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2005 HRA Alpine

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Hi all,

Last night the starting order for this Historic event was released.


89 Starters of which 31 are Nissan/Datsun vehicles pre 86.


It's quite a tribute to Datsun that there are so many rally cars still in active competition.


Check out the details at





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Where is this thing' date=' may have to go watch....[/quote']


Lakes Entrance


www.hra.org.au will answer all questions.


If your down that way why not drop in and see Jimbo.

I was rostered on as a steward for the event, unfortunatly business commitments have taken priority.



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Hi Jim,


Had to change plans with Xmas trading [i've actually gotten quite busy & can't leave the shop with 1 person as planned]. I believe some of the stages may be in the Omeo area, they are still looking for officials, so if you would like your own "special" specie spot just put your hand up, or I can put you into contact with the right people.


There are some awsome zeds entered in this, I saw & heard Rob Devonish's 280 [stroked out to 3.1l I believe with the mandatory triples] on the MIrboo Meander, only a Spitfre could sound better. Ah, it sucks, the sound of these awesome rally cars in the forest won't be heard by me.


I'll promise to drive up to the Golden Age next year......



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Yep... 1600's take out 2nd and 3rd, with a 260Z in 4th place. Datsun confirms it's place as Australia's best ever Rally Car..


Read on for the official release....MOM


Record Breaking Alpine Rally Win


The 58th Alpine Rally finished in Lakes Entrance this weekend with a

record breaking performance from winning co-driver Ross Runnalls.

He now has a record seven wins in this classic Australian motorsport

event, one clear of another 1970's Alpine legend Frank Kilfoyle and

his 1980's sparring partner Greg Carr. The Australian Alpine Rally

is the world's second oldest motorsport event having been run for

the first time in 1921.


Co-drivng for now three times Alpine Rally winner and two times

Australian Rally Champion Geoff Portman, who was also Runnalls first

and long time driver, drove their powerful, on loan, Holden

Commodore V8 with great control and flare in the wet and tricky

conditions in the Alpine high country to the north of Lakes Entrance

and Orbost.


This was a fitting result for Portman and Runnalls as this rally win

came on the 30th anniversary of their first Alpine Rally start in

1975. They were at the time also Holden mounted in a rugged

looking fawn coloured 1956 Holden FE Sedan. The win in this year's

event was also Geoff's first Alpine start since his last win in

1982. This years Holden, a 1984 Commodore, was borrowed from another

previous Australian Rally Champion Barry Lowe and son's Aaron and

proved the perfect weapon for Geoff who even admitted, privately, at

the finish that it had to much horsepower for him to handle!


The final day of competition yesterday saw an epic battle for the

lead between Portman/Runnalls and New South Wales driver Kari

Dirickx and co-driver Tim Batten in a potent Datsun 1600. Dirickx

started the day 4 seconds ahead of Portman who had decide to "push"

on this final day having become more at home in the big unfamiliar

V8 Commodore. Portman / Runnalls also had an advantage of "local

knowledge" with both of them going thru Forestry school together in

the 70's and then spending extended time in the Alpine forestry

regions since.


At the end of another fitting, tough Alpine Rally, Portman and

Runnalls finished 30 seconds in front of Dirickx/Batten with Tim's

father Mike Batten/Glen Murray, Datsun 1600 just piping teenager

Jesse Robison co-driven by sister Sam in yet another Datsun, this

time a 260Z coupe, proving this car makers dominance of club car

rallying in Australia.


At the presentation at the Lakes Entrance Kalimna Hotel last night,

a crowd of more than 400 competitors and Alpine Rally enthusiast

celebrated the end of this years Alpine and the presentation started

with event Secretary Jodi Mann announcing that this would be her

and, event boss, Stuart Listers' last Alpine Rally as key

organisers. Immediately a round of three cheers for Stuart was

called for from yet another Australian Rally legend on hand, Bob

Watson which was rousing supported by the packed crowd.


So another Alpine Rally is done; where too from here. There will be

another Alpine, most likely in two years time, the HRA stalwarts

have already started to put in place the steps to ensure that, so it

is true ?.


Resistance IS Futile, even if your names are Stuart Lister and Jodi



Final Results

Geoff Portman/Ross Runnalls Holden Commodore 207:52 (Minutes:Seconds)

Karl Dirickx/Tim Batten, Datsun 1600, 208:22

Mike Batten/Glenn Murray, Datsun 1600, 217:50

Jesse & Sam Robinson, Datsun 260Z, 219:53


Full results and photos will be on www.hra.org.au later today

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