2008 Alcan Winter
ENTRY & FEES
The entry fee is $2800 for one vehicle & two drivers. Make checks payable
to the Alcan Rally or Rainier Auto Sports Club, Inc. (Mastercard and VISA
The additional fee for a third driver is $700. (If there is space in an
official car, rides for the press may be available for this cost).
Organizers reserve the right to impose an advertising waiver fee of $500
per vehicle to display decals conflicting with an overall event sponsor.
(This fee is not retroactive, and would NOT apply to any team declaring
a sponsor before organizers announce a conflicting sponsor).
Entry will close January 10, 2008, or earlier if
the field is declared full..
All fees are payable in full by December 15, 2007,
but are fully refundable (less $200 deposit) through January 15, 2008.
After January 15 a $500 room cancellation penalty will be retained, and
no refunds can be made once a vehicle has left the start line.
A maximum of 30 entries are expected. The organizers
reserve the right to refuse any entry without providing a reason, and to
assign vehicle numbers as they see fit.
Lodging on route has been arranged in advance. Entry fees include
ten 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.
Entrants must attend the February 16 driver orientation, and sign an event
liability release before participation is allowed.
Entrants must present valid driver's licenses, vehicle registration, and
proof of vehicle liability insurance. NOTE: Canadian law requires
that proof of insurance be carried at all times. Entrants may also
need a passport for border crossings.
Drivers may be changed or added during the event,
and documented with event organizers. Trading drivers among vehicles is
freely allowed on transit sections, but any trade on a TSD or ice race
must be approved in advance by the organizers (this might be allowed for
press purposes, but not if it could give a scoring advantage.)
No passengers are allowed in a rally vehicle (except
in an emergency) unless they have registered.
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 RADIOS &
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
A maximum of four forward facing lights may be added,
all lights must dip to low and/or fog beam with a single switch.
Forward-facing door or roof mounted lights are prohibited.
Studded tires are allowed, but only with standard
road-legal studs in OEM moulded holes. Tire modification is prohibited
(except for microsiping), and teams are limited to the use of six
tires (eight if the vehicle has duallies) 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:
Secured fuel cans are allowed in a truck bed,or the rear bumper,
hitch,or roof of any vehicle.
Each vehicle must carry emergency supplies including
water, food, and a sleeping bag or heavy clothing for each occupant.
Vehicle modifications are discouraged, and any increase
from OEM tire width and suspension height is strongly discouraged. Note:
tires are better in winter!
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, citations, reckless driving, and acts that endanger
the general public or discredit the event).
Any participant cited for reckless driving will not
be allowed to drive for the remainder of the event, and/or cause his team
to.be moved to touring class.
A "buddy system" is required. This means entrants
must declare driving partners ("Buddy groups" of 2 or 3 vehicles) before
the event start, and keep track of each other throughout each day. Note:
A buddy doesn't have to stay behind for non-emergency problems, just notify
an event official as soon as possible.
There will be 7 classes. If class I E ,
II E, or III has just 1 member, the class will be dropped and the member
may roll up to it's parent class or down to class III.
Class I - Passenger
cars, using unlimited navigational equipment and computers.
Class I E - Passenger
cars, meeting "Equipped" standards: Navigational equipment and computers
are free with these exceptions: 1) Computing devices have no real-time
distance input, and there is no connection between odometer and computing
device. 2) Computing devices may not be connected to GPS during
TSD's. 3) Purpose-built "A box" rally computers are not
permitted, even with distance input maually.
Class II - Trucks and sport utility
type vehicles, using unlimited navigational equipment and computers.
Class II E -
Trucks and sport utility type vehicles meeting "Equipped" standards (see
Class III - Any
type vehicle, limited to SOP mileage input. This will be defined
as original equipment odometers in the stock location, plus a slide rule,
Stevens wheel, and/or electronic calculator. GPS is also acceptable,
laptop computers and Curta calculators are NOT. A laptop may be carried
if not accessible during TSD sections, and
a "B-box" clock/odometer combination is allowed for timekeeping as long
as the odometer does not run during TSD's (mileage must remain "0", and
display covered if separate from clock).
Class IV - Two wheel
drive vehicles, with unlimited navigational equipment and computers.
Vintage - 1984 and
older vehicle models, limited to SOP or vintage navigational equipment.
Vintage entries are accepted with the understanding they may not be allowed
on more extreme partions of the route such as the Dempster Highway (organizers
will make a final determination in Whitehorse).
Touring Class - Will
not be scored or compete in ice races, but must adhere to the same primary
route and schedule as other teams. Also eligible for the "Arctic
Award" (see below).
Arctic Award: To each team completing
100% of the route under their own power and entering all scored controls
Isuzu "Go Farther" Award: Perpetual
trophy sponsored by Isuzu. Awarded to the team who best exemplifies the
spirit of Isuzu's "Go Farther" slogan. It is also intended to recognize
the efforts of our many private entries who compete successfully with factory
Team Award: A Team is defined as
three or four entries, including at least one "rookie" vehicle (where
no occupant has run or worked an Alcan). Each entry on
a team will be given a "rank" equal to their place in class. The winning
team will be the one with the lowest average such "rank". Teams must
be declared by the close of registration.
SERVICE & VEHICLE REPAIRS
Absolutely no service crews or exclusive pre-arranged help is allowed at
any location except the start and finish. With this exception, help
by outside parties is allowed.
Vehicles will be started at 1 minute intervals in numerical 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.
Most 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 as designated. These
are touring sections, and competitors may proceed at their own pace as
long as they enter these 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 before
the designated time.
these sections teams will use average speeds shown in the route book to
calculate their arrival times. A time and mileage will be given for the
start and finish of a DIY and controls may be located at any point within
the section. Practice is not allowed and vehicles may not enter
before the section is open.
One-car-at a-time "solo" sections on a closed course. A Snell-approved
helmet must be worn and no passengers are allowed.
CONTROLS & TIMING
TSD CONTROL: May be visible or hidden,
and located at any point within a TSD section. Do 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 the last car is due.
DIY CONTROL: Will be visible, and
located at any point within a DIY section. Do not stop, but at the appropriate
reference record your time (as HH:MM:SS) on the scorecard provided. DIY's
will open at the time designated in the route book and close 5 minutes
after the last car is due at the final control. The route book will
designate a scoring location just after the end of a DIY: you have 5 minutes
to turn in a completed scorecard to officials there, and no communication
with other teams is allowed during this time.
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. Some Passage
Controls may be noted in the route book as "Extreme" - these are
considered optional but have a small penalty or reward defined in advance..
MTC (Main Time Control): A
passage control used at overnight halts. Location, time, and other
info will appear in the route book. Attendance is important as the
MTC's purpose is to account for all teams, disseminate new information,
and address questions or concerns.
ICE RACE: 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 driver), and the fastest two runs for the vehicle
will be scored. Vehicles will be timed from a standing start to flying
finish, with at least a 1-minute interval between vehicles.
TSD & DIY CONTROLS: 1
point per second early or late, maximum penalty of 60 per control or 200
per TSD or DIY. 200 points for entering a section before it's open, driving
it more than once, or driving in the reverse direction of rally traffic
(except very briefly to capture a missed turn or reference).
ICE RACE: Each vehicle will
receive .1 point per tenth of a second slower than the fastest in it's
"category". (Used for ICE RACE scoring purposes only,
these categories are 2WD, 4WD
without studded tires, and 4WD with
studded tires. If there is only one entry in a category, for successfully
completing all events they will receive an ice race score equal to the
overall ice race winner). Maximum penalty per venue is 5 points for
each of 2 scored runs, calculated by comparing first the best run for each
vehicle, then all "second best" runs.
200 penalty points for missing a scored passage control or MTC, "Extreme"
controls are 10 points.
ASSISTANCE (requiring fuel, extraction, or towing): 10
penalty points or a $10 fine (payable to the sweep crew). Any team which
has needed excessive assistance may not be allowed to take the Inuvik and/or
Tuk side trip.
UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT (including illegal service):
offense 50 penalty points, a second offense is cause for disqualification.
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 day #1, day #4, and at the finish (from score accumulated during
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 within 30 seconds of the ideal 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 within 30 seconds of the ideal 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 unless a meeting must be arranged to investigate details.
RADIOS & COMMUNICATIONS
A VHF business band 2-way radio operating on 151.625 MHz is required in
all vehicles for safety. A hand-held unit is acceptable if connected to
vehicle power and a roof-mounted antenna.
VHF radios are available for rent or purchase through the organizers if
arranged in advance.
CB radios are allowed, but will not substitute for required VHF equipment.
Officials will monitor VHF, not CB
Most Alcan staff are also licensed amateur radio operators. Licensed Hams
are encouraged to bring their equipment.
NO two-way radio transmission is allowed during any
TSD section except in an emergency. (Monitoring 151.625 is
encouraged at all times).
Maximum planned distance between fuel halts is 250 miles, but a range of
over 300 miles is recommended for 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 axle of a 2006 Subaru Forester..
Any situation not covered by these regulations will be ruled on at the
discretion of the organizing committee.