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Book your COT Parkes accommodation now! Elvis is coming to town…

The Parkes Elvis Festival has announced that the 2021 Festival is moving to 10-14 March 2021.

Although this is after the Classic Outback Trial leaves Parkes on Tuesday 9 March, accommodation is bound to be very scarce in the leadup to the Festival.

If you have not arranged or rescheduled your Parkes accommodation for the new dates, you need to do so very quickly.

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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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