Sydney – Port Macquarie – Sydney, 7-11 OCTOBER 1970

The NSW tourist resort town of Port Macquarie with thousands of square miles of adjacent forests, was host to 78 crews for 3 nights of the rally which started and finished in Sydney. A great see-saw battle between internationals Andrew Cowan and Brian Culcheth, in Cooper S’s and locals Ferguson, Bond, Green and Taylor, saw victory go for the second time to the Ferguson/Johnson combination in their Holden Dealer Team Torana GTR. Mechanical failures forced the retirement of most of the internationals including East Africa Safari winner Edgar Hermann, plus locals in Watson and hotshot Hodgson. A controversial ‘horror’ section on the last night put Evan Green/Peter Brown (Cooper S) into second place and Stewart McLeod/Adrian Mortimer (Datsun 1600) into third.

lst: Holden Dealer Team – Barry Ferguson/Dave Johnson, Torana GTR
2nd: B.L.M.C. – Evan Green/Peter Brown, Cooper S
3rd: Datsun (Distributors) – Stewart McLeod/Adrian Mortimer, Datsun 1600
4th: Mazda House – Richard Harris/Nigel Collier, Mazda Capella
5th: C. Alexander – Paul Older/Colin Alexander, Volvo 142S
6th: B. Wilkinson – Bruce Wilkinson/Ian Ingliss, Datsun 1600
7th: Mitsubishi Aust. Ltd. – Barry Lloyd/Tony Browne, Colt 1100SS
8th: Holden Dealer Team – Colin Bond/George Shepheard, Torana XUI
9th: R. Lunn – Reg Lunn/John Hall, Ford Capri
10th: O. Jackson – Ozzie Jackson/Adrian van Loon, Volvo 122S
Manufacturers: Holden
Ladies: Heather Brock/Jenny Cash