Big field building for the 2016 Classic Outback Trial

There’s lots of interest in the 2016 Classic Outback Trial and we’ve received six nominations since our last update. We want to welcome…

Shane Attwell/Mike Joss in the Sydney to London Classic MarathonShane Attwell, WA
Shane is new to the COT, but his car isn’t. Shane ran the spectacular blue Falcon GT in the 2014 Sydney to London. The car competed in the Red Centre to Gold Coast and the 2009 COT in the hands of Ian Swan.

This Mercedes 280 SL has rallied in 57 countries!Pat Cole, NSW
Pat, Brad and the gorgeous blue pagoda-top Mercedes are COT regulars and and long distance specialists.

Greg Hannah, VIC
Greg and Jacqui Collihole have run their yellow Commodore in the 2012 and 2014 COTs, winning class places in both events.

David McKenzie and Terry Brain, day 5 of COT 2014David McKenzie, VIC
David and Terry Brain had a good run in the Galant in COT 2014 and were part of the winning teams prize.

John Midgley on the Goodwood rally stage in one of his classic ToyotasJohn Midgley, UK
We met John, a former British Champion, at Race Retro earlier this year. John specialises in classic Toyotas and is building a 72 Corolla for COT 2016.

Peter Thompson and Ken HindPeter Thompson, NSW
Peter ran an RA23 Celica in the 2012 and 2014 COTs. After mechanical issues in 2012, Peter had a good run in 2014 and won a class place.

A big welcome to Shane, Pat, Greg, David, John and Peter – and their teams. Thank you all for your nominations.

We also have strong interest from competition-hungry Safari crews with Cross Country Cars seeking invitations to enter – we currently have five requests on the table.

We’re also talking to a number of UK based teams – for both classic and regularity – and expect to make some announcements soon. Of course, overseas teams need to plan well ahead, given the logistics of getting cars to Australia.

We’re miles ahead of the number of nominations we had at this stage for the last COT – things are looking good for a full field.

So, if you’re thinking of running in COT 2016 and have not nominated yet, submit a nomination form soon to ensure a guaranteed entry.

More information:
Current nominations for the 2016 Classic Outback Trial
2016 Classic Outback Trial Documents and Forms
Meet COT people on our “Questions with…” posts