Road Rally

What is Road Rally?

Two people (a driver and a navigator) in ordinary cars make up a rally team.

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 book, 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.

At various points, unknown to the competitors, timing controls (checkpoints) will be encountered. Since the rallymaster knows the exact distance and speeds you should have traveled to reach the checkpoint, the "perfect time" of arrival can be calculated. You are timed at the moment you reach the control, and will receive penalty points for arriving either early OR late. You are then given information about the last leg, as well as a time to start the next leg, and a clean start to challenge the clock. This is a contest of precision, not a race, and each leg is scored separately. If you are early or late at one control, you cannot make up for it by being late or early at the next. At the conclusion, scores for all legs are totaled, and the lowest score wins (just like golf). Sound easy? Well, just as in golf, it takes practice to get very good scores.

Regardless of how well you score, rallying is a lot of fun if you like to spend time in your car, see some scenery and spend time with congenial people. Rallies usually end at a location where munchies and beverages are available. You can join the rest of the crowd in discussing how the event went and how you did, while waiting for the final scores to be calculated and trophies to be awarded.

Come join the fun!!!!

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Teddy Bear Rally

Sunday afternoon - December

Flyer

A short (60-80 mile) fun-gimmick rally using photo clues and simple route following tricks/traps.  This event is not a Time Speed Distance rally but contestant's score are based on the total number of miles that they drive 'off-course'.  The entry fee for this rally is a stuffed "Teddy Bear" which is donated to the United Stated Marine Corp Toy for Tots annual charity drive.

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Rally friends of NNJR

Raritan Valley Sports Car Club
Fred Cochran

22 Glen Rd

Bound Brook, NJ 08805

rallymaster1@verizon.net
 

The Motorsport Club of North JerseyThe Motorsport Club of North Jersey

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The World Famous

Toys for Tots

Teddy Bear Rally

The Northern New Jersey Region (NNJR) of the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) holds a number of road rally's per year. A favorite rally is the Teddy Bear Rally held the 1st Sunday of December for the last fourteen years.  This is put on with help from the United States Marines and the Motorsport Club of North Jersey.  The entry fee is a Teddy Bear and we always have a lot of fun. Come on out and join the fun of challenging yourself and your partner. This is a short fun, lightly trapped non-Time-Speed-Distance event about 60 miles longs.  Scores are determined by the teams ability to stay on-course.  100 points penalty points are awarded for each mile over or under the official route.  As in past years, the rally will award trophies generously. In addition to first, second in Expert, Intermediate and Novice Classes, there will be awards for Best First Timer, Best Saturn, Best Family, Best Husband & Wife, and Dead Last but Finished.  For more information please contact Peter Schneider at 908-876-4597 or see the event flyer link listed above.

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Check out the NESCCA Rally page for more information.

 

Fred Cochran

Fred Cochran

22 Glen Rd

Bound Brook NJ 08805-1230

(732) 271-5185

 

Last updated: Thursday, February 3, 2011