Rally set to go
Saturday, 21st July, 2012
Organisers of an historic car rally were back in the city tying up loose ends before the 33 competitors roar into the city next month.
Exclusively for cars built before 1996, the Classic Outback Trial has been running since 2008, but this will be the first year it passes through the area.
“People wanted to see Outback NSW,” event director Philip Bernadou said yesterday.
Beginning with a prologue in Forbes on August 18, competitors then head west for seven days of outback competition before finishing in Renmark, SA.
The trial, which runs through forests and a number of station properties, arrives in Broken Hill on August 21 and will stay for two days.
Mr Bernadou said up to 160 support crew and officials would be travelling with the rally which he described as quite competitive.
“It’s not an old bash round like the other Australian type of trials,” he said.
“They will be coming from Ivanhoe and arrive at the Memorial Oval between 3pm - 5pm afterwhich they will disperse to hotels around the city,” Mr Bernadou said.
On Thursday morning the competitors will be at Sturt Park for breakfast before leaving at 9am to go to the speedway track and conduct events.
“Then they are off to the Nine Mile and will finish at Silverton for lunch,” he said.
“They will have the afternoon off to explore Broken Hill or repair their vehicles.”
On Friday, August 24, they will have breakfast at Sturt Park again and the first car will depart from 8am.
“They will head south before finishing the trial in Renmark.”
Mr Bernadou said he and a course checker came to visit the area to make sure everything was in place.
“We are here for the final course check with CAMS course checker, Alan Patterson is making sure the road book that the competitors will be using is accurate,” he said.
“We have struck a far bit of rain ... in Ivanhoe the roads were shut.”
Mr Bernadou said charity partner, Frontier Services, were supplying breakfast which will be served with the help of the Flying Padre, Jorge Rebolledo.
He said locals would not have a chance to watch the rally, but were welcome to view the cars.
“All special stages where they race are conducted on private properties, when the competitors are on the highway they are like any other motorists,” Mr Bernadou said.
“There will be a total of 32 special days over the seven days of the event.
“It’s very difficult to get to where we are and it is too dangerous. Locals can come and see the cars when they are in town or at the speedway.”
Mr Bernadou said the event was so popular that about half of the competitors are repeat people.
“It’s good with lots of people coming back.
“Entries don’t close until August 3, we are hoping for a few more competitors to come on board. We can cater for up to 50 competitors,” he said.