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TSD day rally in Mount Kisco NY 8/26/07


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#1 TurboMike

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Posted 17 August 2007 - 11:23 AM

http://wscc.org/flyers/2007SummerRallyFlyer.pdf

TimeSpeedDistance DAYTIME rally on Sunday, 08/26/07. Registration from Noon to 12:30, drivers meeting at 12:30, first car off at 1pm. Cars leave in 1 minute invtervals from your car number, so first come first start. Should be about 2-4 hours (usually 3ish). You need TWO people (driver and navigator), and $20 per car ($10 each). Recommended: a pen, something to write on on the nav's lap (like a clipboard), a basic calculator (or a nav who likes math), and a watch/clock with seconds that you can easily reset to the rallymaster's time. Rally computers, GPS systems, and lights above headlight level not allowed. Trophys for the winners of each class.

What is it? A TimeSpeedDistance (TSD) rally has an "average speed" that you should follow through the rally. Its set BELOW the speed limit. The rally instructions are very tricky and you're looking for stuff at night (ie: make 3rd left after the word "STRINGS", or make second acute right, etc) so you're going to make a few bad turns. After you figure out you're in the wrong place you have to backtrack to the correct turn without getting lost, then speed up to get back to your "average speed" (where you would be if you didnt get lost). There are hidden signs along the course you need to mark down, and hidden checkpoints where you pull over and they record what time you came in. Points are given for every second early or late to each checkpoint, and for each sign missed or put out of order. Lowest points win.

So questions like "is this illegal" or "dude this is awesome I'm gona go 175mph" or "wont we all get arrested" are silly since thats not what the rally is about. Some people do it in minivans with their kids in the backseat helping look for turns. If you make a wrong turn or get lost, its up to you if you choose you catch up slowly and safely and risk hitting a checkpoint and getting lots of points, or if you drive like an rump roast and risk getting pulled over by a cop or taking risks so you can make up time as quickly as possible and get a better score. There will be mostly twisty hilly backroads where you probably will never see a cop, but they are also public roads and you take any risks on your own. I can guaranty you will enjoy them a lot more in a sports car "taking a few risks" than a minivan full of kids tho. Some people will choose to have a nice ride down some twisty windy backroads in the dark, some people will get way lost and come into checkpoints late and gets lots of points, and some people will choose to drive in a manner to make up time each time they get lost and have a blast down some twicked roads. Its all up to the drivers. The roads are awesome and usually including some dirt and gravel roads, but nothing a lowered car couldn’t handle.

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Posted 18 August 2007 - 11:07 AM

Familiar with TSD's .Attempted Finger Lakes once with Brad "bythesea". Have a much better idea of what its like now....but still novice all the way.

Who's up for being my navigator!??

I'm pretty sure that day is open.

Anybody have a rally 'puter? :cool: Orange soda?:grin:

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Posted 24 August 2007 - 11:27 AM

I dont think they have a computer class, so leave it at home. WSCC rallys are more about not making wrong turns. I've been in TSDs where the turns are very easy and obvious and people win classes by seconds. WSCC rallys are super tough and more about finishing and usually classes are won by minutes (sometimes 10 min difference between top cars, thats how tough it is). However this is a rare day rally they're putting on so it should be a lot easier. Usually they have night rallys where only 2/3 of the cars actually make it to the last checkpoint.




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