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. 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.
The X board is not a management committee… it’s a rally sign that the Classic Outback Trial uses in conjunction with caution boards to show crews the exact position of a hazard. The X board was an innovation in COT 2014, introduced to help crews see the location of disguised or hard to see hazards.
The X board marks the location of a hazard
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.
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We’ve just finished the June issue of “COT Recce” and it’s full of the latest news and updates about the 2018 Classic Outback Trial.
This June issue includes:
- Early Bird entry offer
- Endurance Rally Club of Australia – regularity
- Scouts NT – Charity Partnership
- COT 4WD/SUV Tour
- 2016 COT Book/DVD
Click through to read the June 17 issue of COT Recce.
CAMS recently released a news article entitled “FAQs: CAMS Safety Cage Structures” that will be of interest to COT18 competitors.
We’ll have a great range of 2016 Classic Outback Trial merchandise available during the event. Merchandise will be available at documentation before the event, then at the start of each day in the foyer of the Alice Springs Convention Centre.
The range includes: Continue reading
On a recent roadbook check we saw quite a few sandy patches. So we asked a well known former Australian and Victorian Rally Champion and outback trail organiser for some sand driving tips to share with you. Note that these are The Bogmeister’s suggestions and we do not necessarily endorse them – especially the last one!
In the unlikely circumstance that the organisers require you to drive through deep sand (they woudn’t do that, would they? Ha ha ha…) here are a few general hints about handling the situation. Continue reading
Do you use 91 octane unleaded in your car? And not just your rally car, what about in your service vehicles or road car?
You need to be aware that the 91 octane unleaded fuel available around Alice Springs is non-aromatic fuel called Opal. This is a special fuel that was developed by BP Australia to combat the rising use of petrol as an inhalant in remote Indigenous communities.
Opal is the only 91 octane fuel sold in and around Alice Springs. Continue reading