USRRC Joins Coker Tire Challenge in 2014
This month, as promised, we are bringing you news of the 2014 USRRC Coker Tire Challeng
e. We know that the United States Road Rally Challenge will be run in conjunction with the Coker Tire Challenge, September 18-21st, and that it will be based out of Chattanooga, TN. For more answers, Bruce Gezon and Jeanne English, members of the SCCA RoadRally Board, have joined us in a Q&A – you will find their reply in the bold text below.
For 19 years, we have held the United States Road Rally Challenge (USRRC), sanctioned through SCCA Regions and their RoadRally programs. For anyone who has put on a Regional event of any length and knows the time commitment it takes, you can easily understand that the hours to put on a three-day National event (with three styles of rallies) can drain the resources of even the most active rally programs. We have been fortunate to have had Rallymasters and Regions from Coast-to-Coast and Regions of all sizes take on the USRRC “challenge” since 1995. Will this changeover to the Coker Tire Challenge be a one-year break from Region-sanctioned USRRC events as we regroup, or are we seeing a shift to our SCCA Corporate-sanction in future years of our USRRC?
It is the desire of the RRB to have the USRRC be what was first intended, a destination event emphasizing both competition and social interaction. Should the 2014 format work as intended, it will remain the focus for future years.
All decals will likely be the same. Teams will have the same decals as the Coker cars (4 or 5 per side); all vehicles, both SCCA and Coker, will have SCCA Road Rally stickers.
The 2014 tour will be worth as much as 30 points toward the 2014 SCCA Tour Rally Championship.
It will be scored the same as any other SCCA rally that is part of the 2014 Championship.
Just for the final placement. It is a 2-1/2 day tour comprising 20 plus controls.
With all competitors in their class. SCCA cars will be scored separately (in E, L, S) from the Coker cars.
Yes, it is official at $350.
The entry fee is similar to past USRRC’s and the items mentioned will be covered as they have been for all their events. Note that many USRRC events do not give T-shirts (or even dash plaques) and that many committees do not provide meals without extra charge.
According to John Classen, Rallymaster, last few years have had about 40.
Weekend memberships will be necessary for all non SCCA entrants but no fees are charged.
This breakdown was a means to establish a winner over different types of events in the past. As there is a single tour then the class winners will be the class ‘winners’. See question above about this too.
Where did you get that idea? We will have the use of our regular equipment but there will be no mileages in the Route Instructions. And they don’t base turns on time.
There will be a Speedometer check to the nearest tenth of a second and speed changes for an increment of time, not distance. Please keep in mind that this is a TSD-rally except the known elements are time and speed rather than the speed and distance as used for calibration on our rallies. The formula is still the same.
The Timewise Speedometers used by the vintage cars use the same type of calibration factor that we use on our ‘A’ and ‘B’ boxes. No, there will be no taping over of odometers; we will be using SCCA classes. No mileages – turns are defined by tulip diagrams; speed changes are at signs, there are sometimes instructions that have multiple speed changes (usually to slow down to go around a sharp curve) keyed off a single sign; some speed changes are at the apex of a turn, although if there is a sign, e.g. a stop sign, the speed change is done at the sign.
It wasn’t until I became involved with SCCA (back when dinosaurs roamed the earth) that I learned our local events were called Course Rally. That is what we enjoy and Rallymasters can make them Tour Rally by removing the Main Road Rules. Yet, it appears from a vintage rally website that this event is more about remaining on time and will be a Tour Rally by SCCA sanctions. What rules will be used for the event?
Coker Tire Challenge Rules
One Three-Day Rall
Yes, timing is in seconds. Ties are indeed possible. However, the legs are often quite long and weather conditions might play a bit with the factors. Ties happen now so it shouldn’t be a problem but I doubt that we will see the event won with a zero.
Ties are never broken on SCCA events for anything other than awards, never for the Championship.
They have very nice awards, and they should be worth transporting home as well, unlike some we see these days. Trophies for SCCA USRRC cars will be for Classes E, L, and S.
This is still to be decided. We wanted to start at the beginning with a five minute break or so before the vintage cars so as not to allow them the advantage of hacking off of a vehicle they know has better equipment. While the final decision has not yet been made, we will run separate from the Coker vintage vehicles. What is still to be determined is whether front or back – or alternating, e.g. Friday at the front, Saturday at the back, Sunday at the front.
They will have more entries and perhaps even some additional entries to their premiere event, Great Race. After all, several SCCA people run Great Race in their own vintage cars, driving for someone else or navigating for someone else. Great Race has been won by many different SCCA members over the years, some still running in SCCA. The more the merrier
All cars will need to meet the required limits of liability; if a rental car, it will need to be covered by the renter’s own insurance in the applicable amounts.
In closing, these Coker events sound like great social weekends, but wait – there is wonderful scenic rally too! In your words, give us your welcome and encouragement to the RoadRally community to embrace this years’ USRRC and attend the Coker Tire Challenge –
Gezon: Past Coker Tire Challenges have traversed the rural valleys and mountains of Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee that haven’t been seen by SCCA rallyists since the Heart Of Dixie days. There is no more varied scenic terrain anywhere else in such a confined geography. And it’s the end of summer in the middle south. Can’t wait!
English: John Classen does a really good job of picking interesting and scenic roads; you will not be disappointed. And if you want to come early or stay late, there are a number of places to visit: Rock City Gardens (see 7 states!), Tennessee Aquarium, Lookout Mountain Incline Railway, Ruby Falls, Raccoon Mountain Caverns, Chickamauga National Military Park and other sesquicentennial Civil War sites. Be there or be square!