Have you toyed with the idea of trying your hand at TSD (time-speed-distance) rallying, but are unsure where to start and what you need to know? Let Detroit Region SCCA's rally program lend you a hand. DR SCCA is holding its annual TSD road rally school Saturday, March 18, at CJ's Lounge at the 8 Mile Rd exit (exit 53) of US-23, between Brighton and Ann Arbor. Click here for event flyer with directions to CJ's Lounge and an entry form. Or you can register directly online at MotorsportReg.com - click here to go directly to the event's MotorsportReg.com registration page.
Who would benefit from coming to the DR SCCA rally school?
Clearly folks who are interested in road rallying but have no experience with it will benefit most from the class. And these people are really our target audience. But if you've only rallied a year or two, maybe in just a few events, then the school might be an excellent refresher for you as well. Review your knowledge of the basics, and maybe pick a new thing or two.
What will the rally school cover?
The class is structured to cover the bases for all of the fundamentals of TSD road rallying. Class coverage will include:
Much of the classroom material will be covered by DR SCCA member Mike Bennett, who is a formidable stock class rallyist and effective presenter.
- An introduction to road rally concepts and terms.
- How to follow the rally route using the provided route instructions and route following rules.
- Matching your car's odometer to the rallymaster's mileages.
- Basic road rally time keeping requirements and techniques.
- Checkpoint procedures.
And keep in mind that there's no such thing as dumb questions - only unasked ones.
Will I have a chance to practice any the things presented in the classroom?
You bet. The class includes two short practice rallies. Although very short, the practice rallies include almost all of what you will encounter on a full length TSD road rally event. You'll have ample opportunity to practice what you learn in the class.
Do I need to have an especially prepared rally car?
Nope, not for road rallying. People compete in all sorts of vehicles, everything from VW Jettas to Subaru WRXes to Jeep Wranglers. Naturally a small, quick, good handling car will be more fun to compete with, but you can be competitive in just about any vehicle. The car needs to be street legal, with everything working and in good order - but other than that, no special preparation is necessary.
What do I need to bring with me to the school?
You just need a few basic items:
- A hard surface to write on in the car - a clipboard is perfect
- A time-of-day clock with big, easy to read digits, reading out in seconds. A digital kitchen timer will work - something like this West Bend timer works nicely. You should be able to find these at Target, Walmart, etc. A wristwatch will work in a pinch for the budget minded.
- Pens and/or pencils. Not just one - bring at least a spare or two. Cars somehow eat 'em during rallying.
- A number of differently colored highlighters (for marking up route instructions)
- A four function calculator
- Some paper.
That's it! Hope this answers any questions, but if not - post your questions here and they'll get answered.
If you're interested I would encourge you to pre-register early to guarantee a place and to enable us to know how many copies of materials we need to produce. You don't have to sign up as a driver/navigator team - if you sign up by yourself, we'll do our best to team you with someone to run the practice events.
I hope we'll see you at CJ's Lounge Saturday morning March 18!
DR SCCA Rally School Chair