AORC – a dusty time



We went to the Australian Off Road Championship over the weekend and absolutely loved it.  There were many reasons.  One was the massively awesome cars – a light rule book allowed competitors to come up with their own solutions on how to go fast and deal with the terrain.  The second was the track – dust, trees, ruts.  Made for spectacular action.

As we are new to the series, we’ll look at a little bit of history.  The AORC commenced in 1981 and showcases the best off road competitors, cars and events from around the country.  AORC events are defined as ‘long course’ events that are conducted on a track of no less than 15 kilometres in length. The courses and tracks used for the AORC are often narrow, twisting, tree lined tracks, undulating farmland tracks, mountain tracks and river crossings, sometimes incorporating man made jumps and other obstacles.

There are a number of different classes of competition with vehicles ranging from purpose built space framed open wheelers with engines up to 6000cc to modified 4WD vehicles. Except for the single seaters, all vehicles consist of a driver/navigator team.

And now, some dust.








By Sam Tickell,  October 2014

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