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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

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Announcement of COT18 – nominations now open

In formally announcing that the Classic Outback Trial will next be conducted during the period 18-25 August 2018, Event Promoter and Executive Chairman Phil Bernadou confirmed that Alice Springs will once again play host each night, following the a very successful 2016 event.

Now the only week-long competition event in Australia it will again be run under the auspices of the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport. Continue reading

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Roller coaster ride for rally crews at the COT on day 3

Wednesday provided our crews with a visit a genuine working cattle station for service and lunch but not before the field had rode the roller coaster 65 km Winneke Goldfield stage. It proved to be a most exhilarating drive for most with crest after crest after crest, requiring a serious amount of commitment to be fast. But for some it was a ride they’d want to get off.

CLASSIC COMPETITION

The first stage of the day, SS13 Ironwood Creek of 29 km gave the Callinan’s in their Historic Motorsport build Ford Escort RS1800 their first stage win. 5 seconds down the road though was the other RS1800 of Companc / Volta. Overnight leader Cuthbert / Evans retained the overall lead despite being 1:27 off the pace. Even further off the pace was Travis / Travis 1:41 behind but still retaining 2nd place. Crane / Anderson (Peugeot 504) began their charge up the leader board from 12th with a fine 3rd place on stage. Continue reading

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Roller-coaster COT ride

As the sun rose against the MacDonnell Ranges on a chilly Tuesday morning, all but the Sawyer brothers who retired on day two, disembarked from Lasseters for a challenging days’ rallying.

Before formalities got under-way, event co-ordinator Steuart Snooks, presented Argentine pair Jorge Perez Companc and Jose Volta with the COT gnomes, which are awarded to the most deserving crew each day. Day three of competition would see competitors cover six stages, totalling 159 competitive kilometres, north east of Alice Springs with two service breaks at the sensational Hale River Homestead. Continue reading