You will be in good hands

The COT is organised by a dedicated and very experienced team, all of whom have proven experience in managing and producing high quality motor sport events which are acclaimed both within Australia and throughout the World.

The COT Team is headed by Philip Bernadou – who takes the title of Event Director and Deputy Clerk of Course.

Philip Bernadou

Philip is a long time rally competitor, being prominent in Victorian Championship Rallies in the 1970s driving a Datsun 1600.

His passion for organisational excellence has transpired from management of the successful Porsche Racing Series of the 1980’s through to 1994 before he took on the Classic Outback Trial in 2009, having assisted Bob Watson with the 2008 Red Centre to Gold Coast Trial.

Philip’s duties extend from providing the corporate infrastructure of the event to liaising with governments, competitors, sponsors and officials to chairing the Organising Committee.

Highly experienced and well-credentialed motor sport administrator Tom Snooks takes on the role of the Clerk of the Course.

Tom Snooks

In effect, Tom will be the man who steers the ship through not only the 7 days of the event, but for many months prior to the start, ensuring that all the Organising Committee’s plans are detailed, budgeted and where necessary approved by Motorsport Australia. 

Tom has received the honour of being Motorsport Australia’s Official of the Year in 1996 and has been the guiding light behind such Classics as Targa Tasmania and Classic Adelaide, Wynn’s/Australian Safari and the world renowned 1979 Repco Reliability Trial, as well as the 1995 and 1998 Round Australia Trials

Assistant Clerk of the Course for the Rally event will be David (Dinta) Officer. 

David Officer

David is not only a previous Australian Rally Champion; he is a former Mitsubishi factory rally driver. 

His experience extends throughout the world, with not only traditional special stage rallies in Australia, but long distance, off Road Safari rallies as well. David has competed in World Rally Championship events in Australia, New Zealand and India. 

Included in his resume are 7th outright place in both the 2014 and 2016 Classic Outback Trial.

David has kept his close connection with rallying and is now one of the dedicated RallySafe technicians attending motor sport events around the world. 

David took on the role of Assistant Clerk of Course in 2018 and will continue that same role for 2021.  In essence, David chooses the roads used for the rally and to make sure everything is in tip top shape, he will also check the entire 7 day course immediately prior to the first car.