It’s on again!!
After much consultation with competitors, service crews, and of course, analysing the overall costs to compete in Australia’s only marathon gravel rally, we have decided to take the COT back home to the wonderful roads of Outback NSW.
Although the course is still to be finalised, the event will still carry on the tradition of 7 days of competition with 5 special stages per day. Continue reading
ERCA Regularity Bulletin 1 was released on 2 August 2018 and is issued as further regulations.
It includes minor updates to the Supplementary regulations and important information regarding fuel including types available, distances between service points and event distances.
This bulletin can be found on the ERCA Documents page
Bulletin No 2 was released on 2 August 2018 and is issued as further regulations.
There are minor updates to the Supplementary Regulations and a list of Documentation and Scrutiny Report times is attached.
The COT18 Guide to the Event was also released on 2 August.
This bulletin can be found on the Documents and Forms Page
As we look forward to the 2018 Classic Outback Trial we caught up briefly with Heather Worth who will be contesting her first COT for Team Xena. Continue reading
In the COT January 2018 Newsletter it was advised that the 2018 National Rally Code issued by CAMS listed Club Rally Cars as being ineligible for National Events.
After numerous competitors indicated they are planning to enter a Club Rally Car a proposal was presented to the Australian Rally Commission (ARCOM) at its January 2018 meeting seeking exemptions for COT, this being a National Other event.
After giving due consideration to the presentation the Commission agreed to allow these cars to be entered in the COT. The ineligibility ruling was intended for Championship events. Continue reading
Following a successful competition debut in 2016, the 2018 Classic Outback Trial will once again welcome competitors with modern rally cars to experience the challenge of the week-long endurance event from August 18-25.
Initially born as a long-distance rally for classic cars, in recent years there has been a growing interest from competitors with modern competition vehicles to take on Australia’s Red Centre epic event. Continue reading
The Classic Outback Trial is pleased to announce that our official accommodation partners, Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters have come on board as naming rights sponsor with the event to be known as the Lasseters Classic Outback Trial 2018. Continue reading
COT18 Pre-Regulations, which will provide intending competitors with the essential details they require to prepare themselves for the Classic Outback Trial 2018.
Pre-Regulations contain information on the governance of the event, entries and Technical Regulations (ie: vehicle eligibility and decals on vehicles). The Supplementary Regulations, to be issued early April 2018, will contain the Sporting Regulations.
COT18 Pre-Regulations are available on the Documents and Forms page.
Clerk of Course
As we near the one year to go milestone to COT18, it’s been a busy period to date. Early bird nominations closed at the end of last month and we’re happy to reveal we’ve had 35 crews submit an entry, including two internationals. Continue reading
The Endurance Rally Club of Australia (ERCA), who cater for enthusiasts of endurance rally events approached us with an interest to run a regularity style event at the COT18 as component of a longer tour covering Victoria, South Australia, Queensland and New South Wales.
ERCA has a number of members from Australia who in recent years have competed in some of the great long distance events, including the Peking to Paris and the Road to Mandalay. The ERCA was formed to foster friendships and provide social events and as a way for them to keep in touch. With a focus on pre-war, vintage and historic rally vehicles, we will accommodate them accordingly with 1-2 stages per day during COT18. Continue reading