2018 Alcan 5000 Regulations
Draft 5, 2/2/2018 (minor changes)
ENTRY & FEES
- The entry fee is $3000 for one
passenger vehicle & two drivers, or $2000 for one
motorcycle & rider. Make checks payable to Rainier
Auto Sports Club, Inc (Mastercard and VISA are also accepted).
- The additional fee for a third vehicle
driver is $900.
- Entry will close June 1, 2018 unless
field is declared full earlier.
- Payment in full is required by June
1, 2018. A $500 room fee will be retained for
cancellations after that date, and no refunds can be made once
a vehicle has left the start line since most rooms are
guaranteed or prepaid.
- A total of 50 to 60 entries are
expected, with a close balance of autos and cycles. The
organizers reserve the right to refuse any entry without
providing a reason, and assign vehicle numbers as they see
- Lodging on route has been arranged in
advance. The entry fee includes 9 nights accommodations
(double occupancy), plus receptions and banquets.
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 August 20
driver orientation and sign a liability release before
participation is allowed.
- Entrants must present valid driver's
licenses (with motorcycle endorsement if applicable), vehicle
registration, and proof of vehicle liability insurance.
NOTE: Canadian law requires proof of insurance be carried
at all times! Entrants also need a passport
for border crossings.
- Drivers may be changed or added during
the event, but this must be prearranged and documented with
event organizers. Trading drivers among vehicles is freely
allowed on transit sections, but any such trade on a TSD
section must be approved. (This could be allowed for
press purposes, but not if it appeared to give a scoring
- No passengers are allowed in a rally
vehicle (except in an emergency) unless they have been
SCRUTINEERING & VEHICLE ELIGIBILITY
- All vehicles shall be road legal and licensed in strict
compliance with regulations of its state or country of
- All lights must dip to low beam with a
- A vehicle may be excluded from the
rally at any point due to unsafe condition or actions of the
occupants. This includes violations of these rules, multiple
citations, and acts that endanger the general public or
discredit the event.
- Any participant cited for reckless
driving will either placed in touring class or no longer
allowed to drive.
- GPS is allowed in all vehicles
at all times, and organizers may provide GPS waypoints to
assist course following.
- Laptops may be carried by all, but
only unlimited vehicles may use these or similar devices in
- Words like "Race" or "Racing" should
NOT appear in team names, team wear or custom vehicle
decals. These are only allowed on manufacturer provided
goods for related products, or established teams with
documented history. (ie: "Fox Racing" gear or decals
would be fine, "Fox Racing Team" would probably not.
Please ask in advance if you're not sure).
Cars, Trucks, SUV's:
- Vehicles must be equipped with OEM seat belts for all as a
- A roll bar is required in soft top vehicles.
- A "business band" radio that receives
& transmits on 151.625 Mhz is required in autos (see RADIO & COMMUNICATIONS).
- A SPOT or DeLorme GPS
tracking device is required in every auto.
- A maximum of four additional forward
facing lights are allowed, and forward facing roof
mounted lights are prohibited
- A tow strap, 5BC minimum fire extinguisher and highway flares
or DOT triangles are required.
- No fuel cans are allowed inside a vehicle, and any additional
fuel tank must be an OEM or otherwise certified installation.
Secured fuel carriers are allowed in a truck bed,or
attached to the rear bumper, hitch, or roof of any vehicle.
- Fuel must be contained in OEM or
comparable quality main tanks, RotopaX fuel carriers, or
auxiliary cells from OEM or major aftermarket suppliers
(please ask in advance if there's a question).
Home-built systems are not allowed, and cells or
carriers must be securely mounted to the vehicle not stored in
panniers or luggage.
- Helmet use is required at all
times. Helmets must be DOT or SNELL approved (CE is
acceptable for foreign entrants).
- Organizers will transport 40# of
clothing or gear for each cycle, plus 2 spare tires.
Gear may be in 1 or 2 containers, clearly marked with the
entrants name & number. A packing list must be
provided as this may be required at customs. Please pack
securely in a weatherproof bag, not hard-sided
case. In general clothing and overnight gear will be
carried by advance crews and unloaded nightly, tires &
parts will be unloaded only on request.
- A "buddy system" is required.
This means entrants must declare their riding partners (buddy
groups of 2 to 4 riders) before the event start, and such
group must keep track of each other throughout each riding
day. (This doesn't mean "buddies" must stay behind with
a non-running cycle, but must pass information to an event
official before leaving the scene).
- At least one SPOT or DeLorme GPS
tracking device is required in every buddy group.
- Alcan routes & support are
intended for dual sport cycles. No heavy road bikes are
allowed, and sidecars will be considered only on
special request from past Alcan finishers.
These are offered, entrants must
declare one by August 20:
Class I - Passenger cars.
Unlimited navigational equipment.
Class I SOP - Passenger cars.
Class II - Trucks and sport/utility,
sports/activity vehicles. Unlimited navigational
Class II SOP - Trucks and
sport/utility, sports/activity vehicles. SOP equipment.
Class III - Motorcycles 700 cc and
under. Unlimited navigational equipment.
Class III SOP - Motorcycles 700 cc
and under. SOP equipment
Class IV - Motorcycles over 700
cc. Unlimited navigational equipment.
Class IV SOP - Motorcycles over 700
cc. SOP equipment.
Historic - 1986 and older autos,
limited to SOP & Historic equipment. Later models are
allowed if same body as 1986. This includes E30
(1982-1991) BMW and C3 (1984-1991) Audi, but not B3
(1988+) Audi or B4 (1989+) Subaru. Historic classes are by decade:
H80 is 80's, H70 is 70's, H60 is
60's, and H50 is 50's (any class with less than 3
vehicles will be grouped with the next newer.)
Adventure Touring - Will not be
scored but will adhere to the same basic route & schedule as
* SOP is defined as OEM
odometer plus a slide rule, Stevens wheel, and basic
electronic calculator. Rally tables are allowed, but computers
(laptop, tablet, notebook, Android, iPhone, etc), and Curta
calculators are NOT.
* Historic equipment
includes SOP items plus mechanical odometers like Halda
Tripmaster & Twinmaster, and "Class B" or "Pro" electronic
tripmeters such as Alfa Pro, Timewise 526B or 547B, Brantz
Retrotrip 2; Brantz International 1 & 2 Classic; and
Terratrip 1, 101+ and 202 with no calculating
function and no remote display. "Class A" rally
computers are specifically forbidden, but odometers may
include a digital clock. As a tribute to long history,
Halda Speedpilots and Curta calculators are allowed.
* Cycles are allowed to relocate OEM
instruments as needed, and add a "Speedo
device for error correction.
Arctic Award: To entrants
completing 100% of the route, including all extreme controls.
"Go Farther" Award: Perpetual
award sponsored by Isuzu, for teams best exemplifying the spirit
of their "Go Farther" slogan.
Team Award: A Team is defined
as three to five entries, including at least one auto,
one cycle, and one "rookie" vehicle (where no
occupant has run or worked an Alcan). Each entry on
a team will be given a score factor, which is the ratio of their
score to the winning score in their class. The winning team will
be the one with the lowest average score factor. Teams
must be declared by 8pm August 20.
SERVICE & VEHICLE REPAIRS
No service crews are allowed during the
event. Pre-arranged help is allowed only at facilities
available to all.
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 throughout: 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.
- 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
- There are no course following traps on
DEFINITION OF SECTIONS
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
noted controls at the correct time.
TSD: In these "Regularity" 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. Practice is not
allowed and vehicles may not enter TSD sections before set
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.
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. Some
Passage Controls will be noted as "Extreme" - these are
optional but will have a small penalty or reward defined in
the route book.
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
TSD CONTROLS:1 point per
second early or late, maximum penalty of 60 per control or 200
per TSD. 200 points for entering a TSD before it's open, or
driving in the reverse direction of rally traffic, and 200
points if an associated Support Touring vehicle enters an open
Some controls may be timed in tenths of a
second, with .1 point penalty for each tenth of a second
early or late.
OTHER CONTROLS: 200 penalty points for missing a Passage
Control or MTC. 10 points for missing an "Extreme" control,
unless otherwise specified..
ASSISTANCE (requiring fuel,
extraction, or towing): 10
penalty points, or a $10 fine payable to the crew assisting.
(including illegal service): First offense 200 penalty points, second
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,
day #8, and at the finish (from scores accumulated during each
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. (Cycles will be considered 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 considered a separate
group, and this rule applied for each group).
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.
- An emergency VHF radio operating on
151.625 Mhz ("Red dot" frequency) is required of all autos,
and encouraged for cycles.
- Radios are available for rent ($50)
through the organizers, please reserve in advance.
- CB radios will not substitute for
required VHF radio, and officials will monitor only VHF &
- Licensed Hams are encouraged to bring
their equipment, and all official vehicles include Hams.
- NO two-way radio transmission is
allowed near any TSD section except in an emergency.
(Monitoring 151.625 is encouraged at all times).
- RASC has an FCC license for 151.625,
but Canada is not reciprocal. VHF is strictly for
emergency use in Canada, and must not conflict with
- Maximum planned distance between fuel
is 140 miles, but a range of 200 (cycles) or 300 (autos) is
encouraged. Fuel is the final responsibility of the
entrant, and failure of any advance arrangements will be
considered force majeure.
- The rally was measured with an AlfaPro
odometer from the front axle of a 4WD vehicle.
- Any situation not covered by these
regulations will be ruled on at the discretion of the
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