The following proposal has been endorsed in principle by the Mini Car Club of NSW committee. Pricing is still to be advised and will be detailed, along with other information, on the Mini Club’s website. Contact for this event is Glenn Dorrenboom via email: minimonte2021@miniclub.com.au

 

2021 Mini Monte Event Proposal

The aim of the 2021 Mini Monte rally is to revisit the concept of the original 1965 Mini Monte Rally by taking competitors on a “mystery tour” of central western NSW. The event will allow competitors to have fun and enjoy some of NSW’s interesting central west touring roads (bitumen and some dirt), combined with some friendly driving skill tests along the way.

The Event

The Event will be conducted as a mystery tour in that the route and the overnight destination for each day will only be disclosed to competitors at the commencement of each day of touring.

As it is planned that the finish of the Event is to coincide with Minis DownUnder 2021, the Event will start from Sydney Motorsport Park on the morning of Tuesday, 27 April 2021. The finish of the Event will be at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday afternoon, 1 May 2021. Those entrants that wish to display their minis at the Minis DownUnder 2021 event on May 2nd will need to register and pay the entry fee.

On the Tuesday all competitors will participate in a parade lap around the Sydney Motorsport Park circuit prior to commencing the day’s touring section. The touring section, which will take place on public roads, will be punctuated by a short competition event to test the skill of the crews. The competition part of the event will take place at a private facility.

Each of the following three days; Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, will follow a similar pattern, with a touring road section punctuated by a competition event.

On the final day, the Saturday, there will be no competition, only a touring road section finishing at Rosehill Gardens.

The Event Organisation

The event will be conducted under the auspices of Motorsport Australia. The touring road sections will be conducted as a Touring Assembly and the competition events will be conducted under a Motorhana/Khanacross permit which will require competitors to have a 2NS (non-speed) Motorsport Australia licence.

The Cars

As with the original Mini Monte Rally cars will be restricted to Minis. However, given the passage of time, both Classic and BMW Minis will be accepted. Variants of the Classic Mini such as Mokes, Marcos, Monaco, Gem, etc will also be accepted.

All cars must be road registered and in roadworthy condition as the majority of the event will be conducted on public roads.

Tyres must be legal for road use in NSW and have the required minimum tread depth at all times. Only “road tyres” will be permitted for the event. No rally, mud & snow or other competition only tyres are allowed.

As there will be some form of separate competitive event on most days cars must be presented in a safe condition and will be scrutineered prior to each competition event.

Modifications are allowed but must be road legal in NSW.

The Competitors

The Event will be a team based event with no awards for individual competitors.

There will be two crew members per car. Each crew member will be required to be a member of a Motorsport Australia affiliated car club and will need a Motorsport Australia Level 2NS (non-speed) competition licence in order to participate in the competition events.

Cars will be grouped into teams or “buddy groups” consisting of 4 to 5 cars. The makeup of the buddy groups will be balanced to ensure that there is an equal mix of car types and variants in each group.

Each buddy group will travel and compete throughout the event as one group. If one team in the group has a problem then the whole buddy group will stop to assist.

Communication

For reasons of safety every car must be fitted with a UHF radio (i.e. not a hand-held walkie talkie).This will allow organisers to communicate with competitors and also allow communication between competitors within a buddy group

UHF radios must be minimum 2 watt output but 5 watts is recommended.

On The Road

A competitor briefing will be conducted prior to the commencement of each days running. The briefing will cover any safety or other issues that have arisen from the previous day’s competition and outline the route and the competition event scheduled for the coming day.

At the end of the briefing the route instructions will be issued to competitors. All cars in a buddy group will depart at the same time. The departure times of the buddy groups will be spaced so that the event flows freely each day with minimal interaction between groups.

The aim is for all cars to complete the day’s activities within daylight hours.

The Competition Events

There will be no competition on public roads. All competition events will be conducted on private property.

All cars are expected to compete in all events. Each competitor will be competing for their buddy group and not as individual competitors.

There will be a mix of dirt events and sealed surface events.

Event Support Arrangements

The organiser will provide a number of support vehicles to assist competitors who have problems. These will generally be 4WD’s towing a car trailer that can, if necessary, transport a disabled vehicle to the finish destination for that day.

Support vehicles are a last resort - they are not there as a service vehicle. When a competitor encounters problems it is, in the first instance, the responsibility of the other members of the buddy group to assist.

The responsibility of the service vehicles is to ensure that all competitors get to the next stopover as early as possible. This will mean that a decision to fix or not to fix your Mini on the side of the road will be made very quickly.

A small Pantech will be available to carry all team equipment (luggage and tents) from the start of each day to that night's stopover.

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

The organiser will arrange for local organisations to provide dinner and breakfast at each overnight stop.

Competitors will be advised in advance if they need to make their own arrangements at particular locations.

Camping

Each night’s stopover will be at a holiday/van park with onsite toilet and shower amenities.

All teams will need to provide their own camping gear.

Under no circumstances are teams to find accommodation off site as there may be important information that needs to be communicated to all teams.

If alternate accommodation is available at that night’s stopover, such as cabins, it is up to the individual competitor to organise and pay for it, but it MUST be onsite.

 

Glenn Dorenboom

Event Director

Mini Monte 2021

minimonte2021@miniclub.com.au