Darryn Snooks of Snooks Motorsport is no stranger to shipping cars across the ditch for the iconic Otago Rally each year. Over the last 12 years, many Australian crews have joined the team to compete in this exciting event on New Zealand’s South Island around Dunedin in the Otago district.
Whilst this event still remains Darryn’s favorite event, the last 18 months has seen him and his team take on a completely different challenge; to compete across Europe in their very rare Datsun Violet or better known in Australia as the 710SSS. The challenge was to compete in not just one but 6 different Historic events across an 8-month period in 3 different countries.
In April this year, the Snooks Motorsport 710SS in Historic George Fury and Monty Suffern Southern Cross livery and Jeff David’s immaculate Porsche 911 were loaded into a container bound to arrive in Helsinki early in June. Both teams have spent considerable time and logistics for the first 7-week part of this itinerary. This will see Jeff and Darryn both compete on the Swedish KAK Midnattssolsrallyt (Midnight Sun Rally) to be held July 10-13th. This will be followed by the ADAC Eifel Rallye Festival, now in its 9th year, held in Daun Germany (18th to 20th July). The festival was designed by Reinhard Klein “In order to promote and preserve the history of rallying, we only allow originals, faithfully restored or replicated vehicles.”
After some R & R time touring parts of Europe, the team will head to Rally Finland to take part in the Vetomies Rally (2-3rd August) in a hired BMW 325i and finally, the Lahti Historic Rally (August 9-10th) both based in Finland. Early in the new year, the team plan to contest the Arctic Rally in Finland and the Historic Rally of Sweden.
For Snooks Motorsport, Darryn has engaged experience co-driver Tracey Dewhurst to sit in the left-hand seat on all these events. Tracey has been competing on and off in Europe for over 8 years and brings a wealth of experience to the team. They will be joined by their usual Aussie service crew as they travel through Europe.
“We are incredibly excited with how this project has come together” said Darryn. “All the months of extensive planning is now coming to fruition with the whole team excited about their imminent departure for Europe. The cars are on the water and due to arrive in Helsinki a few days prior to the team’s arrival in Helsinki on the 30th of June. It is all quite surreal knowing that we are a few weeks away from all the preparation for the trip becoming a reality. We are so grateful for the incredible support and encouragement we have received from friends in the rally community both here and overseas, our families and contacts both here and overseas that have made the preparation much smoother.”
You can follow their ‘excellent’ adventure via facebook, Instagram or via the website www.snooksmotorsport.com.au
For more information, contact Darryn on 0417871122 or [email protected]