20161202_104258_resized Cooper Rally 2017 Planning has begun for the 2017 Cooper Memorial Rally. The event is scheduled for the 29th of April and will be based out of the Noojee-Powelltown area just east of Melbourne. Many of the roads have been surveyed and meetings had with foresters and other authorities. Crews should expect a variety of daylight and night with stages planned for some of the greatest roads in the State. An early finish and an opportunity to dine and celebrate in one of Regional Victoria’s most awarded establishments should make the 2017 Cooper highly memorable for all. More news to come over the coming months.  
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Gil Davis Memorial Rally VCRS 2

Three Western District crews took part in the Gil Davis that was based at the spectacular setting of the Powelltown Recreation Reserve. Brian and Dan in the freshly rebuilt Nissan, Daryl and Troy in the red Celica and Chris and Seb in the re engine MR2. The HRA ran event was sure to offer some stunning roads that offered up a variety of conditions from dust in some places to rain and fog in others.

Upon receiving the ‘road book’ we all discovered the entire route was to be fully mapped and with the exception of a caution on a transport section, we would all have to put our faith in the triangles on the maps.

Brian and Dan had a smooth run and with much of their competition floundering would soon be climbing the leader board to place first two wheel drive and third outright.

Daryl and Troy had a relatively issue free run but the times were uninspiring and finished eighth outright. This was still positive as the Celica had not returned from an event with the control arms intact for some time.    

Chris and Seb were happy with their run having proved the performance of the MR2 and despite not partaking in the final stage were still content at the end of the event.

The next event in the VCRS is The Daryl Tumbrige on the 7th of April in Amphitheatre  

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Bagshot Autocross

Matt Jones and Jimmy Rooke both took part in round 2 of the Victorian Club Autocross Series at the Bagshot Motorsports complex at the weekend. In typically horrific dust both recorded some great runs and the commy ran well.

Matt Bagdad

If you are a WDCC member who has recently participated in an event please email a brief report/ images to wdccweb@gmail.com

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Container for sale

Do you need some storage?

The Geelong Motor Sports Complex are replacing our original 20FT container which needs some roof repairs.

We are offering it to members or anybody else that would want it for a bargain price of $500.00. Please contact Graham Harrison on 0419 875 834

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MG Car Clubs Youth Challenge

The MG Car Club’s Youth Challenge is on again on April 17th.  As the name suggests it is a competition just for juniors.  The event consists of Observed Section Trial (OST), Motorkhana and Khanacross disciplines.  During the day there are two courses for each discipline and each competitor has two tries at each course, for a total of 12 times for the day.

YOW

 

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George Woods Inro Trial

The George woods introductory trial was run on the weekend where myself and Daryl (King) decided to give the re-modeled MR2 a bit of a test. There were 7 stages most of them mapped with a few tricks in there which Daryl with the experience of Paul and Troy sorted out. Darkness fell in Powelltown and it was time to head into the forest. We were having a blast and letting the back of the car hang out until, about 5km into the first stage where we had to fix a leaking a coolant issue. But we got it back going and finished stage 1.  ‘Was that fix on the hose alright?’ I asked. I received a tentative answer.  Stage 2 is where Daryl started to relax a bit and get into the flow and even had a bit of a laugh. My driving style could best be described as cautiously erratic.MR2 George Woods

Back at service we sorted the cooling system.  We were lucky enough to get a dust gap for the next stage because the car in front of us broke a clutch on the starting line. (note to self: use handbrake for hill start).  By the end of the night we had apparently set a fastest time on one of the stages, found out that sideways=awesome/scary, passed a Datsun, had a close encounter with a parked car and “kissed” an embankment. Not bad for a first time navigator, thanks Daryl and a re-modeled MR2.

In all it was a great night out in the forest.

Chris Barrett.

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