2000 ALCAN WINTER RALLY REGULATIONS
Revision #3, published 11-23-99 (revisions appear in
ENTRY & FEES
The entry fee is $2500 for one vehicle & two drivers. Make checks payable
to the Alcan Rally or Rainier Auto Sports Club, Inc (Mastercard and VISA
are also accepted).
The additional fee for a third driver is $500. If there is space in an
official car, a ride there may also be available for the cost of lodging
There organizers reserve the right to impose an advertising waiver fee
of $500 per vehicle to waive event sponsor decal requirements (this fee
is not retroactive, and will NOT apply to any team whose entry is confirmed
before the organizers announce such a sponsor). Display of any conflicting
decals will be limited to 144 total square inches.
Entry will open December 4, 1998 and close January
4, 2000 (unless the field is full before that).
A maximum of 30 entries is anticipated. The organizers
reserve the right to refuse any entry without providing a reason, and to
assign car numbers as they see fit.
Lodging on route has been arranged in advance. The entry fee inlcudes
9 nights prepaid accommodation for two people (double occupancy).
DOCUMENTATION & ELIGIBILITY
The rally is open to the general public. Minimum age is 21 unless accompanied
by a parent or guardian. All entrants must sign an event liability release
before participation is allowed, and attend the February 10 driver orientation.
Entrants must present valid driver's licenses, vehicle registration, and
proof of vehicle liability insurance. Canadian law requires that proof
of insurance be carried in a vehicle at all times.
Drivers may be changed or added, but any such changes must be documented
with event organizers. No passengers are allowed in a rally vehicle
(except in an true emergency) unless they have registered with the organizers.
SCRUTINEERING & VEHICLE ELIGIBILITY
All vehicles shall be road legal and licensed in strict compliance with
their own state or country's regulations.
Vehicles must be equipped with OEM seat belts for
all as a minimum.
A VHF 2-way radio is required (see RADIO &
A roll bar is required in soft top vehicles.
A tow strap, 5BC minimum fire extinguisher, and highway
flares or DOT triangles are required, plus tire chains for 2 wheel drive
Roof mounted lights are prohibited, and a maximum
of six forward facing lights are allowed. All lights must dip to low beam
with a single switch.
Studded tires are allowed, but with standard road-legal
studs only. Tire modification is prohibited, and teams are limited to the
use of six tires except to replace a failure.
No fuel cans are allowed inside the vehicle, and
any additional fuel tank must be an OEM type installation. NOTE:
Fuel cans are allowed in the bed of a truck (assuming the cab's
rear window is in place), or secured to the rear bumper or roof of any
Each vehicle must carry emergency supplies including
water, food, and sleeping bag or heavy clothing for each occupant.
Vehicle modifications are discouraged, and deviation
from OEM tire width and suspension height is strongly discouraged.
A vehicle may be excluded from the rally at any point
due to unsafe condition or the actions of the occupants.
CLASSES & AWARDS
There will be 5 classes:
Class I - Passenger cars using unlimited
navigational equipment and computers.
Class II - Trucks and sport/utility
vehicles (SUV's), using unlimited navigational equipment and computers.
Class III - Any type vehicle, limited
to SOP equipment. This will be defined as original
equipment odometers in the stock location, plus the team's choice of a:
1] slide rule, 2] Stevens wheel, or 3] calculator
(laptop computers and Curtas are specifically NOT allowed).
Class IV - Two wheel drive vehicles,
with unlimited navigational equipment and computers.
Dalton Class (Touring/GPS) - Will not
be scored but will adhere to the same primary route and schedule as other
teams. This class will participate on a "pass/fail" basis:
teams who complete all assigned criteria will receive the 2000 Alcan "Dalton
Award". A video or Polaroid type camera may be needed to document
arrival at specific points designated in the route book (GPS may also be
helpful but is not required).
SERVICE & VEHICLE REPAIRS
Absolutely no service crews or pre-arranged help are allowed at any location
except the start and finish. With this exception, help by outside
parties is allowed.
Cars will be started at 1 minute intervals in car number order. As the
event uses a "perfect time" format cars will be due in this sequence and
interval throughought: The route instructions include the perfect time
for car #0 at the start and finish of every section. Each car is in turn
due at this time plus the number of minutes given by their car number.
All instructions are supplemented by an official mileage, which will take
precedence. If a sign or reference is missing, use the mileage.
In the absence of a route instruction, the obvious main road should be
followed. Redundant instructions may be used to clarify the main road.
All roads used are public, through roads unless otherwise specifically
indicated in the route book.
There are no course following traps on this rally!
DEFINITION OF SECTIONS
TRANSIT: A time and mileage will be given for the start and
finish of a Transit, and controls will be located only at the finish or
designated passage controls. These are touring sections, and competitors
may proceed at their own pace as long as they enter these controls at the
TSD: In these sections teams must maintain average speeds
shown in the route book. A time and mileage will be given for the start
and finish of a TSD and controls may be located at any point within the
section. Practice is not allowed and vehicles may not enter TSD
sections before controls are open.
RALLYCROSS: These are closed sections on a controlled
raceway or course, and the fastest time wins. An approved helmet must be
worn and no passengers are allowed.
CONTROLS & TIMING
OPEN CONTROL: Will be visible, and will be located at the
finish of Transit sections. Cars must approach these during their correct
arrival minute, unless allowed by the control crew to declare their requested
arrival time. An Open Control at an overnight halt will be called an MTC
(Main Time Control).
TSD CONTROL: May be visible or hidden, and may be located
at any point within a TSD section. Cars should not stop at these controls,
as the exact passing time of each vehicle will be recorded. TSD controls
will open 5 minutes before the ideal passing time for car #1 and close
5 minutes after that of the last car.
PASSAGE CONTROL: Control location plus opening & closing
times will be designated in the route book, and cars may enter at any time
while the control is open. The organizers may extend control closing time
at their discretion.
RALLYCROSS: Locations and time will be clearly designated
in the route book, and cars will be started at the direction of event officials.
Each team will be allowed four timed runs (no more
than two per person), and the fastest two runs for the vehicle will
be scored. Vehicles will be timed from a standing start to flying
finish, with only one on the course at any time.
OPEN CONTROLS: 60 points per whole minute early or late,
maximum penalty 200. (Example: if you are due at 5:03, a "0" would be 5:03:00
TSD CONTROLS: 1 point per second early or late, maximum
penalty of 60 per control or 200 per TSD. 200 points for entering any TSD
before controls are open.
RALLYCROSS: Each vehicle will receive .1 point per tenth
of a second slower than the fastest in it's category (Used for RALLYCROSS
scoring purposes only, these categories are 2WD, 4WD without
studded tires, and 4WD with studded tires). Maximum penalty is 5
points per run (10 points per Solo venue).
ALL CONTROLS: Penalty of 200 for missing any scored control.
ASSISTANCE: For requiring fuel, extraction, or towing
from event officials. First instance 10 penalty points or a $10 fine, subsequent
instances 50 points or $50. Any team which has needed assistance multiple
times will likely not be allowed to take the Prudhoe Bay side trip.
UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT: First offense 50 penalty points,
a second offense is cause for disqualification.
SERVICE: Illegal service will be treated as unsportsmanlike
NO FAULT SCORING
No scoring queries will be considered unless there is an obvious control
log error or they describe a situation common to a number of vehicles.
Instead each entry will have their worst TSD control score subtracted at
the end of TSD #1, day #1, day #3, and at the finish.
FORCE MAJEURE & FORCE HOMME
* Once the first official car has passed through a section it is considered
open and will be scored barring an accident or safety problem. No control
will be scored, however, if less than 20% of the vehicles still competing
are able to reach that control on time.
* In order to eliminate any pressure for illegal behavior, an additional
allowance will be made for delay due to official action such as
construction or road closure. If less than 80% of the vehicles still competing
are able to arrive on time at a subsequent control due to such delay that
control will not be scored.
QUERIES & PROTESTS
The organizers will attempt to deal promptly and fairly with any query
received. These must be presented in writing to the next MTC after the
incident in question and will be answered in writing before the next morning
restart. The organizers will also appoint a claims committee to hear any
protest of their decisions. Any such appeal must be filed in writing upon
arrival at the next MTC.
RADIOS & COMMUNICATIONS
A VHF business band 2-way radio operating on 151.625 MHz is required in
all vehicles for safety. (The event has an FCC license for this frequency,
and teams who wish to add a second private frequency are expected to have
a license for such).
Some VHF radios will be available for rent or loan through the organizers.
CB radios are encouraged but are not a substitute for the required VHF
Many official vehicles will also include an amateur radio operator and
radios. Licensed Hams are encouraged to bring their equipment.
Two-way radios may not be used during a TSD section except in an
Maximum planned distance between fuel halts is 250 miles, but a range of
over 300 miles is minimal for winter safety and peace of mind.
Fuel is the final responsibility of the entrant and the failure of any
advance arrangements will be considered force majeure.
The rally was measured with an AlfaPro odometer from the right front wheel
of a Ford F250 (days 1-3) and the rear wheel of a Saab 900 (days 4-9) using
steel belted radial tires. The course was measured in dry October weather
to reduce variables and lessen the impact of changeable road conditions.
Any situation not covered by these regulations will be ruled on at the
discretion of the organizing committee.