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
SWEETHEART RIDE ROAD RALLY
Your Texas Region SCCA Rally Committee presents the Sweetheart Ride Road Rally -- a fun drive in the country with some puzzles to solve and a schedule to meet.
The date is Saturday, February 18th, with registration open at 9:00am. You may participate in any street-legal car but... make it something that you will have fun driving on back roads (i.e. some may be a little rough). All roads are paved (but some are just oil and chip).
On site registration will be at Buc-ee's rest stop (www.buc-ees.com), 15901 N. Freeway, Fort Worth, TX 76177. The finish will be at Ranchman's Ponder Steakhouse (http://www.ranchman.com/ ), 110 West Bailey, Ponder, TX 76259. This is a world renowned steakhouse and it is a great place to take your sweetheart and your car.
Course following will be easy. There are no course traps. The challenge is finding puzzle solutions based on signs or objects along your route. As many of you know, that can be tough even though everything you need to see is right there in plain sight. To help make sure you aren't late at the finish, you will be given plenty of helpful timing information. Timing is to the minute. If you do everything correctly you will avoid penalty points and get a perfect score of zero (0).
Please go to www.msreg.com/SRRR17msr for all the details. If you like what you see, you can register right there....just page down and click on Continue. Only $25 for 3-1/2 hours of seat time! SCCA members $20.
The General Instructions for the rally will be posted as soon as they are ready (coming around February 8, 2017; watch this space). In addition, any addenda to them will be posted here (coming on February 16th or 17th).
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.