0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline AshSimmonds

  • Geekitecht

  • Joined: Feb 2006

  • Drives: GF's shitbox :(
  • Location: Adelayed
  • Name: Humble Narrator
  • www: AshSimmonds.com
Do you want the Adelaide Hills Tarmac Rally to remain in the region or would you rather all councils refused permission for road closures? Vote in our online poll:


Rally riles up residents


YANKALILLA DISTRICT - A decision by Yankalilla council to allow road closures once again for the annual Adelaide Hills Tarmac Rally has some locals fuming.

Myponga residents Barry and Natalie Webb said the council didn't even bother to consult with residents affected by the road closures before making its decision.

Mr Webb said more than 60 homes in Myponga Beach would be affected by the closure.

"We don't mind taking our turn, but it's the same roads every time.

"They just take the word of the rally organisers that everything works fine, without checking with residents."

Southern Districts Car Club president Andrew Admiraal attended the March 15 council meeting, to answer questions about the event, scheduled for May 18-20.

He advised that this year's rally would see its vehicle service park moved from Victor Harbor to the Yankalilla showgrounds, to reward the district for its support.

"As Yankalilla has been so supportive of us last year, we are wishing to enhance the amount of time we spend in the immediate region and hopefully give something back to the area."

He said that while residents never like road closures, organisers did their best to accommodate their movements.

The rally requires closure of Forktree Road and Reservoir Road between 8.45am and 1.45pm and Inman Valley Road from 7.23am to 12.23pm, both on Saturday, May 19.

Several incidents at last year's event, including a serious crash on Crows Nest Road, Port Elliot, caused an extension to road closures throughout the region.

There were also complaints of rubbish and signage left behind, of oil left on the road, and of rude and uncooperative rally marshalls.

Two councillors, Simon Rothwell and John Sanderson, spoke strongly against allowing road closures for the rally.

Cr Rothwell said he had been approached by several residents with complaints about how the rally had been run in previous years.

He queried whether it gave any real benefit to the district and said that as council had no staff monitoring the event it was unable to reconcile the disparity between residents' complaints and the organisers' report on the event.

"I believe they did not stick to the rules last year, but how would we know to judge?"

Cr Sanderson said the rally condoned hoon behaviour on the road, given that normal road rules and speed restrictions do not apply.

"I don't believe it's appropriate for people to go herbing around on dangerous roads at speeds higher than recommended," he said.

"I don't want it here on our roads and I don't believe the majority of people down here do either."

The vote went 5-2 in favour of the road closures, with cr Louise Allstrom saying that anything that brought people into the district was a good thing.

Alexandrina Council has refused permission for its roads to be closed for this year's event, while the City of Victor Harbor will close Range Road to accommodate the rally.

Mr Admiraal told The Times this event was the only one to base its headquarters in the region, at Mclaren Vale, rather than shuttling participants in from Adelaide.

"It's logistically sensible and it brings people in over several days.

"Nothing happens on the Fleurieu in the winter; this brings some activity to the region."

Offline AshSimmonds

  • Geekitecht

  • Joined: Feb 2006

  • Drives: GF's shitbox :(
  • Location: Adelayed
  • Name: Humble Narrator
  • www: AshSimmonds.com

Adelaide Hills Tarmac Rally introduces Rookie Category in 2012

First time competitors will have an opportunity to try Tarmac Rallying in the inaugural Rookie Category over day three of the 2012 Adelaide Hills Tarmac Rally. 

Cars and drivers will still need to comply with all of the requirements of the event and the Confederation of Australian Motorsport (CAMS), and Rookies are encouraged to take advantage of the advice and assistance of scrutineers and event organisers to get them prepared.

“Scrutineering is a process, rather than a pass / fail situation.  If the car doesn’t meet the standards, scrutineers will advise what needs to be done and help a competitor make the necessary changes”, says event organiser, Michael Clements.  “The idea (of scrutineering) can be intimidating to first time competitors, but they just need to remember it’s about keeping everybody safe”

Once cleared to start, Rookies will get the full rally experience, learning about servicing, time controls, road cards and pace notes.  “Rallying is very technical; it’s not just about driving fast over the competitive stages” says Clements.

Entries for the event have opened, and more information for competitors, spectators and officials can be found on the event website www.ahtr.com.au

For further information, or to arrange an interview contact Andrew Admiraal on 0403 116 400

Offline anotherforumuser

  • AE's voice of reason
  • Choose to take risks or settle for ordinary.

  • Joined: Sep 2010

  • Drives: A red car.
  • Location: Downunder
93% of people polled said the Rally should stay in the region... Finally some community support for car events :)

Offline Trex rally

  • Joined: Nov 2009

  • Drives: Hartge H35-24S tarmac rally car, Evo 9RS gravel rally car, Evo 9RS gravel rally car
  • Location: Adelaide
This event will run again on closed roads in the Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula.
The event starts on Friday 18 May and finishes on Sunday 20 May.
The Prologue will be at Mallala Raceway.
In addition to the Modern and Classic full Competition categories, the event has a Thoroughbred Challenge category for uncaged cars (or for owners of caged cars who are not interested in high speed competition) which is in the nature of a regularity competition, plus a tour category for escorted exotic cars and a new Rookie Competition category which is limited to the Sunday stages.
Details can be found here:

Related Topics

  Subject / Started by Replies Last post
63 Replies
Last post Sun, 06 Jul, 2008 - 16:17
by 993tits
65 Replies
Last post Mon, 03 Aug, 2009 - 11:18
by Doctor
5 Replies
Last post Fri, 14 Jan, 2011 - 23:51
by 265T
4 Replies
Last post Mon, 30 May, 2011 - 17:58
by Rickjames
12 Replies
Last post Mon, 24 Jun, 2013 - 20:52
by Ferrari Fissatore

Latest Discussions

[ Cars ] Now who is a VERY HAPPY Lad :) B2 Today at 18:19
[ McLaren ] McLaren 720S psw Today at 18:02
[ Racing ] 2017 Formula 1 Season j15 Today at 17:27
[ Ferrari ] Sandro Terzini and the Ferrari 250PF Fil-Ski Today at 14:31
[ Cars ] Spotted thread JPG Today at 09:58
[ Ferrari ] 488 GTB Aircon Today at 08:23
[ Lamborghini ] Huracan Performante shack Yesterday at 20:32