Rally School

by | May 11, 2021 | Uncategorized

Redwood Region PCA is presenting a time-speed-distance (TSD) rally school on Saturday June 26th at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park. The event is free and open to all PCA members, from any region. Preregistration is required and will be limited to the first 50 applicants (25 cars). You will be required to pay a $7.00 per car parking fee at Sonoma State University.

A TSD rally is a team event; each car will require a driver and a navigator. The objective is to follow the prescribed route and arrive at each checkpoint exactly on time, with points deducted for both early and late arrival. The correct arrival time is based on the official miles of the official route and the assigned speeds along the route. The job of the navigator is to read the route instructions to the driver and to perform the necessary calculations to determine if they are on time, running early, or running late. This short video from the Rainier Auto Sports Club gives a good description of TSD rallies.

School begins at 10:00 with one hour of classroom demonstrations and discussion, followed by a one-hour practice rally. Both drivers and navigators should attend.

Because we will be driving on public roads at legal speeds, a TSD rally is suitable for any car. An SUV or sedan is just as likely to bring home a trophy as a sports car. The only equipment you will need is a working odometer, clock and calculator (smartphone) and clipboard, pen or pencil. The video shows some sophisticated rally equipment, but none will be required or necessary for the planned, entry-level events.

Preregistration and completed online wellness screen are required prior to attendance. A link to the screen and parking instructions will be emailed the week before school. Register here.

In addition to the rally school, Redwood Region has planned two TSD rallies. Die Trockenbach Rallye will be a four-hour event on Saturday, July 24th, starting in Windsor and finishing in Healdsburg. The Devil’s Gulch rally will be a 6½ hour event on Saturday, August 28th, starting in Fairfax and finishing in Rohnert Park. Both rallies will be free and open to all PCA members or Porsche drivers. Awards will be presented to the top three finishers in each rally.

Fans of Ida Clayton Road will be disappointed; there are no dirt roads on either rally nor on the practice run.

Jim Robison

Jim Robison


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