They will instantly join the honour roll of those who have competed in the previous 12 'Round Australia' rallies that originated with the REDeX Trial of 1953. Starting in Alice Springs on Monday September 8, the Trial will take a maximum of 120 competitors in historic and production rally cars and recreational 4WDs built prior to 1986 on a zigzag course across the Centre and Northeast of Australia before finishing on the Gold Coast on Saturday September 20. A large part of the course will cover roads never used in Round Australia trials.
After scrutineering and a welcome function in Alice Springs, the Trial will begin with a 'shakedown' loop containing four competitive sections south of Alice Springs before commencing the long run to the East Coast. Entrants will travel on mainly unmade, Outback roads via Mt.Isa (Sept.11), Normanton (Sept.12), Cairns (Sept.13), Townsville (Sept.14), Longreach (Sept.15), Birdsville (Sept.16), Tibooburra (Sept.17), Bourke (Sept.18), Goondiwindi (Sept.19) and the Gold Coast (Sept.20).
There will be up to 50 competitive sections over the 10 days of the Trial, some as long as 100km. Entry in the Red Centre to Gold Coast Trial costs $5,500 for the Trial category and $4,250 for the less competitive Challenge, with a maximum of 120 entries.