well claim to be
as old as racing
in the category of
things to do with
your car. A few
years back, Old
published a photo
in its e-newsletter
from an early
1900s article in
in which the
in an effort to
promote the use
of the automobile,
in eastern Virginia,
D.C. to Richmond.
rallies have a
format of mileage,
is very similar to
the AAA’s early
these last two sections is very valuable
in course and GTA events.
Spelling is precise. If you are
instructed to turn on “Woodside Rd”
you can’t turn on “Wood Side Rd.”
Many highway departments have poor
spellers ordering or constructing their
road signs, and RoadRallies often take
advantage of this.
RoadRally speeds must be less than
the speed limit. The assigned speed is
called a CAST, an acronym for
Commence, Continue, or Change
Average Speed To. They are rarely in
anything other than miles per hour,
although there are a few apocryphal
tales of rallymasters using kilometers
The route instructions describe a
course and give the CASTs to travel it.
Theoretically, a RoadRally car should
be on time at any point along the
course. Controls are placed along the
course to see if that’s true.
Each RoadRally can be divided into
“legs.” A leg starts at a given point or a
control and continues until the next
point or the next control.
At a control, there is a RoadRally
official to record the time of day that
each car crosses the timing line,
identified by a “checkpoint” sign. On
GTA rallies, where there may not be
any specific time to travel the course,
On timed events,
RoadRally clocks are
synchronized to radio
station W WV, the
national time standard”
the controls are a place to collect
answers, give new instructions for the
next part of the route or confirm that
you are on course.
Open controls are most typical. At
an open control, stop past the control
vehicle so as not to block the official’s
line of sight to the timing line. Carefully
walk back to the timing vehicle and
receive the time you entered the
control, the time you should leave the
control (your “out time”), and
information on the leg just completed.
Parts of a RoadRally may be
indicated as “free zones.” Free zones
do not contain controls.
Like golf (or motorsports), the low
score wins in RoadRally. The scoring
section of the general instructions lists
the penalties. The penalty for arriving
early at a control is the same as
arriving late – one point per hundredth
of a minute to a certain maximum.
Wrong answers also have their penalty
points listed here.
BE ON TIME
Once following the course is under
control, you can work to stay on time.
On timed events, RoadRally clocks are
synchronized to radio station W WV,
the national time standard. SCCA
timed events are measured in
hundredths of a minute instead of
seconds. It’s very odd until you start
calculating leg times and then the
advantages become apparent.
On most RoadRallies, cars are
spaced one minute apart. Events start
at a time of day “plus your car
number in minutes.” This allows
contestants to slightly vary their pace
if they need to but doesn’t permit one
car to follow another that may be
closer to “on time.”