60 MARCH 2020 scca.com
2020 is shaping up to be a great rally season,” SCCA RoadRally Board
Chair Jim Crittenden began his January
e-mail. His e-mail easily proved his claim,
too – but long before his statement
could be made, Crittenden and the RRB
had a few things to do. To that end, in
November 2019, four minor changes
were made to the RoadRally Rules.
First, regarding Article 24.C Approved
Main Road Determinants, protection was
corrected for grammar and usage. Next
up: At an intersection, the “protected
road” is that single road that does not
have a stop or yield sign. A “delta” is that
triangle of raised pavement or grass that
can split the roadway into multiple lanes at
an intersection. The general instructions
must now explain how “protection” is
applied at that type of intersection.
Third, the requirement for new
committees to require a nine-month
sanction request was removed, and finally,
the requirements for an event’s special rules
were modified to reflect current practices.
Following those changes, effective
Jan. 1, 2020, the yearly RoadRally
Calendar, maintained for many years
by Jeanne English, was introduced.
The calendar, updated monthly, listed
42 events. They ranged from monthly
Cal Club Region social rallies to Regional
and Divisional Tours to National Tour
and Course events to the United States
RoadRally Challenge (USRRC) on Nov.
13-15, hosted this year by Detroit Region.
Anyone planning an event in 2020 should
notify Jeanne English at firstname.lastname@example.org
as soon as they know the event date. If not,
the event will be listed after English receives
information from the SCCA National Office
that the sanction application was approved.
As explained by Crittenden, the USRRC
includes “two National Tour rallies (Hell
and Back, and Pavement Ends) as well as a
Divisional Course Rally (Are you Territorial?).
Detroit Region is renowned for putting on
great rallies, and I encourage you to include
this year’s USRRC in your rally plans.”
Crittenden also pointed out that in using
the Richta GPS Checkpoint app system last
year, “organizers have appreciated not having
to recruit checkpoint workers, and contestants
have enjoyed the immediate feedback of
arrival time and leg score at each checkpoint.”
The app was used in place of 15 open
controls, and 23 of the currently scheduled
RoadRallies in 2020 have planned to use it.
If you are planning an event in 2020,
note that there are a few updates to
the application and sanctioning forms.
While sanction fees have remained
unchanged for 2020, insurance fees have
increased from $4 per car to $4.50.
Crittenden also pointed out that the 2020
sanction application form and the 2020
audit forms have been moved to a different
location on the SCCA website. “You’ll have
to log on as a member at my.scca.com, then
go to Member Resources, then go to File
Cabinet, and then scroll down to Sanction
Application and Audit Forms,” he explains.
Lastly – and most importantly – is the
final note from Crittenden: “If you have
any questions about our rally program or
if you would like assistance with the rally
program in your area, please let me know.”
The RoadRally Board is in contact
with other SCCA members who would be
more than happy to help organizers find
information, plan their first event, or who
would like assistance in improving and
expanding events, marketing, and scheduling.
Members are nearby, or they will know
of helpful rallyists in most SCCA Regions,
who are willing to help out in order to ensure
everyone has a fun 2020 RoadRally season.
ARE YOU READY?
ON YOUR MARK
The 2020 RoadRally
calendar is stacked with
great events, and very
likely some are right
in your backyard.
The RoadRally Board has been hard at work to ensure 2020 is the best year yet | WORDS & IMAGE Rick Beattie