The 7th Classic Outback Trial (COT), a bi-annual event, will be conducted between 7th and 15th August next year, and will return to mid-New South Wales after being centred at Alice Springs in the Northern Territory in 2016 and 2018.
Starting in Parkes and finishing in Bathurst, the 7 day gravel rally will be run over 33 special stages, ranging in length up to 60 kilometres. These stages will be conducted on private property, forestry and public roads. Continue reading
COT Pre-Regulations for Classic and Modern Competitions were updated and re-issued on 30 July 2019. While there were a number of corrections, the updated document does contain some important changes over the version first in relation to vehicle eligibility.
Competitors should check their document and if necessary, download the version issued on 30 July 2019 from the Documents and Forms page. Continue reading
COT20 Pre-regulations for Classic and Modern Competitions are now available.
The Pre-regulations provide intending competitors with the essential details they may need to prepare themselves for the 2020 Classic Outback Trial.
They include information on the governance of the event, entries and Technical Regulations such as vehicle eligibility and decals on vehicles.
The Supplementary Regulations, to be issued early April 2020, will contain the Sporting Regulations.
The Pre-regulations are on the Documents and Forms page.
Any person interested in entering the event is encouraged to submit details of the vehicle to the organisers to check on its eligibility and receive confirmation in writing if it is eligible for the event, providing confidence to prepare the vehicle. Continue reading
In the COT January 2018 Newsletter it was advised that the 2018 National Rally Code issued by CAMS listed Club Rally Cars as being ineligible for National Events.
After numerous competitors indicated they are planning to enter a Club Rally Car a proposal was presented to the Australian Rally Commission (ARCOM) at its January 2018 meeting seeking exemptions for COT, this being a National Other event.
After giving due consideration to the presentation the Commission agreed to allow these cars to be entered in the COT. The ineligibility ruling was intended for Championship events. Continue reading
Following a successful competition debut in 2016, the 2018 Classic Outback Trial will once again welcome competitors with modern rally cars to experience the challenge of the week-long endurance event from August 18-25.
Initially born as a long-distance rally for classic cars, in recent years there has been a growing interest from competitors with modern competition vehicles to take on Australia’s Red Centre epic event. Continue reading
COT18 Pre-Regulations, which will provide intending competitors with the essential details they require to prepare themselves for the Classic Outback Trial 2018.
Pre-Regulations contain information on the governance of the event, entries and Technical Regulations (ie: vehicle eligibility and decals on vehicles). The Supplementary Regulations, to be issued early April 2018, will contain the Sporting Regulations.
COT18 Pre-Regulations are available on the Documents and Forms page.
Clerk of Course
In formally announcing that the Classic Outback Trial will next be conducted during the period 18-25 August 2018, Event Promoter and Executive Chairman Phil Bernadou confirmed that Alice Springs will once again play host each night, following the a very successful 2016 event.
Now the only week-long competition event in Australia it will again be run under the auspices of the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport. Continue reading
Following a number of enquiries from Cross County Car competitors, Classic Outback Trial organisers have decided to accept recreational and light commercial vehicles into the event.