The Shannons Adelaide Rally includes competitive and non-competitive touring categories to suit drivers and vehicles of all levels. Participating vehicles range from purpose-built racing machines to stock standard cars, and they compete or participate in a number of different ways.


This is the premium category in the event, running over the full four days. There are two separate competitions: Classic, for vehicles made prior to 1986, and Modern, for vehicles manufactured from 1986 onward. A third category, Category S, is available for those whose vehicles do not comply with rally regulations.

The category is timed and trophies awarded to the top three placegetters in Classic and Modern categories. 

All competition cars must be fitted with safety equipment including a full roll cage, and the drivers and co-drivers must wear helmets and full safety gear.
Competitors are released at 30-second intervals on each stage and timed, and the competition is run under rally regulations.  


The Heritage Trophy competition will be run again in this event within the Classic Competition class, with trophies for the top three placegetters in both above 2000cc and below 2001cc capacity. The Heritage Trophy is a handicap competition that aims to level the playing field for smaller, less powerful vehicles.

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


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, then adding an extra capacity penalty and then multiplying it by the number of Kms per stage.
The Penalty Factor is determined by dividing the actual engine capacity measured in cc’s in the competing vehicle by the amount in Kilograms of the STANDARD unmodified version of the vehicle type, model and variant. Then if the vehicle has a capacity exceeding 2000cc an additional figure is added to the penalty factor being the number of CC/s divided by 2000.
For example a Ford XY GT Falcon would have a Penalty Factor of 5763 / 1524 = 3.78 pus a capacity penalty of 2.88 bringing this to an overall penalty factor of 3.78 + 2.88 = 6.66
A Hillman Imp would have a Penalty Factor of 998 / 725 = 1.37 and does not have an additional capacity penalty.
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 penalty applied thus delivering an advantage to the Hillman Imp.

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The Challenge category is also competitive, with trophies awarded to the top three Classic and Modern finishers. 

Challenge entrants have a speed limit of 130kmh, which is monitored by a Rallysafe device, with time penalties for breaches of this limit. Technical freedoms exist in this class to allow entrants with highly modified street cars and hillclimb cars to enter, which may otherwise not meet regulations for the main competition.

A half roll cage is sufficient for this category, along with other national level safety requirements. Email tim@adelaiderally.com.au for more information

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Redefining the spirited drive, the Spirit category runs over the Thursday, Friday and Saturday of the Shannons Adelaide Rally. 

Spirit is an untimed, non-competitive category, with a speed limit on closed-road stages of 120kmh, monitored by a Rallysafe device. Entrants are required to wear helmets and meet other safety requirements.

While non-competitive, Spirit offers drivers the opportunity to focus purely on driving at swift road speeds, without oncoming traffic, cyclists or pedestrians 



The Main Tour category is all about 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 on narrow, serpentine roads. Tour vehicles are required to observe posted speed limits or 80kph (whichever is higher), which allows for spirited driving on the tight and technical roads chosen for the Rally course.

The Main Tour incorporates various manufacturer tour groups. Involvement with these groups is actioned directly with the Brand (Eg Mercedes Benz Adelaide, Adelaide Motors BMW, Audi Solitaire, Porsche Centre Adelaide, Eblen Subaru, KPM Motorsport or Zagame Adelaide amongst others)



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 at The Bridgewater Mill

Participants must observe posted speed limits, which allows for a challenging and enjoyable experience, using both sides of the road on four serpentine stages, including Snake Gully (new for 2020), Anstey Hill , Corkscrew and  Chain of Ponds Plus (extended for 2020)