Warren Denham jumped at the chance to run in Classic Outback Cross Country when it was announced that it will run as a separate competition after the Classic and Modern cars. Let’s meet him and find out why…
What car will you be running in the 2016 COT?
This year Arron and I will be running my 2003 Triton Ute in Classic Outback Cross Country. The Triton was built for my father, Terry Denham, for the 2007 Australian Safari. It was built by Gavin Mickle from Micklefab Off Road Race Cars. The design of the vehicle came about after years of competing in the Australian Safari in various Pajero’s.
Who will be in your team?
Arron Topliff will be navigating for me this year. Arron first started navigating for me for the Condo 750 in 2011. Terry Denham will be our Team Manager – Dad has been looking after our racing efforts since 2007 when he hung up his driving boots. This was a role reversal for us – from the 2001 Australian Safari (which started from Alice Springs) and up until the swap in 2007 I’d been Terry’s Team Manager.
Our long standing service crew is David Glazier and Andrew Murray – they’ve had their fair share of repairs to do over the years during cross country events.
If you’re new to the COT, what has attracted you to the event?
2016 will be our first COT. When I heard that Cross Country Cars could enter I jumped at the chance to come back to the Red Centre to compete… I’ve missed this part of the world since the demise of the Australasian Safari.
What are your expecting from the 2016 COT?
The roads around Alice Springs are just spectacular to drive on and the scenery out there is just incredible – I can’t wait to get out there. I’m also looking forward to the chance to catch up with a few of the fellow Cross Country competitors
Are you planning a bit of a Red Centre holiday as part of your rally?
I’m hoping to squeeze a bit of a family holiday in whilst we are in Central Australia. Some of my crew will be in Alice Springs for the Finke Desert Race and will stay there until the COT.
What is/was your favourite rally or off-road car?
The 2011 Touareg Dakar would have to be my favourite rally car as it still resembled the production vehicle on which it was based.
What is your most memorable rallying moment?
In the 2004 Australian Safari I had my first real competitive drive in our 1998 Evolution Pajero after my father became ill during the second day of the 7 day event. I took over the car halfway during the day starting about 12th on the road. After a few nervous moments, my brother Michael and I finished the day third on the road and fourth outright. After that day I was hooked on Cross Country Rallies.
What will you be doing to get ready for the 2016 COT?
I’ll be giving the car a good refresh prior to the event, I have just fitted a new motor ready for the Condo 750 in March.
Where are you, and what are you doing as you answer these questions?
I’m currently in the Penrith office after working in central Queensland for a couple of weeks. My current work schedule doesn’t fit in with the motorsport calendar very well so things are going to be a push to get ready for COT.
Thanks Warren – a big welcome to you, Arron, Terry, David and Andrew. We’re looking forward to meeting you all in Alice Springs – and to seeing the Cross Country Cars in Action! Good luck at the Condo 750…