Club History

The South West Touring Car Club (SWTCC) evolved in 1973 from the Blue and White Car Club (formed in 1970).  Membership levels ranged from the 40 members at the beginning of the club to as low as 6 members. Membership numbers are now very strong, and growing at every event, with both competitors new to the sport and members continuing a tradition of family participation.

The members were originally involved mainly in State Navigational rallies with many successful in gaining State Titles in those events.  The club also initiated an Anzac day dawn motorkhana at Hoffman Hill, where competitors used their street cars.  A successful membership drive involved Sunday family treasure hunts and with the growing number of members the club was able to run its first State Rally round.  The round was called the TOCOAN (They Only Come Out At Night) and was the first of many.  Club members soon became involved in State Rallies, motorkhanas and autocross events, as well as the occasional hillclimb.

The club also ran dawn ANZAC day motorkhanas at Hoffmans Mill where the competitors used street or rally cars. In 2002 the club ran a Cape to Cape Rally which covered 500kms touring throughout the South West on tarmac roads.

Until 1988 members competed in events around until they had the opportunity to establish their own Autocross track in Benger.  This enabled them, in conjunction with the Light Car Club of WA, to run a regular event program.  The track operated on two different private properties in Benger, and then moved to the third track, known as Sandalwood Park, in 1992.  During the Benger era the club also ran a number of hillclimb events at Wellington Dam and Meelup, which were part of the CAMS WA Speed Event Series.  In 2008 the club moved to its current track at the Bunbury Motorsport precinct where it continues to host motorkhana events and a six-round Autocross Series.  The Bunbury track is a 1.08km dual loop track with long open corners and tight hairpins which suits both front and rear wheel drives.

The club has been involved with other motorsport ventures including the establishment of the Collie Motorplex and the Youth Driver Training Program and currently shares facilities with the Bunbury Speedway.  The SWTCC encourages the involvement of youth teams, long term competitors and those new to the sport, and strives to continue a tradition of family participation while promoting entry at a grass roots level to the exhilarating sport of rallying.