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Old 04-14-2006, 07:12 PM   #1
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Default Mudlark TSD Rally - May 6, 2006

It's that time of year again for the annual running of the Mudlark...

http://www.bishop.ab.ca/CSCC/mudlark.htm

Route is all put together and we've found some really good NEW roads to use this year....

The website mentions a special stage....we DID get permission for this section of road as of this morning (weather dependant) so that is a go as well....

Let's see if we can break 20 entries....and of course, we're looking for volunteers to help out with checkpointing...

Contact info is listed under the supp regs if you require more information...
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Old 04-14-2006, 09:46 PM   #2
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Oooh, this looks interesting!!! It mentions a TSD school on the web link. When and how much for the school? I see the rally itself is $55.
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Old 04-15-2006, 12:03 AM   #3
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The rally school is included in the price.

It says time/date to be determined and I suspect this is mainly due to the fact that the Calgary Sports Car clubhouse is still undergoing electricity/lighting problems due to the renovations

The school will _probably_ be held on the thursday evening preceding the rally and would last a couple of hours.

When you break the $55 (or $45 for CARS affiliated club members) down into driver/co-driver payments its only $27.5 (or less) per person. Not bad when you consider how much time/effort goes into organising a TSD rally

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Old 04-15-2006, 12:22 AM   #4
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Excellent! Now I need to find a co-driver...
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Old 04-17-2006, 08:42 PM   #5
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I have a co-driver!!!! Yay!!!

The TSD Rally instructions say I need "One (1) self supporting, reflective warning triangle (30cm per side)"
Where do I get this from?
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Old 04-18-2006, 01:14 AM   #6
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Shawn from RallySport (http://www.rallysport.ca/index.htm) stocks some impressively rugged & heavy triangles (set of 3), or you can just hit up Canadian Tire etc.

Just make sure you don't purchase those flimsy little ones that can blow over when a car goes past it at a high rate of speed! When you end up using a warning triangle... you _really_ need it to stay put, otherwise you will end up more company in the ditch/snowbank.

I've also found 2 triangles to be really usefull as well (They have been known to get run over .
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Old 04-18-2006, 11:57 AM   #7
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I may try to make this if nothing else comes up.
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Old 04-19-2006, 09:36 PM   #8
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So I have my entry form all filled out... where do I hand it in?
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Old 04-19-2006, 10:10 PM   #9
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Just a reminder to people that there is just over a week left to register at the reduced "early bird" price.

JC: hope you can make it out, did you get your gravel tires under control yet?

pitwipe: You should find Chris's email and mailing address in the supp regs.
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Old 04-19-2006, 11:49 PM   #10
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Got it, cheers!
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Old 04-20-2006, 01:00 AM   #11
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Gravel tires I have. plus spare.
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Old 04-20-2006, 10:10 AM   #12
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Do you guys protect your paint with tape or anything?
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Old 04-21-2006, 11:14 AM   #13
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I need a co-driver now as well...
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Old 04-21-2006, 07:22 PM   #14
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pitwipe: mudflaps + 3m are popular

jc: you should give travis (asaweld) a call, he was looking to codrive last rally but couldn't find a decent vehicle ;D otherwise there is someone available on the cscc speedracer forum. http://cscc.speedracer.ca/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=3238
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Old 04-27-2006, 09:25 PM   #15
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There are now eight teams entered and the organisers still need a few more checkpointers if anyone has spare time on saturday, may 6th.

The early bird pricing ends Friday.
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Old 05-07-2006, 01:17 PM   #16
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The rally was AMAZING!!!! I had so much fun. Came dead last.. Got lost on the first leg, and got stuck in a bog on the second! But I fell in love with my car all over again. These cars are so good on gravel it's unreal. Once my navigator had got over her fear of going sideways, we were throwing the car into every corner.. haha. Loved it!!
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Old 05-07-2006, 08:48 PM   #17
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We enjoyed ourselves immensely, and encountered most of our problems due to second guessing instructions and having a hard time reading the odo thru all the dust!

I think TSD's are the only sport where the fun factor increases the farther back you finish

Hope to see you at the next one pitwipe!
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Old 05-08-2006, 05:22 PM   #18
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i think ive asked before...

how would someone like myself get into events like these...

roll cage? co-driver? racing seats?

if someone could let me know in short form that would be awesome!

Eric.
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Old 05-08-2006, 05:52 PM   #19
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TSD (or Time Speed Distance) Rallies are on open public road / and are at or below the posted speed limit.
So to answer your questions - Yes, you need a co-driver / and you need a few basic safety items (first aid kit / triangles / etc.) and that's it - ANY street car will do.

The whole idea of TSD rallies is that you are given a route book with "regularities" (stages) and transits. You drive the stages within a pre set amount of time with points added to your score for every second you are late or early. So it is not about who is fastest - but who is most accurate. There are also many hidden check points during each stage - so you can't just haul butt till almost the end and then just sit and wait for your finish time.

They are a lot of fun and a great way to get "into" rally.

The Edmonton Rally Club is hosting the 2nd annual 'Northern Loon' TSD on June 10th.
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http://www.edmontonrallyclub.ca/2006...006%20Loon.htm
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Old 05-08-2006, 10:28 PM   #20
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Excellent post Warren!

After the basic car prep, (good mechanical shape, good brakes/tires/lights etc), a few other basic items are required, such as a working odometer, a basic calculator, pen/paper and an accurate watch.

Keep in mind that the co-driver is arguably more important to the success of the rally than the driver.

I'm not sure if I'll be able to make it to the loon as I've got a prior commitment at another tsd rally being run in BC on the same day. :|
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Old 05-09-2006, 01:34 AM   #21
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To anyone even remotely considering doing a TSD rally, all I can say is DO IT!!!! So much fun, you won't regret it... and where else can you have 8 hours of entertainment for $55?
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Old 05-09-2006, 09:40 AM   #22
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ack! It was sooooo much fun!!!! It seems like everytime i do something new with my car it is more fun then the last thing i did!!! My favorite part was when we got lost heeheeheee
but yeah, it was such a great experience for our first TSD, and i've managed to hook my non-car/non-rallly co-driver Danelle. We are definately going to try to make it to the loon in june (lol), and she's already asking about when we can get started in performance rally haha. Thanks to everyone who was involved in putting it on and making it run smoothly. The bbq at the end was fantastic too! So easy-going and fun!!!!
I would definately recommend to anyone who is thinking about trying thier first TSD, to do it. It really requires minimal preperation, and once you get past the calculations it is really fun. And listen to your co-driver, they know what's up!!
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can anyone tell me a little more about this "calculation" thing?

thanks
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In the route book - you have the directions to the stage starts and the time the first car is to leave. You are also given the finish time for the stage.

It is then up to you (the co - driver) to figure out when you start, when you finish, and how fast you must travel.
It may seem easy (and it is after you have done it a bit) but you must be able to hold your "speed" for the entire distance of the stage. If you end up too fast / too slow - the co driver needs to be able to tell the driver to speed up / slow down.
So many calculations are made for "points" along the stage.
Remember that the checkpoints along the stage are hidden.

When (not if) you enter your first TSD make sure you attend the "seminar" that is usually put on before the start for the newbies. AND make sure to ASK QUESTIONS if you don't 100% understand. Everyone will help you out - and I mean everyone.

Try it - you'll like it.
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