Italian Connection Rally
When23 - 25 May 2008 (3 days) 
WhereSydney to Melbourne

CategoriesTour, Rally 

Celebrate Italian National Day in May 2008, the Italian Connection Rally gives you the best possible excuse to become involved as a competitor in a unique two-state, three day drive through some of the southeast Australia's most spectacular country. You'll drive some real drivers' roads that will not only excite you but challenge you as well. Alpine passes, picturesque valleys, lush farmland and historic towns, the Italian Connection Rally encompasses them all.

The start is in Norton Street, Leichhardt on Friday 23 May, 2008, after a gala display at the Norton Plaza, heading south west from Sydney to a lunch stop at Goulburn. From Goulburn an interesting route through rolling farmland to our first overnight stop at the pretty Autumn township of Tumut, at the foot of the Snowy Mountains. A rally dinner will be held at night where you will get the chance to tell stories and exchange excuses over the day's route.

The following morning, after a good night's sleep, the town of Tumut welcomes us with their local Italian festival and festivities. A Motorkhana in one of the town's main street kicks off the motoring action for the day while the festival continues. Leaving Tumut, our route takes us to the highest town in Australia, Cabramurra, before we descend to the plains and cross the state border into New South Wales at Corryong and our lunch stop.

After lunch we make our way via some fabulous drivers' roads to north eastern Victoria. The route will cross the Hume Dam at Bethanga and continue on to one of the most historic areas in the state, the Ovens Valley. Passing through Yackandandah, we make our way to Beechworth, home of Australia's most famous bakery where you're sure to be able to find time to stop and sample their delights. We reach Myrtleford, the home of thousands of Italians by nightfall, and sit down to another gregarious dinner where we get the opportunity to chew the leather once more.

All too quickly the final day of The Italian Connection arrives, but there's still plenty to do yet. Our day starts with another bitumen Motorkhana in front of a large crowd enjoying yet another Italian festival in Myrtleford. Then it's off again down the valley, passing through Wangaratta, Whitfield and to Mansfield for lunch, driving the best sealed roads in the area.