Introducing the West Cape Classic – tarmac challenge

The West Cape Classic is a new event which will offer an unparalleled opportunity for driving excitement for participants and spectators.

The inaugural West Cape Classic will take place over the weekend of 27 – 29 April 2018.

Two specialists with many years of experience are taking the West Cape Classic from concept to reality.

Paul Blank has a long history dating back to the start of Touring Road Rallies in Australia, his Automotive Events Management having created and conducted many such events from as far back as 1992, including the Classic Rally, Classic Challenge and several others. He has also competed in many similar tarmac events around Australia.

Peter Kay worked with Rally Australia as Event Project Manager for the famous Langley Park Super Special Stage. He relocated to Sydney for the 2000 Olympics where he worked for 11 years including on Rally NSW, Australian Tarmac Challenge, Rally Canberra and with Rally Australia when it moved to northern NSW. He’s been an Australian Tarmac Challenge competion.

The West Cape Classic introductory event costs are very attractive – and there’s a fantastic Early Bird entrant prize being offered – see below.

  • Single driver $2750
  • Add a co-driver (drives stages) $1650
  • Add a passenger (non-driver) $550
  • Tour – single driver $2200
  • Add a passenger (non-driver) $550
  • Note: maximum two people per car.

Only a $550 per person deposit* is required with balance by 28 February 2018. Entry includes all competition driving stages, car stickers including door numbers, lunches each day, functions including Welcome function, dinner every night, Awards Presentation function, comprehensive Roadbook, Merchandise pack, Scrutineering, etc.

Not included are competition licenses, accommodation (we’ll have a special deal available), support crew costs.

Go straight to our Registration page. It’s easy! The whole process can be done on our secure website, updateable if you wish to make changes later. Entries received after 28 February pay full amount.

For event regulations, click here

The Tour category allows participants to enjoy the event without feeling the need to drive at ten tenths. Tour cars will drive through all the competition stages in groups, behind a pace car, enjoying the whole road and driving in a spirited manner throughout. The motorkhana stages are driven on without a pace car at whatever speed the Tour participants feel comfortable.

A great way to enjoy driving your classic or sporting car and the many social activities that the West Cape Classic offers, without any pressure.

Our Early Bird entrant prize, to be selected at random from anyone whose entry and full payment is received by 28 February 2018, is a trip for two to Europe to enjoy all the glamour of the Monaco Historic Grand Prix! Included are return economy air fares, 4 nights’ accommodation in Nice and the most evocative historic racing event in the world – in May 2018. Magnifique!

A significant part of the West Cape Classic will be the social aspect, with excellent functions throughout, including dinners at great locations.

Five competition stages each day will include many new stages never before run. There’s no navigation, just driving on some great roads of South-West WA – and great company.

Several spectator locations are sure to attract big crowds over the 3-day event. Destinations include Bunbury, Busselton, Margaret River, Yallingup, Dunsborough and Collie plus the Perth metro area, including the Claremont Showgrounds finale. Competitive stages will include closed road sprints, motorkhanas, circuit stages, hillclimbs and more… all great tests of driver and machine.

Categories will suit older or newer cars and one or two drivers per car, driver and passenger and a Touring class for those who wish to take it a bit easier. Something to suit everyone!

Uniquely, the event is designed to have several categories:

  1.   a single driver,
  2. two drivers sharing a car (each drives every competition stage),
  3. a driver and a non-driving passenger,
  4. a Touring category, which aside from the Motorkhanas, drive the closed-road stages spiritedly in a group behind a pace car. These choices allow for a wide mix of competitive interests among participants and their co-drivers and passengers.

Importantly, the West Cape Classic does not require race suits, roll cages or equipment of more serious rallies. As a Touring Road Event, Level 2 Speed (L2S) competition licenses are required, helmets, long sleeve clothing, a first aid kit and fire extinguisher – so anyone can use their car without modifications