AEM 1-Day Classic

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Report, Results and Photos below










The 2010 Facar 1-Day Classic started off well, with the event running smoothly, cars clearing the Speed Dome in plenty of time, and all the officials happy with how their jobs were going…
then we had a problem at the Polytechnic, when an Evo opened its gearbox up without hitting anything.

That's only the second time in over 30 rallies I've run that we've had an oil spill. It cost us some time, but we shuffled things around a little, which kept us on time for the rest of the day.

It wasn't a good day for drivetrains, with three gearboxes and one clutch giving up the ghost.

The most intriguing 'breakdown' was when one of the Escorts left the start line at the final Kwinana Sprint and sputtered to a stop a few metres on... After being pushed off the track the crew eventually discovered that they hadn't switched on their fuel fuel pump switch.

We were treated to spectacular drives all day – the skill and speed many of the drivers showed was completely impressive. One driver to make special mention of was our L-plate driver Dylan King in his Mk2 Escort.

The new stages and new layouts were well received by participants and feedback about the six courses run at the Kwinana Motorplex was very positive. One long-time competitor said "The best rally I've ever done. Brilliant, especially how it all flowed so well and they were the best combination of stages." Another emailed to say "Thanks for a great day yesterday and last night.  I had a ball and went home in one piece which is always good." And another enthused "I loved the whole thing - every stage". Thanks for all the support.

Congratulations to the winners and class winners - well done to you all.

Our thanks to:

Our team of dedicated Volunteer Marshals

Stage Commanders:
  - Ian Mann
  - Martin McCoy
  - Rubin Sadique
  - Tim Fowler
  - Terry Mann
  - Mandy Lister
  - Al Herring
Senior officials:
  - Brock Mann – Chief Scrutineer
  - Ian Mann – Results
  - Natalie Blank – Registration & Steward

Sponsors & supporters:
  - Exide Batteries
  - Creating Communicators
  - City of Swan
  - Polytechnic West
  - Biante Model Cars
  - Wheels World

A big Thank You to Fabcar - the event's naming rights sponsor. Frank Benpasciuto from Fabcar spoke very positively to the crowd at the Presentation Night

Winner of the Rally Director's Choice award was the fabulous retro Porsche 911 R replica of Rob Slater.

More results below.

We will have a full calendar of exciting motorsport events being planned for 2011 - our draft calendar will be available in a few weeks.

Don't forget our final event of the year – the Last Blast Superkhana – Dec 19th. Entries are now open. This event is always popular so get your entry in straight away so you don't miss out.



- 1970-1989 up to 2-litre Class   


Vince Troth

Cindy Troth

1976 Fiat 131 Abarth replica


 - 1970-1989 over 2-litre Class    


Vito Forte

Emma Forte

1988 BMW M3


 - 1990-2010 up to 2-litre Class  


Paul Manolas

Rodger Pickup

2006 Birkin S3 Clubman


 - 1990-2010 over 2-litre Class      


Rod Willis

Brian Fay

1990 Mazda MX5 V8


 -  4WD Turbo Class                                                                                          


Simon Gunson

Jonathan Gunson

2001 Mitsubishi Evo 7



3rd Place

Vito Forte

Emma Forte

1988 BMW M3

 2nd Place

Ross Hamilton

Emma Hobson

2004 Mitsubishi Evo8 MR

 1st Place Outright

Simon Gunson

Jonathan Gunson

2001 Mitsubishi Evo 7



FABCAR 1-Day Classic 2010    Sunday 21st November     Outright Results      
Engine Class Time Taken Penalty Points Stage Time Penalties Points Lost
5 Simon Gunson Jonathan Gunson 2001 Mitsubishi Evo 7 2300T E 859.62 5.00 864.62   59
1 Ross Hamilton Emma Hobson 2004 Mitsubishi Evo8 MR 2000T E 864.47 5.00 869.47   62
12 Vito Forte Susan Forte 1988 BMW M3 2500 B 872.75 10.00 882.75   93
4 Will White Rodney Goodlad 2003 Mitsubishi Evo 8 RS 2000T E 877.70 10.00 887.70   103
29 Rod Willis Brian Fay 1990 Mazda MX5 6000 D 894.04   894.04   117
2 Murray Armenti Joshua Armenti 1989 Toyota MR2 1600S B 889.59 5.00 894.59   132
22 John Fowler Stacy Barnes 1979 Porsche 911 Targa 3200 B 914.71   914.71   185
34 Chris Kostopoulos Terry Childs 2009 Mitsubishi Evo10 2000T E 918.20   918.20   190
25 David Abetz Robert Darrington 2010 GTR R35 3500 E 908.05 20.00 928.05   197
24 Simon Lingford Susannah Lingford 1970 Ford Capri Perana 5000 B 919.94   919.94   205
35 Paul Manolas Rodger Pickup 2006 Birkin S3 Clubman 2000 C 933.68   933.68   226
30 Van Ty Lam Gordon Douglas 2002 Subaru WRX 2000T E 929.32 15.00 944.32   230
6 Jurgen Lunsmann Darby Evans 1990 Suzuki Swift GTI 1300T D 931.06 10.00 941.06   247
7 Bruce Hawley Mark McEwen 2000 Nissan Skyline GTR 2600T E 932.99 10.00 942.99   260
8 Glen Renshaw Steve Pfeiffer 2008 Holden VE SSV Ute 6000 D 944.40   944.40   276
36 Craig Arnold Shane Aronold 2002 Subaru WRX STI Spec C 2000T E 954.15   954.15   300
3 Angus McKay Emma McKay 1991 Toyota MR2 Turbo 1998T D 950.42 10.00 960.42   301
17 David Brittain Grant Stephenson 1987 BMW M3 Turbo 2150T B 947.04 20.00 967.04   324
10 Vince Troth Cindy Troth 1976 Fiat 131 Abarth replica 1995 A 966.11   966.11   325
14 Paul Helm Tamara Adams 1970 Ford Escort 1998 A 985.74   985.74   364
38 Rob Hoare Francis Hoare 1992 Subaru Liberty RS Turbo 220T E 981.46 25.00 1006.46   366
33 Rob Slater Richard Harrison 1982 Porsche 911 R 3000 B 997.42   997.42   382
37 Andrew Gilmore Richard Gilmore 2009 HSV Maloo  6200 D 1007.63 15.00 1022.63   388
31 Evan Jones Sarah Deuchar 1983 Lotus Super Seven 1700 A 1012.06   1012.06   393
16 Dylan King Steven Davies 1976 Ford Escort 1993 A 1005.27 5.00 1010.27   397
28 Ian Paterson Jody Paterson 1999 Mitsubishi Evo6 RS 2000T E 1021.00 10.00 1031.00   407
19 Matt Bertocchi Owain Hughes 2008 Ford Falcon XR8 5400 D 1008.41 10.00 1018.41   419
23 Paul Bartlett Brad Barrett 1974 Ford Escort 1998 A 1057.06   1057.06   447
20 Ian Fahl Phillip Jones 1973 Ford Escort 1997 A 1082.35 5.00 1087.35   480
21 Jeff Mizan Gurkon Kabakulak 1995 Mitsubishi FTO 1998 C 1124.62 15.00 1139.62   505
18 Dennis Heller Darren Weise 2004 Mitsubishi Evo8MR 2000T E 1035.23 50.00 1085.23   528
13 Keenan Haigh Ryan Burnell 2003 HSV VY Clubsport 5700 D 1055.06 65.00 1120.06   608
11 Sharon Payne Helen Lunsmann 1994 Nissan Silvia S13 2350T D 1132.82 65.00 1197.82   744
15 Mark Trowell John Trowell 2003 Alfa Romeo GTV 3.2 3179 D 1148.55 60.00 1208.55   767
26 Paul Thompson Mitchell Thompson 1974 Porsche 911 RS 3506 B 1121.36 60.00 1181.36   815
27 Kim Greenham Mark Greenham 2001 Mitsubishi Evo 7 2300T E 1164.72 80.00 1244.72   836


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Pre-event information

There's a great field of cars entered for next weekend's rally - spanning classic sports cars to the latest high tech road warriors. To illustrate the variety, entries include examples of Porsche, Fiat, Toyota, Mitsubishi, BMW, Lotus, Birkin, Alfa Romeo and Ford. A full list of entries will appear on this page in a few days.

Spectator stages. In the morning spectators car visit the Start and first stage being held at the Speed Dome in Midvale. After that cars will travel to other morning locations which are not suitable for spectators and then all the afternoon stages will be held at the Kwinana Motorplex.

Spectators are welcome to attend the Motorplex, but please note that we will not be using the usual Pits area. Parking for spectators will be to the right of the main entrance, in the usual spectator parking area, not in the Pits.

Free entry to all spectator locations. Spectator viewing areas will be restricted at all locations. Please follow instructions of officials.

Motorsport is dangerous. As a spectator you agree to attend or participate in the event at your own risk.
You acknowledge that:
•    the risks associated with attending or participating in the event include the risk that you may suffer harm as a result of:
•    motor vehicles (or parts of them) colliding with other motor vehicles, persons or property;
•    acts of violence and other harmful acts (whether intentional or inadvertent) committed by persons attending or participating in the event; and
•    the failure or unsuitability of facilities (including grand-stands, fences and guard rails) to ensure the safety of persons or property at the event.
Motor sport is dangerous and that accidents causing harm can and do happen and may happen to you.
You accept the conditions of, and acknowledge the risks arising from, attending the event and being provided with the event services by AEM, AASA and any associated parties.


8.45-9.45 am            Speed Dome Superkhana - Eastern end of Eddie Barron Drive, Midvale                        

12.30 to 4.45pm       Kwinana Motorplex - Anketell Rd, Kwinana


Get ready for an action packed day of motor sport

Be a part of the 2010 Fabcar 1-Day Classic...

Action packed with around twenty great competition driving stages including sprints, superkhanas and autokhanas. Venues include the Kwinana Motorplex and as always, some exciting new stages and locations will also be used.

Entering is easy, you just need a roadworthy sporty car, competition licenses (we can issue these), helmets, extinguisher and a first aid kit - no need to modify your car, buy race suits or anything else.

And get set for the most exciting day you can imagine behind the wheel...

The entry fee is just $625 per car (for 2 people) which covers Scrutineering, all competition stages, the Roadbook, lunches, the Awards Presentation Night, trophies, car door number stickers and much more. A $70 fee per-car is applied by AASA, the event regulators and insurers.

Scrutineering and Registration will take place on the Saturday afternoon, and the rally will run all day Sunday with the Awards Presentation taking place on Sunday evening. The entire event will be set in Perth metropolitan area, on sealed surfaces.

Act quickly - the first Fabcar rally was sold out in just 8 days and this year’s Shannons 1-Day was also sold out with people wait-listed missing out... Entry forms and the event regulations are available by clicking the links below:



Want to enter and don't have a car?


Details below from the 2009 Fabcar 1-Day Classic

Click here for stage results

Click here for overall and class results

Click here for photo gallery

Well done to everyone after a very long day of rallying. We had our trials and tribulations – some people more than others (a high attrition rate on diffs in particular...), but by the end of the day, we had not a single accident and saw some spectacular driving.

We saw a record field with 23 different makes of car competing, which spanned 44 years of production.

The weather couldn't have been better – obviously our reward after the Shannons 1-Day Classic earlier in the year when it rained all day…

Fortunately we had only to cut one stage today, and at the end of 23 stages there was more than one competitor telling us they were hoping their tyres would last the trip home.

We acknowledge the problem at Kwinana, which was due to late advice (Thursday) that all the trucks and equipment would be blocking our course - so a much shorter course was hurriedly designed. The knock-on effect of that was the timing changed radically. Regular competitors would be aware that normally we have cars lined-up in equal numbers at the Sprint and Autokhana stages, with the waiting spread equally, and no problem such as was experienced this time. We thank participants for their patience. We did ask to get the drinks van moved up to the Sprint stage, however the operator informed us that the Motorplex management wouldn’t let him move...

The rest of the event ran without any such delays - it’s a shame this problem was at the very start...

There are many people to thank, including the following officials:

            Ian Mann - Results co-ordinator and Stage Commander
            Brock Mann - Chief Scrutineer and Stage Commander
            Martin McCoy - Stage Commander
            Tim Fowler - Stage Commander
            Terry Mann - Stage Commander
            Sue Ridley - Stage Commander
            Allan Herring - Stage Commander
            Rubin Sadique - Stage Commander
            Kylie Gorham - Stage Commander
            Natalie Holburn - Steward
            Andy Hamilton - Assistant Scrutineer
            Priscilla Mann - Assistant Stage Cdr
            Clive Essery - Assistant Stage Cdr

Our sponsors and supporters:
            Wheels World
            Creating Communicators
            Exide Batteries
            Elegance Limousines
            Biante Model Cars

Particular thanks to Frank and his team at Fabcar, our naming rights sponsor for their excellent support.

We certainly saw some brilliant driving throughout the event. While there's an expectation that Chris and Susan Caruso will impress with lots of sideways action, we also saw some exceptional displays of car control from lots of other drivers too. It’s great to see a few drivers execute perfect handbrake turns.

Car of the Event as voted by officials was Will White’s Nissan GTR R32 – which incidentally broke the ten second barrier at the drags.

At the Awards Presentations we made an overdue presentation, for last year's Biante Trevor Young Championship. Trevor who passed away 3 years ago was the founder of Biante Model Cars with his wife Bev – both of them true car enthusiasts. The company has become one of the world's leading manufacturers and distributors of collectors' model cars – and this award is in his memory.

Franz Esterbauer was invited up to collect his award as the 2008 winner of the Biante Trevor Young Championship.

2009 Fabcar 1-Day Classic rally awards:

        Up to 1989 up to 2-litres
Lea Welch & Justin Smith - 1970 Ford Escort

        1970-1989 over 2-litres
Vito & Chris Forte - 1988 BMW M3

        All 1990-2009
Rod Willis & Darren Weise - 1990 Mazda MX5 S/C

        Clubman Class
Jeff Docking & Katherine Bathgate - 2008 Birkin S3

        4WD Turbo up to 2-litre
Steve Jones & Kye Bidzinski - 2008 Mitsubishi Evo9

        4WD Turbo over 2-litre
Simon Gunson & Louis Kara - 2003 Mitsubishi Evo8RS

        3rd Outright
Mark Conacher & Damien Chandler - 2009 Nissan GTR R35

        2nd Outright
Simon Gunson & Louis Kara - 2003 Mitsubishi Evo8RS

        1st Place
Steve Jones & Kye Bidzinski - 2008 Mitsubishi Evo9

Congratulations to all the class and placing winners.

Full results and photo gallery are available by clicking the links above. We've added a new feature of a listing of stage winners.

We've already begun developing a number new ideas for future events, some of which have come from ideas competitors have had – which we're always happy to hear...

All the officials thank everyone involved for your support and look forward to seeing you in many more events in the future.

The winners: Lots of comments about the benefit of a lightweight co-driver...                                                                                                  John Fowler was one of the exponents showing great handbrake turning skills   

Click here for photo gallery


Complete the Entry Application Form and send it in fast. You can scan and email the form or post it. Contact AEM on 9271 0101 or

See report, photos and results of the 2008 Fabcar 1-Day Classic CLICK HERE

Quotes from last year's participants:

"I just wanted write and tell you I had a blast yesterday, the event was run very well, heaps of stages and driving made it action packed, a friendly atmosphere amongst competitors and officials made it the most enjoyable rally I have run in." according to one competitor who has participated in most rally style events in WA in an email after the event.

While another emailed "Just wanted to say a big thanks for organizing and running the event. My navvie and myself had an absolute ball!" and another email said: "PLEASE try to do as many of these events every year as possible, 4 including the 2-day Classic Challenge would be great. I will happily pre-register for all of them next year. It's a really good value day compared with other events..."

From another entrant: "Your events just seem to get better and better. The day had a great atmosphere about it with a lot of people I haven't seen before coming up and introducing themselves. The officials did a fantastic job and the event ran so smoothly thanks to them." and "The one day layout is a fantastic way to go. It would be great to see the Classic Challenge kept with a few one day events through the year."

Plus these remarks: "Thanks for organising the Fabcar event – a really well run day, and a lot of fun.  I reckon that format has a lot going for it, in that you get a lot of track time, some interesting locations, and good circuits.  I especially liked the fact that there were courses to suit all the different types of cars."

And "my navigator and I really enjoyed the day, and we’ll be signing up for the next, and the next, and what-ever else you can serve up."

 See report, photos and results of the 2008 Fabcar 1-Day Classic CLICK HERE