Rally in SoPac
A RoadRally is a two (or more) person team, competing in ordinary cars, on regular roads, within the legal speed limit. The challenge is to drive on time —not early or late (it's not a race). Each team needs a watch which can be set to match rally time; something to write on and write with. For night rallies it is a good idea to have a map light, flashlight or other interior lighting to be able to read instructions.
Cars start at one minute intervals. The first section of the rally is called the odometer check leg and allows you to compare your mileage to the rallymasters'. If you have a trip odometer in your car you can zero it at the start. You will have a specified amount of time to reach the end of the odometer check leg which is called the Official Mileage Point. Wait there until the given time has elapsed, then leave, following the directions given and travel at the specified speed. Timing controls, or checkpoints, will be found at various locations along the route. After you pass the checkpoint sign and the timing car, stop safely off the road and go back to the timing car to get your time and any other special instructions.
If you are just starting out and would like to try out a novice-level road rally, and you live or will be visiting the Los Angeles area, there is an event on the first Friday night of each month. Contact Jeanne English at 310-372-7168 or by email at email@example.com for further information.
Further information can be found at SCCA.com.
RallyCross is the most widespread and readily accessible form of extreme dirt motorsport in the Sports Car Club of America, and the perfect place to see if you have what it takes to powerslide your way to victory. Imagine a scaled down version of a rally stage laid out on a non-paved plot of land where the course is delineated by traffic cones instead of trees or rocks. The entry fees and equipment requirements are considerably less than those necessary to enter any other forms of performance rally, so in most locations one need only arrive at event registration with a sound, hardtop vehicle and the entry fee. Many SCCA regions have helmets to loan and will assist the first time competitor with entering the appropriate class, making their way through technical inspection and finding their way around the course. Best of all, it's great fun!
RallyCross is the most cost effective way to gauge a driver's interest and aptitude for "doing it in the dirt." RallyCross classes are tailored for local entrants but usually categorize cars according to number of driven wheels, engine capability and the style of tires mounted. Unlike Solo, a similar competition staged on paved surfaces, where an entrant's ranking is based on the single fastest run, RallyCross competitions are usually judged on the total of multiple runs.
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