“If you prang it, you need to get the other body shell in my back yard prepared and re-sprayed!”
Such was the jovial conversation between Simon Crane and his long-time friend David “Dinta” Officer, after an agreement was made for Simon to drive David’s famous Mitsubishi Colt Galant in the 2020 Classic Outback Trial.
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.
Long time Victorian rally driver, Ian Swan will be hanging up his long distance driving helmet after this year’s Classic Outback Trial.
Swan, a 73 year old from Frankston South in Victoria, will line up in his trusty 1975 Volvo 242 with his “new” co-driver – long-time mate Colin Gow of Wonga Park – in an attempt to beat a previous third place in the 7 day, 2,300 kilometre Special Stage Rally.
It is with great sadness that the Classic Outback Trail farewells a long standing member of its competitor family.
Ted Perkins passed away on Friday morning after a long and brave battle.
Rally car preparation specialist John Rawson is the latest entry in the 2020 Classic Outback Trial.
Proprietor of Tayell Service Centre, a small but well known rally preparation business in the Melbourne suburb of East Bentleigh, 64 year old Rawson will compete in his 1978 Datsun Stanza in an attempt to win the 2,300 kilometer special stage rally.
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.
Brisbane’s Luke Dimech and his hulking Holden Monaro are the latest entry in the 2020 Classic Outback Trial.
Luke and his older South Australian brother, Neil, who will take on the co-driver duties, are keen to pit their skills in the recently rebuilt Monaro GTS 350 against 49 other contenders, most of whom will be driving smaller and more nimble machines.
COT20 Competitor Bulletin 1, for the COT Rally Classic and Allcomers competitons, has been released.
It is available on the Rally Documents and Forms page.
Clerk of Course
The latest entry in the 2020 Classic Outback Trail is the Mercedes Benz 450 SLC of South Australians Stuart Bowes and co-driver Jeremy Browne.
The pair will try their luck in the big 5.0 litre V8 Merc over the seven days of the Classic Outback Trial which starts early in November and is based around Parkes, Orange & Bathurst in the Central West of NSW.
The effect of COVID-19 and the nation-wide community lockdown has extended to the 2020 Classic Outback Trial.
Despite attempts to conduct the event during the original period of mid-August, the 7 day, all daylight special stage rally, plus the regularity event conducted in conjunction with the Trial, will now be held from November 1 – 7, 2020.