THE local roads were described as “world class”, the competition was fierce and the comradery fantastic, making the inaugural Bombala Rally an outstanding success on Saturday.
The event, run by the NSW Classic Rally Car Association, was conducted over 150 kilometres of forestry roads around Bombala and Cathcart, with spectators gathering at several locations to take in the action.
With several other rally events being held this month, there were only 25 cars competing in the Bombala Rally, but organisers couldn’t praise the roads enough.
“Of 25 starters, 20 finished, with two having minor crashes, and three suffering mechanical failure. This reflects the great roads,” Rally Director, Ian Slater said.
“All of the drivers loved the roads, with one team describing them as the best in Australia.”
So fast and competitive was the rally that the winner was not decided until the very last stage, with first, second and third place only separated by eight seconds.
This saw the following results – 1st King/Kuhner, Datsun 200B (Car 1);
2nd Hills/Bennett, Ford Escort (Car 3); 3rd Snooks/Snooks, Datsun Stanza (Car 7).
While the rally started in Bombala at the Apex Park, where a service stop was also made, both the lunch break and the presentations and dinner were enjoyed in Cathcart.
“Cathcart made everybody welcome, putting on a feast fit for a king, and I believe a couple of locals extended their hospitality with some of the crews till the early hours of Sunday morning!” Ian said.
Of course for the overall rally to have been such a success, a large number of local groups and individuals got involved, with special thanks going to Forests NSW, Bombala Council, the Cathcart Hall Committee and the Bombala community in general.
“The event would not have been made possible without the help of all of the locals coordinated by Mal Hurley, so thanks very much from the rally team,” Ian added.
“Hopefully we can do another Bombala Rally in 2015, but before then we’ll be back in November 2014 when the Southern Mountains Rally passes through town again.”