Announcement of COT18 – nominations now open

In formally announcing that the Classic Outback Trial will next be conducted during the period 18-25 August 2018, Event Promoter and Executive Chairman Phil Bernadou confirmed that Alice Springs will once again play host each night, following the a very successful 2016 event.

Now the only week-long competition event in Australia it will again be run under the auspices of the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport.

“We will be catering for four competitions, each with its own winners. These will be the Classic Competition for cars up to 1988, Modern Competition for cars post-1986, Cross Country Competition for cross country cars, and a Regularity Competition for all-comers”, Bernadou stated.

“The start order seeding for each day will be based with the fastest vehicle starting first, irrespective of which Competition it is based in, unlike in 2016 when the seeding was within each Competition. Regularity will of course be run separately.”

Foreign entries will be permitted, in accordance with the FIA International Sporting Code. Four entries were received in 2016 and it is anticipated that some 10 international entries will be attracted to the 2018 event, principally from Europe and New Zealand. The publication of the 2016 Commemorative Storybook and the 47 minute television dvd, highlighting the splendours of the Red Centre for special stage rallying, has brought the event to the prominent attention of overseas competitors.

The 2018 event will run over 7 days, one day more than in 2016, and Lasseters Hotel/Casino will again be the centre of activities. Some 35 special stages will be planned, ranging in length from 5 to over 120 kilometres. Regularity will participate over 2 or 3 stages per day.

Bernadou announced that pre-event documentation of competitors and scrutiny of vehicles will take place over 2 days prior to the event, and a Prologue to assist with the preparation of the start order conducted on August 18th, together with the competitor briefing and welcome function. The presentation of awards will be on the night of the last day’s competition.

“Unfortunately we have lost Steve Hollowood from the Organising Committee, due to business commitments, but Steve will be available to assist during the event. We have been fortunate to attract David ‘Dinta’ Officer as Assistant Event Director to replace Steve, and Craig O’Brien as Publicity Officer and these two, together with Clerk of Course and Event Secretary Tom Snooks and Functions Coordinator Steuart Snooks will, with myself, form the 2018 COT Organising Committee”, he added.

Bernadou also announced that the Nomination Fee of $1,000 will guarantee a start in the event, which will be limited to 60 starters plus Regularity.

“There will be two entry fees – Early Bird of $8,000 and Regular of $9,500 – with Early Bird entries open until 31 July this year and to be eligible competitors need to have paid a total of $4,000, including the Nomination Fee, Thereafter the Regular fee will apply. Entries close at the end of July 2018”.

Nominations are now available and the Nomination Form, together with Terms and Conditions, are available on the website under Documents and Forms.

Enquiries can be made to Phil Bernadou:
+61 (0)3 9836 9911
+61 (0)412 498 602