The almost-autumn weather was perfect as the Mt. Baw Baw Sprint Tour took to the famous Victorian alpine roads last weekend.

A record number of crews came out in support of Drive Against Depression at the event with 24 cars making up a full field. Amongst the crews were seasoned tarmac rally Tourers and enthusiastic first timers looking forward to their closed road driving induction.

Lexus Australia generously supported the event and our mental health mission with the provision of course and media cars, while Matt Brogan and Peter Anderson reported for and The Red Line respectively. We’re fortunate to have Nikolaos French donate his photographic skills which we credit and thank for the images you’ll enjoy below.

As a very special addition to the event Brendan Reeves joined us as Tour Leader and driver trainer. Brendo is Australia’s top seeded international rally driver, and a genuinely Fantastic Guy. He graciously shared his experience and advice with participants throughout the event and lead the group with the steady skill of a true professional.

Mt. Baw Baw Sprint is the penultimate event of the four round Australian Tarmac Rally Championship season. Its demanding stages present drivers and navigators with some of the most engaging and scenic roads in Victoria, plus one of the steepest inclines in Australia. The longest and best loved stage is a whopping 32.19kms, directly following the stunning 24.68kms stage from Two Bridges to Porcupine Creek.

As much as we love the tarmac rally Tour for it’s ultimate driving experiences and stunning roads, what we love the most is the friendships and connections that form between the crews. It’s this opportunity to connect that we truly feel privileged to facilitate, while at the same time advocating for normalised conversations about mental health.

Please click HERE to enjoy the gallery. We kindly thank DAD's photography partner Niko French Media for capturing the event.