Southern Cross Rally (2 disc set)
In short, this is one of the better DVDs featuring rallying of the 1960s and 1970s.
Covering five years of the Southern Cross Rally - 1966, 1976, 1977, 1978 and 1979 - this two-disc set gives a good overview on the way international rallying, and rallying in Australia, changed in a little over a decade.
Our main interest is with the first film, on the 1966 event - the first Southern Cross Rally.
Although the original is faded a little from age, and there are a couple of annoying marks visible on screen throughout, this 25min feature captures the essence of the rally and bottles it brilliantly.
There is plenty of action involving Minis, particularly Cooper S driven by Evan Green, Paddy Hopkirk and Rauno Aaltonen. Unfortunately, the only time we see Bob Holden is after he crash out of the event when he hit a tree.
But there is plenty of in-car action, and car-to-car footage, which puts this film up there with the best of its day from overseas.
The rally wound its way from Sydney to Melbourne via the Blue Mountains, Wagga, Albury and Lake Eildon, then back, through the Victorian High Country, Canberra, and the Southern Highlands.
The gruelling four-day event took its toll, with many cars retiring, and was eventually won by Harry Firth/Graham Hoinville in a Ford Cortina, after the leading VW of Barry Ferguson hit a tree - in fact the same tree hit by Bob Holden moments later.
All the Minis had problems of one sort or another, but still managed to win two classes.
This two-DVD set is an ideal addition for anyone interested in Australian rally history, or Mini action.
There is also a bonus of the 1958 Mobilgas Round Australia Rally, which includes factory teams from Datsun, Toyopet, Porsche and Skoda, as well as the ubiquitous Holdens and Fords.