FROM THE EVENT DIRECTOR:
I'm very excited to announce that Nominations for the 2023 Local Legends Sunraysia Safari are now open! After the success of this year's event (in very trying circumstances!), popularity and enthusiasm is at an all-time high, to the point where it expected that we will have an oversubscribed field for the 2023 edition. We have a limit on the number of entries we can run, due to scheduling demands, and the requirement of daylight for our Medivac Helicopter to provide coverage of the competitive stages. I won't compromise or dilute the overall distance, or the nature of the event, to accommodate extra entries, so it very much will be a case of first in, best dressed!
The 2023 Local Legends Sunraysia Safari will be held from September 6-9 and based as always in the beautiful Wentworth Shire. We aim to have at least 1200 competitive kms over the 4 days, and as many long stages as we can piece together! Entry fees will only be $200 higher than this year; we're doing our best to keep them as low as possible, but the increasing costs we're incurring (particularly in Diesel fuel!) are proving challenging! So the Moto fee will be $2500 (inc. GST) and the Auto and Rally Divisions will be $3500 (inc. GST). We've already opened nominations to this year's competitors, and as a result, we're already over 30% subscribed! If you want to be a part of the 2023 edition, I wouldn't delay in getting the nomination form filled in and sent back to us, and pay your deposit to guarantee your place. The nomination form is available on our website www.sunraysiasafari.com.au on the "Event Documents" page.
You'll notice on the nomination form there's the usual Moto and Auto Divisions, but new for 2023 is a new "Rally" Division. We're running the "Sunraysia Rally" as part of the Sunraysia Safari, and the Rally is for PRC/Classic type "conventional" rally cars. There's a myth that the Sunraysia Safari is too hard for normal rally cars (which is totally untrue, as seen by the success of the PRC cars this year and in previous years), but to address it, the Sunraysia Rally will run most of the main "Safari" stages, but it may also run unique stages specifically for the Rally division if we think the main course might be a bit tricky in places. Either way the Rally cars will 100% be able to complete the course we set for them. Note that the Rally Division falls under the same overall Entry limits we have for the Sunraysia Safari, so if you want to have a crack at a "proper" Marathon style Outback endurance Rally, get your nominations in now.
One change for 2023 which isn't so positive is the unfortunate news that we are no longer able to run the A4 class in the Auto Division (for Buggies and Trophy Truck style vehicles), and vehicles in the A3 class need to be very much based on a production chassis (with VIN number). This is as a result of policy changes within the NSW Roads and Maritime Service (RMS), who provide Unregistered Vehicle Permits, and the advice issued by the Regional Police Command, that indicate these types of vehicles are no longer eligible to run on the permit required to participate in the event. We very much feel for the competitors that have run these types of vehicles in previous Sunraysia Safaris, but we're simply not allowed to run them anymore. We were the only rally in Australia that was allowed to run Off Road class vehicles, and regulations and requirements have now made that no longer possible. If you have any query as to the eligibility of your vehicle following this announcement, please contact me so we can work through the particulars of your situation.
Work also continues on our second event, which will be run in May of 2024, in the same style and format as the Local Legends Sunraysia Safari. I'd hoped to be able to confirm some details and make a formal announcement before Christmas, but the current flood crisis in the Wentworth Shire has required a slight change in priorities. Rest assured it's still on track, and I'll be working away on the new event right through Christmas and January, whilst we manage the flooding and resulting issues around the Wentworth Shire, and the impact on the properties we are looking to use for the 2023 Local Legends Sunraysia Safari.
Speaking of Christmas, on behalf of Anne and myself, I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy and prosperous 2023, from all of us at RMA, and the wider Sunraysia Safari family. 2022 was a very challenging year, particularly for me personally, and whilst the rally did literally almost kill me this year, we've bounced back, and whilst my recovery continues at a positive but frustratingly slow pace, we're in an excellent position to deliver the very best Local Legends Sunraysia Safari in 2023! I can't wait to see you all in Wentworth once again next September!