Chicagoland MG Club: Driveline May 2009

2009 Driving Events - Standard Rules

This driving season we are trying to make an effort to encourage friendly competition as well as general participation in the driving events program. …. For the purposes of this document, “Driving Events Coordinator” shall refer to the person appointed to that office by the President. “Driving Event Organizer” shall mean anyone who has volunteered to host or organize any driving event (also referred to as “Event Host” or “Rallymaster”). Finally, “Driving Event” shall mean any event in which driving cars in some capacity is the primary focus of the event.
Participation Eligibility
Participation of club members is highly encouraged, especially if an MG is driven during the event. An MG is defined as any vehicle titled with MG as the make. While any car may participate subject to the event organizers discretion, an MG may not be barred from participation unless the car fails to meet safety requirements for the specific event. …. Only occupants of MGs will receive points towards annual trophies. Single event trophies may be awarded to any participant, member or non-member in any type of car, unless there are separate trophies for non-members or non-MG cars. That is, no participant will be denied the opportunity to win/earn a single-event trophy.
Event General Standards
All participating vehicles are expected to be safe, insured, and in good running order. Events are entered at the participant’s own risk, and participants are expected to observe all local, state, and federal laws during the event.
All participants shall be given the same instructions and shall be treated equitably. For any event with a designated time limit, all participants shall be given the same amount of time to complete the event. If starting times are staggered, then ending times should be staggered accordingly.
Answers to rally questions should be found along the rally route. Any questions requiring prior knowledge should be avoided. Questions and answers should not be biased toward any particular demographic group, including MG owners. Questions should be clear and unambiguous but also challenging without being obscure. Answers to rally questions must be easily visible from the road.
Route instructions should be clear and unambiguous, intended to keep participants on course, not getting lost. Any instruction requiring prior knowledge should be avoided. It is highly recommended to include specific street names or locations at select points in the route instructions so participants might get back on course if they were lost off course. If a tricky route is intended, then do very little else in the rally, and be sure lost participants will know how to get back together regularly (route following or map rally).
The standard published rules shall not change during the event or in mid-season.  If there is no tie-breaker rule(s) designated at beginning or a rally, and the event ends in a tie or ties, then the results shall remain as a tie (no lottery and no inventing new rules after the fact).
Event participants are encouraged to help other entered cars in the event of an emergency and/or mechanical failure. Any participant who is delayed by assisting another entry in the course


of a timed event must have the time taken for the assistance deducted from the total time. It is up to the event organizer to determine if a time delay claim is legitimate and reasonable.
If the participants have any complaints about safety or fairness, they should contact the Driving Events Coordinator for consideration. The Driving Events Coordinator may take action ranging from altering next years rules to, in extreme cases (where a majority of participants in the event, feel they were treated unfairly or that the event was unsafe), reviewing and possibly overruling the Rallymaster’s decision. Event organizers may appeal the Driving Events Coordinator’s decision to the President, and the President may confer with other elected Board members.
Event Type Specific Standards
An autocross or gymkhana is a timed competitive driving event where participants go around a specified course (determined by the event organizer) outlined in traffic cones on a parking lot with permission of the owner of said lot. Seatbelts and helmets are required at all autocrosses sanctioned by the CMGC. Autocrosses will be scored by classes so long as each class has a minimum of 2 drivers. Classes may include but are not limited to, Midget, MGA, MGB, MGC, MGB V8, MMM, and T type. A single car in class will be bumped (moved or combined) into another class. Class distinctions are at the discretion of the event organizer.
A rally is a competitive event that follows a specified route determined by the event organizer on public roads within posted speed limits. Route and General Instructions are provided at the start of the rally. The Rallymaster (event organizer) determines the instructions and scores the event. Most rallies sanctioned by the Chicagoland MG Club are gimmick rallies, but this does not preclude other kinds of rallies being organized.
In all gimmick rallies, the participant submits an answer sheet to the rallymaster at the end of the rally. The participant’s ending time is always based upon the time of submission of the answer sheet to the rallymaster. The rallymaster must collect the answer sheet as soon as the participant is willing to submit it. A rallymaster may not disqualify any participant for tardiness after refusing an attempt by a participant to submit an answer sheet. Gimmick rallies also take the form of a scavenger hunt where small, legally obtainable, and transportable items are collected and returned to the event organizer. The possibilities are limitless but the organizer should consult first with the Driving Events Coordinator and elected staff before attempting something that has never been tried before in CMGC.
Another type of rally is the TSD or time-speed-distance rally. In TSD rallies, a driver/navigator team tests it ability to follow a given route at prescribed speeds. In all TSD rallies, the time and speed must be designed so that any participant can compete without breaking any local or federal laws. Each team is scored on its ability to arrive at unknown control points neither early nor late, but exactly on time. Teams are usually separated into one of two categories of competition based on the equipment they have to aid them in accurately following the designated route at precisely the right time and/or speed. One category is for the teams that depend only on the basic essentials such as the family car, watch, and rally tables. The other category is for

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