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RoadRally (TSD)

MoHud has a new rally chair, Trish Bucci — Keep an eye out for future events

2014
A fall GTA (Game, Tour, Adventure) rally is planned for sometime during the fall of 2014, so look for details here and in future editions of the Knock Off.

2013
A “Bridges of Washington County” GTA (Game, Tour, Adventure) rally was held Saturday, October 19, 2013. We had a good turn out and a lot of fun!

Q: What is a Road Rally?

A RoadRally is traversed over public roads within the legal speed limit. The challenge is to drive on time, arriving at points along the route neither early nor late (it’s NOT a race). Each team needs a simple watch which can be synchronized to match official time, as well as something to write on and with. Interior lighting (map lights, a flashlight, etc) is also a good idea for night rallies.

After receiving and browsing the route instructions, cars start at one minute intervals. The first section, a short 10-15 mile route, is called the “Odometer Calibration Zone,” and is used to calibrate the rally car’s odometer to the official mileage used to measure the course by the rallymaster. After this section, the competition really begins, as you must follow the course using the instructions in the route book, as well as the general instructions that govern the rally. Meanwhile, you must also stay on time, based on the average speeds given in the instructions at various points through the routes.

MORE AT: SCCA.com >> RoadRally

MoHud has in the past sanctioned two to three TSD (Time-Speed-Distance) rallies per season, occasionally in conjunction with a Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute rally club. These events don’t require specially prepared cars or fancy rally computers. They are fun events open to all. Tour some of the most picturesque countryside in upstate New York, or spend a pleasant few hours at a checkpoint along a beautiful county road for a truly memorable experience.

Past events have included the Snowflake, Spring Fever, and Halloween Ramble / Fall Frolic / Great Pumpkin Challenge Rallies.

Related types of events:
COURSE RALLIES – A more complex version of TSD
GTA RALLIES – Historic known as gimmick rallies – fun and games with little or no TSD component
PERFORMANCE RALLIES – [AKA PRO RALLY AND RALLY RACING - SPEED EVENTS ON CLOSED ROADS] are not sanctioned by the SCCA at this time due to safety and insurance reasons. See forum discussions for occasional information about such events sanctioned by other organizations.

Rally links

Does your nearby club organize TSD rallies? Let me know and I’ll add your link here!

READ: The History of the NEDIV PRO Rally Series

In the Beginning

Performance rallyists comprise a small, close-knit group of enthusiasts who labor mightily for little reward save their own satisfaction. From this hearty breed have come many-time National Champions, a bevy of legendary performances and near-misses and some nose-to-nose clashes with courses which zigged while the driver zagged. All are normal outgrowths of the nature and beginnings of the sport, which was anything but normal.

In 1957 nearly no one had heard of a performance rally in the United States. SCCA conducted a National Rally Championship but it was exclusively for time-speed-distance, route following events, a “gentleman’s” social gathering on sunny Sunday afternoons. But the Press On Regardless, which had been run beginning in the early ’50’s, was another country heard from. Detroit Region of SCCA kept this initial U.S. Performance rally alive and in 1958, for the first time SCCA’s involvement became more than superficial. The 1958 POR was run with full SCCA sanction and used the TSD’s National Rally Regulations wherever applicable.

Marge Corbett at a rally checkpoint in the mid-1960s, Joe Corbett Archives

The cover of the booklet that contains instructions for the Windham Mountain top Rallye, MoHud’s premier event of the 1950s.