plenderleith (Evo3-Bathurst) will face stiff competition from an array of drivers capable of taking victory in an ultra-competitive field. Sydney drivers Tim Joass (Evo2), Chris Jaques (Evo9) and Phil Pluck (WRX) have all shown stage winning speed in the series to date. Justin Griffin (Corolla NP) joins the series and is expected to be in the mix, along with south coast regular Mark Kent (Evo3). Local hopes of victory are held by Ron Moore (Evo6) and Joe Chapman (WRX) with both having won this event in the past. Taree stalwart Peter Neal (WRX) is running 2nd in the series after a string of consistent results and will be looking to close the gap to Plenderleith ahead of the final round at John’s River in November. The event will also see Khanacross star Toby Ivanovic makes his rallying debut in a Subaru Liberty.

 

Andrew Travis has entered the 2wd Gazelle in the Open Category and will push the 4wd vehicles to the limit.

 

The Classic Category will see Michael Valantine (1600) and PJ OKeefe (Escort) looking to challenge. Oberon winner Dave Hills in the PipeKIng Escort. Wagga’s Wade Ryan (180B) cannot be discounted and Peter Thompson (Celica) will be looking for a high finish to aid his series aspirations.

 

The Ladies class is set for a showdown as series co-leaders Amanda Williams (Mazda GTX) and Kim Day (Celica) go head to head. Tara McIlroy (Mazda GTX) and Jo Price (WRX) make up a strong and competitive field.

 

AMSAG always has a few unique cars competing and the Orange Rally will see a Dazda, BMW 2002, Triumph Stag and Plymouth PE all add much needed variety to the sport.

 

The event is fully catered, with competitors enjoying the social aspect of sharing breakfast, lunch and dinner with other competitors and team-members.

 

The Orange Race Club host the central service park, catering, scoring and presentation. Competitor and spectator information is available via www.amsag.com.au Like to the AMSAG Pipe King Rally Series Facebook page for updates www.facebook.com/AMSAGRallySeries

 

Supplementary Regulations available and Entries Open for 2017 John Giddings Memorial Rally of Orange.

 

Supp Regs have now been released for Round 5 of the Pipe King AMSAG Southern Cross Rally Series, the 2017 John Giddings Memorial Rally of Orange.

 

The event will feature 12 stages (4 repeated, similar to 2016) totalling 177km's competitive based entirely around the Mount Canobolas area.

 

This year the event will be based out of Orange Racing Club's Towac Park located on Canobolas Rd Orange which will be the Rally HQ, Service Park and Presentation Dinner venue.

 

The Entry Fee will be $460 which includes Breakfast, Lunch and Presentation Dinner for the Driver and Navigator. Additional Meal Tickets for the Presentation Dinner can be purchased for $25/person, please indicate on your entry form how many additional meal tickets are required.

 

Please note NO documentation will be held on Saturday Morning, meaning you will need to attend Rally Check-In on the Friday night between 6:30pm-10:30pm.

 

There will also be no scruitineering at the event, please make arrangements for your scruitineering to be completed by one of our regional scruitneers prior to the event.

 

As a further note, any members having trouble accessing the links on the page, this is due to a website cache issue, essentially the website is showing the page as it was the last time you viewed it and will keep that version for 12 months or until you refresh the page. To fix this you can either continue to Refresh the page each time you open it in order for the links to appear, or you can clear your browsers cache/cookie history, then the page will load correctly for you each time.

 

The Supp Regs can be found on the Orange Rally Event Page, In order for the link to activate to download the documents, please wait for the page to load fully and then refresh the page then the link will appear or follow the Clear Cache/Cookie Instructions above.

 

The pointscores have been compiled following the first 4 rounds of the series.

 

In the Classic's Tom Dermody and Eoin Moynihan lead from Peter Thompson and Ken Hind with Leigh Manning and Logan Waterhouse rounding out the top 3 Outright positions.

 

Tom and Eoin also head the Class C competition, more than double the points of =2nd David Hills/Paul Bennett, Peter Thompson/Ken Hind, Ben Barker/Beau Griggs and Wade Ryan in the drivers series.

 

In Class D, Leigh Manning has a 2 point lead over Peter Vlandis in the drivers series, with Michelle Travis 10 points further back in 3rd. For the Navigators, Logan Waterhouse leads Emma Travis and Tony Jordan on 12 points a piece and Mal Sinfield and Steve Beaufoy a further 2 points back.

 

Class E is so far a three horse race between Laurie Williams (20 Points), with Charlie Gardner and Rob Inall both on 12 points. Barry Green and Lizzy Ferme are equal 1st for Class E Navigators on 12 points each with Mitchell Martin close behind on 10 points.

 

It's a real fight in the Open Class Outright competition with the dominant Ian Plenderleith and Mel McMinn suffering a DNF at Bulahdelah allowing Peter Neal and Craig Whyburn to catch up to within 9 points. With Chris Jaques and Hugh Taylor a further 23 points behind holding back a throng of fast chargers.

 

In the O4WD series, it is again Plenderleith/McMinn leading from Neal/Whyburn, Adrian and Kristy Turnbull 3rd in front of Jaques/Taylor.

 

Kevin Ashby sits atop the drivers in the ORWD Class ahead of a hard charging Tim Valantine with Wayne Caines sitting 3rd. For the navigators, Bruce Morrison leads a 4 way tie for 2nd with Anna Ritson, Kara Lewis, Rae Waterhouse and Logan Waterhouse all sitting within striking distance.

 

The OFWD Drivers Series is lead by a trio of Honda drivers with Victoria's Brian Newton and the Casmiri brothers Adam and Aaron all equal on 12 points. The Navigators has Paul Bailey leading from Ryan Price with Sally-Anne Schmitz and Todd McDonald =3rd.

 

The Ladies series is where things get really interesting. For the Lady Drivers, Amanda Williams is =1st with Kim Day on 12 points, Michelle Travis and Lynda Leigh are =2nd on 10 points and Gaye Joyner sits 3rd on 8 points. For the Navigators, Mel McMinn leads on 36 with Kristy Turnbull close behind in 2nd on 20 points. Sarah Roberts, Kaylie Newell and Anna Ritson are all within striking distance. All up we have 5 drivers and 13 navigators, the most female competitors in a series in recent history which is awesome to see.

 

The full pointscore can be found here: AMSAG Results Page

 

Supp Regs for Orange will be released within the next few days.

Sullens and Dermody take honours in dramatic AMSAG Bulahdelah Rally

 

 

Tony Sullens and Kaylie Newell have emerged as outright winners of the AMSAG Bulahdelah Classic Rally held on Saturday 29th July. The pairing piloted their Subaru Impreza WRX to a comfortable victory in what was the fourth round of the popular Pipe King Southern Cross Rally Series. Queenslander Tom Dermody, teamed with Eoin Moynihan, recovered from an early setback to storm through the capacity field and take Classic victory in their Ford Escort RS1800.

 

Bulahdelah turned on magnificent winter weather, with the rally running in almost perfect conditions. The event was designed to have an 80’s feel, making the most of the Mid-North Coast rally roads for 8 daylight stages culminating in a 41km night stage. 150 competitive kilometres awaited the crews with a mere 85km transport around a central service area.

 

Series leader Ian Plenderleith led the field away in his Lancer Evo3 and was also the first retirement when he struck a rock, and broke a control arm midway through the first stage. Classic frontrunner Tom Dermody found the same rock and punctured a tyre, whereas Adrian Turnbull’s Subaru was slowed by dust. As the first loop of stages continued, Nathan Quinn’s Mazda RX2 broke not one, but two wheels resulting in a missed control and 60min penalty. The Skeffington Datsun and Pinckham Commodore both withdrew with mechanical failures, as did the only lady driver in the event, Amanda Williams in the Mazda GTX with a broken tailshaft. Local crew and top 5 finishers from last years event, Jake Bramble and Brett Kerr in a Nissan GTiR were another crew to DNF before the first Service after a heavy impact with a concrete causeway brought an early end to their day.

 

Clear of any issues, Sullens led the rally at end of the first loop of 4 stages from Dave Darby and Shane Griffis in their 2wd Nissan 180SX. Jeff Davies and Dane Brooker (Datsun 1600) were 3rd outright to lead the Classics from 18th seed. Jody Mill/Daniel Ragen had travelled from Narrandera and were 4th Outright in the ex-Ordynski Lancer ahead of the Subaru of Peter Neal/Craig Whyburn.

 

Rally Stalwarts Ian Hill and Phil Bonser (Escort) were 2nd Classic in 7th Outright, ahead of another flying Irishman PJ O’Keefe who had his Escort jumping 12 positions to be 8th Outright and 3rd Classic.

 

As the rally progressed, it was becoming more evident that a clear run through the tricky stages would net a strong finishing position. The next to find trouble was PJ O’Keefe/Paddy Skelton, rolling their Escort on Stage 5, a repeat of Stage 1, and temporarily blocking the stage. Peter Joass/Cheryl Brown were quickly on the scene in their Evo2 and with the assistance of the Houghton/Bylhouwer entry were able to clear the stage.

 

Another top 10 exit was that of Doug and Luke Grimes when their newly acquired Nissan Silvia left the road and slipped down an embankment. Ian Hill retired the Escort with overheating issues and Tony Barry/Treise Carey struck a tree in their Ford Escort. Barry was running in 12th Outright at the time after an impressive charge up the leaderboard from 33rd seed.

 

At the front the heavy hitters were winding up in an attempt to take back some time from Sullens, but it was short-lived with both Darby and Davies forced to retire with fuel and engine issues respectively. Dermody took stage victory on Stage 7 and 8 to close to 5th Outright and regain the classic lead.

 

The re-shuffled top 10 still had Sullens leading, but Adrian Turnbull was now in 2nd after numerous top 3 stage times. Peter Neal and Jody Mill were scrapping over 3rd, followed by Dermody. Tied on 6th was the Datsun of Leigh Manning/Logan Waterhouse and the Commodore of Rob Inall/Lizzy Ferme in their first AMSAG event as a pairing.

 

Ron and Lachlan Moore had the Evo6 in 8th with a consistent run ahead of Jack Wightman/Steve Beaufoy in the 280Z. Rounding off the top ten was Brett Wright and Tommi Flegl in the Gemini. Nathan Quinn/Tonny Barrie had recovered to be 25th Outright.

 

The 41km night stage was temporarily held-up to allow fire truck access to a resident property. The event was reseeded into outright order and 3 minute dust gaps applied, to the joy of Dermody and Quinn who were both looking to continue their charge by taking a stage victory.

 

Tony Sullens and Kaylie Newell completed the stage without incident in 30 minutes flat, to take a controlled rally victory. Adrian and Kristy Turnbull put in a commendable performance to be a clear 2nd Outright. Dermody charged into the night and grabbed another 2 positions, posting a time of 30.10 on the monster stage to win the Classic category for the third time in a row. Peter Neal rounded off the Open podium in his Subaru, with Jody Mill unfortunately crashing into retirement on Manning Hill Rd.

 

Leigh Manning lost out to Rob Inall by a mere 5 seconds to fill out the Classic Podium positions, whilst Nathan Quinn took the Classic stage victory with a time of 30.01.

 

Kevin Ashby/Rae Waterhouse managed to crack the top 10 in the Nissan Silvia for the second time this year. Aaron Casmiri/Paul Bailey brought the FWD Honda home for a class victory in 11th Outright, a jump of 30 positions, ahead of stalwarts Bruce Garland/Steve Green in the Mk1 Escort.

 

Father and son team, Stewart and Thomas Khouri, won the Cross Country class in their Pajero Evo in 15th Outright.

 

Open Results:

1. Tony Sullens/Kaylie Newell - Subaru WRX

2. Adrian and Kristy Turnbull – Subaru WRX

3. Peter Neal/Craig Whyburn – Subaru WRX

 

Classic Results:

1. Tom Dermody/Eoin Moynihan – Ford Escort

2. Rob Inall/Lizzy Ferme – Holden Commodore

3. Leigh Manning/Logan Waterhouse – Datsun 1600

 

The series now moves the NSW Central West for the Orange Rally on 16th September 2017, before returning to the Mid-North Coast on 28th October 2017 for the Blacksmiths Inn Rally held around Johns River. Event Results can be found here:- Bulahdelah Classic Rally Results

Photo Credit: Dave King Photographer

Preview: AMSAG Bulahdelah Classic Rally

 

The fourth round of the PipeKing Southern Cross Rally Series will take place on Saturday 29th July on the NSW Mid North Coast.

 

The fast, flowing roads around Bulahdelah are steeped in rallying folk-lore originating from the Southern Cross International Rally. In more recent times, locals such as Peter Roberts, Nathan Quinn, Tony Sullens, Michael Boaden, Dave Darby, Chris Giddens and John Mitchell have ensured that any rally in the region is hotly contested.

 

The AMSAG Bulahdelah event has quickly established itself as one of the premier rallies on the East Coast. The 2017 entry list contains ARC hotshots Nathan Quinn and Tony Sullens, inter-twined with a capacity field of both Classic and Open vehicles.

 

AMSAG Open Series Leaders Ian Plenderleith and Mel McMinn (Bathurst) in their Mitsubishi Lancer Evo3 will face their toughest challenge of the season to date, with local Subaru drivers Tony Sullens (Central Coast) Peter Neal (Taree) and Adrian Turnbull (Newcastle) expected to set a quick early pace. The Mitsubishi entries of Ron Moore (Bathurst), Jody Mill (Naranderra) and Tim Joass (Western Sydney) will need to lift to match the local entries, but cannot be dismissed. The dark-horse’s are undoubtably the Nissan entries, with Tim Valantine (Denman) becoming increasingly familiar with his powerful Silvia to record a stage win at Bega. Jake Bramble (Newcastle) has Brett Kerr (Wingham) beside him in the Pulsar GTiR, and despite being the youngest pairing in the field, are expected to perform well.

 

The Classic category is one-again headed by Tom Dermody/Eoin Moynihan (Queensland) in their Escort RS1800. If Dermody is to emerge as an outright winner, he will need to fend off challenges from a vast array of talented drivers. Nathan Quinn (Coffs Harbour) has entered his Mazda RX2, Oberon winner Dave Hills (Sydney) returns in his Escort, and Jayke Skeffington (Newcastle) lines up in a Datsun 1600. Other likely contenders include Jeff Davies (Central Coast) PJ O’Keefe (Sydney) Jack Wightman (Newcastle) Lee Manning (Tathra) Wade Ryan (Wagga) Evan Bollard (Coffs Harbour) and Brett Wright (Sydney). The V8 Commodores of Mick Pinckham and Rob Inall are also in the mix.

 

Rally stalwarts Ian Hill and Phil Bonser teamed to be front-runners in International events on these roads in the 1970’s. Today, not much has changed, with the ageless pairing continuing to be competitive in their Escort when they occasionally bring it out to play in AMSAG events.

 

Other notable entries include leading lady driver Amanda Williams (Western Sydney) in her Mazda GTX, Bega Rally Director Ian Slater in an Evo 8 and Mick Tori (Wagga) in a newly acquired Altezza.

 

The event consists of over 150 competitive kilometres of forestry and shire road in a day-night format. The central service area at Bulahdelah Showgrounds includes campsites and hot shower amenities.

 

Spectator information is available via the AMSAG Website - www.amsag.com.au.

 

Competitors interested in upcoming AMSAG events as part of the 2017 Pipe King Southern Cross Rally Series can also find information about the club at the website.

Credit: Wishart Media

Credit: Wishart Media

 

Seeded Entry List, Spectator & Service Instructions now available for 2017 Bulahdelah Classic Rally

 

The documents can be found on the Bulahdelah Rally Event Page, In order for the link to activate to download the documents, please wait for the page to load fully and then refresh the page then the link will appear.

 

Supplementary Regulations available and Entries Open for 2017 Bulahdelah Classic Rally

 

The Supp Regs can be found on the Bulahdelah Rally Event Page, In order for the link to activate to download the documents, please wait for the page to load fully and then refresh the page then the link will appear.

 

 

Spectator and Service Instructions for the 2017 R&B Auto Bega Valley Rally now available

Please head on over to the Bega Rally Event Page to download your copy of the Spectator & Service Instructions, a copy of the Spectator Instructions will also be printed in the Bega District News prior to the event.

In order for the link to activate to download the documents, please wait for the page to load fully and then refresh the page then the link will appear.

 

Seeded Entry List now available for the 2017 R & B Auto Bega Valley Rally

 

The Seeded Entry List can be found on the Bega Rally Event Page, In order for the link to activate to download the documents, please wait for the page to load fully and then refresh the page then the link will appear.

 

Details regarding the Presentation Lunch can be found here:- Presentation Lunch Flyer

 

Please also be advised there has been a change in the Event Running Schedule, the Event will now Start 30 Minutes Later on Saturday (First car leaving 1:15pm) and 1 Hour later on Sunday (First Car leaving 8:30am).

 

 

Spectator and Service Instructions for the 2017 R&B Auto Bega Valley Rally now available

Please head on over to the Bega Rally Event Page to download your copy of the Spectator & Service Instructions, a copy of the Spectator Instructions will also be printed in the Bega District News prior to the event.

In order for the link to activate to download the documents, please wait for the page to load fully and then refresh the page then the link will appear.

 

The Bega Valley Rally Returns – Entries now open

 

The Bega Valley Rally is one of the most iconic, well patronised, and most loved events on the east coast of Australia.

 

With a history dating back to the 1960’s when it was known as the “Southern Mountains Rally”, the Bega Valley Rally has held a strong position on local, state, and national calendars. After a five year hiatus, the newly formed “Sapphire Coast Sporting Car Club Inc. (SCSCC)” is proud to be bringing the event back to the 2017 rallying calendar.

 

The SCSCC is pleased to announce that the event this year will be Round 3 of the AMSAG Southern Cross Pipe King Rally Series.

 

As an organising team, we’ve been very conscious of creating an event that offers competitors maximum value for money.

 

We have selected some of the very best stages the Bega Shire has to offer, including Upper Cobargo, Buckajo, and Ben Boyd Roads, plus a few new ones to challenge your skills. On top of this to make things a little more interesting we have included a few night stages on the Saturday evening, and some Sunday morning wake up calls will complete the 180km’s of competitive stages available.

 

With local community consideration in mind, we will run the shire stages in Bega early on Saturday afternoon, and then move the event via transport stages down to Boydtown, just south of Eden. This area will also be the service park for the remainder of the event, and after a meal break for crews we will run the planned night stages. Sunday will see the event restart from Boydtown, to complete several more stages revisiting the service park during the morning before the 1st car finishes around 11.30am. A presentation ceremony will follow at the Seahorse Inn Boydtown with a BBQ luncheon rounding off the weekend.

 

The organising committee have been thrilled by the support we’ve had from so many people. Be it the local community, business leaders, the rallying community, car club members, or local government, the positive vibrations around this event are infectious.

 

In particular, we would like to acknowledge and thank Robert and Bec Motbey the proprietors of R & B Auto/Kumho Tyres and Momsen Motors, for generously agreeing to be our naming rights sponsor of the Bega Valley Rally for the next three years.

 

We would also like to thank the Bega Valley Shire Council and its councillors for getting behind the event and allowing us to utilise some of their outstanding roads. They have had the foresight to recognise the benefits that promoting sporting and social events within our shire, and we applaud that vision. Members of the Forestry Corporation NSW and the NSW Police have been equally helpful and supportive to the organisers.

 

We are looking forward to seeing all of you at the event on the June long weekend, and hope that not only will you have a great and safe event, but that by you entering and giving us feedback we will be able to continue to deliver the Bega Valley Rally to you in ever improving formats for many years to come.

 

Ian Slater

Clerk of Course

 

Entries are now open and supp regs can be downloaded from the event page on the website.

 

Competitor Advice, Seeded Start List and Spectator Instructions now available for the 2017 Rosewood Rally.

 

The second round of the PipeKing Southern Cross Rally Series will take place on Saturday 13th May in the Carabost State Forest, near Tumbarumba. The event is significant in that it signals a return to competitive rallying in the Carabost State Forest after a 23 year lay-off.

 

The Riverina has a proud history in rallying with iconic competitors such as Kevin Roben, David West, Louie Doon, Ron Richardson, Jon Parker, Marty Beckton and of course, George Fury all originating from the area.

 

The forests around the central service park at Rosewood will provide a challenging and technical event. Shire-like flowing roads are connected by tight-apex junctions that are often hard to see. The road surface regularly changes from slippery red clay through to hard-packed gravel as the mountainous stages wind in and out of harvested forest areas.

 

Whilst the AMSAG entry list may not contain the likes of Possum Bourne, Ed Ordynski, Michael Guest or Rob Herridge at the front of the field, the Rosewood Rally has attracted a mix of new and experienced competitors across both the Open and Classic categories.

 

As is the AMSAG custom, the winners of the last rally will lead the field away, and this honour falls to the Shamrock Motorsport entry of Tim and Peter Joass (Western Sydney) in their Mitsubishi Lancer Evo2. After finishing on the podium at Oberon both Ian Plenderleith / Mel McMinn – Evo2 (Bathurst) and Adrian Turnbull/Kristy Turnbull – WRX (Newcastle) will be looking to mount a series challenge. Local hopes will be headed by the super-fast Jody Mill/Tommi Flegl in their Lancer Evo2. Chris Jacques/Hugh Taylor (Sydney) cannot be discounted in the Evo9, along with the ultra-experienced crew of John Fraser/John Paine (Orange) in their Evo4. Russell Winks (Canberra) will be looking to come to grips with the ex-Orders/Tyler Evo5 and has the experience to cause an upset in what will be a demanding rally.

 

The Classic category is headed by Tom Dermody/Eoin Moynihan (Queensland) after showing impressive speed in every outing in 2017. The Escort RS1800 of Dermody is likely to emerge as an outright contender, with another Escort, that of Oberon placegetters PJ O’Keefe/Skelton (Sydney) appearing to be the closest challengers. To the dismay of the Datsun faithful, a pair of Volvo’s are best positioned to challenge the recent Ford domination, with PeterVlandis/Tony Jordan and Peter Ewing/Anna Ritson looking to fight for Classic podium positions. The BMW’s driven by Kim Boyd and Keith McIlroy also in the mix.

 

In Open, Ross Plunkett (Gosford) has entered the VR4 for his second rally in many years. An impressive drive at Oberon saw Ross challenging for the top 10, and the consistency of Bathurst father-son pairing Mark and Harrison Hudson is expected to net a strong series result in their Subaru WRX.

 

The most excited competitor must surely be Jay Quirk who has entered his Lancer Evo2. Having grown up in and around the sport, Jay now has the opportunity to rally the Carabost.

 

A Competitor Advice, Spectator information and the Seeded Start List are now available via the AMSAG Website Event Page. Competitors interested in upcoming AMSAG events as part of the 2017 Pipe King Southern Cross Rally Series can also find information about the club at the website.

 

2017 ROSEWOOD RALLY – ROUND TWO SOUTHERN CROSS PIPEKING RALLY SERIES – SATURDAY 13 MAY 2017

 

2017 marks the return of rally action to the Carabost State Forest after an absence of nearly 20 years. Central Start, Service and Finish at Rosewood Golf Club. Food/meals & beverages available Friday evening to Saturday evening. Non Powered on site camping available with amenities.

 

Rally comprises 12 stages of about 120 kms competitive in and around the Carabost State Forest. All daylight stages, car one away about 9am, and rally finish about 5pm. Everyone is encouraged to camp the night and partake in the presentation.

 

Rosewood Golf Club are presenting a Fireworks display on Saturday night to celebrate Mother’s Day.

 

Rosewood is located only 40 kms off the Hume Freeway. So from Sydney it is an easy drive on the freeway and 40 kms up the Tumbarummba Road.

 

The roads are in great condition – be part of the event. Competitors, spectators and helpers all needed and welcome.

 

Supported by Forestry Corporation of NSW, Rosewood Golf Club. AMSAG, Wagga and District Car Club.

 

Further information:-

www.amsag.com.au - 2017 Rosewood Rally Event Page 

www.waggadistrictcarclub.org/

Wade Ryan 0408 300 989

Peter Price 0410 462 938

 

Oberon Full Event Report and Final Results now available

 

The Full Event Report can be downloaded here

 

The Final Results can be found on the Results Page

 

 

Preview: AMSAG Oberon Rally

 

The first round of the PipeKing Southern Cross Rally Series will take place this coming weekend on Saturday 18th March in the Vulcan State Forest, near Oberon. Despite the recent heavy rain experienced across the East Coast, the forests around Oberon have seen very little rainfall. The roads are expected to be in excellent condition.

 

The forests around the central service area of Black Springs have a reputation of providing quality rallying, with a subscribed field of 45 AMSAG vehicles indicates that the series is healthy and popular amongst competitors. The stages consist of fast flowing roads connected by tight-apex junctions, with surfaces changing from slippery red clay through to shale-like gravel. In addition, the stages wind in and out of harvested forest areas which provide further challenges as drivers will need to adapt to changeable road conditions.

 

This year’s event has been revamped by road directors Arron Topliff and Peter Batt, in an attempt to break away from the repeat stage format. This means that the event will now be run over 9 daylight stages with 7 individual stage formats. A total competitive distance of nearly 125km’s awaits the 45 crews.

 

One of the main drawcards of the AMSAG Oberon Rally is the relaxed, family-friendly nature of the event. The service park is situated next to the Black Springs Community Hall and is a constant hub of activity with servicing, scoring, catering, camping, showers and toilet facilities all at this location.

 

As is the custom, all AMSAG events run in two categories – Classic and Open, with a wide range of vehicles fronting the start line. Leading the field away will be the Shamrock Motorsport entry of Richie Dalton (Western Sydney) and John Allen (Queensland) in their new Ford Fiesta Prototype. The Open 4wd class has been well subscribed with 20 entries in total headed by Tim Joass (Western Sydney), Peter Neal (Taree), Ian Plenderleith (Bathurst), Jody Mill (Wagga) and Adrian Turnbull (Newcastle)

 

In a delightful mismatch, Adam Casmiri (Western Sydney) has entered a Honda Civic and will look to fend off his the hard-charging Brett Kuhner (Western Sydney) in the high-powered turbo-charged Datsun 1600 for fastest Open 2wd honours.

 

The Classic category at this event consists of a number of competitors looking to start the new season with a win. Doug and Luke Grimes head the field in their Toyota Celica after showing impressive speed on their only AMSAG outing in 2016. Series regulars David Hills/Paul Bennett have entered the immaculate Pipe King Escort are shape as likely challengers in the 17 car strong category.

 

The Open Drivers Champion from last year, Ron Moore (Bathurst) has returned with his son Lachlan co-driving. 2016 event winner Jamie Neale (Western Sydney) will be missing from this round but is expected to join Joe Chapman (Bathurst), Michael Long (Western Sydney) and Chris Giddens (Newcastle) at Round 2 at Rosewood, near Tumut. Also expected to return to the series at Rosewood is the reigning Classic Drivers Champion, Michael Valantine, who has opted to co-drive for son Tim in a new Nissan Silvia this weekend.

 

The Seeded Entry List and Spectator information is available on the Event Page . Competitors interested in upcoming AMSAG events as part of the 2017 Pipe King Southern Cross Rally Series can also find information about the club at the website.

 

AMSAG SPREADS ITS WINGS

 

The 2017 Pipe King Southern Cross Rally Series has expanded to include six rounds. With two events each to the West, South and North of Sydney, AMSAG hopes to attract new and existing competitors for this exciting new look season.

 

The Pipe King Southern Cross Rally Series begins West of Sydney on March 18 at Oberon, before heading to the South East of the NSW Riverina at Rosewood in May, followed by a 2 day event in the Bega Valley on the June long weekend. Events on the Mid-North Coast at Bulahdelah and Johns River fill out the back end of the season, with a second event West of Sydney at Orange in August.

Michael and Tim Valantine - 2016 Classic Champions - Photo: Dave King

Michael and Tim Valantine - 2016 Classic Champions - Photo: Dave King

In line with the relaxed nature of the series, there is no registration fee, and all competitors are eligible to score points.

 

AMSAG’s popularity continues to grow in NSW as many competitors choose to align themselves to the long-running series, now in its 22nd year. The regulations have for the most part, have remained unchanged for the past 7 years, with the club resisting the introduction of most limitations, instead allowing the competitors freedom of choice when it comes to safety equipment and vehicle modifications above and beyond the minimum standard.

Ron and Jo Moore - 2016 Open Champions - Photo: Dave King

Ron and Jo Moore - 2016 Open Champions - Photo: Dave King

Safety and vehicle preparation standards are still of paramount importance to AMSAG, with competitors able to enter either the Classic or Open category. AMSAG Classics are naturally-aspirated pre1991 2wd vehicles such as Australian Rallying stalwarts the Datsun 1600 and Ford Escort. The Open category consists of mostly modern vehicles such as 4WD Mitsubishi Evo and Subaru WRX or 2WD Nissan Silvia and Hyundai Excels, however also caters for those vehicles that don’t comply with AMSAG Classic regulations such as Subaru Legacy and Mitsubishi VR4 and also non traditional vehicles such as Turbo Charged Datsun 1600’s.

 

As always, AMSAG competitor and safety information is available at www.amsag.com.au Competitors can enter online for the Oberon Rally via the Event Page, with the entry fee being set at $400.

 

2017 Season Teaser courtesy of D&S Photography, subscribe to their channel for more great videos throughout the year.

 

Entries Open for Round 1 of the 2017 Pipe King Southern Cross Rally Series

 

The 2017 Pipe King Southern Cross Rally Series has expanded to include six rounds. With two events each to the West, South and North of Sydney.

 

The Pipe King Southern Cross series begins on March 18 at Oberon featuring 122Km’s of competitive driving over 6 stages, before heading south to Tumut in May for Round 2, and then Round 3 in Bega on the June long weekend. Events on the Mid-North Coast at Bulahdelah (Round 3) and Johns River (Round 6) fill out the back end of the season, includes a second event west of Sydney at Orange (Round) in August.

 

Competitors can enter online for the Oberon Rally via the Event Page with the entry fee being set at $400.

 

URGENT NOTICE:

Please be advised that we are running low on numbers for the Presentation Night. The Venue has now asked for final numbers by tomorrow.

 

We currently have 34 RSVP's as of this morning, we require a minimum of 70 to secure the venue.

 

If we are unable to meet the minimum numbers the Presentation Night will be cancelled and rescheduled for another date or possibly held at one of the events later this year.

 

If you have not RSVP'd yet, but intend on going please do so ASAP via the following link:-

RSVP Form

 

Final Pointscores for the 2016 Pipe King AMSAG Southern Cross Rally Series are now available.

Results can found on the Results Page. (Note: if the links are not active when the page loads, refresh the page and they will then appear).

 

The winners are as follows:-

 

1st Outright Classic Driver: Michael Valantine - Navigator: Tim Valantine

2nd Outright Classic Driver: Matthew Byron - Navigator: Rae Waterhouse

3rd Outright Classic Driver: Peter Thompson - Navigator: Darren McNamara

 

1st Class A Driver: Trevor Hill - Navigator: Brian Price

1st Class B Driver: Dennis Valantine - Navigator: Kara Lewis

1st Class C Driver: Peter Thompson - Navigator: Darren McNamara

1st Class D Driver: Michael Valantine - Navigator: Tim Valantine

1st Class E Driver: Laurie Williams - Navigator: Kathryn Reeves

 

1st Outright Open Driver: Ron Moore - Navigator: Jo Moore

2nd Outright Open Driver: Jon Flower - Navigator: Chris Maissin

3rd Outright Open Driver: John Fraser - Navigator: Harrison Hudson

 

1st O4WD Driver: Ron Moore - Navigator: Jo Moore

1st ORWD Driver: Josh Leask - Navigator: Tristan Ius

=1st OFWD Driver: David McGee - Navigator: Adrian Willis

                                  Rae Waterhouse - Navigator: Matthew Byron

                                  Zac Calder-Love - Navigator: Angus Fraser

 

 

2017 AGM and 2016 Pipe King AMSAG Southern Cross Rally Series Presentaion Night.

 

The 2017 AMSAG AGM will be held on Saturday 25th February at the Peachtree Hotel, 54 Peachtree Rd Penrith starting at Midday.

 

All members are welcome and encouraged to attend in order to have a say in Club activities both for the next 12 months and into the future, as well as have your opportunity to vote for your Executive Committee and ancillary positions.

 

A list of the positions available can be found via the link below, if you wish to nominate someone for a position, or even nominate yourself. Please complete the Nomination Form and return it to the email address provided by Monday 20th February. - AGM Forms

 

If you are unable to make it to the AGM, but still want your say in any voting matters. You can use the Proxy Form to nominate a member who will be attending to vote on your behalf.

 

The 2016 Pipe King AMSAG Southern Cross Rally Series Presentation Night will be held on the Saturday Night at the Sky Lounge, Penrith Paceway 127 Station St Penrith. The night will kick off at 7pm and will cost $60/person.

 

You can RSVP via the following link, please ensure you list any dietary requirements in the section provided. You can pay cash on the night, or via Direct Deposit. The Bank Details for Direct Deposit can be found on the confirmation page once you click on Submit. - Presentation Night RSVP

 

We look forward to seeing you all there for a great night of celebration from a fantastic year of competition.

 

ANNOUNCEMENT: 2017 Pipe King Southern Cross Rally Series released.

We are excited to present the calendar for the 2017 Pipe King Southern Cross Rally Series which is shaping up to be one of the best seasons for AMSAG in recent years. The addition of 2 new events along side old favourites makes for an exciting and challenging series.

 

Season Launch: Mount Panorama – Friday March 17th, Details to be released closer to the date.

 

Round 1: Oberon – Saturday March 18th, returning to a more traditional style Oberon event, this round now becomes the season opener for 2017.

 

Round 2: Tumut – Saturday May 13th, our first new event for the 2017 season, the event will be run by the Wagga Wagga Districts Car Club, we look forward to seeing what the club has in store in a new area for AMSAG.

 

Round 3: Bega – Saturday June 10th and Sunday June 11th, the second new event for AMSAG in 2017 features a traditional two day Bega event. To be run by the Sapphire Coast Car Club, the event will feature Shire Roads to the North of Bega on the Saturday morning before moving south towards Eden in the afternoon/night with more stages again on Sunday morning.

 

Round 4: Bulahdelah – Saturday July 29th, following on from the success of 2016, the 2017 version will feature similar stages that were loved by competitors this year and potentially some additions to spice things up a little bit.

 

Round 5: Orange – Saturday September 16th, featuring what has now become a traditional rally for AMSAG, this event has now moved to slightly warmer (and hopefully drier) date for 2017.

 

Round 6: Johns River – Saturday October 28th, finishing off the 2017 season will be the Johns River Rally, a later date means hopefully drier weather to help finish of the year in style.

 

An Announcement regarding the 2017 AGM and 2016 Series Presentation will be made in January.

 

Final Results now available for the 2016 Black Springs Rally.

Results can found on the Results Page. (Note: if the links are not active when the page loads, refresh the page and they will then appear).

 

Entries now open for the 2016 Black Springs Rally.

 

The 5th and Final Round of the 2016 Pipe King AMSAG Southern Cross Rally Series will be run in the forests surrounding Black Springs on 12th November 2016.

 

A total of 9 Stages covering 135km of competitive driving will kick off on Saturday morning and be due to finish in the late afternoon.

 

Entries can now be made on the Event Page.

 

2016 Pointscore Updated:-

After Round 4:-

 

The Final Results are now available on the Results page (If the link to the results does not load, wait for the page to load fully and then hit refresh and the link will appear).

 

And lastly, the Johns River event will not be proceeding this year, it will now be replaced by the Final Round on the same date, to be held at Black Springs. Further details on the Final Round will be released in the coming weeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016 Pointscore Updated:-

After Round 3:-

 

 

Entries now open for the 2016 Bulahdelah Rally.

 

The 4th Round of the 2016 Pipe King AMSAG Southern Cross Rally Series will be run in the forests surrounding Bulahdelah north of Newcastle on 1st October 2016.

 

A total of 7 Stages covering 138km of competitive driving will kick off on Saturday morning and will feature a night time run along the iconic Manning Hill Rd.

 

The Service Park will be based out of the Bulahdelah Showground with the Rally Headquarters/Rally Book-In to be held in the Bulahdelah Bowling Club.

 

A Buffet Style dinner will be provided by the Bowling Club at a cost of $20/Person. Please indicate on your entry form how many meal tickets you will require, payment will be required on the day at Rally Book-In.

 

Due to a tight running schedule with some repeated stages, entries are strictly limited to 40 cars..

 

TEntries can now be made on the Event Page.

 

 

 

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