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This is kind of the thing that got me started with the whole sports car thing in the early 1960's. You usually see it spelled rally, but during the 60's most organizers used the British spelling (rallye) to differentiate between car events, and political events. Out of long habit, I prefer the latter spelling, and use it in the following pages.
There are two types of rallyes in the United States, Road Rally, and ProRally (follow the links to the SCCA page for more complete definitions). I have run both, and have enjoyed them immensely. If you get a good rallymaster, they will find some great roads for you to enjoy your LBC delight. You don't have to try to be super competitive to enjoy yourself. Just consider it a Sunday Afternoon Drive with instructions, and a beer or too with other car nuts at the end. That way nor matter where you finish, you win. If you don't find the end of the rally, well stop off for a burger in a little town, and remember you were only going for a Sunday Drive anyway. As the old bumper sticker used to say, "Discover America ... Get lost on a rally."
I also had fun doing Pro-Rally for a couple of years both in the US and Canada. In 1995 I won 2nd place Co-Driver in Production GT in the SCCA Michelin Tire National Pro-Rallye Series. When I was actively doing this I would write up my account of the rally, and publish it on the net. A few still survive, from a disk crash, they are included for your enjoyment in PDF Format. Select one of the buttons on the left.
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In the Minneapolis St Paul Area, the local clubs got together and established some basic rally rules. These were used as a base, and the local rallymaster would modify specific rules in their generals, but this saved everyone from defining the world, for each rally, and gave the competitors a standardized base of Rules and terms. The document was named the "General Rally Instructions & Terms" or simply the GRIT, you can download a copy here.
I recently had my Alfa Elite rally computer upgraded. You can download/read its owners manual here. I had to reset the standard statute mile correction factor, and found these locations in the State of Minnesota for calibrating your odometer. Most of these were set with a State Highways pickup truck, and are mostly accurate, To set up a rally computer to 0,001 mile accuacy (5.28 feet) you need surveyed mileposts. On checking with the Minnesota Department of Transportation there still is one stretch of surveyed mile markers in the Twin Cities. It is located on Highway 5 in oakdale between MN120 and Jamaica Ave.
Dave Fuss uses the mile markers 10 to 20 on I94 East out of Hudson Wisc to calibrate for the Chipewa Trails National SCCA Road Rally
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