COT Event Director, Phil Bernadou, has announced the dates for the rescheduled Classic Outback Trial: 27 March to 2 April 2022.
If you have accommodation bookings for the August dates, please contact your accommodation providers and advise them of the new dates that you need.
Event Director, Philip Bernadou, today announced the new date for the rescheduled Classic Outback Trial: 27 March to 2 April, 2022.
He said that the event program will be exactly as planned, but rescheduled to start on Sunday March 27, 2022.
Originally calendared for August 2020, the event was postponed to November 2020, March 2021, August 2021, and now to March 2022.
“We envisage that by March/April 2022 the vaccination rate will be high enough to allow state and international borders to reopen,” Phil Bernadou, said.
The Classic Outback Trial has yet again been challenged by COVID-19 outbreaks around Australia and border and travel restrictions.
COT Event Director Phil Bernadou today announced that due to the restrictions the COT will be postponed again. He said that organisers are looking at options in Q1, 2022.
Classic Outback Trial Organisers have made the decision to postpone the event to 7 – 13 March 2021.
Complications in regard to preparation and competing logistics for competitors and organisers, brought about by the emergence of the strong second wave of the Covid-19 virus, has forced the Organisers to again postpone the event from its initially revised date of 1 – 7 November 2020.
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.
We received this useful email today from Lana at the Orange Visitor Information Centre:
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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 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.
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
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