Vintage offroad racing has been on the upswing here in North America with the popularity of the NORRA series of events in Baja Mexico but its popularity hasn't moved over into the world of stage rally. While there are a handful of vintage racers still out there--Greg Healey's '78 280Z, the Huebbe's VW Bug and Jason Lightner's '76 Porsche to name a few, gathering enough of them in one particular place at one particular time to make a legit event would be unheard of.
of that has to do just with the popularity of the sport here in the
States...there just aren't enough fans to have built enough vehicles
over the years to create a stable of raceable vintage vehicles.
Australia is different however.
example? The Alpine Rally 2013 that just took place. The event saw 99
"classic" vehicle entries (when was the last time a stage rally drew 99
entries here in the States let alone 99 vintage vehicles?) to cover up
to 256 competitive kilometers for a cost of $795. For an additional
point of interest the organizers estimated that to handle the road
closures over this event they would need 150 road closure officials and
an additional 50 control officials. Compare that to the cost and number
of workers we in the US would use for our events.
collection of vehicles at this event was especially cool. Far from a
collection blue Subarus and red and white Evos we have tons of RWD
action of all sorts and a couple drivers we even know over here in North
America (Will Orders and Alister McRae). Enjoy some of the better
photos courtesy of Peter and Luke Whitten.
Oh and the
results?? Jeffrey David took the win in a Porsche 911, Alister McRae
finished 2nd in a Group 4 Ford Escort and third was Wayne Hoye in a
Alpine Rally Website...