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how does one get involved with rally racing?

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#1 Jack in Norfolk

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Posted 06 October 2003 - 12:29 AM

Is there an scca class for people that want to rally race? Do you have to have a roll cage and stuff? Are there local chapters or would I have to move back to seattle?
Do any of you guys do it? I used to go to scca autocross races with my friend and flag corners somtimes. Is there anything that entry level for rally racing?
I had seen a few announcements for "road rallies" on the blue ridge parkway when I was in Harrisonburg, but that is a different thing from racing; that seems like more of an exercise in navigation. I get enough of that at work:banghead: :madder: !!!

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Posted 06 October 2003 - 01:25 AM

I don't have any real info other then to check out http://www.scca.org

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Posted 06 October 2003 - 01:32 AM

Start by going to rallys, ask the people what to do... Join the Scca, get a rulebook (Like 260pages!) Buy a car! Go to www.bensrallypage.com join www.specialstage.com If U want u can contact the SCCA and ask about gettin a co-drivers license and start from there. I am at the building the car stage:D Oh and moving back to seattle, there are ALOT of rallys around here! Wild West, Oregon trail, And Lots of rally crosses and TSD's and stuff. Fun times.

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Posted 06 October 2003 - 08:36 AM

Check out www.grassrootsmotorsports.com
They have a lot of info on starting racing. I also suggest subscribing or picking up their mag on the rack. They have more info on paper than on the web. Call them and ask for back issues with articles on Rally'ing. They're good people and always willing to help. I suggest calling them versus email...they're so busy it takes a while to get a response (they run 2 mags now). Also start checking out their message board. Lots of good knowledgable people. Ask away...no typical flamers when it comes to newbies.

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Posted 06 October 2003 - 11:01 AM

Road rallies are primarily a navigation/smoothness event but theres a type most definetly worth doing sometimes available. In upstate NY they have the Finger Lakes Region of SCCA and they run "Brisk" winter rallies. With three speed groups ranging as high as 45 MPH average speed for the event you can get plenty of Left Foot Knuckle Clenching wheel time as you navigate unlit frozen gravel roads at speeds as high as 60-70 MPH(this is only if you haven't figured out the first thing about navigating before the event (A La Moosens/ByTheSea school rally of craziness)). They are a blast! You can actually wreck your car in places(I think last years was the culprit in my two bent rear shocks issue) like when the instructions say "ruts ahead" and you hit em going 50 mph with a ditch down each side of the one lane goat path. Or even something as simple as going over a railroad crossing while making up lost time(wheres the chiropractor?) and dent the headliner,,,and the roof,,,with your noggin :) FLR would be a haul from VA but maybe one of the regions closer to you has something similar. A tip of experience is this. Don't get so enthusiastic that you destroy your car a long way from home like I did my first time. Motors ain't so cheap. But we finished!!!

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Posted 06 October 2003 - 12:57 PM

Come to this event that is soon and relatively close by. It's not a rally race but it's the next best thing to it and you can run with your street car. There will be plenty of people there to talk to that have experience in both types of rallying. There might even be one or 2 pro rally cars there running.


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Posted 06 October 2003 - 10:11 PM

You may want to het a hold of GravelRX, If I remember right, he does some rally racing in Virginia.



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Posted 06 October 2003 - 10:37 PM

Rally Cross is the entry level class for Pro Rally. If you want to race off road this is where you start. There are few requirements, most cars, even bone stock, are accepted. The car should be safe but no roll cage is required. You do need a helmet. Try it, you'll like it!

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Posted 07 October 2003 - 02:49 PM

This may be a little far for you but it's a rally sprint (low mileage prepared rally cars) and a rally cross the next day.


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