After two years and four Covid-19 induced postponements, the long awaited Classic Outback Trial gets underway in Parkes on Sunday 27 March.
49 cars and their crews will pass under the starter’s arch in Church Street, Parkes at 0900 hrs on the first day of seven long and gruelling days of fast, hard and dusty competitive car rallying.
33 Special Stages – all closed to the public for safety – await the adventuresome crews, who will cover nearly 1700 kilometres over the seven days
Together with the drivers and co-drivers comes a mobile army of almost 300 people to the Central West Region of New South Wales. This will offer a very significant boost for the economy of not only Parkes, Orange and Bathurst – where overnight stops will be held – but also that of some of the smaller towns like Condobolin, Molong and Sofala, where lunch breaks for the hungry and thirsty crews and their mechanics will be held.
Entries for the 2022 Classic Outback Trial will include local Bathurst legends Andrew and David Travis. Driving a 1984 V6 powered Nissan Gazelle, the son and father team will be trying hard to win this year’s event to add to their already impressive tally of 4 Classic Outback Trial wins.
Hot on their heels will be former Australian Rally Champion Nathan Quinn in a 1972 Mazda RX2 and South Australian star driver Stuart Bowes, who will be manhandling his massive Mercedes Benz 450 SLC through the tight forests and fast and open shire roads between Parkes and Bathurst.
All competition for the Classic Outback Trial will be held on legally closed roads – open only to cars in the rally – which will prove to be spectacular for all participants, be they drivers or spectators.
A feature of the 2022 Classic Outback Trial is the Regularity event, held in conjunction with the Special Stage Rally but on open roads and where the crews must strictly obey all traffic rules and regulations to arrive at their destination on time.
The 2022 Classic Outback Trial starts in Parkes at 0900hrs on Sunday 27 March and will move to Orange on Tuesday 29 March and will finish at Bathurst Civic Centre at 1330 hrs on Saturday 2 April.
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Banner: Andrew and David Travis from Bathurst, 1984 Nissan Gazelle, on their way to 1st OR in the 2018 Classic Outback Trial