Why Mitta Masters?
The obvious reason for incorporating the Mitta Masters for classic cars and crews into the Mitta Mountain Rally is to boost numbers of entries for an event run a long way from Melbourne.
The nature of the event, with more traditional narrow winding mountain roads, long stages and no pace noting should also appeal to competitors from former times. Although this format is not so popular with the modern day competitor, if they want to get faster, it may be what they need even if it may not be what they want.
Rather than run separate events it was felt that the moderns and the masters could well learn a bit from each other in the same event, and what better way to get that interaction than have a past master as patron of the event wandering around providing comment, advice or just a perspective based on having done a lot of motorsport at a high level over a long period.
Last year George Fury had us all captivated at the Presentation function explaining how his lap record at Bathurst in the turbo Nissan Bluebird was assisted by the freezing overnight temperatures producing even greater turbo boost.
This year we have Geoff Portman to dispense influence and support, as patrons are meant to do.