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The Southern Cross Rally
Southern Cross Rally
was a major international rally mainly held in the Port Macquarie
Port Macquarie
region of New South Wales, Australia, between 1966 and 1980. The rally attracted many of the world's leading rally drivers and factory teams. The inaugural Southern Cross Rally
Southern Cross Rally
was won by Harry Firth
Harry Firth
in a works Ford Cortina. Scotsman Andrew Cowan
Andrew Cowan
dominated the event in the 1970s winning the rally five years in a row for the Mitsubishi works team from 1972 to 1976. The last four wins were in a Mitsubishi Lancer 1600 GSR and Cowan had also earlier won the 1969 'Cross in an Austin 1800 making a total of six victories. Some other notable Southern Cross winners were Colin Bond
Colin Bond
in a Holden Dealer Team Torana GTR XU-1 in 1971, the 'flying Finn' Rauno Aaltonen in a Datsun Violet 710 in 1977, Talmalmo
Talmalmo
farmer George Fury in 1978 and 1979 in the Datsun Stanza
Datsun Stanza
and Ross Dunkerton
Ross Dunkerton
who won the 1980 rally driving a Stanza. There were many famous international rally drivers who contested the rally without winning it, including world champions Swedes Björn Waldegård and Stig Blomqvist, and Finns Ari Vatanen
Ari Vatanen
and Hannu Mikkola. Some other notable international rally drivers who competed include Edgar Herrmann, Timo Mäkinen, Shekhar Mehta
Shekhar Mehta
and Paddy Hopkirk. The final Southern Cross Rally
Southern Cross Rally
in 1980 was a hard-fought battle between the Datsun Stanzas of Dunkerton, Fury and Geoff Portman and the Ford Escort BDA's driven by Greg Carr and Ari Vatanen. Dunkerton held off the Escorts to win. A combination of lack of sponsorship money and 'burn-out' of the rally organisers led to the demise of what was still a very competitive event. Winners[edit]

Year Driver Navigator Vehicle

1966 Harry Firth Graham Hoinville Ford Cortina
Ford Cortina
GT

1967 Barry Ferguson Dave Johnson Volkswagen Beetle

1968 John Keran Peter Meyer Volvo 142S

1969 Andrew Cowan Dave Johnson Austin 1800

1970 Barry Ferguson Dave Johnson Holden Torana
Holden Torana
GTR XU-1

1971 Colin Bond George Shepheard Holden Torana
Holden Torana
GTR XU-1

1972 Andrew Cowan John Bryson Mitsubishi Galant

1973 Andrew Cowan John Bryson Mitsubishi Lancer 1600 GSR

1974 Andrew Cowan John Bryson Mitsubishi Lancer 1600 GSR

1975 Andrew Cowan Fred Gocentas Mitsubishi Lancer 1600 GSR

1976 Andrew Cowan Fred Gocentas Mitsubishi Lancer 1600 GSR

1977 Rauno Aaltonen Jeff Beaumont Datsun 710

1978 George Fury Monty Suffern Datsun Stanza

1979 George Fury Monty Suffern Datsun Stanza

1980 Ross Dunkerton Jeff Beaumont Datsun Stanza

References[edit]

AMSAG - History of the Southern Cross Rally Australian Competition Yearbook 1977

External links[edit]

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The Southern Cross Rally
Southern Cross Rally
was a major international rally mainly held in the Port Macquarie
Port Macquarie
region of New South Wales, Australia, between 1966 and 1980. The rally attracted many of the world's leading rally drivers and factory teams. The inaugural Southern Cross Rally
Southern Cross Rally
was won by Harry Firth
Harry Firth
in a works Ford Cortina. Scotsman Andrew Cowan
Andrew Cowan
dominated the event in the 1970s winning the rally five years in a row for the Mitsubishi works team from 1972 to 1976. The last four wins were in a Mitsubishi Lancer 1600 GSR and Cowan had also earlier won the 1969 'Cross in an Austin 1800 making a total of six victories. Some other notable Southern Cross winners were Colin Bond
Colin Bond
in a Holden Dealer Team Torana GTR XU-1 in 1971, the 'flying Finn' Rauno Aaltonen in a Datsun Violet 710 in 1977, Talmalmo
Talmalmo
farmer George Fury in 1978 and 1979 in the Datsun Stanza
Datsun Stanza
and Ross Dunkerton
Ross Dunkerton
who won the 1980 rally driving a Stanza. There were many famous international rally drivers who contested the rally without winning it, including world champions Swedes Björn Waldegård and Stig Blomqvist, and Finns Ari Vatanen
Ari Vatanen
and Hannu Mikkola. Some other notable international rally drivers who competed include Edgar Herrmann, Timo Mäkinen, Shekhar Mehta
Shekhar Mehta
and Paddy Hopkirk. The final Southern Cross Rally
Southern Cross Rally
in 1980 was a hard-fought battle between the Datsun Stanzas of Dunkerton, Fury and Geoff Portman and the Ford Escort BDA's driven by Greg Carr and Ari Vatanen. Dunkerton held off the Escorts to win. A combination of lack of sponsorship money and 'burn-out' of the rally organisers led to the demise of what was still a very competitive event. Winners[edit]

Year Driver Navigator Vehicle

1966 Harry Firth Graham Hoinville Ford Cortina
Ford Cortina
GT

1967 Barry Ferguson Dave Johnson Volkswagen Beetle

1968 John Keran Peter Meyer Volvo 142S

1969 Andrew Cowan Dave Johnson Austin 1800

1970 Barry Ferguson Dave Johnson Holden Torana
Holden Torana
GTR XU-1

1971 Colin Bond George Shepheard Holden Torana
Holden Torana
GTR XU-1

1972 Andrew Cowan John Bryson Mitsubishi Galant

1973 Andrew Cowan John Bryson Mitsubishi Lancer 1600 GSR

1974 Andrew Cowan John Bryson Mitsubishi Lancer 1600 GSR

1975 Andrew Cowan Fred Gocentas Mitsubishi Lancer 1600 GSR

1976 Andrew Cowan Fred Gocentas Mitsubishi Lancer 1600 GSR

1977 Rauno Aaltonen Jeff Beaumont Datsun 710

1978 George Fury Monty Suffern Datsun Stanza

1979 George Fury Monty Suffern Datsun Stanza

1980 Ross Dunkerton Jeff Beaumont Datsun Stanza

References[edit]

AMSAG - History of the Southern Cross Rally Australian Competition Yearbook 1977

External links[edit]

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