Toyota Altezza for the 2020 Classic Outback Trial

Melbourne’s Paul Lahiff, who finished 50th in a Holden in the 1979 Repco Reliability Trail, has chosen a 1999 Toyota Altezza to take on “allcomers” in the 2020 Classic Outback Trial.

Paul started his rally career in 1973, driving a Holden FC. Most recently, he competed in the 2019 Alpine Rally of East Gippsland where he finished a creditable 46th out of 110 starters in very tough conditions.

Paul and his Toyota, the latest entry in COT20, will be competing in the “Allcomers” category.

The Toyota has a 2 litre high performance engine, giving over 100 bhp per litre and is coupled to a close ratio 6 speed manual gearbox.

The car is compact and its chassis very strong, which, combined with the powerful engine, offers a great platform for Lahiff and his yet-to-be-announced co-driver.

The 2020 Classic Outback Trial will start in the Central West NSW town of Parkes on Sunday, 1 November.

After two days of special stage rallying around Parkes, the event will move to Orange for two nights before heading further east to Bathurst for the final three days.

COT20 will finish on Saturday 7 November with the much-anticipated celebration and presentation dinner to be held at the famous Mt Panorama Motor Racing Circuit.