1996 ALCAN WINTER RALLY REGULATIONS
ENTRY & FEES
- The entry fee is $2250 for one vehicle & two drivers.
Make checks payable to the Alcan Rally or Rainier Auto Sports
Club, Inc (Mastercard and VISA are also accepted).
- The additional fee for a third driver is $450. If there is
space in an official car, a ride there may also be available for
the cost of lodging and fuel.
- The organizers reserve the right to impose an advertising
waiver fee of $500 per vehicle to waive event sponsor decal requirements
(this fee is not retroactive, and will NOT apply to any team whose
entry is confirmed before the organizers announce such a sponsor).
Display of any conflicting decals will be limited to 144 total
- Entry will open October 1, 1995 and close February 14th, 1996.
- A maximum of 25 entries will be accepted. The organizers reserve
the right to refuse any entry without providing a reason, and
to assign car numbers as they see fit.
- Lodging on route has been arranged in advance, and eight nights
prepaid accommodation for two people (double occupancy) is included
in above fees. The nights of February 23 (Kirkland) and March
2 (Anchorage) are included.
DOCUMENTATION & ELIGIBILITY
- The rally is open to the general public. Minimum age is 21
unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. All entrants must
sign an event liability release before participation is allowed,
and attend the February 23 driver orientation.
- Entrants must present valid driver's licenses, vehicle registration,
and proof of vehicle liability insurance. Canadian law requires
that proof of insurance be carried in a vehicle at all times.
- Drivers may be changed or added, but any such changes must
be documented with event organizers. No passengers are allowed
in a rally vehicle at any point unless they have been registered.
SCRUTINEERING & VEHICLE ELIGIBILITY
- All vehicles shall be road legal and licensed in strict compliance
with their state or provincial regulations.
- Vehicles must be equipped with OEM seat belts for all as a
- A VHF 2-way radio is required (see RADIO & COMMUNICATIONS
- A roll bar is required in soft top vehicles.
- A tow strap, 5BC minimum fire extinguisher and highway flares
or DOT triangles are required, and tire chains for 2 wheel drive
- Roof mounted lights are prohibited, and a maximum of six forward
facing lights are allowed. All lights must dip to low beam with
a single switch.
- Studded tires are allowed, but with standard road-legal studs
only. Tire modification is prohibited, and teams are limited to
the use of five tires except to replace a failure.
- Lowering tire pressure for slaloms is not allowed. Air pressures
must be within 6 lbs of the rating on tire sidewall.
- No fuel cans are allowed inside the vehicle, and any additional
fuel tank must be OEM or an SCCA, IMSA, or FIA legal installation.
- Each vehicle must carry emergency supplies including water,
food, and sleeping bag or heavy clothing for each occupant.
- A vehicle may be excluded from the rally at any point due
to unsafe condition or the actions of the occupants.
SERVICE & VEHICLE REPAIRS
Absolutely no service crews or pre-arranged help are allowed at
any location except the start and finish. With this exception,
help by outside parties is allowed.
Cars will be started at 1 minute intervals in car number 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.
- 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 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 at the finish or designated passage controls. 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 TSD sections before controls
SLALOM: These are closed sections on a controlled
raceway or course, and the fastest time wins. An approved helmet
must be worn and no passengers are allowed.
CONTROLS & TIMING
OPEN CONTROL: Will be visible, and will be located
at the finish of Transit sections. Cars must approach these during
their correct arrival minute, unless allowed by the control crew
to declare their requested arrival time. An Open Control at an
overnight halt will be called an MTC (Main Time Control).
TSD CONTROL: May be visible or hidden, and may be
located at any point within a TSD section. Cars should 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 that of the
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.
SLALOM: Locations and time will be clearly designated
in the route book, and cars will be started at the direction of
event officials. Each team member will be allowed two timed runs,
and the fastest two runs for the vehicle will be scored.
Vehicles will be timed from a standing start to flying finish,
with only one on the course at any time.
OPEN CONTROLS: 60 points per whole minute
early or late, maximum penalty 200. (Example: if you are due at
5:03, a "0" would be 5:03:00 through 5:03:59).
TSD CONTROLS: 1 point per second early or
late, maximum penalty of 60 per control or 200 per TSD. 200 points
for entering any TSD before controls are open.
SLALOM: Each vehicle will receive .1 point per tenth
of a second slower than the fastest in it's category (used for
slalom scoring only, these categories are 2WD, 4WD without
studded tires, and 4WD with studded tires). Maximum penalty
is 5 points per run (10 per section).
ALL CONTROLS: Penalty of 200 for missing
any scored control.
ASSISTANCE: For requiring fuel, extraction, or towing
from event officials. First instance 10 penalty points or $10,
subsequent instances 50 points or $50. Any team which has needed
assistance multiple times may not be allowed to take the Prudhoe
Bay side trip.
UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT: First offense 50 penalty
points, a second offense may result in immediate 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 TSD #1, day #1, day #3, and at
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. 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 unable to arrive on time at
a subsequent control due to such delay that control will not be
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. The organizers will also appoint
a claims committee to hear any protest of their decisions. Such
appeal must be filed in writing upon arrival at the following
RADIOS & COMMUNICATIONS
- A VHF business band 2-way radio operating on 151.625 MHz is
required in all vehicles for safety. This emergency frequency
should be monitored at all times.
- Some VHF radios will be available for rent or loan through
- CB radios are encouraged but are not a substitute for the
required VHF equipment.
- Each official vehicle will also include an amateur radio operator
and 2-meter VHF radio as a minimum. Licensed Hams are encouraged
to bring their equipment.
- Two-way radios may not be used during a TSD section
except in an emergency.
- Maximum planned distance between fuel halts is 250 miles,
but a range of over 300 miles is strongly 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
- The rally was measured with an AlfaPro odometer from the right
front wheel of an Isuzu Rodeo using Goodyear steel belted radial
tires. The course was measured in summer to reduce variables and
lessen the impact of changeable road conditions.
- Any situation not covered by these regulations will be ruled
on at the discretion of the organizing committee.
Final draft of 1996 regulations. Comments & suggestions?
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