Classic outbackers keen to come again

THE Frontier Services Classic Outback Rally may return to the Tweed as soon as next year, organisers say.

“The feedback we got from all the competitors about the race itself, our accommodation at the Tweed Ultima and everything else about the area has been extremely positive,” said event organiser Philip Bernadou.

“We will be speaking with the organisers of the Repco Rally Australia to see how they think our event fitted in with the World Rally Championship (WRC) event and the Speed on Tweed Festival.

“If we agree that it was a success, then we would like to see the event staged on the Tweed every year to coincide with the annual Speed on Tweed Festival, instead of every second year like the Repco Rally Australia.

“There is growing interest in motor sport, in particular historic car racing, so it would be great for the sport in general if the Classic Outback Rally and Speed on Tweed become a regular attraction on the Tweed.”

Around 45 teams drove pre-1995 classic cars through the NSW bush from Forbes, through Coonabarabran and Glen Innes before arriving on the Tweed on Friday evening, just in time to take part in the Repco Rally Australia Super Special Stage that was held under lights in the Murwillumbah CBD.

“The best part about the Friday night was even though the WRC drivers had already been through, the large crowds waited around and cheered us old guys in our old cars around the track,” Mr Bernadou said.

“The whole atmosphere was amazing. But by far the highlight for the drivers was taking part in the three rally stages on Saturday; it was a dream come true for some of our teams.”

Victorian team Terry Naish and co-driver Ross Runnalls took out the 2260km race in their 1970 Datsun 1600.

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