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Please note: The 2020 Make Smoking History Forest Rally has been postponed until later in 2020.

The Make Smoking History Forest Rally is set to rev up Busselton & Nannup again in 2020. The competitors will compete on closed gravel road special stages in the magnificent forests surrounding Nannup

The event is based in Busselton and commences on Friday night with the Trade Hire Busselton Super Special Stage around Barnard Park.  Spectators will get to see the flat out action up close and personal.

Saturday morning the cars head up Nannup where the Service Park is located at the Nannup Recreation and Community Centre.  The service crews enjoy the hospitality of Nannup while the competitors are flying through the bush on the gravel roads in the forests surrounding Nannup.

There are ample opportunities for spectators to enjoy the action out in the forests.

Saturday evening Barnard Park is again a hive of activity for the Trade Hire Busselton Super Special Stage.

Sunday sees a repeat of stages up inn Nannup before the ceremonial podium finish at the Nannup Recreation and Community Centre.

A Rally differs from other forms of motorsport in that the cars do not compete on a ‘circuit’ instead they compete on closed road sections that they have only driven over twice in order to make their ‘pace notes’, a short-hand system of symbols that enables the Co-Driver to describe to the Driver what hides around the next corner or over that blind crest.  In an event they may only see a particular corner 4 times…and given that the gravel conditions will be different each time, rather than the same lap after lap after lap, many argue that Rally drivers are the most skilled of all motorsport competitors.

There is a wide variety of cars competing including Classics like Ford Escorts and Datsun 1600’s to more modern turbocharged Mitsubishi Evos, Subaru WRXs and even a number of International spec “R5” cars.

Spectating is FREE!!

Yes, you get to spectate for FREE…whether at Barnard Park in Busselton, the infamous Healthway stage near Nannup or you prefer just wandering around the Nannup Service Park…it is all FREE.

Maps of the stages are available here.  There are many vantage points for Spectating, for further details see our Spectators info here.

The Make Smoking History Forest Rally is a SMOKE FREE EVENT.

Competitors

2020 Information Coming Soon!

Held over 3 days competitors will travel over 680km in total which includes almost 218km of flat out competition on 17 closed road Special Stages including the Trade Hire Busselton Super Special Stage in Barnard Park, Busselton.   The event is based in Busselton with the Service Park at the Nannup Recreation and Community Centre in close proximity to the gravel forest stages surrounding Nannup.

2020 ENTRY FEES

    • $1,500 – Australian Rally Championship®
    • $1,100 – WA Rally Championship
    • $595 – Clubman Masters
    • $595 – Clubman Cup
  • For further details of what is included in the Entry Fees click here and also refer to the Supp Regs

The 2020 Make Smoking History Forest Rally counts towards the following:

  • 2020 Motorsport Australia Rally Championship®
  • 2020 Motorsport Australia ARC2/ARC3/ARC4/J-ARC/M-ARC
  • 2020 Motorsport Australia Rally Manufacturers’ Championship
  • 2020 Motorsport Australia ARC Teams Cup
  • 2020 Motorsport Australia WA Rally Championship
  • 2020 Motorsport Australia WA 2WD Rally Championship
  • 2020 Motorsport Australia WA Clubman Masters Series
  • 2020 Motorsport Australia WA Clubman Cup Series

On the Official Noticeboard page is further information including the Supplementary Regulations.  We encourage any  prospective competitors to get in touch with us if you have any queries.

Entry is limited to only 100 cars, so don’t delay get your Entry Form completed online now.

Overview Map of the 2020 Make Smoking History Forest Rally stages:

2020 Forest Rally OVERVIEW MAPS

News

Harry Bates victorious as Toyota claim 1-2 at Make Smoking History Forest Rally

Toyota Gazoo Racing Australia’s Harry Bates and John McCarthy. Image credit Tim Allott Toyota Gazoo Racing Australia’s Harry Bates and John McCarthy have won the Make Smoking History Forest Rally in Western Australia today. 11 years since his father, Neal Bates, stood on the Forest Rally podium the result was made even sweeter with the …

Harry Bates leads at halfway point of Heat One at Make Smoking History Forest Rally

Photo credit: Tim Allott Harry Bates is leading the field at the halfway point of Heat One at the Make Smoking History Forest Rally in Nannup, Western Australia today. After six stages Bates and his co-driver John McCarthy hold a 19.6 second lead over nearest rivals, Toyota Gazoo Racing Australia teammates Lewis Bates and his …

Official Noticeboard

All Bulletins and regulations will be added to this page as they are made available. Please check back to make sure you are up to date with all the latest information.

2020 OFFICIAL NOTICEBOARD

  • Supplementary Regulations
  • 2020 Rally Guide
  • 2020 Rally Guide – Appendices
  • Entry Form
  • Testing Schedule
  • Scrutiny Schedule
  • Nannup Service Park Allocation
  • Passenger Ride Form

OTHER INFORMATION / EVENT FORMS