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Entrants in a new seven-day Outback Trial for classic rally vehicles will race over some of the same stages as the World Rally Championship competitors in this year’s Repco Rally Australia, including the international event’s spectacular Super Special stage at Murwillumbah.


The Classic Outback Trial from August 30-September 5 has been welcomed by the organisers of Repco Rally Australia as a support event and it will be integrated into the overall activities of Rd 10 of the WRC during an exciting week of motorsport in north-eastern NSW.

The Classic Outback Trial (COT) is being run by the same expert team that staged last year’s 12-day Red Centre to Gold Coast Trial, headed by organiser and former rally competitor Philip Bernadou, former Australian Rally Champion Bob Watson, vastly experienced rally administrator Tom Snooks and leading rally navigator Phil Rainer.

The 3,500km Trial will start in the NSW town of Forbes on Sunday August 30 and travel to Coonabarabran and Casino, before finishing in Tweed Heads. Up to 20 per cent of the course will be competitive, with entrants spending two nights in most location to minimise costs and travel for service crews.

The course will take entrants over at least three of the RRA special stages plus the event’s high-profile public Super Special stage.  All COT competitors will additionally be given free entry with special seating to see the WRC cars in action on the RRA Super Special stage.

The COT will finish before WRC competitors, crews and the public at the RRA Service Park on Saturday September 5 and will be followed by an official presentation function.

The following day, all Classic Outback Trial competitors will be offered the exclusive opportunity to enjoy the final day’s Special Stage action of Repco Rally Australia from a fully-catered corporate viewing location.

A Sunday alternative will be to attend the annual Speed on Tweed displays and events at Murwillumbah, which is also being supported by Repco Rally Australia. With the World Championship rally, the Classic Outback Trial and Speed on Tweed all concentrated in the Tweed area, it will be a Mecca for all motorsport enthusiasts.

The entry fee for the Classic Outback Trial is $3,500. This includes two tickets to the event’s Welcome and Presentation functions, road books and service crew registration/instructions and all official vehicle signage.

Vehicles eligible for the COT (subject to CAMS approval) will be Historic Rally Cars built prior to 1981, Classic Rally Cars built prior to 1983, Production Rally Cars built prior to 1996 and station wagon-type Recreational Four Wheel Drive vehicles made prior to 1990, including Turbo Diesel models. Four wheel drive and turbocharged cars are not eligible to compete.

A touring event – the Outback Classic Tour – will be also run in association with the Outback Classic Trial. This will be open to any road-registered vehicle, with no special preparation required. The Tour will use only good quality roads and will basically follow the general course of the Trial, visiting Trial control points where appropriate. Social interaction between Trial and Tour competitors on a nightly basis will be a feature. Entry fee for the Tour is $1,500.

For further Trial information, contact: Philip Bernadou, Classic Outback Trial, phone 03 9836 9911, Mobile - 0412 498 602, or email: pora1@bigpond.net.au

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