Round Australia Trial
The Round Australia Trial was a motorsport rallying or rally raid event that was run on multiple occasions between 1953 and 1998. The theme of the event was to stage a rally which circumnavigated Australia. Its early years were tremendously popular as the roads linking large portions of the country, particularly west of Adelaide, were not in good condition. Automobile manufacturers enthused over the event as it provided a particularly test event for their products, proving their cars were able to stand up to whatever conditions remote Australia could provide. Early editions of the event were heroic tests and were front-page fodder for the newspapers of the era.
By the 1960s, interest had waned as circuit racing, particularly the Bathurst 500 and the Tasman Series, would come to dominate Australian motorsport. A revival event in 1979 won by superstar touring car driver Peter Brock proved popular, but was not repeated until 16 years later in 1995. Interest in a new event continues to appear from time to time, sometimes as a rally, sometimes as a historic event for period cars, although the Australian Safari and the Finke Desert Race retain positions as the toughest off-road event in the country.
List of winners
|Year||Name of trial||Start/Finish||Distance||No.||Entrant||Driver||Co-driver(s)||Car||Points/Time Lost
Overall time (1995 and 1998)
|1953||Redex Trial||Sydney||6,500 miles (10,460 km)||48||K.Tubman and J.Marshall||Ken Tubman||John Marshall||Peugeot 203||19 points|
|1954||Redex Trial||Sydney||9,600 miles (15,450 km)||256||J.Murray||Jack Murray||Bill Murray||Ford 1948 Deluxe V8||0 points|
|1955||Redex Trial||Sydney||10,500 miles (16,900 km)||90||Regent Motors||Laurie Whitehead||Bob Foreman||Volkswagen 1200||21 points|
|1956||Ampol Trial||Sydney||6,500 miles (10,460 km)||32||W.Murrell & A.Taylor||Wilfred Murrell||Allan Taylor||Peugeot 403||258 points|
|1956||Mobilgas Trial||Sydney||8,500 miles (13,680 km)||16||E. and L. Perkins||Eddie Perkins||Lance Perkins||Volkswagen 1200||48 points|
|1957||Ampol Trial||Sydney||7,000 miles (11,260 km)||26||J.Witter||Jack Witter||Doug Stewart||Volkswagen 1200||3 points|
|1957||Mobilgas Trial||Melbourne||9,000 miles (14,480 km)||76||L. Whitehead||Laurie Whitehead||Kevin Young||Volkswagen 1200||13 points|
|1958||Ampol Trial||Sydney||7,500 miles (12,070 km)||158||A.C. McGrath & Co.||Don Garard||Jim Roberts||Holden FE||9 points|
|1958||Mobilgas Trial||Melbourne||10,100 miles (16,250 km)||2||E.Perkins||Eddie Perkins||Arthur Smith||Volkswagen 1200||11 points|
|1964||Ampol Trial||Sydney||7,000 miles (11,260 km)||50||Ford Motor Co. of Australia||Harry Firth||Graham Hoinville||Ford Cortina GT||21 points|
|1970||Ampol Trial||Alice Springs||6,340 miles (10,200 km)||11||Citroën Cars Pty Ltd||Jean-Claude Ogier||Lucette Ogier||Citroën DS21||60 points|
|23||Datsun Racing Team||Edgar Herrmann||Hans Schuller||Datsun 1600 SSS|
|1979||Repco Reliability Trial||Melbourne||20,000 km||05||Holden Dealer Team||Peter Brock||Matt Philip
|Holden VB Commodore||3 hr 39 min 18 sec|
|1995||Mobil 1 Trial||Brisbane||19,000 km||3||Mobil Bridgestone Rally Team ||Ed Ordynski||Ross Runnalls||Holden VR Commodore||23 hr 41 min 28 sec|
|1998||PlayStation Rally Round Australia||Adelaide||18,500 km||3||Bruce Garland Motorsport||Bruce Garland||Harry Suzuki||Holden Jackaroo||34 hr 27 min 19 sec|
- Entry List, Official Spectator Guide, Round Australia '95 Mobil 1 Trial
- Clarsen, Georgine Wilhelmina (2010). "Automobiles and Australian Modernisation: The Redex Around-Australia Trials of the 1950s". Australian Historical Studies 41 (3).
- Clarsen, G. W. (2011). "The flip side: women in the Redex Around Australia Reliability Trials of the 1950s" (PDF). Humanities Research XVII (2 pages=17–36). Archived from the original on 25 September 2015. Additional archives: 25 September 2015.