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TurboMike 04-14-2010 04:46 PM

TSD night rally in Westchester Sat night 4/24/10

TimeSpeedDistance NIGHT rally on Saturday, 04/24/10. Registration from 5 to 6:15, drivers meeting at 6:30, first car off at 7pm. 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 ass 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.

man show 04-14-2010 09:27 PM

Pretty cool idea..

TurboMike 04-14-2010 09:55 PM

Its big fun. If you were local I'd say it was a must do.

RcrsWetDream 04-14-2010 10:36 PM

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Sounds kind of like a road rally that my parents used to do... Basically just city-wide scavenger hunts. Obviously not the same, but similar.

alexxxphilly 04-15-2010 09:17 AM

Ahhhhh S*** i did one of these back in Argentina!! they are so much fun!!
too bad that this one is almost 3 hours away from philly :(

TurboMike 04-15-2010 09:25 AM

Yeah you'd have to be pretty hardcore to do a 3 hour drive, do the rally, then 3 hours home. Although we did get guys from Maine and New Hampshire once who split a hotel room. Those guys were hardcore rally maniacs tho.

nagyhead 04-15-2010 09:35 AM

Is Bam going to be there? This sounds like something his crew would do.

TurboMike 04-15-2010 10:26 AM

Uh... Bam Margera? I hope not. He'd probably #1 get bored after the third instruction and and pull into a 7-11 for a RedBull or #2 do something stupid and get thrown out by the club.

Its about having fun, driving fast (if you choose to), and finishing the rally without getting so lost you cant figure out where to go next. Its not about acting like a moron in front of a camera to earn another million bucks from fans (ie: at other's expense).

Or is there a Subie guy named Bam I'm not aware of and we're not talking about the actor that everyone thinks lives like he does on camera?

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