Andy Crane and Dave Anderson near the end of the Hayes Highway stage

Iconic stages: COT16’s Hayes Highway

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. 

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Classic Outback Trial postponed to early March

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.

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David McKenzie – the Multi Purpose Man

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.

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Andrew Travis going for a fifth COT win.

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.

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3rd OR: Ian and Val Swan, 1974 Volvo 242 DL
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Swan’s Swansong

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.

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