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 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
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
CAMS recently released a news article entitled “FAQs: CAMS Safety Cage Structures” that will be of interest to COT18 competitors.