Navigational Rallies

For Road/Navigational Rallies on the public highway the emphasis is as much on navigation as driving skill, as crews must maintain a time schedule through all the control points. The navigator, who uses Ordnance Survey maps to direct the driver around the route, must be very careful with timing – it’s just as bad if you check in too early as it is to check in too late at a time control.

There are several different forms of road-rallying such as Runs with no timing, Economy Runs, Scatters, Treasure Hunts, 12 Cars, Historic Rallies for classic cars and more competitive night events, where the emphasis is on good navigation and time-keeping. Lots of well-known rally co-drivers cut their teeth in Britain’s road-rally scene and went on to stardom in the World Rally Championship.

Navigational rallies are run on public roads at speeds averaging no more than 30mph and place the emphasis on navigation between the pre-determined points. A standard road going car is required, and some form of map reading light is useful, as well as a map, some pencils and a romer.

For Road/Navigational Rallying all you need to do is join a motor club that runs such events. If you want to be a driver you will need to have a full driving licence and be at least 17 years of age but you can compete as a navigator from as young as 12. Many motor clubs run “rally navigation” evenings or “table top” rallies where you can learn how to navigate. Table top rallies are just like doing a rally itself, but from the comfort of a pub or hall and are a fantastic introduction to how to navigate, without potentially getting lost – other than on paper! For some levels of events, you will need a non-race National B licence.

For Road/Navigational Rallying all you need is a taxed and insured road car with a valid MOT certificate.

You can either buy such a car second-hand. build your own vehicle or you can get a preparation company to modify a standard road car for you.

For Road/Navigational Rallying all you need is an OS map of the area, a pen or pencil, rubber, romer and your enthusiasm! Depending on the type of event you may need speed tables and other documents, it is best to check the regulations for the specific event to know what you will need (and they will also tell you which OS map to buy). If in doubt, it is always best to check with the organisers of the event.

Remember that it is the competitor’s responsibility to ensure that their vehicle and equipment comply with both the Motorsport UK General Regulations (detailed in the Motorsport UK Competitors’ and Officials’ Yearbook) and the Supplementary Regulations (SRs) of the event or championship

Scatter Rallies

Scatter rallies are an excellent introduction to the sport of rallying. They are run in the evening and start at a public venue (usually a pub) where crews sign on and at the allotted time are issued with a sheet of paper containing various plot points on a map. For each plot there will be a unique answer required to the respective question relating to that precise location e.g. what is the number on a telegraph pole, what is the name on a sign, what is the fire hydrant number etc. This confirms the location has been visited

Crews normally have two hours to plot as many of these points as possible and to visit the locations to pick up the relevant answers. Final positions are determined by the number of correct answers returned and penalties per minute late are applied to those crews returning past the specified time. It could be suggested that scatter rallies are one of the easiest types of navigational rallies to start with

For Road/Navigational Rallying all you need to do is join a motor club that runs such events. If you want to be a driver you will need to have a full driving licence and be at least 17 years of age but you can compete as a navigator from as young as 12. Many motor clubs run “rally navigation” evenings or “table top” rallies where you can learn how to navigate. Table top rallies are just like doing a rally itself, but from the comfort of a pub or hall and are a fantastic introduction to how to navigate, without potentially getting lost – other than on paper! For some levels of events, you will need a non-race National B licence.

ALL you need is a taxed and insured road car with a valid MOT certificate

You can either buy such a car second-hand. build your own vehicle or you can get a preparation company to modify a standard road car for you

All you need is an OS map of the area, a pen or pencil, rubber, romer and your enthusiasm! Depending on the type of event you may need speed tables and other documents, it is best to check the regulations for the specific event to know what you will need (and they will also tell you which OS map to buy). If in doubt, it is always best to check with the organisers of the event.

Remember that it is the competitor’s responsibility to ensure that their vehicle and equipment comply with both the Motorsport UK General Regulations (detailed in the Motorsport UK Competitors’ and Officials’ Yearbook) and the Supplementary Regulations (SRs) of the event or championship