Kingscliff. That's where we were heading. Okay, Rally Australia might have been days away, but we'd expected a little more than this. Than what? Er, nothing. We'd driven straight through Kingscliff and there was no hint of the world's finest rally drivers coming within a million miles of the place. Not, I thought, a great start.
As usual, chairman of the Rally Australia organisers Garry Connelly was on hand to fill me in. Kingscliff is not where the rally is based. Kingscliff is just where the service park is. It's based in Salt. Salt? Salt. That's right. Salt is a resort village just outside Kingscliff. And Salt did have a few flags waving. But Salt to Kingscliff is what Absolutely Nowhere is to Nowhere. It looked like a retirement village.
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But actually, the event wasn't based in Salt really. Salt was just where the headquarters were. The focus of the event was Murwillumbah - a town about 10 miles away. Now this was a town. I know that because I found a KFC.
Murwillumbah was the focus because that's where the superspecial stage would run six times through the town after the rally show on the eve of the event. Murwillumbah was where it was at. Apart from on Sunday, the final day of the event, when Murwillumbah - the focus of the event - was being dismantled. So where was the focus of the event for the longest day of the rally? Hmm.