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My name is Peter Bowditch. During the 1970s and early 1980s I competed in rallies, both as driver and navigator. I was also on the other side of the fence as an official, both at the organisational level (I set several rallies in the Oberon/Bathurst region as rally director and was heavily involved in running others) and as a worker bee (for many years I was a control official at both the Australian Rally Championship round, the Bega Valley Rally, and at the international Southern Cross Rally).

I retired from rallying at the end of 1981 for reasons that don't matter now. In 2015 I moved to Oberon to go into semi-retirement and soon noticed a lot of familiar landmarks. Nostalgia broke out.

Part of my semi-retirement was to reinvent myself as a freelance journalist. I had been writing about science for many years, and after a few months driving around the roads and forests near my new home I thought that perhaps as part of the journalism reinvention I could get back into rallying, not as a competitor but as a spectator with better access. The decision was made easier by the fact that there would be several rallies in the district during 2016. I got myself CAMS accreditation as a journalist, and this web site will be used to report on the events and to practise my writing skills as I learn how the game has changed over the last few decades.


I originally intended to launch this site in 2017, but the date was brought forward because of my involvement with the 2016 Southern Cross Rally event.

The site is very much a work-in-progress, as evidenced by the missing links in the menu at the top of each page and the fact that it is running as a subdomain of my normal site at The layout, appearance and maybe even content might, and probably will, change from time to time as I tidy things up and get over the initial rush of doing everything earlier than I expected to.

Copyright © 2016- Peter Bowditch

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