Welcome to the home of the Shannons Adelaide Rally, a four day event held within The Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu Peninsula, and the CBD of Adelaide. Comprising some 30 stages, the longest up to 22km, the event has eclipsed the 304 entries received in 2018, with more than 320 cars set to take part in 2019.

The event has a festive feel and includes the Amadio Wines Gouger Street Party on Friday December 6, and the Birdwood Lunch Stop and East End Finale Party on Saturday December 7.

Parc Ferme shall be located at the Adelaide Showgrounds and the event shall be run under CAMS permit # 519/0712/01


The event includes Prima Tour, Main Tour, Spirit, Challenge, Heritage (handicap), and Competition sections to suit drivers and vehicles of all levels. See below for information about the categories.



New documents for the 2020 event are being produced now. Please email us if you need to understand rules and regulations that may apply in 2020.



The Official Adelaide Rally 2019 Media Package captures the speed and style of this brilliant event, providing memories to last a lifetime. Sports Car Safari photographers, Luke Jaksa and Andrew Coles, will be on the ground for the duration of the event at those iconic rally locations, capturing high-quality, full resolution images which are supplied with unlimited-use licenses.

New in 2019, Sports Car Safari is partnering with Racing Line Australia to provide professionally filmed ‘Pure Noise’ video of your car in the Adelaide Rally. Sam from Racing Line Australia is the official CAMS videographer for the Australian Rally Championship, and uses professional-grade equipment to record high-quality footage supplied for use on social media, for sponsor promotion or simply as a keepsake memory.




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.

CAMS Tarmac Rally Technical Regulations-Modern (post 1986)

CAMS Tarmac Rally Technical Regulations-Classic (pre1986)

CAMS Targa Rally Technical Regulations

CAMS Historic Rally Car Regulations

CAMS Classic Rally Car Regulations

CAMS 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 Chief Scrutineer Alan Pickstock on 0413516246

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

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 to rub shoulders with notable drivers and experience driving on fantastic roads, without the pressure of competition.

The Shannons Prima Tour includes up to five closed road activities followed by lunch at the Applewood Distillery in Gumeracha. 

Entry price includes a single event CAMS licence. Find out how to get your Honorary Membership and Level 1s Licence here. Neck to wrist to ankle clothing must be worn. The day will start at 7.30am (TBC) with scrutineering, documentation and a drivers briefing  before leaving for the day at 8.30am (TBC).


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 CAMS Level 2S licence – click here to apply.



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. Participants take part in the Gouger Street Party and all stages on Days 2, 3 and 4 of the rally. CAMS 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. CAMS 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 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 in 2019 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.

For example a Ford XY GT Falcon would have a Penalty Factor of 5763÷1524 = 3.78. A Hillman Imp would have a Penalty Factor of 998÷725 = 1.37.

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 19.65 second penalty applied and the Hillman Imp a 7.12 second penalty applied, thus delivering an advantage to the Hillman Imp.