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Andrew Travis going for a fifth COT win.

Son and father rally team of Andrew and David Travis are out to win the Classic Outback Trial – again.

Andrew, a 36 year old financial planner from Bathurst and his father, David, 63, a dentist also from Bathurst, have proven to be a formidable combination in long distance rallies for over eight years.

If the Travis team wins this year’s Classic Outback Trial, it will be their fifth victory in six COT starts.

“This year’s event will be finishing in my home town, so there is an extra incentive to be the first car over the finish line” said Andrew. 

“And to win with Dad in the co-driver’s seat is something very special”

The car that the Travis family will use for their hopeful win is their well-tried,  recently rebuilt and newly repainted 1984 Nissan Gazelle. 

The car has been meticulously prepared for the gruelling 7 day rally by former Ford Rally Team engineer, John Gray, to the highest standards.

A potent 3.5 litre V6 engine hides under the bonnet of the Gazelle and it puts its power to the ground via a “relatively standard” 5 speed gearbox, according to Andrew.  The differential however is a specially manufactured “Race Products” fully floating unit which incorporates a Toyota Prado diff centre. 

Australian built MCA suspension sees that all four wheels are kept on the ground and stopping power is supplied via the Endless 4 spot front brake callipers.

Andrew hopes they will have better luck than their most recent event, the 2019 Alpine Rally after a collision with a roadside earth bank caused their retirement.

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.