Every great rally has an Iconic Stage.
You know, that stage which is a bit more special than the rest, the stage upon which the results of a whole even can hinge on – by winning the stage or losing it big time. It could be the stage that characterises the whole event.
Think Wedding Bells at Rally Australia.
The Castrol International and the Mineshaft.
The RAC Rally and Esgair Dafydd.
And the Classic Outback Trial and Hayes Highway.
The October issue for the COT21 Newsletter is now available.
In this issue:
- The word of the year… “Frustration”
- Updates from the Organising team
- Latest nomination lists
Download COT21 October Newsletter
Updated Supplementary Regulations for the COT Classic, Allcomers and Regularity competitions, have been released. The updates reflect the date change announced in Bulletin 2.
Regulations are available on the Rally Documents and Forms and Regularity Documents and Forms pages for these competitions.
Clerk of the Course
COT Competitor Bulletin 2, for the COT Classic, Allcomers and Regularity competitions, has been released.
It is available on both the Rally Documents and Forms and Regularity Documents and Forms pages.
Clerk of Course
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 1973 GB Chrysler Galant may have been in nearly 50 rallies in its 20 year career but Melbourne’s David McKenzie is determined to “have a real go” in the 2020 Classic Outback Trial.
McKenzie, a retired financial consultant has experienced rallying on both sides of the gear stick, having navigated for such rally luminaries as Geoff Portman (Queensland ARC round in 1984) and also Brian Smith, when they won the 1985 Tile Supplies Rally in South Australia, a round of the Australian Rally Championship that year.
COT20 Regularity Supplementary Regulations are now available on the Regularity Docs & Forms page.
Note that this version is subject to Motorsport Australia approval. An approved version will be posted as soon as available.
Clerk of the Course
“If you prang it, you need to get the other body shell in my back yard prepared and re-sprayed!”
Such was the jovial conversation between Simon Crane and his long-time friend David “Dinta” Officer, after an agreement was made for Simon to drive David’s famous Mitsubishi Colt Galant in the 2020 Classic Outback Trial.
Son and father rally team of Andrew and David Travis are out to win the Classic Outback Trial – again.
Andrew, a 36 year old financial planner from Bathurst and his father, David, 63, a dentist also from Bathurst, have proven to be a formidable combination in long distance rallies for over eight years.
If the Travis team wins this year’s Classic Outback Trial, it will be their fifth victory in six COT starts.
Long time Victorian rally driver, Ian Swan will be hanging up his long distance driving helmet after this year’s Classic Outback Trial.
Swan, a 73 year old from Frankston South in Victoria, will line up in his trusty 1975 Volvo 242 with his “new” co-driver – long-time mate Colin Gow of Wonga Park – in an attempt to beat a previous third place in the 7 day, 2,300 kilometre Special Stage Rally.