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April 17, 2014Road Rally Search

 

 

 

THE WASHINGTON DC ROAD RALLY SERIES


 

 

 

In the main, Road Rallying is a contest of precision. Contestants follow a prescribed route at prescribed average (legal) speeds. Along the route, the contestants visit checkpoints where their passage is timed. Scoring is based on matching the speeds/times from checkpoint to checkpoint.

For many, the ongoing WDC Regional rally program has been a secret. This has not been intentional; rather it has been a product of poor publicity on the part of the Washington/Baltimore road rally community. In recent years we have expanded to fix that! To that end, we plan the following:

The road rally section of the WDCR website has been activated and contains the schedule. We plan to post event flyers there as they become available.
Similarly, we have opened the door to the ‘Straightpipe’ for articles about the program and the posting of results.

We will have both a Novice Class for newcomers and a Seat-of-the-Pants class for those who enjoy driving the route, but don’t wish to bother with the fine details of timekeeping.

A rally school will be held in April for newcomers and those wishing to dust off old skills or improve their results.

A Regional Championship with year-end awards has been established which recognizes three basic groups:

  • Serious rallyists may compete in the three basic SCCA classes combined for year-end awards:
  • Equipped – a class for computers that integrate distance and time.
  • Limited – a class for cars equipped with auxiliary odometers capable of precise mileage measurement.
  • Stock – a class for ‘pencil and paper’ timekeeping utilizing a basic calculator, tables and a stock odometer.

MGs of Baltimore, a local marque club that had been holding road rallies for classic cars since 1991, joined the SCCA road rally ‘family’ in the late 90s. So, there are classes for enthusiasts who wish to rally their classic MG, Porsche, Triumph or other.

  • Vintage – cars built prior to 1962
  • Historic – cars built between 1962 and 1981

For newcomers and ‘recreational’ competitors are also considered:

  • Novice – a class for those with less than 10 events who have never trophied
  • Seat-of-the-Pants – a class for those who wish to compete without recourse to computers, special odometers, calculators or tables.

The most important feature of the program is that there is a place for everyone. There is no reason for anyone to be intimidated by equipment or experience. There is a home for everyone. For one thing, you will not get lost. It is not unusual for Junior High School students to navigate their parents to a solid finish. It is a great opportunity for parent/offspring automotive activities. Participation by minors does require a special permission form signed by both parents.

Safety is always a concern, but it is not a problem for WDC Region Road Rally events. For one thing, they carry SCCA insurance. The events are prechecked by SCCA Safety Stewards for both accuracy of the route instructions and for safety.  

We hope to see many of you at the rally school and at our events! 

 

 

 

 

2014 ROAD RALLY EVENTS


 

 

 

 

  

Event

Date

Description

(see legend below)

Event Status

Flyers (posted as available)

Event Results

Rallymaster

Rally School TBD Learn the fundamentals of auto rallying with a school rally to apply your classroom-learned skills Local/Social
Ellicott City, MD
  N/A


Get-The-Dust-Off May 4 Traditional season opener - a Monte Carlo style event - easy to finish Regional Tour
Kingsville, MD
  Registration  

Eric Salminen

Frederick Photo Rally July 12 A mix of traditional route instructions and photographic detail are used to follow the rally course Regional GTA, Urbana, MD     Steve Gaddy

 

 

On-line registration is not available.

Please follow the instructions in the flyers to register for each event.  Flyers will be posted as they become available.

 

LEGEND

 

NC = National Course - the challenge is to follow the route

NT = National Tour - the challenge is to stay on time

Monte Carlo - contestants are given the exact location of each checkpoint and the time of arrival

Regularity Trial - drive two laps of a circular course and see if you can exactly duplicate your first lap time

GTA = Game/Tour/Adventure - an untimed event with a variety of potential challenges

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