2005 Nor'wester Regulations

Posted 7-12-05


  1. The entry fee is $700 for one passenger vehicle and two drivers, or $550 for one motorcycle and rider.. Make checks payable to Rainier Auto Sports Club, Inc (Mastercard and VISA are also accepted).
  2. The additional fee for a third vehicle driver or second cycle rider is $150.  (Two-person motorcycle teams are possible if organizers have room to transport one rider)..
  3. Entry will close August 1, 2005 unless a maximum number are recieved sooner.
  4. Entry fees (less $100 deposit) are fully refundable through August 1, 2005, after that date an additional $100 may be retained.  No refunds are possible once a vehicle has left the start line.
  5. A maximum of 25 automobile and motorcycle entries will be accepted. The organizers reserve the right to refuse any entry without providing a reason, and to assign vehicle numbers as they see fit.
  6. Lodging on route has been arranged in advance.  The entry fee includes 3 nights accommodations (double occupancy), two lunches, and an awards banquet.


  1. The rally is open to the general public. Minimum age is 18 unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  2. Entrants must sign a liability release before participation is allowed.
  3. Entrants must present valid driver's licenses (with motorcycle endorsement if applicable), vehicle registration, and proof of vehicle liability insurance.  NOTE:Canadian law requires that proof of insurance be carried at all times!  Entrants should also carry a passport or birth certificate for border crossings.
  4. Drivers may be changed or added during the event, but this must be prearranged with event organizers. Trading drivers among vehicles is freely allowed on transit sections, but any trade on a TSD section must be approved in advance by the organizers.  (ie: This could be allowed for press purposes, but not allowed if it appeared to give a scoring advantage.)
  5. No passengers are allowed in a rally vehicle (except in an emergency) unless they have been registered.


All vehicles:

  1. All vehicles shall be road legal and licensed in strict compliance with regulations of its state or country of registration.
  2. A maximum of four additional forward facing lights are allowed, and all lights must dip to low beam with a single switch. Forward-facing roof mounted lights are prohibited.
  3. A "business band" radio that receives & transmits on 151.625 Mhz is suggested (see RADIO & COMMUNICATIONS).
  4. A vehicle may be excluded from the rally at any point due to unsafe condition or the actions of the occupants. This includes violations of these rules, multiple citations, and acts that endanger the general public or discredit the event.
  5. Any participant cited for reckless driving will be disqualified.

Cars, Trucks, SUV's:

  1. Vehicles must be equipped with OEM seat belts for all as a minimum.
  2. A roll bar is required in soft top vehicles.
  3. Forward facing roof mounted lights are prohibited
  4. A tow strap, 5BC minimum fire extinguisher and highway flares or DOT triangles are required.
  5. No fuel cans are allowed inside the vehicle, and any additional fuel tank must be an OEM or otherwise certified installation.


  1. Fuel must be contained in a single OEM or comparable quality afternarket tank.
  2. Use of auxiliary gas cans or containers is prohibited.
  3. Helmet use is required at all times.  Helmets must be DOT and/or SNELL approved.
  4. Organizers will transport one 50# container of clothing or gear for each cycle, plus 2 spare tires.  A packing list must be provided, as this may be required at customs.  Please pack securely in a weatherproof bag, not hard-sided case.
  5. A "buddy system" is required for cycles.  This means that entrants must declare their riding partner before the event start and such group must keep track of each other throughout each riding day.  (This doesn't mean a "buddy" has to stay behind with a dead cycle, but must pass this information to event officials before leaving the scene).



Absolutely no service crews are allowed at any time or location after the start.


Vehicles will be started at 1 minute intervals in numerical order. As the event uses a "perfect time" format they 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 vehicle is in turn due at this time plus the number of minutes given by their assigned number.


  1. All instructions are supplemented by an official mileage, which will take precedence. If a sign or reference is missing, use the mileage.
  2. In the absence of a route instruction, the obvious main road should be followed. Redundant instructions may be used to clarify the main road.
  3. All roads used are public, through roads unless otherwise specifically indicated in the route book.
  4. There are no course following traps on this rally!


TRANSIT: A time and mileage will be given only for the start and finish of a Transit. These are touring sections, and competitors may proceed at their own pace as long as they enter controls at the correct time.

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.




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 day #1 and day #4 (from scores accumulated during each successive period).


* 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.  (Cycles will be treated as a separate group, and this rule applied for each group).
* 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 all vehicles still competing are able to arrive on time at a subsequent control due to such delay that control will not be scored. (Cycles will be treated as a separate group, and this rule applied for each group).


The organizers will attempt to deal promptly and fairly with any query received. These must be presented in writing by the evening MTC and will be answered in writing before the next morning restart.


  1. A VHF 2-way radio operating on 151.625 Mhz ("Red dot" frequency) is suggested. A hand-held unit is acceptable for cycles.
  2. VHF radios are available for loan or purchase ($90) through the organizers (please reserve in advance).
  3. CB radios are encouraged but are not a substitute for VHF equipment.  Officials will monitor VHF, not CB
  4. Licensed Hams are encouraged to bring their equipment, many officials vehicles will include Hams.
  5. NO two-way radio transmission is allowed during any TSD section except in an emergency.  (Monitoring 151.625 is encouraged at all times).


  1. Maximum planned distance between fuel is 100 miles, but an extended range is encouraged.  Fuel is the final responsibility of the entrant, and failure of any advance arrangements will be considered force majeure (this also means gas station refernced in the route book is not guaranteed to be open)..
  2. The rally was measured with an AlfaPro odometer using steel belted radial tires.
  3. Any situation not covered by these regulations will be ruled on at the discretion of the organizing committee.

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