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The Queensland Rally Championship (QRC) has a long and celebrated history dating back to 1963. The main Championship and its support categories cater to a wide and diverse range of people from all walks of life, who enjoy the love of cars and getting out into the bush. 

From 1960’s VW Beetles, a variety of 70’s Mazda’s and 90’s & 00’s Mitsubishi and Subaru vehicles, the QRC has been won by many different cars. Some crews use the QRC to just have fun on the weekend. Others have used it as a stepping stone to bigger things. Some have even gone on to win the Australian Rally Championship outright or class. 

In the near 60-year history of the QRC, there have been nearly 40 different winners for both Drivers and Co-Drivers. One person has won both a Driver and Co-Driver, and a father and son have won the Drivers’ Championship in different years. 

Today’s Championship sees a range of different vehicles entered from older Toyotas and Datsuns to cheap to run Hyundai Excel’s and 4WD Mitsubishi and Subaru cars. All cars compete across the differing Championships and Series from Novice and Juniors to the outright competitors aiming for the Championship win. 

A sport for everyone, we love hearing from old and new participants so get in touch.  

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Event - 1984 Unknown event name possibly held in Gavin Forest Gold Coast

Organiser - Gold Coast Tweed Motorsporting Club (GCTMC)

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Datsun 1600 Mick Barry and Graeme Offer
Blue Mitsubishi Galant Adrian Dillon and Dave Gaines
Blue/White/Red Datsun 180B unknown crew
Red/White Toyota Celica Greg Whitaker and Alan Staib

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GCTMC, ran a number of monster Rallysprints in Gaven around that time....remember getting a ride with Larry Perkins brother in a V8 powered VW buggy....frightening🙂

Rally sprint at Gaven - early 80’s - reversed her out and kept going - the joys of being 17……

Dave remembers lots of sprints there in those days. He navved for Shae Offer in Graemes corolla once too

Interesting note here is that Greg Whittaker and Alan Staib were rallysprint specialists. They always arrived very early and walked the course. They may have been the first people in Qld to use some sort of a pace note system.

It was a Rally Sprint event. Maybe at Bernarkin run by the Renault Car club. Celica I think is Whittaker, he only did Sprint events

The 180b does not look familiar. The other 3 are correct

I've still got my trophy for 4th O/R in the GCTMSC Gavin Forest rallysprint in 1983.

Could be Gaven Forest Rallysprint !

This was probably a round of the Holland Park Auto Electrics Rallysprint Series.

Sic bro

Phil McLoughlin was this the event you won?

Garry Briggs, try your memory!

Navigated for my father phil at one of the rallysprints sadly we rolled the datto that day. Was the only time i sat in with him 😆

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What is a Road Closure?

Road Closure points are established to prevent unauthorised access to a Special Stage. Access to the stage by general public, vehicles, livestock etc can cause a dangerous situation for competitors who are travelling at high speeds through the stage.

Local notification and signs alert the community and forest permit holders of a Rally event
however the Road Closure Official is required to completely block a road that has access to a Stage. This is generally done with danger tape and a vehicle. If the road you are blocking has the potential for a rally car to “overshoot” then you would need to ensure that your vehicle is parked well back from the intersection and that you do not stand in or near this location.

It is vitally important that the Stage is physically closed to all
vehicles and people. In the event of an emergency, course cars, MIV, recovery or other vehicles may wish to take a direct route to an incident, entering or leaving the Stage through your Road Closure point. If this occurs, ensure that these vehicles can demonstrate they are authorised.

As a Road Closure Official you will also keep track of the cars as they pass you. This info is helpful for organisers to track car locations when GPS tracking is not being utilised.

A Road Closure is a great way to get started as a Rally Official. Set up and sit back and watch the action from your own private spectator point! Bring the family or come with a group of friends.

If you would like to know more about how you can become a Road Closure Official and get one of the best seats in the house at a Rally get in touch with us by commenting below, sending a PM or emailing qldrally@qldrallychampionship.com

Are you are keen to become an Official for the Acworth Recruitment QLD Rally Championship? You can find out more and apply online here - motorsport.org.au/officials

📸 @Adrian Taylor, Smiley Kez Photography & Michelle Van Der Wilk
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What is a Road Closure?Road Closure points are established to prevent unauthorised access to a Special Stage. Access to the stage by general public, vehicles, livestock etc can cause a dangerous situation for competitors who are travelling at high speeds through the stage.Local notification and signs alert the community and forest permit holders of a Rally event
however the Road Closure Official  is required to completely block a road that has access to a Stage. This is generally done with danger tape and a vehicle. If the road you are blocking has the potential for a rally car to “overshoot” then you would need to ensure that your vehicle is parked well back from the intersection and that you do not stand in or near this location.It is vitally important that the Stage is physically closed to all
vehicles and people. In the event of an emergency, course cars, MIV, recovery or other vehicles may wish to take a direct route to an incident, entering or leaving the Stage through your Road Closure point. If this occurs, ensure that these vehicles can demonstrate they are authorised.As a Road Closure Official you will also keep track of the cars as they pass you. This info is helpful for organisers to track car locations when GPS tracking is not being utilised.A Road Closure is a great way to get started as a Rally Official. Set up and sit back and watch the action from your own private spectator point! Bring the family or come with a group of friends.If you would like to know more about how you can become a Road Closure Official and get one of the best seats in the house at a Rally get in touch with us by commenting below, sending a PM or emailing qldrally@qldrallychampionship.comAre you are keen to become an Official for the Acworth Recruitment   QLD Rally Championship? You can find out more and apply online here - https://motorsport.org.au/officials📸 @Adrian Taylor, Smiley Kez Photography & Michelle Van Der Wilk

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Some of these road closure points have great spectating as they can be right on the stage. And it's free.

Doing a good job Syd.

Syd Smith!

Adrian Taylor they credited you.

What is a Course Car?

To run a rally there are a number of course cars driven by licenced officials.
Course cars generally run the numbers 000, 00, 0, 999 and Fast Sweep. Not all these cars may be used at all events.
The Zero cars will run a stage prior to any competitor to ensure the roads are clear and course is correct. Depending on the car they will have different responsibilities and run the stage at varying speeds.
The Fast Sweep follows the last car into stage and they ensure all competitors that entered the stage are accounted for.
There are also a number of recovery vehicles that may follow sweep into a stage to recover any competitors that did not complete the stage. In Queensland Team Riff Raff have been providing recovery services at events for many years.

Course Cars are in radio contact with the event head quarters and provide valuable "on the ground" info to the Clerk or Course.

If you would like to know more about Course Car roles get in touch with us by commenting below, sending a PM or emailing qldrally@qldrallychampionship.com

Are you are keen to become an Official for the Acworth Recruitment QLD Rally Championship? You can find out more and apply online here - motorsport.org.au/officials

📸 Sam Donovan & Michelle Van Der Wilk
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What is a Course Car?To run a rally there are a number of course cars driven by licenced officials.
Course cars generally run the numbers 000, 00, 0, 999 and Fast Sweep. Not all these cars may be used at all events.
The Zero cars will run a stage prior to any competitor to ensure the roads are clear and course is correct. Depending on the car they will have different responsibilities and run the stage at varying speeds.
The Fast Sweep follows the last car into stage and they ensure all competitors that entered the stage are accounted for.
There are also a number of recovery vehicles that may follow sweep into a stage to recover any competitors that did not complete the stage. In Queensland Team Riff Raff have been providing recovery services at events for many years.Course Cars are in radio contact with the event head quarters and provide valuable on the ground info to the Clerk or Course.If you would like to know more about Course Car roles get in touch with us by commenting below, sending a PM or emailing qldrally@qldrallychampionship.comAre you are keen to become an Official for the Acworth Recruitment   QLD Rally Championship? You can find out more and apply online here - https://motorsport.org.au/officials📸 Sam Donovan & Michelle Van Der Wilk

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Been a zero and a fast sweep before, years ago.Great fun, especially as fast sweep in a 4 cyl Pathfinder and catching the last car on each stage 😁😁😁

Great fun last fast sweep done a few years ago at Johns river it was good just to help out

Ben English can we make A fast sweep position available? 🤣

Holly Arbon.. Great pic by Sam Donovan

Ross Cox lookin’ good!

Kylie Matthew Ian Nicole

Great post with good info provided. Additional to this, at some events you may see Fast Sweep designated as "999" and you may see other course cars such as a Safety Car(s) running before 00. Often you'll see a Slow Sweep who does the final run of the stages to collect paperwork and return doco to the Command Centre. All of these are important.

Been doing it for many years and has been a great experience 👍

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Here is some great news from the Brisbane Sporting Car Club!

The BSCC is proud to announce the resumption of our 2022 competition calendar. We have had to re-arrange a few events around the previous dates so the plan is:

May 21: Lakes Hyundai Test & Tune in Jimna ENTRIES NOW OPEN - bscc.asn.au/entry-form-the-lakes-hyundai-bscc-test-and-tune/

June 18: KCF RallySport Short Course Rally Benarkin - Supp Regs available soon

From here we then move to the Accent Benchtops Rally Queensland on July 22 - 24 and Globe Roamer III Rally Imbil on 10 September.

BSCC are still trying to run the Roo Systems Australia Rally of the South Burnett so stay tuned for an update there.
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Here is some great news from the Brisbane Sporting Car Club!The BSCC is proud to announce the resumption of our 2022 competition calendar. We have had to re-arrange a few events around the previous dates so the plan is:May 21: Lakes Hyundai Test & Tune in Jimna  ENTRIES NOW OPEN - https://bscc.asn.au/entry-form-the-lakes-hyundai-bscc-test-and-tune/June 18: KCF RallySport Short Course Rally Benarkin  - Supp Regs available soonFrom here we then move to the Accent Benchtops Rally Queensland on July 22 - 24 and Globe Roamer III Rally Imbil on 10 September.BSCC are still trying to run the Roo Systems Australia Rally of the South Burnett so stay tuned for an update there.
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