29th Thunderbird Rally
Subaru Thunderbird Rally
by Nokian Tyres
by West Coast Rally Association
1 of the RPM B.C. Rally Championship
1 of the Pacific Coast Challenge
Gunn and Katie Wood, TBird 99
courtesy of Roy Lima
rally follows the BC
Rally Regulations, which are posted on www.rallybc.com,
and are availablefrom the BC Rally Director, Paul
by calling (604) 682 3296 or from Tony
Latham (firstname.lastname@example.org) ,
by calling (604) 263 1971. The rally runs on straight-forward
instructions. In addition to the route instructions,
maps will be provided. The rally will be about 850km
long, entirely within the province of BC, and will
start with an odometer check section of about 15km.
Roads will be about 30% clear pavement, 70% snow-covered
pavement and gravel. Instructions are provided
in both km and miles, but the official measurements
and calculations are based on the km figures.
equipment: 1 reflective warning
triangle, basic first aid kit, fire extinguisher,
open cars require a roll bar. Recommended equipment:
4 studded snow tires, map light, driving lights,
warm clothing, shovel, tow rope, ice scraper. Some
helpful hints: Handbrakes can freeze if left on.
Roads are often ploughed off their summer routes,
so beware of snow-filled ditches. Maximum distance
between gas stops is 250km (150mi) but remember
that many cars get worse mileage in winter conditions.
BC Highway regulations sometimes require vehicles
without 4 wheel drive to carry chains. The sweep
truck will have 4 wheel drive and a winch, but may
not always be able to extract wayward cars from
the BC scenery. Drivers are asked always to drive
with their headlights on and to be particularly
courteous to traffic not connected with the rally.
The rally will be divided into a number of legs,
each leg ending with a meal stop or overnight stop.
Each leg is divided into Transit stages and Regularity
stages. Transit stages give a stage time that is
adequate for completing the stage well within speed
limits. Your time will not be recorded in these
stages. Regularity stages list specific average
speeds, which are below the posted speed limits,
which you must maintain in each part of the stage.
Your timing in these stages determines your score.
Timing controls will be in regularity stages only,
and will not be placed near stop signs or busy intersections.
Cars may not slow down excessively within sight
of a timing control. At the control official's discretion
the time may be recorded early when that happens.
Procedure when approaching a control is simply to
drive straight past without stopping. The control
official will record your time. For double checking
the results, you may wish to note the time and mileage
at each control, but this is not required.
Timing is to the second with a
grace period which depends on your time at the immediately
previous control, but is always at least one second
each way. At the first control in a leg, scoring
will be one penalty point per second early or late
from absolute rally time, less a one second grace
period. If you are late x seconds at a control,
the grace period at the next control will be from
one second early to (x - 10) seconds late, or one
second late, whichever is greater. If you are early
x seconds at a control, the grace period at the
next control will be from one second late to (x
- 10) seconds early, or one second early, whichever
is greater. In every case, the grace period depends
only on the immediately previous control. As long
as you are running close to perfect time, this is
effectively a perfect time event. If you have
a problem, however, and lose some time (e.g. stuck
in a snow bank) you don't need to make up all of
your time immediately, but you are encouraged to
work your way gradually back towards perfect time.
example: If you are 35 seconds
late at the first control in a leg, you are assessed
34 points. If you are then 41 seconds late at
the next control, you are assessed 16 more points
(grace period was to 25 seconds late). If
you are then 25 seconds late at the following
control, you are not assessed any penalty (grace
period was to 31 seconds late). If at the next
control you are back to 35 seconds late, you are
assessed 20 more points (grace period was to 15
seconds late). If at the last control in
the leg you are 18 seconds early, you are assessed
a further 17 points, for a total of 87 points
for the leg.
reverts to absolute time at the beginning of each
leg. This may require habitually slow competitors
to forfeit some of their gas or meal time allowance.
The organizers may decide to delay sections in
order to keep the competitors together. If so,
an information control will be set up to inform
maximum penalty at a single control is 300 points
(5 minutes) and the maximum penalty for a regularity
stage is 600 points (10 minutes) Control
officials will remain in place at least until
all remaining cars are beyond 10 minutes later
than absolute rally time. Ties will be broken
by the most zero scores, then the most 1 second
to scoring: A competitor coming
upon an accident is required to stop and render
aid if necessary (e.g. in case of injury.) In such
cases, the competitor should record the mileage
in the section, and the time when they stopped as
well as the time they restarted, and give a written
declaration of this to a rally official or the event
steward. Scoring adjustments will be made
in such cases, and the crew should not try to regain
the lost time until they reach a sufficiently long
break (e.g. gas stop.) Declarations of time
lost will also be considered for organizers' errors
which make official time unattainable and other
discretionary safety concerns. In the case where
a competitor is stuck, but not injured or in any
danger, they should wave rally traffic past and
await the assistance of the sweep truck.
Tires are generously providing discounts to TBird
entrants who wish to buy their tires before the
event through Kal Tire in Langley BC. To
get the discount, please talk to Doug at Langley
Kal Tire, (604) 533 3905, or contact Martin Wilson
will be awarded for overall position and according
to the classes laid out for the BC region rally
championship: Paper: No calculators, rally
tables or accessory odometers. Calculator:
Accessory odometers, non-programmable calculating
devices that are not driven by a wheel. Unlimited:
Unlimited equipment. Novice: neither team
member having entered more than 3 TSD rallies
prior to the start of the competition year and
navigation equipment to conform to calculator
class. Historic: Vehicles manufactured
more than 25 years before the start of the current
calendar year (i.e. prior to January 1, 1975)
as per the date stated on the vehicle registration.
Navigation equipment must either conform to Calculator
class or be manufactured more than 25 years before
the start of the current calendar year.
the purpose of event trophies, the organizers
reserve the right to combine classes in case of
low entry. The championship is nevertheless
scored according to the class you enter.
of the Event
(604) 682 3296
(604) 263 1971
January 26: Close of early entries.
Dinner at the Whistler Boston Pizza, followed
by informal convoy via Duffey Lake Rd to Cache
Creek. This isn't officially part of the rally,
just a more entertaining way to get to the
start than Highway 1. Phone ahead to
check with the BC Ministry of Highways, in
case Duffey Lake is closed for avalanche control
- if you're turned back at Mount Currie, the
detour adds about 7 hours.
Close of pre-registration at Desert Motel,
in Cache Creek, start order assigned. All
entries received after this time will be
placed at the back of the field, in the
Late Registration & Buffet Breakfast
$7.00/person. Wander Inn Restaurant, Cache
Technical inspection, Desert Motel, Cache
Novice drivers' meeting
First car out
End of day 1, Fraser Inn, Williams Lake
First car out
End of day 2, Wander Inn Restaurant, Cache
Creek. Dinner & Awards presentation
(start making up your stories)
to the start: The Desert Motel and the Wander
Inn are on opposite sides of Highway 1 in Cache
Creek, about 200m south of the junction with Highway
Fee: $130 ($90 US) for entries received before midnight
January 26, 2000.
$160 ($110 US) for late entries.
Members of West Coast Rally Association and NSCC
are eligible for a $30 ($20 US) discount.
have arranged hotel group rates as follows:
Creek (Friday Night and/or Sunday Night):
The Desert Motel: 1-800-663-0212 or 1-250-457-6226.
One bed: $40 + taxes, Two beds: $50 + taxes. Just
mention the Thunderbird Rally.
Lake (Saturday Night):
Fraser Inn: 1-800-452-6789 is the toll free number
1-888-311-8863 is the toll free US number.
$64 + taxes #7661911 is the reservation code for
non smoking rooms,
#7671911 is the reservation code for smoking rooms