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2012 marks a special occasion, the first event of it's kind as Forum Battle infiltrates the Calder Park round of the ARC and pits online forums against each

other in a very real offline event spanning across multiple disciplines of motorsport and automotive culture. There's $20k's worth of prizes up for grabs for

forum members and prime time TV coverage on Channel 10. Represent your forum, this is going to be epic!


Tarmac Rally

Calder Park Thunderdome (in front of all ARC spectators)

Saturday 3rd March 2012

2 official stages of the ARC.


2 entries/forum, entry includes a 3 day pass

Time Attack

Calder Park Race Circuit

Saturday 3rd March 2012


2 entries/forum, entry includes a 3 day pass


Calder Park Thunderdome (in front of all ARC spectators)

Saturday 3rd March 2012


2 entries/forum, entry includes a 3 day pass


Calder Park Drags

Saturday 3rd March 2012


4 entries/forum, entry includes a 3 day pass

Show & Shine

Calder Park Thunderdome (in front of all ARC spectators)


$40/entry for competitors

20 entries/forum, entry includes a 3 day pass

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Dear Forum Members,

It is my great pleasure to provide some pre-information for the upcoming “ARC Forum Battle” to take place as part of the 2012 Rally Calder.

ARC Forum Battle

Like Rally Calder, the ARC Forum Battle is a completely unique event designed to reward Australia’s best car club over 6 x motorsport and non-motorsport point scoring facets. The car club forum community has grown in strength and numbers in a very short space of time in Australia and has provided “intra-club” motorsport events such as nationals etc but Rally Calder and the ARC Forum Battle represents the first event where car forums will compete head to head on a large scale.

An enormous amount of work is going on behind the scenes to bring this monster of an event together including technical and sporting regulations which will be available as soon as possible. In the mean time please find below some information pertaining to the ARC Forum Battle

ARC Forum Battle General

1. Points to be awarded per discipline (x 6 disciplines) on a sliding scale of results (for example, 20…16..14..12 etc) for the club

2. Technical Regulations will follow CAMS regs for relevant disciplines with specifics to be advised in actual regs but will be designed to encourage road going, road registered, high performance vehicles to compete in a competitive yet safe and fair environment.

3. Due to the expected number of car forums that will compete a limited number of entries will be sought for each discipline as below – the car forum will need to meet this maximum number by putting forward their chosen representatives within each forum

4. The driver must be a forum member and must be the owner of the vehicle to be used

The Disciplines

1. Club Support : This is a non-motorsport discipline. Each car forum will be provided a unique ticket code for the event and points will be awarded to forums based on the ticket sales per forum and thus the support of the event, each forum and the ARC Forum Battle by the forum members.

2. Time Attack : Currently scheduled for 10:20am-12pm on Saturday March 3rd. This event will consist of 2 cars and drivers from each forum. Each driver will have 2 sessions to post their best time over the 1.6 kilometre Calder Park National Circuit Short Course (see attached map). There will be up to 8 cars on the track at once. This course and discipline is subject to cancellation if the track is wet due to the VHT used for drag competitions on the main straight. Regulations are pending. Entry costs are $200 per entry and include a 3-day general admission pass to the event and will be lodged with the event secretary as per the event regulations when released.

3. Rally Stage/One-Lap Dash : Currently scheduled for 1:35 – 2:25 and 5:00-5:45 on Saturday March 3rd. This event will consist of 2 cars and drivers from each forum. Each driver will get 4 runs over the 2km course using the Calder Park National Circuit Long Course (see attached map), the best time for each driver will be used to determine overall ARC Forum Battle points. Cars will be flagged away (rallystyle!) at 30 second intervals using timing beams at start and finish. Regulations are pending. Entry costs are $150 per entry and include a 3-day general admission pass to the event and will be lodged with the event secretary as per the event regulations when released.

4. Gymkhana : Currently scheduled for 3:45-4:45 on Saturday March 3rd. This event consists of 2 cars and drivers from each forum. Each driver will get 2 runs over the 750 metre highly technical slalom gymkahana course utilising pit lanes in the middle of the thunderdome. This is the most used section of calder park raceway for Rally Calder and will be highly visible to the public (see attached map). Cars will be flagged away (rallystyle!) at 30 second intervals using timing beams at start and finish. Regulations are pending. Entry costs are $150 per entry and include a 3-day general admission pass to the event and will be lodged with the event secretary as per the event regulations when released.

5. Drag/Quarter Mile Sprint : Currently scheduled for 7pm till late on Saturday March 3rd. The event will consist of 4 cars and drivers from each forum. Each driver will get a minimum of 2 runs over the strip. Entry costs are $150 per entry and include a 3-day general admission pass to the event and will be lodged with the event secretary as per the event regulations when released.

6. Show n Shine : Scheduled for Sunday 4th March. 20 cars per forum with each forum given an area within the Rally Calder Service Park precinct to “make their own”. 20 cars per Car Forum. A panel of judges will award points to the best presented individual cars and car forum as a whole – so get those creative juices flowing in terms of your areas! Entry costs are $90 per entry (only $40 if an existing ARC Forum Battle competitor) and include a 3-day general admission pass to the event and will be lodged probably through Foxtix due to the number of expected entries.


The prize presentation for best individual performance within each discipline as well as the overall ARC Forum Battle Champion Forum will be announced as part of a special podium presentation at the event (and before the Rally finals) currently scheduled for approximately 12:30. The individual discipline winners and a representative driver and vehicle from the winning club will get to do a parade lap and be part of the grid with the finalists in the Bosch ARC, CAMS Tarmac Rally and Side x Side Events.


The ARC Forum Battle will take pride of place amongst other facets within Rally Calder promotional mediums including television commercials etc and will be covered within the live internet and Rally Calder radio. A minimum of 12-minutes of national television airtime (3 minutes on Ten and 9 minutes on ONE) will be dedicated to the highlights of each discipline.

2012 ARC Forum Battle Schedule of Activities as at 22nd November 2011

Friday March 2nd

3:30-4pm : National Circuit (Time Attack and Rally/One Lap Dash) Familiarisation, Calder Park Raceway

7pm-9pm : Official Forum Welcome Function (all forum members welcome), West Waters Hotel, Caroline Springs. Finger Food dinner provided @ cost of approx. $30 with cash bar available. Welcome from Scott Pedder (CEO of Bosch ARC and Rally Calder Event Director) plus other special guests.

9pm – 11pm : Documentation and Vehicle Scrutiny, West Waters Hotel, Caroline Springs

Saturday March 3rd

7:30-7:45 : Gymkhana Familiarisation, Thunderdome Calder Park Raceway

10:20-12pm : Time Attack

1:30-2:25 : Rally Stage/One Lap Dash 1&2

3:45-4:45 : Gymkhana

5:00-5:45 : Rally Stage/One Lap Dash 3&4

7:00-9:00 : Drag

Sunday March 4th

6:00-7:30 : Show N Shine Setup

7:30-12:00 : Show N Shine Competition

12:20-12:35 : ARC Forum Battle Presentations

12:35-1:05 : Parade, Grid, National Anthem

1:05-5pm : Show N Shine Continues

5pm : Gates close for public, Show N Shine vehicles can depart venue

7pm-Late : ARC Forum Battle Unofficial After Party, Sports Bar, West Waters Hotel, Caroline Springs.

Rally Calder

The ARC Forum Battle is part of 2012 Rally Calder, the first event of its kind that combines the following motorsport disciplines into one event;

-Round One of the 2012 BOSCH Australian Rally Championship (Gravel and Tarmac) includes;

o BOSCH Australian 4WD Rally Championship

o BOSCH Australian 2WD Rally Championship

o Australian Classic Rally Championship

o East Coast Bull Bars Australian SUV Rally Challenge

o Rallyschool.com.au Australian Junior Rally Challenge

-Round One of the 2012 CAMS Australian Tarmac Rally Championship

-Round One of the 2012 Australian Side by Side Rally Challenge (Polaris and CanAm 2-seater ATV Buggies)

-ARC Forum Battle

o Time Attack

o Rally Stage (one-lap dash)

o Gymkhana

o Drag

o Show n Shine

-Drift Demonstration

-Rallyschool.com.au Rally Hot Laps

Rally Calder is being branded as “Melbourne’s Festival of Speed” and will be promoted through an extensive PR and Media plan including;

- 15 and 30-second television commercial to air in Melbourne on Network Ten and ONE in January/February

- Delayed 2-hour national coverage of the event (all facets) on Ten/ONE weekend

- Online via foxtix (event ticketing agency) associated sites, car forums and other general mediums

- Normal PR/Press/Media including Twitter and Facebook as conducted by the BOSCH ARC

Other general Rally Calder information and highlights include;

- Live Internet from event via rally.com.au

- Rally Calder Shortband Radio

- Ceremonial Start on Thursday March 1st at West Waters Hotel Caroline Springs

- Displays (including new vehicle drive area), vendors and kids zone

- Ticketing through Foxtix including general admission, grandstand (option of tarmac thunderdome or gravel paddock), corporate hospitality and very special “intercom club”

The very basic event schedule at this point in time looks like this;

Thursday March 1st 2012

4pm : Rally Show Commences – West Waters Hotel, Caroline Springs

7pm : Ceremonial Start Commences – West Waters Hotel, Caroline Springs

10pm : Ceremonial Start Concludes

Friday March 2nd 2012

Am : Reconnaisance and Media Activities

2pm : Gates Open to Public

3pm-9:30pm : Bosch ARC Stages 1-8, CAMS Tarmac Rally Stages 1-5, Side by Side Stages 1 and 2, rallyschool.com.au Hotlaps and Drift Demonstrations

10:30pm : Gates close to public

Saturday March 3rd 2012

7:30am : Gates Open to Public

8:00-9:00 : Bosch ARC Stages 9-24, CAMS Tarmac Rally Stages 6-16, Side by Side Stages , rallyschool.com.au Hotlaps, Drift Demonstrations and ARC Forum Battle (Time Attack, Rally one lap dash, Gymkhana and Drag events).

10:00 : Gates Close to Public

Sunday March 4th 2012

7:30am : Gates Open to Public

8:00-12:20 : Bosch ARC Stages 25-27, CAMS Tarmac Rally Stages 17-21, Side by Side Stages, rallyschool.com.au Hotlaps, Drift Demonstrations and ARC Forum Battle (Show n Shine only)

12:20-12:30 : ARC Forum Battle Presentation

12:30-1pm : Parade, Grid and National Anthem

1:15-3:50 : Finals for Bosch ARC, CAMS Tarmac Rally and Side x Side

4:00-4:30 : Podium Presentations

5:30 : Gates Close to Public

7:00pm-late : Rally and ARC Forum Battle presentations at West Waters Hotel, Caroline Springs.

For further information please stay tuned to the Rally Calder Page on rally.com.au. Information will also be forwarded to forums via Go2Space as it becomes available.

On behalf of everyone involved with the BOSCH Australian Rally Championship and Rally Calder we welcome the competitors and supporters of the ARC Forum Battle and look forward to 3 great days of motorsport and comradery come March 2nd next year.


Scott Pedder

Chief Executive Officer

Web: www.rally.com.au




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Sup Regs and Entry Forums are up guys. Check out our website for more information: Forumbattle.com.au

On the website you will find:

-Sup Regs

-Entry Forms


-Race/event maps

-Competitor updates

-ARC News

And of course Forum battle news.

We have also set up a Facebook page: Click Here To View

Like our page to receive updates automatically via Facebook


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Time to get into gear guys and start entering Forum Battle.

5 forums have already stepped up and have nominated forum representatives.


Opel Aus

Aussie Exotics

Evolution OZ

JDM Style Tuning.

Competitors from a wide range of cars have entered from track weapons, daily drivers and decked out show cars.

Check out www.forumbattle.com.au for sup regs, entry forms, Forum Battle news and features on each of the entrants so far.

Remember to like us on Facebook for Forum Battle updates and start nominating members in the “ARC FORUM BATTLE CALDER 2012 - Nominate Members thread”


Opel Aus Entrant Brenton in his Astra “I’ll be entering it in either the Tarmac Rally or maybe the Gymkhana, I really don’t see it winning any events or awards, it’s all just for a bit of fun”


Aussie Exotic's representative, the Lotus Esprit GT300 GT2 is an example of the wide range of cars entering the ARC Forum Battle

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Tickets are now available guys!

The final and most important category that forums will be judged on is community support. So grab your mates and jump online to order your tickets and get behind your favourite forum.

Make sure to write down your forums unique code when ordering your tickets.

Forum Code: LEXUSOWN

(Promotion ends 31st January)

Who will be crowned Australia's best Online Car Forum? 2012 Rally Calder will see the first ever Online Car Forum challenge which brings together these car enthusiasts for a range of offline motorsport tests and challenges. Entry into the competition is restricted to only the very best modified road cars and drivers from each forum and marque which means great action and competition for spectators.


A number of ticket options are available to suit everyone, Click the Links below for more information:

FRIDAY SINGLE DAY: General Admission

SATURDAY SINGLE DAY: General Admission

SUNDAY SINGLE DAY: General Admission

3-DAY: General Admission Passes

3-DAY BOSCH DOME: Reserved Grandstand Seating

3- DAY ECB PADDOCK: Reserved Grandstand Seating

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Hey Guys,

We have been paying attention to what the forums want and as a result have updated the Sup Regs and classes in which cars will be competing.

a. Pro class- for both street registered and none street registered cars. Engines and gearbox’s are free. Suspension pick up points must be in as per the manufactures design. Slicks are not permitted.

b. Street Class- for street registered cars only. The vehicle must retain the original engine and gearbox configuration. Suspension pick up points must be in as per the manufactures design. Street legal tyres are only permitted.

Both Pro and Street Class will then comprise of 3 sub classes; Fastest FWD, RWD and 4WD vehicles

Complete updated Sup Regs can be found here: www.forumbattle.com.au/regulations

For tickets information or to purchase: Click Here

For any additional information or if you have any questions please email us: Support@forumbattle.com.au

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1 week to go and Forum Battle competitor enteries are flowing in . check out the competition . For the full story be sure to check out : http://forumbattle.com.au/


A labor of an unplanned build, Issac started with a turbo and clutch upgrade and like most ended up with a full re-build. 100% built and not bought. Issac has spent his fair share of late nights under the car… brakes, suspension and power, Issac has got it all covered, “I built this car with the intention of driving it hard, not hardparkd despite it looking pretty” . Keep an eye out for “Snowball” at Winton at the Vicdrift events. At Forum Battle, Issac and “Snowball” will be under the Gripshiftslide tent along with the other S15(s)


Feature photo : SAU competitor Chris’s R34 GTR

SAU first round of entries were impressive to say the least, and for second round, they haven’t disappointed. Also attending for team SAU will be a rare R31 GTS-R , one of Australia’s cleanest on display. SAU have done a fantastic job of lining up some great cars.. It is going to be a RIPPER event.


Feature car: Renee’s S15

Third big team to enter Forum Battle is MelbS15 , they have confirmed 12 cars. With everyone of them being a quality built car. Expect more of this at Forum Battle.

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Honda has demanded victory in this year’s Bosch Australian Rally Championship.

Honda Australia unveiled its two new Jazz rally cars at Bosch’s headquarters in Melbourne yesterday, and lead driver Eli Evans admits the pressure will be on to perform.

“I’ve been told this year, we must win,” Evans told Speedcafe.com.

“Honda said “What do we need to win?” and we said “a G2 car with the new regulations.”

“They gave us the new Honda Jazz, and so far so good. It feels fantastic. It feels like an improvement on the Honda Civic Type R.”

The cars will be driven by Evans and Mark Pedder and will make their debut at the inaugural Rally Calder next weekend.

CLICK HERE for more on the new Jazz factory team.

Forum battle also gets a special mention (@3:00) , its going to be an awesome weekend!

Check out our latest Forum Battle competitors, with a heap more coming this week .


The car is a 2005 Subaru Impreza RS. Micheal has owned it since the end of 2009 and bought it dead stock from Subaru docklands. Like most car nuts the modifying began almost instant, it went from pretty mildly tuned NA into a high revving, boxer pounding NA Impreza RS, as far Micheal knows, he reckons its the only NA Subaru modified to this level in Australia.


Bought back in 2010 from Carizma motors in Sydney, Phuong’s car made the trip back down to Victoria and has since stayed there as his first and only car.

Being an apprentice mechanic with an apprentice wage and only wanting quality parts, means mods on his car are limited and can be slow at the best of times. He says “I know the car isn’t perfect and still needs a lot of work, but I’m happy with the progress”.

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3 Days to go!!! check out the latest entries ....

for the full feature visit : http://forumbattle.com.au/ OR better yet come do to Calder Park this weekend and see it in the flesh!


Vic imports club member Micheal has entered his 1991 300zx Twin Turbo 5 speed manual and proudly representing VIC imports Club in the Time Attack class (Special Thanks to Rod Kershaw).

When asking Micheal what was done to his car, he laughs and says ” the car is stock standard, I use it to take elderly people to church, hahahah. At the very moment the car is still being tuned and hopefully will be complete and ready for Forum Battle, so power figures are TBA. Majority of the work was done by myself and my dad”.


Some said that he was mad for selling up one of Sydney’s most bad-ass, full of attitude street driven EVO 8 for an S15 . BUT, as quickly as those comment were made, they have been retracted and the haters have now become lovers.

Take a look at the picture and its easy why you’d sell up! Full wide-body vertex ridge kit, Custom midnight Purple, 20″ SSR, and making 385rwkw on 25psi. Yes please we would like one too! Sergio tells us the modding won’t and hasn’t stop since taking ownership, first being a Porsche brake upgrade ( currently under development) and most recently an RWB inspired front and side-skirt lips.

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Forum Battle

Forum Battle administration for the Sunday 4th of March (show and shine activities)

Calder Park Raceway Address Calder Fwy Keilor VIC 3036

Forum Battle registration show and shine Sunday the 4th

Forum Battle Show & Shine Sunday 4th


Please proceed to the credentials office at the front gate of Calder Park Raceway between 630am and 730am on the Sunday. All documentation and registration must be competed at the credentials office prior to entering the venue for show and shine.

ARC Forum Battle registration at Calder Park credentials office Sunday 630 am onwards



The Paddock/Service area or Pits for the Forum Challenge Cars will only allow for competition cars. All trailers must be parked at the south end of the Thunderdome. Any cars on trailers must be at the circuit prior to 7:00am.


admin@rally.com.au or support@forumbattle.com.au or call Sean at 0432 884 177

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2 days to go. Forum Battle will be on , rain ,shine or hail . =) dont forget the RTR pre-meet on Friday night at 6pm .

Forums members who will be spectating on the day don't forget about your Forum Battle codes! (extra forums have been included on the site). This is how you guys can help your forums get all those extra needed points to take the win .


For todays update we have a H22a Civic and 4age AE71 Corolla entered .


Billy’s Ae71 may look like and unfinished, unpainted project, but pop open the bonnet or even stick your head under the car and its full of goodies with everything there to make it go sideways or put down a decent lap.

See Billy’s Ae71 at the Grip Shift Slide’s show and shine section of Forum Battle.


Normally found in the engine bay of a 4th gen Prelude. The conversion may be unorthodox, but for one third of the price of a k20 swap its a bang for buck swap. Running a 14.5 down the quarter with a stock H22A , Phouc’s Civic has proven to give some turbo cars a run for their money.

At Forum Battle , we’ll be seeing the H22A Civic at full V-Tec in the Gymkhana event.

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This weekend Mighty Car Mod fans will have the chance to get up close and personal with Marty’s new ride “The Blue Turd”, and see it in action for the first time at Forum Battle. If you still don’t know what we are talking about, check out MCM’s latest video “When three cars become one” Season 4, Episode 3. These guys are the ultimate DIY’er!

For more videos visit : Mighty Car Mod Youtube channel

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The Official Forum Battle aftermath


Despite the bad weather on Saturday Forum Battle went full steam ahead (as early as 6am) the admin office was full of buzz and had a line of Forum Battlers eagerly waiting to sign on and compete in the first ever inaugural Forum Battle event.

By 9.30am, drivers were signed in, tools unloaded and pit crews ready for service… then the rain started! A decision was made during the driver’s briefing to alter the Time Attack event into a single lap dash.



Rain and bad weather conditions ultimately saw Time Attack along with the Drags officially cancelled. An early causalty by Ovi in the Red Advan Evo aquaplaning into a concrete barrier which was a warning signal to all competitors of the tricky track conditions, testing even the most experienced drivers.


An early withdrawal was seen from the drivers of the Rx7(s), who decided the conditions were less than ideal. They packed up and left for home and who would blame them, 600hp on a wet track is certainly a scary day at the office.



Team SAU stayed on and with little persistence took top honors in the Pro and Street group; Chris Thompson, Adam Newton winning 1st and 2nd respectively and each winning their classes ( fastest Pro 4WD class and fastest Pro RWD class). Ash Cosgriff got the overall win for the street class group and took out the fastest 4WD street class .




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Steve Reed for Team OZMPS took fastest Pro FWD class, while in the fastest Street FWD Class saw Rory Hollingworth from Team OPEALAUS take the award. Manny from MELBS15 took out the fastest street RWD Class award and was a consistent competitor all weekend.

One Lap Dash Results:



Johnathan Green in his blue Evo for Team Fullboost took out top honors for fastest outright and 4WD Pro class. While Reece McIntosh for Team SAU got fastest outright and RWD street class.

Phouc pushed hard and took home the fastest street FWD car and Marty From Might Car Mods being the only FWD in the Pro class took top honors for being the fastest FWD in Pro Class.In the Motorkhana event, 10 competitors competed for honors. The course layout being 2 sets of chicanes, linked up with a U-turn on the end and with minimal run off and tarmac area after the finish line saw some very close calls as competitors played chicken with the finish line.

Some came off second best, like John in his White AW11 MR2 having a near miss and running into a tyre wall earlier on into the session ( better then a concrete barrier), followed by Phouc in his black Civic slightly tapping a barrier, damaging his front bar trying to find the limit of his tyres and brakes.

Motorkhana Result :


Show and Shine

Out of the 7 Major categories in the show and shine, Team SAU took out 4; Best Presented , Best JDM , Cleanest car and the Historic awards.

Best Australian built went to Boosted Falcon, Best Euro was Opel Aus and Gripshiftslide took the out the award for best street car. Sunday’s show and shine was all blue sky and sunny weather (unlike Saturday). A total of 40+ cars were on display and Team SAU, OPELAUS , Gripshiftslide, Melbs15, Supra and AE86 were out in force and all wanting to take the win. Each team offering a variety of modified cars for spectators and judges to see. The quality of cars were outstanding and made it a difficult job for the judging panel to choose the winners.






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Team SAU would go onto taking out the honors for Australia’s Best Forum, Opel Aus and Gripshiftslide came in at a respectable second and third.





Forum Battle would like to say a thank you to all the dedicated competitors and supporters who stuck it out and made the effort to show up and compete. Thank you to the volunteers from the Victorian MG club for flag marshaling, scrutineering and the admin work. Last but not least thank you to all the ForumBattle Sponosors. With the dedication and your passion for the cars Forum Battle would have not been possible.


The weather may have not been on our side, but the dedication and passion that was shown by all that was involved means that the car scene is alive and kicking strong. Forum Battle was a great success, and can now only get bigger and better next year.


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