Saturday 26 March

All crews, rally and regularity alike, will attend an Event Briefing at 1pm and then participate in a ceremonial start for the event outside the Parkes Services Club in Short Street, Parkes.

This will enable our media team to record images and video of each crew and to demonstrate to the people of Parkes the benefits that the Classic Outback Trial brings to their town and community.

From the ceremonial start, competitors will then venture to the Gunningbland Forest for the 11 kilometre prologue (to assist with the seeding by the organisers) before the first car returns to Parkes at 3 pm, leaving plenty of time to prepare for the start of the event proper on Sunday.

The traditional welcome function will be held at Parkes Services Club commencing at 6pm.

Day 1 – Sunday 27 March – COT Rally

Sunday at 8 am the first car will depart from the day’s start in the centre of Parkes in Church Street and crews will then undertake the first of 5 stages for the day. Lunch break will be in Condobolin and the first car is due back in Parkes at the end of the day at 4pm.

On arrival at the day’s finish control, as in all days of the Classic Outback Trial, crews are free to work on their car until their due start time the next day. The designated Service Area in Parkes is at the Parkes Showgrounds with space for all crews and their cars.

Start8 am
Number of Special Stages5
Total length of Special Stages155
Total distance515
First car due at finish of day4 pm

David Officer’s stage of the day

Mount Nobby, a fabulous 20km section through native forest with plenty of stumps to keep you alert.

Day 2 – Monday 28 March – COT Rally

Monday sees cars again commence the day in Church St, Monday’s competition will include two stages on private property and three stages in forests, again in the Condobolin area.

The lunch break will again be in Condobolin. The first car on the road will arrive back at Parkes at 3.30pm

Start8 am
Number of Special Stages5
Total length of Special Stages135
Total distance470
First car due at finish of day3.30 pm

David Officer’s stage of the day

Strahorn, the first stage of the day and is 48km of great roads, kangaroos, emus and pigs!

Day 3 – Tuesday 29 March – COT Rally

On Tuesday crews will decamp from Parkes and relocate to Orange, 100 km away.

Crews will commence the first transport of the day – again from Church St – at 9 am and this brings the first of what will be a feature of the 2021 Classic Outback Trial, three sensational shire road special stages!  Interspersed with two traditional forest stages. The fast and flowing shire roads will be a great contrast to the technical forest stages seen on the first two days.

The course heads east via Molong (for lunch) before crews arrive at the Orange Showgrounds at 2.30pm time. Servicing will be undercover in a new agriculture shed – with a concrete floor!  As is normal, no time limit will be placed on servicing overnight.

Start9 am
Number of Special Stages5
Total length of Special Stages125
Total distance320
First car due at finish of day2.30 pm

David Officer’s stage of the day

Hard to choose today! Two fairly tough forest stages including the dreaded Back Yamma and three great shire stages. My pick goes to Amaroo Way, if you don’t enjoy this one you might as well go home!

Day 4 – Wednesday 30 March – COT Rally

Out of Orange on Wednesday at 9.30 am! Lunch is served at Carcour and after another two stages crews will enjoy an early return to the big smoke (Orange) by 2pm. The day’s activities will include a further 2 shire roads and 3 stages in forests.

Start9.30 am
Number of Special Stages5
Total length of Special Stages100
Total distance230
First car due at finish of day2 pm

David Officer’s stage of the day

Another tough decision but stage of the day goes to SS20 Glenwood a 22k stage reminiscent of the Bright Alpine rallies through pine forest on great roads with great scenery.

Day 5 – Thursday 31 March – COT Rally

After the Wednesday hump, crews are on the downside of the 7 day event on Thursday. 5 magnificent shire road stages are planned for this day with a lunch break at the old gold mining town of Sofala before arriving at Bathurst where the event will be based for the next three nights.

Number of Special Stages5
Total length of Special Stages70
Total distance300
First car due at finish of day3pm

David Officer’s stage of the day

A day entirely of shire road stages with a rugged transport and ford thrown in! The pick of the day has to go to Razorback, I guarantee you will remember it! My advice is to stay on the road, there are some big drops.

Day 6 – Friday 1 April – COT Rally

Friday is a return to an all forest special stage day conducted in the Motorsport Mecca around Bathurst. Crews will combat each other over 120 km of tightly twisting stages in the magical pine forest country to the south of Bathurst

Lunch is scheduled for 11:45am at Black Springs and crews will return to Mt Panorama, Bathurst by 2.15 pm.

Start9 am
Number of Special Stages5
Total length of Special Stages120
Total distance300
First car due at finish of day2.15 pm

David Officer’s stage of the day

Arkstone, 36 k of terrific pine forest roads which will really test your concentration levels after 6 days of rallying.

Day 7 – Saturday 2 April – COT Rally

Saturday, the Fat Lady Sings! And it’s not over until she does her thing…

A last gasp, short day of two forestry stages with the traditional sting in the tail being over a great shire road! No lunch break today as the finish of the 2021 Classic Outback Trial will be outside the Bathurst Regional Council Offices in Russell Street, Bathurst at 1 pm

Our media crews will again be in action at the finish recoding each and every crew on their final pass under the finish arch, before the celebrations commence!

Number of Special Stages3
Total length of Special Stages50
Total distance140
First car due at finish of day1pm

David Officer’s stage of the day

This just has to be the 17 kilometre Fat Lady Sings. This is the last stage and is one of the great shire stages and has been used in numerous rallies over the years. Tom Snooks even had a car burn to the ground on this stage many, many years ago!

At the day’s end, the traditional celebration dinner and prize giving ceremonies will be held at the function rooms above the garages along Pit Straight at the famous Mt Panorama Race Circuit, commencing at 6.30pm.