A Road Rally is a competition for two people in a car. There are several types of rally from the professional speed event on forest roads to an after-meeting scavenger hunt. We offer the popular GTA (Games, Tours, Adventures) rally, often known as the "gimmick rally". Speed is not a factor on these events. The teams are given a set of route instructions. These instructions tell the team where to go so that all teams follow the same path to the ending point of the rally.
Texas Region rallies are not speed events, but usually run on fun-to-drive roads. They are also a test of rule following and logic. Teams are scored on how closely they matched the answers to the questions asked during the event.
Following a course correctly is not as simple as you may think. Since these events are run on public roads it is easy to miss count the 3rd traffic light or turn right at an intersection when you should have turned left. That is why the navigator is an important part of the team.
There are classes for First-Timers and Novices that are just starting the sport. Simple equipment like a note pad, clipboard, and a full tank of gas is all that is required to give rally a try.
There are advanced Classes also for people that have done several rallies also. The Master Class is for people who have won so many trophies that they don’t want any more.
The events normally end at a popular place to eat. There, the teams get together and share their humorous stories on how they tried their best to follow the instructions. The correct answers to the gimmick questions are provided for all that might have missed some of the questions.
Rallies take volunteer workers to make it all happen. If you like event organization activities or just seeing the happy faces when the teams point and say "Check Point". These positions don't take any special skills to help but are important to the success of the event. Rallyists who cannot run an event on the announced date can arrange to run it early, as a "check-run". This is a great help to the organizers.
2017 Rally Events
Tulip Time Rally
The club does not sponsor rallies at this time but I will tell you about the SCCA group that will be holding the " Tulip Time Rally" on Saturday, May 27th. It starts in Mesquite, and ends in McKinney. It is our annual Tulip Time Rally, named for the spring flower and the "Tulip" instructions that we will be using. The details are on the attached flier. You are welcome to pass the flier on to anyone you think might enjoy a fun day on country roads, with a few mental challenges thrown in.
Two-thirds of the rally will be on roads we have not used in current memory. Some of them are scenic and/or curvy, and some of them have plenty of bluebonnets along the way...but I am afraid those will be gone by rally day.
Online registration is open. Go to msreg.com/TTR17msr and reserve a spot, and let us know that you are coming. I know it's early, but it helps us to plan the event if we an predict how many will be there. And even though the registration system "requires" you to give your credit card info, you are not billed until a day or two after the event, and then only if you actually take the start.
Your score will come mainly from answers to questions about signs you see along the route. As they say, the questions are easy, but the answers, not so much!
If you have any questions about the events, please contact Dennis Corder at Captndjc@gmail.com
- Any four-wheel, street legal vehicle with two people who are old enough to read is eligible to enter.
- Entry fee: $25.00. SCCA members get a $5.00 discount. Preregistration here at MotorsportReg.com gets you the event rules early.
Event listings are an informational type listing only. It is intended for your own individual (or with family or friends) attendance - outside of any other coordinated or scheduled LSCC event or activity.