2020 Alcan Winter Regulations
Final Feb 6, changes in red
  1. The entry fee is $3200 for one vehicle & two drivers. Please make checks payable to Alcan Rally or RASC Inc, or request a Square invoice you can pay by Mastercard, VISA, or AX.
  2. The additional fee for a third driver is $800 (double occupancy).
  3. Entry will close December 20, 2019 or when the field is declared full.
  4. All fees are due in full by December 15, 2019, but are refundable (less $300 deposit) through January 20, 2020.  After that date a $600 penalty will be retained, and no refunds are possible once a vehicle has left the start line.
  5. A total of 40 entries are expected. The organizers reserve the right to refuse any entry without explanation, and assign vehicle numbers as they see fit.
  6. Lodging on route has been arranged in advance.  Entry fees include ten nights prepaid accommodation for two people, double occupancy.


  1. The rally is open to the general public. Minimum age is 21 unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  2. Entrants must attend the February 25 driver orientation and sign event liability releases before participation is allowed.
  3. Entrants must present valid driver's licenses, 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.
  4. Drivers may be changed or added during the event if prearranged & documented with event officials.  Trading drivers among vehicles is allowed on transit sections, but any trade on a TSD must be approved in advance (this is common for press, but not if it might offer scoring advantage).
  5. Except in an emergency, no passengers are allowed in a rally vehicle unless they have registered with organizers.


  1. All vehicles shall be road legal and licensed in strict compliance with their state or country's regulations.
  2. Vehicles must be equipped with OEM seat belts for all as a minimum.
  3. A VHF 2-way radio is required (see RADIOS & COMMUNICATIONS below).
  4. A roll bar is required in soft top vehicles.
  5. A tow strap, 5BC minimum fire extinguisher and highway flares or DOT triangles are required, plus tire chains for 2 wheel drive vehicles to meet highway regulations.
  6. A maximum of four forward facing lights may be added, and all lights must dip to low or fog beam with a single switch. Forward-facing door or roof mounted lights may not be used.
  7. Studded tires are allowed, but only with standard road-legal studs in OEM moulded holes. Custom tire modification is prohibited, and teams are limited to the use of six tires except to replace a failure.  Tires must be winter ("3 peak") rated.
  8. 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.
  9. Each vehicle must carry emergency water & food, plus sleeping bag or heavy clothing for each occupant.
  10. Vehicle modifications are discouraged, and any increase from OEM tire width and suspension height is strongly discouraged.  Narrower tires are better in winter!
  11. 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, citations, reckless driving, and acts that endanger the public or discredit the event).
  12. Any participant cited for reckless driving may not drive for the remainder of the event.
  13. Laptops may be carried by all, but not all classes may use them in TSD sections.
  14. GPS is allowed in all vehicles at all times, and organizers may provide waypoints for guidance.  As mileage is so important to staying on course the "Richta Rally Odometer" app https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.Richta.Odometer is also allowed in all classes.
  15. Words like "Race" and "Racing" may NOT appear in team names, team wear or custom vehicle decals.  These are only allowed on manufacturer provided goods for related products.  (ie: official "Fox Racing" gear or decals is fine, "Fox Racing Team" is likely not.  Please ask in advance if you're not sure).
  16. A "buddy system" is required.  This means entrants must declare driving partners (groups of 2 or 3 vehicles) before the event start, and keep track of each other throughout each day. Buddies do not have to stay behind for non-emergency problems, just notify an event official soon as possible.
  17. A SPOT or InReach GPS tracking device is required in all vehicles. Each will be registered with organizers and appear on our web Spotwalla map with last location of each vehicle. Android & iOS based GPS tracking does not substitute because data is sent only if phone service exists.


   1U - Passenger cars with Unlimited navigational equipment, computers, and GPS apps such as Richta Rally Computer.
   1E - Passenger cars meeting "Equipped" standards:  Equipment is 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.  4) GPS apps are limited to Richta "Rally Calculator" https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.Richta.Calculator and "Rally Odometer".
   2U - Trucks and sport utility vehicles with Unlimited navigational equipment, computers, and GPS apps.
   2E - Trucks and sport utility vehicles meeting "Equipped" standards (see 1E).
   SOP - Any vehicle, limited to SOP equipment.  SOP is defined as original equipment odometers in the stock location, plus slide rule, Stevens wheel, and/or basic electronic calculator. GPS is also allowed, but laptop computers and Curta calculators are NOT.
   2WD - Two wheel drive vehicles, unlimited navigational equipment, computers and GPS.
   Historic - 1986 and older vehicle models, 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 equipment includes 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 odos may include a digital clock.  Due to long vintage history, Halda Speedpilots and Curta calculators are allowed. Proposed vehicles are subject to organizer review.

   Touring - Will not be scored but must adhere to assigned route & schedule.  Also eligible for "Arctic Award".



Absolutely no service crews or exclusive prearranged help is allowed during the event.  With this exception, help by outside parties is OK.


Vehicles will start at 1 minute intervals in numerical order. As the event uses a "perfect time" format, cars will be due in this sequence & interval throughout: 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.


  1. Most 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 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 designated 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 time designated in route book.

ICE RACE:  One-car-at a-time "solo" sections on a closed course. A DOT or Snell approved helmet must be worn and no passengers are allowed.


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 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 in the route book as "Extreme" - these are optional but have a small penalty or reward defined in advance.

MTC (Main Time Control):  Passage control used at overnight halts, location & time will appear in route book.  Attendance is important as MTC's purpose is to account for all teams, disseminate new information, and address questions or concerns.

ICE RACE: Locations and time will be designated in the route book, and cars will be started at the direction of officials. Each team will be allowed four timed runs (no more than two per driver), and the fastest two runs per 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 CONTROLS: 1 point per second early or late, maximum penalty of 60 per control or 200 per TSD. 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).  Some controls may be timed in tenths of a second, with .1 point penalty for each tenth early or late.

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 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 runs 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.

PASSAGE CONTROLS: 200 points for missing a scored passage control or MTC. 10 points for missing an "Extreme" control unless otherwise specified.

ASSISTANCE (requiring fuel, extraction, or towing): 10 points. Any team which has needed excessive assistance may be excluded from extreme controls.

UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT (including illegal service): First offense 60 points, second offense moves vehicle to Touring Class or DNF status.


No scoring queries will be considered unless there is an obvious control 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 scores accumulated during each interval).


* 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 competing vehicles are able to reach it on time.
* In order to eliminate 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 competing vehicles are able to arrive on time at a subsequent control due to such delay that control will not be scored.


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 next morning restart unless a meeting must be arranged to investigate details.


  1. A VHF business band radio that transmits on 151.625 MHz is required in all vehicles for safety. A hand-held unit is acceptable if connected to vehicle power and roof-mounted antenna. RASC has an FCC license for 151.625 but Canada is no longer reciprocal, so 151.625 is strictly for emergency use there and must not conflict with local traffic.
  2. VHF radios are available for rent or purchase through the organizers with advance notice.
  3. Licensed Hams are encouraged to bring their equipment, and all Alcan staff vehicles include Hams. (CB radios do not substitute for VHF, and officials only monitor VHF.)
  4. NO radio transmission is allowed during a TSD except in an emergency.  (Monitoring 151.625 is encouraged at all times).


  1. Maximum expected distance between fuel halts is 250 miles, but a range of 350+ miles is recommended for safety, insurance, and peace of mind.
  2. Fuel is the final responsibility of the entrant and the failure of any advance arrangements will be considered force majeure.
  3. The rally was measured with an Alfa Pro odometer from the right front axle of a 4x4 Dodge Ram 2500.
  4. Any situation not covered by these regulations will be ruled on at the discretion of the organizing committee.

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