Five-time CAMS Australian Rally Champion Ross Dunkerton has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in today’s 2018 Australia Day honours.
Awarded for his services to motor sport, particularly rallying, the honour recognises his five-decade involvement in the sport. Dunkerton was also a dual Asia-Pacific Rally Champion, Southern Cross Rally winner in 1980, and was instrumental in the Australian bid to lobby the FIA for a round of the World Rally Championship in 1987.
Dunkerton was awarded life membership with CAMS in 2011, inducted into the Australian Rally Hall of Fame in 2013 and the Australian Motor Sport Hall of Fame in 2016.
Other motor sport recipients include Kempsey resident Maurice Fuller, who was awarded an OAM for his service to the community of Kempsey-Macleay and motor sport.
Fuller was a founding member of the Kempsey Macleay Off Road Club in 1964, and remains involved with the club as Assistant Secretary, Public Officer, and Event and Race Director.
Outside of his club, Fuller was also Chairman of the NSW Off Road Panel for a decade and was a committee member on the National Off Road Panel for four years.
Journalist, historian, and author Pedr Davis received OAM honours for his service to journalism and the automotive industry.
Along with being an author of over 50 books, Davis was also a commentator on the ABC’s This Day Tonight and Four Corners programmes.
Karting was also recognised, with Robert Baker OAM appointed as a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia for his significant service to youth through leadership roles in Scouts and Karting NSW.
Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division:
Mr Pedr Llewellyn Davis
For service to journalism, and to the automotive industry.
Mr Ross Winston Dunkerton
For service to motor sports, particularly as a rally car driver.
Mr Maurice Desmond Fuller
For service to the community of Kempsey-Macleay, and to motor sports.
Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia:
Mr Robert Arthur Baker OAM For significant service to youth, particularly through leadership roles with Scouts, andto the sport of karting as an administrator and mentor.