Rally NSW Meet the Panel Members

Meet the Panel Members

Ian Bray
2023 Panel Chair

Ian first started rallying in the early ‘80s driving a Chrysler/Mitsubishi Galant and this included the Dunlop 2GO Rally in the list of events. He was a former President of the Mitsubishi Car Owners Club around the same period and also competed in numerous Club circuit events at Amaroo Park, Oran Park and Catalina Park. Avid rally spectator and photographer between 1978 and 1991. The majority of these photos are available on the “Australian Rally History Pre 1990” Facebook page.

In his working life he was instrumental at the following significant sporting events.
1991 – 1993 Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix – Eastern Creek, NSW, Australia
Designed and delivered the telecommunications solutions for the event.
1996 Olympic Games – Atlanta, Georgia, USA (2 years)
Liaised and negotiated with all Technology Partners regarding their logistical requirements and venue space/power allocations.
2000 Olympic Games – Sydney, NSW, Australia (4 years)
Documented the Command and Control structure for all SOCOG divisions to determine technology requirement and allocation.

Upon retiring from the workforce in January 2016 he became actively involved in volunteering and organisational aspects of rallies. This has ranged from road closures, time controls, setup, Post Chief at Rally Australia in 2017 and 2018 and recently fulfilled the Secretary role for the 2019 and 2020 Caves Classic Rally and 2022 Oberon Stages Rally. Ian was the COVID Checker for the first significant rally event in Australia post COVID, Rally of the Bay, and the documents generated have been used as the template for numerous motorsport events around the country. Ian has CAMS Bronze Rally and Bronze Administration licences.

John Sparkes
2023 Assistant Panel Chair

John contested his first event in 1976 in a Datsun 1600, with brother Sid navigating. Soon after, John began a long association with North Shore Sporting Car Club’s Batemans Bay rally, known as various guises in the 80s, 90s and noughties, but best known simply as “the Bay”. John directed the event on four occasions in the 1980s and remained till around 2000.

John and Carol became a team in 1980 and contested many Clubman and State rounds together. When Carol and her father built her own Datto, John started navving for her as well. John was also president of NSSCC for 4 years, is now a life member and remains an active committee member. He was a member of the Rally Panel in the 80s – a vastly different animal to today’s panel. Family life soon took over and John retired from competition in about 1990.

Roll on 17 years and the addiction re-surfaced with John building one of the first rally Silvias in the country, contesting his first event in 2007 with son Andrew, and taking out the NSW 2WD Championship in 2008 and 2010. Later, daughter Fiona became co-driver and despite a roll-over is also hooked. John is having more fun in the sport than ever – loves the camaraderie and the competition – and has no intention of giving up any time soon. Now that their four kids are in their 20s and 30s, John and Carol are becoming more active again in all aspects of the sport. John directed the Caves Classic rallies from 2016 to 2018 and is back on the organising committee for the Bay.

In 2016, John joined the Rally Panel and became Chair in 2017. He’s enjoying working with a very committed and passionate team on the Panel and connecting with the broader rally community. John’s keen to make the sport more accessible and enjoyable for competitors, organising teams and officials.

Bethany Cullen
2023 Webmaster, Pointscore, Seeding List & Results

Started Rally: 2000 Driver
Rally/ Competition cars
• Toyota AE86 Levin Coupe (gravel rally car)
• Evolution Lancer 6.5 (gravel rally car)
Notable Achievements
• 3rd outright 2007 NSW Clubman Series
• 1St P2 2007 NSW Clubman Series
• 2nd outright 2008 ARC F16 Championship
• 1st NSW Hyundai Rally Series Co Driver 2008
• 1st Outright 2011 ACT Gold Cup
• 1st Outright 2017 ACT Gold Cup
• 2nd Outright 2017 NSW Rally Championship

Paul Fletcher
2023 Member

Paul has been involved in NSW rallying (either as a competitor or servicing for someone else!) since the early 1980’s. Simply for Paul, rallying just became an addiction which he couldn’t shake off. It is all of the elements which appeal to him, such as the opportunity to get away from Sydney for a weekend, hanging out with a bunch of like minded people who enjoy the challenge of building the car, competing in it and then fixing it later to do it all again. Even if the car is not ready to compete then he’ll enjoy running a time control, a road closure – it doesn’t matter as it’s the atmosphere which is addictive. He has sat on both sides of the car and navigated for many, many years and more recently, has been driving his own car, a classic Toyota GT Four Celica.  “Now that I’m retiring from full time work in 2023, it is a good time to put something more back into the sport and hopefully I can add some value by helping out on the NSW Rally Panel. I look forward to meeting more of the rally community we are all part of in 2023.”

John Fraser
2023 Member

I started rallies in my teens.  For the first ten years I was a co driver, and guided many drivers, some to outright positions. At age 27 I decided to have a drive, I won my first event. In fact during my rally career I have be able to stand on the number one podium many times. I have won my class in the NSW rally series twice.  I have also won my class in the Playstation around Australia rally.  Also, I was second to the Daihatsu factory team in the Australian Rally Championship N2 class. I have won the NSW-Victorian Border series winning six of the eight events in that years series (one event I did not start because it clashed with my honeymoon). I still enjoy competing, and run two cars, a Mitsubishi Evo 6 and a 1990 Toyota Corolla FXGT.

Gwyn Mulholland
2023 Member

I entered Rallying in the very early 1960’s as a navigator for my father whilst still at school.  From there to the current day I have competed or o0fficiated in one form of motorsport or another with a definite inclination to gravel events.  I have been a member of the State Executive and the Rally Panel in the late 90’s and early 2000’s.  I was an original member of the Australian Historic Rally group.  Most recently I have spent the last 2 years on the State Hillclimb Panel and have been a Club Delegate for several Clubs at State Council Meetings. In 2000 I was awarded the NSW Official of the Year.  In 2011 I was awarded a CAMS Service Award for 50 years of Service and most recently was awarded a Motorsport Australia Service Star.

Highlights

Started competing in State and Clubman Special Stage Rallies from 1972 though sometimes infrequently (Marriage & Kids).  Won various classes with a variety of vehicles.

1973 and 1976 Southern Cross International Rallies

1986 James Hardie ARC Rally in Qld

1996 International Rally of Melbourne (ARC) 1st in class (navigator)

2005 NSW State 2WD Champion and 4th outright and P4 winner

2017 Most recent State Event

I successfully directed Peter Rogers State Rallies and Sportsclassic Clubman Events for Bathurst Light Car Club of which I am a Life Member.  I still compete in some events.

Steve Caruana
2023 Member

Steve has been in motorsport for about 30 years and involved in rallying for about 25 years, both as a competitor and as an official.

Jeff Williamson
2023 Member
Coming soon.

Rob O’Toole
2023 Member
Coming soon.