Australian Rally History

by Tom Snooks

An Outback Brigadoon

A ‘Brigadoon’ is an idyllic location; one that is removed from reality.

It’s a ‘town’, surely Australia’s most short-lived town, that grows each evening from a canopy of trucks and coaches to house 500 to 700 people (depending on which year) and park the autos and motos through the dark hours. Come just after dawn they are gone – and the town is too, just an hour or so later.

Essentially a nocturnal town the Wynn’s Safari was full of unique flavour, a new sensation, a feeling of being where few have gone before, with its multitude of night time lights as the pathways between rows of vehicles.

The organisers set up-vehicle officials and the coaches’ passengers (volunteer officials and team managers and mechanics) were the first to herald the site of the nomadic village, followed by the first of the competitors, then the helicopters and planes (the latter at dusk) and then the later competitors and the organisers sweep and recovery officials straggled in well after sunset, sometimes past midnight.

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AN OUTBACK BRIGADOON