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Thinking of applying

Thinking of applying or learning more about the Copperstate 1000? Great!


The dates for the 30th anniversary rally have been changed. It will now be held from Saturday, October 31 through Wednesday, November 4, 2020.


In keeping with the spirit of a vintage car rally, model year 1973 and older sports, racing, and grand touring cars are eligible. Cars newer than 1973 cannot be substituted for any reason, even after the rally begins.

Consideration will be given on a case-by-case basis for certain post-1973 vehicles that exhibit design continuity with earlier models (i.e. no significant changes discernible from 1973 production year.)

Clones, reproductions, tributes, continuation-series cars (except as noted above), and recreations are not eligible for participation on the Copperstate 1000.  All cars are subject to the same standards for admission and acceptance.

Entrance Fee

The entry fee for the 2020 Bell Lexus North Scottsdale Copperstate 1000 is $8,000 and includes all meals and double occupancy lodging for the driver and co-driver starting from Saturday evening through Wednesday evening.

The Application

Applications are due on June 31 and must be filled out online. Notification of acceptance is July 6.


In order to preserve the integrity of the Bell Lexus North Scottsdale Copperstate 1000, the Route Map for the 2020 rally will NOT be published. If you are accepted to participate, you will receive your Route Book at registration. As is tradition, we will depart from Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe, Arizona on Sunday morning (this year, March 29). The 2020 route will cover northern Arizona .

Past Routes

2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 2015 2014 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005


How many cars do you accept?
We take approximately 80 cars on the rally. We receive many more applications each year than available spots. Please do not be discouraged if you are placed on the waitlist.

What happens if I need mechanical assistance on the road?
The Bell Lexus North Scottsdale Copperstate 1000 is blessed to have the involvement of many dedicated people and organizations, and in no area is that dedication more apparent then when mechanical assistance is needed.  We travel with 3 professional mechanics and 3 students from the McPherson College of Automotive Restoration that specialize in vintage automobiles as well as  volunteers whose job it is to schedule any needed repairs. Our title sponsor, Bell Lexus North Scottsdale, generously donates 6 new Lexus’ for use when your car just will not be able to finish the rally and professional tow drivers with flatbed carriers are on-hand to assist with the transportation of not-so-willing cars.

Although we provide mechanical assistance on the road, a properly prepared vehicle is the responsibility of the driver. All accepted cars will be required to undergo a vehicle safety inspection prior to arrival. A certified mechanic is required to inspect your vehicle and sign-off that it is in rally ready condition.

What about luggage?
No need to pack lightly. We travel with a UHaul Luggage Truck (generously donated!) so all your luggage needs will be handled. Drop your bags off in the morning and they will be waiting for you when you arrive.