58 OCTOBER 2019 scca.com
While RallyCross is one of the newer programs the SCCA offers, the
overall event formula should feel familiar
to anyone who has attended a RallyCross
before. But while event familiarity is
a positive, too much familiarity can
sometimes breed contempt (or at least
indifference). To that end – even if you’re
restricted by your site selection – there’s
still plenty of ways to inject variety into
your Region’s RallyCross program.
One of Detroit Region’s signature
RallyCross events is the day/night event.
The Region traditionally holds this event
at one of its dirt oval sites with lighting in
the bowl and limited lighting outside of
it. While you don’t necessarily need a site
with lights to run at night (Western Ohio
and Ohio Valley Regions have run events
without artificial light), Detroit Region
has found external lights make event
logistics and safety significantly easier.
Detroit Region’s event usually starts with
a test and tune in the morning, followed
by regular timed runs in the afternoon,
then more timed runs after the sun sets.
Even if the same course is run in both the
afternoon and the evening, running under
the lights presents a new challenge and
makes for a very unique experience.
RallyCross schools, something
Susquehanna Region has been hosting for
years, are also good ideas for alternative
events. School events are a great way to
bring new enthusiasts into the sport so that
they can learn the basics of car control and
how an event operates in a non-competitive
environment. Schools are also an opportunity
to train new specialty workers so that
you’re not always relying on the same pool
of people to work critical assignments.
Some other non-traditional events are
regional in nature. In the northern parts of
the country, where the temperatures are
frigid enough to freeze inland lakes, it’s
not out of the ordinary to find a group of
enthusiasts racing on them, with several
SCCA Regions sanctioning ice racing
during the winter months. The classes
offered will suit just about anything you
already have in your driveway. The biggest
differentiator, however, will not be what
wheels are being used, but if you are
running with studded tires or not. Both
present their own unique set of challenges.
Even at regular Regional events, there
are ways to provide variety. Many sites allow
enough flexibility that course designers
can set a course that runs one way in the
morning and then flips for the afternoon.
While easier said than done, this is a great
way to provide variety at events. And even
gestures such as providing a lunch or dinner
during an event (perhaps around a bonfire)
are great ways to promote comradery and
fun. At two-day events in the Great Lakes
Division, the Saturday night RallyCross
bonfire is a time-honored tradition.
Truly, there’s no need to reinvent
the wheel when it comes to spicing up
your Region’s RallyCross program – all
you need is an open mind.
(LEFT and BELOW)
Hosting a RallyCross in
the evening or at night
can build excitement
even among the most
frequent of participants.
RallyCross is anything but boring, yet with a little creative thinking,
events can become spectacular | WORDS Matt Wolfe | IMAGES Philip Royle