As well as a Special Stage Rally the 2021 COT also includes a separate Regularity Rally, where the cars and crews can set out on a long, adventurous and mentally demanding adventure across the Greater Western Region of New South Wales.
The first Classic Outback Trial (COT) was held in Regional NSW in 2009 and 2010 and since then it then has been held every two years.
In 2012 and 2014 it was centred in NSW, starting in Forbes/Parkes and finishing on the Murray River in Renmark, travelling via Condobolin, Cobar, Ivanhoe and Broken Hill.
In 2016 and 2018 the event was based in Alice Springs and a Regularity Category was introduced and many valuable lessons conducting dirt rally Regularity were learned by organisers and crews alike, thus resulting in much experience being gained so this year the organisers can present a high class regularity event.
Typically, on most of the regularity sections competitors will experience a taste of each type of regularity competition, terrain and road type, not to mention some wonderful scenery throughout the event.
Lunch breaks with ample car and crew replenishment periods are provided, not to mention an early return to comfortable accommodation each afternoon.
A big feedback point from the last event was to make access to the event easier for the majority of Australian rally enthusiasts, so for 2021 the event will be based around the major towns of Parkes, Orange and Bathurst in Central Western NSW.
The Classic Outback Trial is subject to receiving approval by the NSW Police and the relevant Shire Councils and Forestry Departments and is conducted under the rules and regulations of Motorsport Australia (formerly CAMS)
The Classic Outback Trial Regularity caters for those who want an old-fashioned rally experience.
A dynamic synergy between driver and co-driver will be essential to finish at the top of the leader board.