Bob Watson has written and published The Great Alpine Contest – The history of the Australian Alpine Rally 1921-2021.
The book has 250 pages and hundreds of photos of the Alpines from 1921 to the present day. It contains a comprehensive history of the event, including:
- the pioneering pre WW2 Alpine events originated by the RACV (usually referred to as Alpine Contests) and what they achieved,
- how a competitor in one of the 1920s events put out a fire in his brakes with beer,
- how a male committee member of the Victorian Light Car Club almost won the lovely legs contest at Mount Buffalo Chalet,
- the transition to the modern Alpine rallies from the early 1950s,
- contributions from directors Bruce Ford, Ian Richards and Stuart Lister who greatly influenced the format of the event as it exists today,
- words from those heroes who have won the event on a number of occasions – Harry Firth, Frank Kilfoyle, Greg Carr and Geoff Portman, in their own words,
- the controversial change from Group G to Production Rally Cars explained in detail By Bruce Keys, long time Rally Manager for CAMS,
- the misguided effort to introduce the FIA coefficient system to the ARC and its effect on the Alpine,
- the near demise of the event and its rescue by the AWDCC and finally the HRA, and
- a complete list of winners, directors from 1921 to the present.
And many other fascinating insights into the history of the world’s second oldest rally.
The book is $40 and is available from Bob Watson’s website or RallySport Magazine.