November 25–28


The Shannons Adelaide Rally is a four day event held within the Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu Peninsula and the CBD of Adelaide. It comprises up to 34 stages, the longest up to 18km. In 2019 the event featured 324 entries, making it the largest event of its type in the Southern Hemisphere

The event has a festive feel and includes the Amadio Wines Gouger Street Party on Friday November 27 and the Bridgewater Lunch Stop and East End  Finale Party on Saturday November 28.

Parc Ferme shall be located at the Adelaide Showgrounds and the event shall be run under Motorsport Australia Permit #820/2811/01


The event includes Prima Tour, Main Tour, Spirit, Challenge, Heritage (handicap), and Competition sections to suit drivers and vehicles of all levels.

Challenge and Competition entrants are also automatically eligible for points in the WA/SA Tarmac Cup Series.  


See below for information about the categories.


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The full suite of competitor documents is currently being authored and approved. Check here often to view the Supplementary Regulations and other documents as they are developed.



Vehicles entering the competitive categories of Shannons Modern and Classic Competitions must comply with the Technical Regulations of one of (not part of one or another) the regulations below. If your car doesn't comply you may be eligible for Category S.

Motorsport Australia Tarmac Rally Technical Regulations - Modern ( 1986+)

Motorsport Australia Tarmac Rally Technical Regulations-Classic (pre1986)

Motorsport Australia Targa Rally Technical Regulations Classic and Modern

Motorsport Australia Historic Rally Car Regulations

Motorsport Australia Classic Rally Car Regulations

Motorsport Australia Group 3C Production Rally Car Regulations 

Challenge Category also has additional freedoms in relation to wheel size, turbocharger, intercooler, intake and roll cage which are detailed in the Supp Regs.

Those not complying with the technical regulations above may apply to take part in the event subject to approval from the organiser within the demonstration class known as Category S, however the vehicle must still comply with safety and general requirements and will not be eligible for awards.

If you have a technical query please contact the entries manager Tim Possingham on

Drivers and navigators in Tour, Spirit and Challenge categories must have a Motorsport Australia Level 2S licence. This licence can be arranged via the Motorsport Australia website and requires current membership of a Motorsport Australia -affiliated car club. Click here to go to the Motorsport Australia level 2 licence document

The Adelaide Rally is proudly sponsored by Shannons Insurance. Shannons shares your passion.




The Shannons Prima Tour is a one-day event that is integrated into Day Two of the Shannons Adelaide Rally. It is open to modern and classic cars. The Prima Tour is a leisurely drive through some of the state's most picturesque driving roads, with a shot of adrenaline before lunch. This is the event for you if you want a single day experience, driving on fantastic roads, without the pressure of competition and finish it off with a gourmet lunch.

The Shannons Prima Tour includes Snake Gully, Anstey Hill, Chain of Ponds Plus and Corkscrew  closed road activities followed by lunch at Bridgewater Mill. 

Entry price includes a single event Motorsport Australia licence. Neck to wrist to ankle clothing must be worn. The day will start from the Adelaide  Showgrounds at 9:00am for a  TBC 9:45 departure. Scrutineering, documentation and a drivers briefing  before leaving for the day will commence at 9:00 sharp

MAIN TOUR  $1745 

Enjoy the freedom of closed-road touring. Nowhere in Australia is there a tour with such intense serpentine roads in such close proximity to the event base and one with such a festive feel. Participants run ahead of the Adelaide Rally competitors in packets, each with a tour leader who sets a swift and enjoyable pace. As well as enjoying some of the country's best driving roads, participants also take part in the Gouger Street Party. There are 22 stages across the event with lengths up to 22km long. Entry is open to modern and classic cars with current registration. The Main Tour incorporates various manufacturer tour groups. Driver and Navigator must have a Motorsport Australia Level 2S licence – click here to apply.


SPIRIT  $2345 

Redefining the spirited drive, the Spirit category runs over the Thursday, Friday and Saturday of the Shannons Adelaide Rally. In an untimed, non-competitive event, our tour leaders lead packets of cars at a swift pace on challenging, technical roads. The speed limit on closed road sections is 120kmh. Helmets are required as is a Rallysafe fitting kit. Rallysafe units are provided in the event cost. Participants take part in the Gouger Street Party and all stages on Days 2, 3 and 4 of the rally. Motorsport Australia Level 2S Licence must be held by Driver and Navigator – click here to apply.


Challenge your limits in the Shannons Adelaide Rally Challenge category. Open to modern and classic cars with awards given for both sub-categories, the Challenge category runs over all four days of the rally. Competitors in this popular category are released at 30-second intervals and timed over closed-road stages, with the fastest time winning. A 130kmh speed limit applies on closed road stages, with time penalties for breaches. All stages use the same RSP's ( Restricted Speed Points) as the main competition, meaning that the stages are full of tight corners and low terminal speeds. On stages like Basket Range, Norton Summit, Chain of Ponds and about 27 more, you'll only hit your 130kph limit a few times per stage. Cars must have a half roll cage fitted and comply with general safety requirements. Participants must wear a Frontal Head Restraint System (HANS or similar). Vehicles must have a Rallysafe fitting kit installed.  Both 2wd and 4wd cars are eligible and technical freedoms exist in this class to allow entrants with highly modified street cars and hillclimb cars to enter subject to rule compliance. Participants take part in the Gouger Street Party and all stages of the rally. Motorsport Australia Level 2S licencing is the minimum requirement for Driver and Navigator – click here to apply.


The Shannons Adelaide Rally Competition is the premium category in the event. The category is timed and trophies awarded. Modern and classic cars are catered for in two separate competitions. All cars must be fitted with a full roll cage and comply with CAMS Tarmac or Gravel Rally Regulations as stated below. Non-compliant cars may be eligible for demonstration class Category S inclusion . Competitors are released at 30-second intervals and timed, and the competition is run under rally regulations. Participants take part in the Gouger Street Party and all stages of the rally. Apart from outright honours for both Classic and Modern cars, in 2020 there will also be sub category awards for Under and Over 2000 cc capacity vehicles and a separate award for 1st , 2nd and 3rd 2WD Modern cars. In addition to this a handicap system is also applied to results of classic cars and awards given for what is known as " The Heritage Trophy". CAMS National Rally Driver and Navigator licences are minimum requirement.


The Heritage Trophy handicap competition will be run within the Classic Competition class. Trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will be given, evoking memories of the Heritage Trophy that featured in the Classic Adelaide Rally in days gone by.

Results will be determined by taking actual stage times for each vehicle and applying a time penalty to each stage time.

The penalty time is determined by firstly determining a penalty factor for each competing vehicle and then multiplying it by the number of kilometres per stage.

The Penalty Factor is determined by dividing the actual engine capacity, measured in cubic centimetres, in the competing vehicle by the amount in kilograms of the STANDARD, unmodified version of the vehicle type, model and variant. In 2020 an additional penalty factor will be applied for vehicles with engine capacity over 2000cc. This being determined by the engine capacity divided by 2000 and then added to the penalty factor calculated as above.

For example a Ford XY GT Falcon would have a Penalty Factor of (5763÷1524) = 3.78 plus (5763÷2000)=2.88, giving a total penalty time of 6.66. A Hillman Imp would have a Penalty Factor of (998÷725) = 1.37 and no extra capacity penalty as it has under 2000cc capacity.

The Penalty Factor is multiplied by the number of kilometres in each stage to determine the penalty time to be added to the stage time.

Using the examples above when applied to a 5.2km stage, the Falcon would have a 34.6 second penalty applied and the Hillman Imp a 7.12 second penalty applied, thus delivering an advantage to the Hillman Imp.

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