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Old 11-15-2005, 12:30 PM   #1
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Default Night TSD Rally this Sat 11/19 in Mount Kisco NY (Westchester)

Westchester Sports Car Club is having its "Turkey Tour" rally this Sat night, their last for the season. Registration is from 5 to 6pm at the Applebees in Mount Kisco. First car out (leaves in registration number order) from the new Target parking lot in back of Applebees at 7pm. Cars leave in one minute increments. Figure its about 3 hours of backroads driving in the dark on roads you've never seen before. This is a Time/Speed/Distance rally on public roads for a driver and navigator. All you need is a pen and something to write on a lap (like a clipboard or a thin hardcover book), and some kind of nightlight to read the rally directions. You can drive tame and careful and go for points (I've seen familys in SUVs get decent scores) but everytime you make a wrong turn or get lost and need to backtrack a few instructions you need to haul ass to get back "on course" where you're supposed to be.

Here is a primer on what a TSD rally is:
http://www.wscc.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=186

Here is the event flier with more info:
http://wscc.org/flyers/2005TurkeyTourFlyer.pdf

I'm trying to get as many people I know together to register consecutive numbers and use CBs so we can talk car-to-car as we pass and crisscross paths on the road (cells and pulling over are a PITA).

Any questions, just ask.
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Old 11-15-2005, 01:02 PM   #2
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Is this legal being on public roads? Or is it like the cannonball race?
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Old 11-15-2005, 01:13 PM   #3
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The rally has an "average speed" which can go up or down at each direction. The average speed is always below the speed limit. So if you were to drive at that perfect speed and never slow down or speed up, or slow for turns, or stop at stop signs or red lights, or pull over to figure out if you're lost, or you make a wrong turn and have to go back, then you would get a perfect score. Not only is it impossible to not slow down and stop now and then, but its almost impossible not to miss one turn in the rally instructions. So everytime you make a wrong turn, figure out you missed something you now need to backtrack and figure out where you turned wrong, go the correct way, and speed up to catch up to where you are supposed to be. Like if you make the wrong turn and dont figure it out for 1 miles, then you go back that mile you're back at the turn you missed but you're supposed to be 2 miles down that turn, so now you need to speed up to make up for your "average speed".

So the more instructions you screw up, the faster you have to go to correct them. The more you pull over to figure something out, the faster you have to go. Its up to you as the driver. If a cop catches you speeding, you're speeding and you get a ticket. The fact that you have a few papers of rally instructions in your lap wont mean anything to the cop (and you'd be pretty stupid to tell him you're in a rally race at the moment).

But the rallys are 90% on small backroads, some of them dirt and gravel that cops never patrol. Every once in a while you'll wind up on a main road and you need to keep the cop factor in mind.

So the club's point of view is: you should have to speed to do the rally and come in on perfect time. But everyone does, because everyone will get lost at least 4 or 5 times and have to backtrack.

Its a LOT of fun. But get ready to argue with your navigator. I've seen some nasty husband/wife bf/gf arguments go on.
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Old 11-15-2005, 01:27 PM   #4
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Ok I See now, seems like fun.
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Old 11-15-2005, 03:12 PM   #5
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These rallies are a lot of fun. I'm going to attempt to find a driver/co-driver as I wouldn't mind running this one from the right seat for once. I'm still up in the air on this one as the PBX is also the same day and I'm still up in the air on that one too.

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Old 11-28-2005, 02:13 PM   #6
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Results are in:
http://www.wscc.org/results/2005/200...TourRally.html

Was that you guys in spot 2 or 3?
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Old 11-28-2005, 03:33 PM   #7
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My car finished in 3rd. We were really hoping for better but we managed to miss three turkeys. We were very impressed with how well we did to say the least.

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