Nissan Car Club Australia Inc.
Nissan Car Club Australia Inc.
NCCA goes to Bonnie Doon!
Last Updated: 14/04/2010

Nissan Car Club members are set to descend on the tranquil hills of Bonnie Doon this weekend.  The Serenity will well and truly be broken (or some might say enhanced!) as crews tackle the first round of the 2010 Victorian Club Rally Series.  The event, organised by the North Eastern Car Club will run in daylight hours and is based out of the township of Bonnie Doon on Saturday, 17th of April.


Leading the NCCA charge in this event is one of the Club’s best Navigators in Correne Seabrook – she is sitting beside last years VCRS Champion in a brand new car.  This team will have some hot competition in the form of ex-Victorian Champion Alan Friend in the hot Nissan Silvia.  Hopefully Alan will have a good real return to rallying this year and start it off with a good result in Bonnie Doon.


The Cuttle family representation starts in car 8 with Keith and son Tyler starting their season together.  With so much experience under their belts, these two look set for a very strong showing.


Simon Thompson, the Club’s runner up Champion Navigator is yet again sitting in a potent Datsun 1600 beside Kyneton’s Simon Boyer.  The two Simons will be chased by the noisy RX7 of Club Autocross Secretary Steve Porter with Kim O’Halloran (ex-Woods) sitting alongside.  This crew showed signs of speed in their first outing at our Club’s Challenge of Clubs Trial, so might be one to keep an eye on in the hills surrounding Bonnie Doon.


Nissan Car Club certainly has a strong contingent of Navigators, and yet another of our more experienced will be sitting in the left hand seat for this event.  Doug Fernie, veteran of many styles of event, including Tarmac Rallying, will be expertly calling the route chart in a Leyland Rover SD1.


Martin Warneke will be calling the shots for his regular driver just ahead of a collective of NCCA crews starting at car 24 and onwards.  David Lawrence will have the grunty 1600 out with his ‘old’ navigator David Webb leaving the Corolla racing car at home.  The Pattersons, John and Rachel are looking forward to a good result as they bring the fuel-injected 180B out for another run, hopefully with no trouble this time!  Father and daughter crew, Tony and Stephanie Huggins will have the beautiful, bright Stanza out for one of their outings for the year.


Scott Jennison will be returning to the driver’s seat after a stint on the other side, pedalling a Daihatsu Charade.  He will have Adrian Wilson sitting alongside in what will be a good event for them.


The O’Hallorans seem to be taking over – Bernie will be having his first run in an Excel, in preparation for the full VRC season in the co-driver's seat.


The Club’s seniors are represented by last year’s Senior’s Cup champions Robert McKenzie and David Balfour.  Let’s hope they have a trouble free run in the Subaru Leone!


Our tiniest navigator, and member of rallying royalty, Sandra Cuttle will be making a return to where she belongs as she joins with her regular driver in the works Excel.  Her all-female crew are planning on running a lot of events this year so look out guys!


Keeping the father/daughter tradition alive, our Club President, Ian Curry will ne re-joining with his ‘original’ navigator, eldest daughter Melissa for this event.  Ian performed very well on the same event last year, so let’s hope he can have a repeat performance.


Driving the 180B will be Tim Smith with Haley Blacker sitting alongside, while other regular “Smith Brother” navigator, Heath Lenne will be sitting alongside Mark Hedley in yet again another 180B.


The popular nature of this event means that a few of our members are on a reserves list.  Cross your fingers for Lachlan Smith and Simon Ilsley, and team Mammi – Chas and Michael.  We hope you get a run. 


This makes nearly a quarter of the field a Nissan Car Club member!  We wish you all well!


*** The popularity has caused some controversy and has directly affected a number of NCCA members as they have missed out completely on having a run.  We as a club believe that this is directly a product of the series rules and will be doing what we are able to have it addressed for next year.  Stay tuned!