Blue Ridge Mountain Sports Car Club presents:
A Chuck Rally without so much Chuck
Coordinates: 40.427079, -79.706621
This is a trap rally of just over 70 miles that should take about three and a half hours. All of the traps are well fail-safed with a max score of 100 for each leg. The roads used are a mix of back roads and four lane split highways. The back roads range from fresh asphault to shallow potholes. There will be a midpoint break with gas, food, and bathrooms. We will end at Bella Luna Trattoria in the same plaza as the start.
For starters - there should be two of you in the car: a driver, and a navigator (who isn't inclined to get car-sick reading while moving, or has an antidote for it).
Bring a mechanically sound car* that has a tenths -reading odometer (a resettable trip odometer can be a help), a clipboard, a four function calculator, several working pens, a set of highlighters (for marking up the route instructions) and post-it notes.
If you can choose between a mechanical odometer that "rolls" and a digital display, the mechanical will enable you to interpolate to the hundredths. If you only have the digital tenths, then you'll have to do a lot more "guessing" in between the numbers clicking over. We have folks who have gotten good at this with practice!
While every team has their own procedure, it's useful to be able to highlight things like speed changes, and free zones (remember - there is a tutorial to get you started!) so that "on the road" it helps you remember them better. The post-its are to stick on your dashboard to remind the driver of the assigned speeds and what the active course following priorities are.
Also - having a good map of the area that includes secondary (and tertiary roads) can be very helpful if you get lost and can't regain the rally course.
*While a cell phone and a AAA membership can't hurt, a lot of the time, we'll be traveling on roads that are well off the beaten track, and you may not have much of a description of where you are! "Well - we got here by turning left after "Snodgrass", then right at T, and left by protection... " While a GPS unit probably won’t help you very much while running the rally, it may be very useful for telling AAA where you are if you break down.