Meet COT people – entrants, crews, sponsors, supporters and officials – in our “Questions with…” posts.

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Questions with: Bruce Shepherd

Long time rallyist Bruce Shepherd fronts a family team heading to Alice Springs for their first COT. Let’s hear what they’ve been doing to get ready… 

What car will you be running in the 2016 COT?
We are running a 1985 Peugeot 505 GTi. My son, Simon, bought this car as his daily driver 10 years ago before we put a cage in it in 2008. Since then the car has done three BPs, an Alpine, the 2010 Victorian Rally Championship, the 2015 State Bank Rerun and many navigational events. Development wise it has evolved over time but it has been lightened, has a modified 2.2L engine, Quaife diff, Volvo brakes and Jamie Drummond suspension.

Tim and Bruce lined up in the Peugeot 505 at Arkaroola on the State Bank Rerun.

Tim and Bruce lined up in the Peugeot 505 at Arkaroola on the State Bank Rerun.

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Questions with: Ted Perkins

Father and son team, Ted and Joel Perkins, had a rotten run in COT2014, retiring after day 1. But, they’re fired up and prep is well under way for COT16…

What car will you be running in the 2016 COT? What is special; what is its history?
It’s a 1966 Lotus Cortina.  The car was originally built by the Tayell Automotive guys for Peter Riseborough back in 1993 at the start of historic rallying in Australia, Peter ran it for a couple of years, it wasn’t fast enough for him so it languished in the back of his shed for a while.

Ted and Joel Perkins in the 2015 Alpine Rally

Ted and Joel in the 2015 Alpine Rally. Pic by John Doutch.

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Questions with: Graeme Muldrew

Graeme Muldrew, from Kalgoorlie WA, will be bringing out his Pajero in Classic Outback Cross Country. Let’s meet Graeme and hear what’s in store…

What car will you be running in the 2016 COT?
It’s a 2005 Mitsubishi MP Pajero. The car was built in 2010 and has done a few Australasian Safaris… 2010 (7th OR), 2011 (6th OR), 2012 (14th – as I dislocated shoulder helping competitor change tyre). We also did the Broken Hill Silver City 600 in 2011 (10th OR).

Graeme Muldrew and Keith Earle

Graeme Muldrew and Keith Earle, Mitsubishi Pajero. Pics by Offroad Images.

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Questions with: Philip Bernadou

Lets meet COT16 Event Director, Philip Bernadou, and get his thoughts as his fifth Classic Outback Trial is just three months away…

Whats your usual role on the COT? What do you do? What do you drive out there? 

Philip Bernadou, at COT 2014 Welcome Function

Philip Bernadou, at COT 2014 Welcome Function

I am the Event Director, and, with the very able assistance of Tom Snooks, Steve Hollowood and Steuart Snooks, I am pretty much responsible for the total running of the event. Our wheels for setting the course has been a rental 4WD, nothing exotic. Continue reading

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Questions with: Joel Wald

Joel Wald was fired up after a great run in the SA Outback in the 2015 State Bank Discovery Trial Rerun – and his COT nomination was in within days of him getting home! Let’s meet Joel and see what he’s planned for COT16… 

What car will you be running in the 2016 COT? 
The ever reliable Tayell Automotive Stanza was originally built with the COT in mind. It is currently undergoing final checks prior to being unleashed.

Joel and Tracey in the Autosport stages.

Joel and Tracey in the Autosport stages. Pic by John Doutch.

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Questions with: Warren Denham

Warren Denham jumped at the chance to run in Classic Outback Cross Country when it was announced that it will run as a separate competition after the Classic and Modern cars.  Let’s meet him and find out why…

What car will you be running in the 2016 COT?
This year Arron and I will be running my 2003 Triton Ute in Classic Outback Cross Country. The Triton was built for my father, Terry Denham, for the 2007 Australian Safari. It was built by Gavin Mickle from Micklefab Off Road Race Cars. The design of the vehicle came about after years of competing in the Australian Safari in various Pajero’s.

2010 Australian Safari. pic by Offroad Images 2010

The Triton in the 2010 Australian Safari. Pic by Offroad Images.

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Questions with: Bill Bennett

Bill Bennett loves the outback and loves rallying… that’s why he comes out as an official on the COT. Let’s meet Bill and find out what he’ll be doing on COT16…

What is your usual role on the COT? What do you drive out there?
I am a Road Official – in other special stage rallies I suppose I’d be called a Stage Commander or Assistant Stage Commander, depending on whether I am at the start or finish. We work as two teams of generally two people.  We head out to the start of the stage, one team stays put and the other will go into the stage and do the “set up” and then, runs the finish control. When Sweep and Recovery arrives, the start control team follows them in and goes through the stage to clean it up. This means is removing all the bunting, retrieving all the signs, putting gates back as we found them and making sure all competitors are accounted for.

Crew around a campfire.

Team E, from COT 2012, hard at work around the campfire. L2R: Ian Barton, Bill, Graeme Hutchinson and Peter Millear. Excellent selfie work by Graeme.

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Questions with: Michael Ward

After a major problem on stage 1 of COT 2014, Michael Ward has some unfinished business to take are of in COT16. Let’s meet Michael and hear what’s he doing to get ready… 

What car will you be running in the 2016 COT?
I’ll be running my Toyota Corolla TE37 Levin Replica. I built it for the 2014 COT (debuting it in the 2013 Alpine). Unfortunately the gearbox let me down on the first competitive section of the COT. It was replaced, and I finished the event, but down the back of the field.

Michael Ward and Jenny Pollock - day 5 COT 2014

Michael Ward and Jenny Pollock – day 5 COT 2014

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Questions with: Kaye Kilsby and Lui MacLennan

We usually do these QW posts with a single person. But it never occurred to us with these two COT officials as we always see them as a team. Let’s meet Kaye Kilsby and Lui MacLennan and hear about their plans for COT16…

Whats your usual role on the COT?
We’re one of the Road Crews. Road crews operate in teams of two and the team sets up and runs a stage each day of the event. One crew sets up the stage with control boards, caution boards, bunting etc and then runs the finish control. Then, when the sweep vehicle has closed the stage, the team at the start control clears through the stage, taking everything down and returning it to the pristine state it was in before the COT passed through! Then, we head off to do the same thing the next day. We travel in Trudi, a ’90 Pajero, which competed in the 2008 Red Centre to Gold Coast Trial.

Lui, Kaye and Trudi at the end of COT2014 in Renmark

Lui, Kaye and Trudi at the end of COT2014 in Renmark

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Questions with: James Calvert-Jones

James Calvert-Jones has previously competed in the COT, but not since 2009. Let’s meet him and see what’s bought James and his very pretty 911 back…

What car will you be running in the 2016 COT? 
We will be running the same 1984 Porsche 911 3.2 that we ran in the 2008 Red Centre to Gold Coast Rally with Ben Hardy and the 2009 Classic Outback Trial with Nicole Bryan. The car is still in good shape and is well looked after in the garage at my property in Mornington Peninsula. The car is prepared by Cairns Classic Modern Porsche Service.

James and Ben in the Red Centre to Gold Coast

James and Ben in the Red Centre to Gold Coast

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