The Brisbane Sporting Car Club has revealed the special perpetual trophy that will be presented to the outright winner of this year’s Accent Benchtops Rally Queensland.
The special trophy will be honouring the late Errol Bailey, who was a long-time Clerk of Course for Rally Queensland, holding the position between 1992 and 2011.
Known as the Errol Bailey Memorial Trophy, the outright winner will receive the perpetual trophy from Errol’s son, Michael Bailey, during the outright podium presentation on Sunday afternoon.
Brisbane Sporting Car Club President Dom Corkeron revealed the trophy has many specific Queensland features that serve as a tribute to the event.
"We’re really happy with this design as a lot of the elements represent this great event from over the year,” Corkeron said.
“Using native QLD hardwood from the Gympie region, the timber is representative of the forests for where this event has taken place over the years.
“The front of the trophy is embossed with the state’s floral emblem, the Cooktown Orchid, while also donning the classic Queensland colour of maroon on both the front and side of the trophy.
“Of course, it would be remiss of us to include the Queensland coastline as this state is known for its beaches, and that prominently features on the front and side of the trophy.
“Errol was a Queenslander through and through and life member of the BSCC and this trophy is a wonderful symbol of not just his efforts at Rally Queensland as Clerk of Course more than 20 times, but for the beauty this state has to offer.
“I think he would be incredibly humbled by the fact that we are honouring him, and I personally think it’s a nice touch to have.”
Errol passed away last year on 22 July, with the one year anniversary this year marking the first official day of the 2022 Accent Benchtops Rally Queensland, which hosts the Wheels on Mary in the Gympie centre.
The trophy will be kept by the BSCC and presented to the outright winner of Rally Queensland each year, with the driver and co-driver to have their names engraved on the back and the remaining side.
The 2022 Accent Benchtops Rally Queensland takes place in Gympie on 22-24 July.