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  • Snake Racing 4:41 am on 13/08/2013 Permalink
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    2013 Australian Off Road Championship Round 4 Coffs Harbour – Supp Regs and Entry now available 

    Title: 2013 Australian Off Road Championship Round 4 Coffs Harbour
    Location: Coffs Harbour
    Description: Round 4 Australian Off Road Championship

    Contact: Rally Australia
    Phone: +61 2 6648 4972
    Email: services@rallyaustralia.com.au
    PO Box 1234, Coffs Harbour 2450

    Start Date: 14-09-2013
    End Date: 15-09-2013

    DOWNLOAD SUP REGS: CoffHarbourSuppRegs

    DOWNLOAD ENTRY FORMS: CoffsHarbourEntryForm

  • Snake Racing 5:11 am on 05/02/2013 Permalink
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    Coffs Coast Off Road – Update 2 John Paterson 

    Mr Paterson has committed to providing regular updates on the happenings and progress in relation to Round 4 of the Australian Off Road Championship at Coffs Harbour.


    Well the new course at Coffs Harbour copped a dumping of rain and experienced heavy winds during the recent flooding events on the east coast of Australia; but we’ll be right! Fortunately, we have not yet commenced our debris clearing exercise just yet, so hopefully this won’t alter too much at all.

    To date, we have about a 45 kilometre course that I would describe as having many of the attributes of Kempsey, but without the narrow gates. There’s plenty to test the suspension, there’s nowhere where a broken down car could block the course, and some good and lengthy straights, (but still in the forest). And then there’s some road, to allow access from one area to another. I might actually rename this bit Temagog Rd, in reminiscence of that famous road near Kempsey!

    Now, it has been rumoured that the Coffs event will be restricting entries and I really don’t know how these stories start. There won’t be any restrictions at Coffs, unless the entries are getting up around 160 plus, so yes Pato; – dream on!

    If you have Google Maps and you zoom in on Halfway Creek, more than half way to Grafton from Coffs Harbour on the Pacific Highway; then “travel” about 6 kms north, you’ll find a turn right into Bald Knob Tick Gate Road. The staging area is in here, on private property, and we use up much of the Glenugie State Forest. And by all means peruse whatever maps you have, but it is private property and closed forests roads until race weekend.

    There have evidently been some calls to Adam and Bronwyn from HPSM Sports Management about the best place for people to stay. So what follows is my spin on making a decision. If you want to camp close to the staging area there will be facilities there for this. If you only want a short transport from your more upmarket accommodation, Grafton is close to the north and there are many beautiful spots to the south, basically all the way back to Coffs Harbour itself.

    According to Google it is 61.5 kms from the staging area to the centre of Coffs Harbour and the drive time is 51 minutes. If the organisation doesn’t set me up in a huge motorhome, with shower, jacuzzi and bidet, (yeah right), I’ll be staying in Coffs and mainly because I want to see some of the international rally action on at least one of the nights. Now I do know the area pretty well and if you need more detail, simply give me a call on my event phone: 0408 138 313.

    And whilst on HPSM Sports Management, I’ll be meeting with Adam and Bronwyn, at Coffs, later this month, to ensure we are all in sync. On this same visit I’ll be in Kempsey on Saturday, Feb 23, 2.00pm, at the Kempsey Macleay RSL Club recruiting – and then on Sunday, at Grafton, doing similar.

    In my last update I indicated I would be talking soon about exciting technology coming to our sport and it is coming, but maybe not in 2013. A company called Rallysafe is developing a system that includes the tracking of vehicles by GPS, whilst also being able to time vehicles as they compete. There are other interesting innovations as well that include being able to sense when another car is close behind, (and how much do we need this!!), but according to my sources it is not yet fully tested, or proven. Given this, I won’t risk using my “customers” as guinea pigs. And at my age, I can’t stand anymore tarnishing anyway. However, I hope Coffs is used as a test site maybe, and I can in some way help with the advancement of this very exciting revolution.

    Given the aforementioned, Murray and Julie Rogers of Off Road Racing Information Services will be the time keepers at Coffs Coast Off Road and I consider myself lucky to have them given their busy schedule in 2013. So; I am the Clerk of Course, looking for a Deputy to replace me in 2014, and the other major positions will hopefully come together over the next few months. On this, I am also visiting Brisbane, in maybe March also on a recruitment and information mission.

    My Tip of the Month is: turn up with a smile. We are all in this together, to enjoy, and if you are unsure about something – ask. First point of call is to the CRO of course, (and I’m still looking for one), but if the question is a real toughie, I’d seek out the Chief Steward as it is he or she who most likely has the most experience. And no question is ever stupid – ever. If something is worrying – it’s important!

    I’ve also now exceeded my 1000 words boundary here so I’ll try to make Update No 3 shorter. But before this, the winner at the Parker 425 in Arizona averaged around 103 km/h. Reports say it is tougher than Finke so this is still very fast. I think the average at Coffs will be closer to 80 km/h because there’ll be much more steering, we’re running in fair dinkum Aussie bush, right next to the fantastic holiday coast of NSW and our desert is a long way to the west…

    220 odd days to go,


  • Snake Racing 5:09 am on 19/01/2013 Permalink
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    Coffs Coast Off Road – Update 1 John Paterson 

    Mr Paterson has committed to providing regular updates on the happenings and progress in relation to Round 4 of the Australian Off Road Championship at Coffs Harbour.


    Well like the press release said; – I am now on the job organising the Coffs round of the AORC in September.

    Things are happening, but firstly let me apologise for the lack of information so far. I know this has been frustrating and be assured I intend to make this event front page news at least once a month here at offroadracing.com.au and one of my goals is for this Coffs event to be the friendliest of the year.

    Now, the first point I want to hit home and hit it home hard is that Coffs will be a real off road event, for off roaders, run by off roaders.

    But it is true, I am part of the Rally Australia organisation but the off road event to be called Coffs Coast Off Road is not part of the rally competition in anyway.

    Many of you I’m told, have the impression that the event is to be run in sync with the rally and this is not correct. ‘Our’ event is completely stand alone and the only time an off road car might be anywhere near a rally car could be as part of some sort of promo and I do hope to have some of you participate in a demonstration on one night at least, to show these rally guys, and the world, how to really ‘get air’!

    For me, being part of this organisation has incredible advantages and when it comes to safety we will have access, literally minutes away by air, to world class rescue and safety, thanks to the collaboration that exists with Adrian Stafford, Clerk of Course Rally Australia.

    Rally Australia is how I’m resourced, where the budget sits and so there’s no misunderstanding, Adrian is also who I answer to in the big picture. But I have been delegated autonomy and my responsibility is all about looking after your competition, your safety and the fun you should be having whilst making sure the event runs smoothly and of course, without a hitch.

    And whilst on Rally Australia, and Coffs, entering this event also gives you and your family an opportunity to visit an incredible part of Australia’s coastline and at night, the opportunity to be mesmerized by the ‘attack pilots’ of motorsport, as they compete two at a time on the Super Special Stage. WRC drivers really must be seen to be believed and the Rally Hub out near what is known as the Jetty area of Coffs, will be the place to be over the three nights of Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Come day time however, I hope that the thousands and thousands who will flock to the Coffs Harbour region will also take time to see you guys in action as part of their smorgasbord of motor sport. The promotion machine, and this is big, will also be geared up to ensure the hordes of spectators know where to find you!

    Additionally, I’m committed to providing great camping facilities at the track, with security, plenty of space for competitor camping and generous pit and paddock sizes to suit the transporters. More details about this over the next month or so.

    To those who may wish to stay in Coffs, and be close to the ‘Hub’, you should really start planning now as whilst there are literally hundreds of motels and lodgings around Coffs and the region, (up to 5 Stars) – I think you should book early…

    Further on this, the proposed course is maybe 40 minutes north of Coffs and there are several other small towns and villages, including ‘Woopie’ (that’s local talk for Woolgoolga), along the way that you may wish to check out as well.

    Now, I am off to Coffs today, (18 Jan), to check this proposed course, and I’ll let you know how it shapes up. I will be assisted in this task by a retired five times, (I think), Australian Off Road Championship, my fearless son-in-law and Safari partner who can’t decide if he’s a rally driver or an off roader – and some local guys from Coffs, some of whom might hopefully turn into track markers further on?

    Looking to officials, my goal is to achieve a ‘Kempsey quality’ event and I will actually be in Kempsey in February, to see how much of the old team might still be willing – and to talk to the next generation of Kempsey Macleay Off Road Club members.

    It’s then off to Brisbane in maybe March and with the help of long term comrade Laurie Svenson, (and what about you Neville?), I should be able to convince some of the guys up there to be part of this as well. So yes, it really is off roaders, planning for off roaders!

    Now, anyone who is interested in being an official at this event can access http://www.rallyaustralia.com.au and go to Officials. Don’t be intimidated by the form, or some of the rally speak, and it is being redesigned to include those interested in off road shortly.

    And if you’re not already accredited, don’t worry because we’ll train you. Alternatively, give me a call on my soon to be operating ‘bat phone’ 0408 138 313. And whilst many of you have my private mobile, if you want to talks ‘Coffs’ please ring this new number from 19 January…

    So that’s nearly it. My number 2 Update will be out in late February and I’ll be talking about exciting technology that is coming to our sport, maybe this year maybe not, updating you about the course – and heaps more including some tips on how to better enjoy your time at events.

    230 odd days to go and I just can’t wait…


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