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Club Rally cars are now eligible for COT18

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

2016 Classic Outback Modern winners, Peter Neal & Craig Wayburn, Subaru WRX
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Modern rally cars eligible for Classic Outback Trial in Alice Springs

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

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COT18 Pre-Regulations now available

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.

Tom Snooks
Clerk of Course


ERCA Tour for Regularity

ERCA logoThe 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


All systems go for COT18…

Jorge Perez Companc, Ford RS1800

Argentinian Jorge Perez Companc has nominated the fabulous Viking Motorsport Ford Escort RS1800 for COT18.

This time 12 months ago we were recovering from a challenging but ultimately successful 2016 edition of the Classic Outback Trial (COT) despite mother nature doing her best to intervene.

Now the cogs are well and truly in motion as we look ahead to the 2018 event, and with just over a month until the early bird offer closes on July 31, 2017 we can confirm we’ve received 25 nominations to contend the 6.5 days of competition in Australia’s Red Centre from August 18-25, 2018. Continue reading


Only two months left for early birds…

With two months to go until early bird entries close on July 31, we’re pleased to confirm we have received 18 entries including 8 first time competitors for the 2018 Classic Outback Trial. With four classes covering Classic, Modern, Cross Country and Regularity there’s something for everyone.

Based in Alice Springs in central Australia, the 2018 Classic Outback Trial is Australia’s longest special stage rally and with a mix of technical mountain and fast Finland-like roads across some of the most amazing landscapes anywhere in the world, this is an adventure not to be missed. Continue reading