The History of Southern Cross Rally
The Southern Cross Rally was one of the world’s toughest International car rallies. Last run in 1980, the ‘Southern Cross” as it was affectionately known was won by Ross Dunkerton and Jeff Beaumont in a Datsun Stanza. Ross and Jeff still compete today.
The modern event was run over multiple days on the NSW mid-north coast, with thousands of dedicated rally fans flocking to spectator points to see the likes of Andrew Cowan, Roger Clark, Timo Makinen, Rauno Aaltonen, Ari Vatanen, Greg Carr, Ross Dunkerton, George Fury and a host of many other fancied rally drivers.
The Southern Cross was a real test of man and machine a true test of reliability and team stamina. We celebrate the 40th anniversary of the last Southern Cross in 1980 in 2020.