An exciting initiative for the 2020 Classic Outback Trail will be the introduction of the Allcomers category, aimed at encouraging competitors to get their cars out of the garage and re-engage in rallying!
It will be similar to the Allcomers Category which is used in many New Zealand rallies and has proven to be popular and is keenly contested. The category caters for a wide variety of cars of varying technical specifications, but with modern safety engineering being a cornerstone of the category.
21 March 2020
Organisers’ current plans are to conduct the Classic Outback Trial in August 2020
Unfortunately most rallies due to be conducted in the next couple of months have been cancelled or postponed due to the current situation with the COVID-19 virus.
“With the Classic Outback Trial (COT) scheduled to be held some four months away in early August and because it is unclear what the situation will be then, we are going ahead with plans to conduct the 7 day, 33 special stage event” Philip Bernadou, the Event Director, announced today.
We received this useful email today from Lana at the Orange Visitor Information Centre:
“Good morning Phillip
This is a courtesy email to advise your team of some accommodation choices in Orange that have larger than average parking areas for your towing vehicles.
The legendary car trials that have captured the public’s imagination since the ‘round Australia’ Trials of the 1950s, could have reached the end of the dusty Outback road.
The Event Director of Australia’s only remaining marathon gravel special stage rally, Philip Bernadou, has announced that this year’s Classic Outback Trial to be run from August 9-15, will be his last.
No? It’s already late January – you’d better get onto it…
To help, this week COT20 Director, Philip Bernadou, checked on accommodation availability at Rally Headquarters locations.
The 7th Classic Outback Trial (COT), a bi-annual event, will be conducted between 7th and 15th August next year, and will return to mid-New South Wales after being centred at Alice Springs in the Northern Territory in 2016 and 2018.
Starting in Parkes and finishing in Bathurst, the 7 day gravel rally will be run over 33 special stages, ranging in length up to 60 kilometres. These stages will be conducted on private property, forestry and public roads.
For a few years now, I have been keeping an eye on the Classic Outback Trial and would like to compete in 2020. If you know of anyone who is looking for an highly experienced navigator then please pass on my details. Continue reading
COT Pre-Regulations for Classic and Modern Competitions were updated and re-issued on 30 July 2019. While there were a number of corrections, the updated document does contain some important changes over the version first in relation to vehicle eligibility.
Competitors should check their document and if necessary, download the version issued on 30 July 2019 from the Documents and Forms page. Continue reading
COT20 Pre-regulations for Classic and Modern Competitions are now available.
The Pre-regulations provide intending competitors with the essential details they may need to prepare themselves for the 2020 Classic Outback Trial.
They include information on the governance of the event, entries and Technical Regulations such as vehicle eligibility and decals on vehicles.
The Supplementary Regulations, to be issued early April 2020, will contain the Sporting Regulations.
The Pre-regulations are on the Documents and Forms page.