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CHAMPION AND HIS RALLY CAR RE-UNITED

MEDIA RELEASE/Rally Retro Day – Photo: Stuart Bowes

The winner of 5 Australian Rally Championships, Ross Dunkerton will get to see and drive a rally car he first drove in 1989, over 30 years ago at rally retro festival, Saturday February 29.

The Mitsubishi Galant VR4 built by Ralliart Australia in 1989 for the Australian round of the World Rally Championship in Western Australia and was driven by Ross Dunkerton and co-driver Steve McKimmie. Outright rally success came a year later for Dunkerton in this car with co-driver Mick Harker, winning the FAI rally.

The Mitsubishi Galant VR4 has undergone a restoration in recent months by owner, S.A. motorsport photographer Stuart Bowes, returning the car to its original Group A specification. Dunkerton will drive the car for the first time in 30 years on the short rally demonstration track at Rally Retro Festival.

Grand Marshall of the event is the 1990 Australian Rally Champion Ed. Ordynski, also from South Australia also rallied the Galant VR4 in 1991. Ordynksi will flag the cars away on the demonstration runs from 11:00 am. He might be asking Dunkerton to move over for one or 2 of those runs!

It’s not only iconic and rare rally cars that will be on display. In all the organisers expect 11 Australian Champions to attend, covering championship wins from 1970 to 2011.

60 retro rally cars will be there. From a 1951 Peugeot 203 (as ran in the 1953 Redex around Australia Trial), to BMC works UK prepared Austin 1800, a Nissan Japan works prepared Datsun Stanza. From the World Rally Championship there will be Mitsubishi Galant VR4’s, a Renault Alpine’s, a pair of Fiat 131 Abarth’s, and a very rare Audi Quattro.

Rally fans familiar with the Australian Rally championship cars in the 70’s and 80’s will recognise the Ford Escort of Greg Carr, the Datsun’s of George Fury and Ross Dunkerton and the Mitsubishi Starion of David ‘Dinta’ Officer.

The venue opens to the public at 10:00 am and the cars take to the track from around 11:00 am.

Entry is $10 per car and the first 200 cars receive a Rally Retro Showbag and a program. Visitors will be able to view the action from the car display area, as well as mingle with the cars and their owners.

METEC Driver Education centre is at 112 Colchester Road, Bayswater North.

Full details can be found at website: www.rallyretroday.org.au


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