My introduction to rally

My first rally I remember my first rally like it was yesterday. It was the mid to late 90’s. After many years of club motorsport I’d made the decision to finally go rallying. The thing I remember most about that first event was how underprepared we were. Not so much in terms of the car…

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2015 Rally Awards Night

The 2015 RallyWA presentation night was held in late January on what would normally have been a warm evening. Due to some unusually wet weather, the open air function was moved inside at the Royal Perth Yacht Club. 140+ WA rally people got together to celebrate what proved to be a roller coaster of a…

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Hyundai Excel Rally Car Specs

Background The Hyundai Excel stretches back to the 1980’s when the first examples started out on Australian roads. Back then, the cars were not brilliant and it took some years for the Korean manufacturer to improve production. It was the mid 90’s when fortunes really changed for Hyundai in the form of the X3 model…

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The Rally Action 2015 Season

It wasn’t until I sat down a few days ago to put together a highlights reel that I realised what we’d achieved during 2015. We had a phenomenal season that spanned ten months. Starting in February with a very dusty Motorkhana we got through this program: Competed in all six of the State Championship rallies…

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The Clubman Cup where the magic begins

For some years we’ve had a rally championship that anyone can get started in (formally) called the WA Clubman Rally Series. Known more commonly as the Clubman Cup, it is always hotly contested with 25+ cars lining up at each round and often up to seven teams vying for podium places.   Keeping the rules…

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Nissan Silvia rally car build part 4

We were down to the last few weeks before the debut rally and some long hours were being spent on the Silvia. With the major mechanicals and the exterior sorted it was onto the list of smaller items to get the car ready for competition. The owner had found a set of used Velo race…

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Toyota Celica GT4 Rally Car specs

Background In the mid-late 80’s Lancia was all dominating in the World Rally Championship (WRC) with its Lancia Delta. Several manufacturers had cars in development to compete against Lancia however it was Toyota who would mount the biggest charge with the Celica. Built with a 2l turbo charged engine and constant four wheel drive, the…

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Need a last minute Christmas Gift?

Santas List

It can be a tough decision especially if you’re buying for someone who has everything. The same thing happens in our house every year. Flipping through the endless catalogues, so much to choose from. Will they like the present? Is it the right type? Is it the right colour? Trying to work out the differences between…

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Nissan Silvia rally car build part 3

As we started to put the car together we tackled a few tasks simultaneously. A new fuel tank, Warlbro fuel pump and filter were fitted and plumbed in. We received the car with the original tank removed and inspection inside revealed plenty of rust from exposure to the elements. A HDPE fuel tank guard was…

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Queen Scout and Rally Driving

This week we were honoured and privileged to attend an awards ceremony of a different kind. It was for the presentation of a Queen Scout award, one of the highest accolades available in scouting. For Venturer Scouts (aged 14-17 years) the award requires many hours of dedication and hard work over a period of several years. What…

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