[VintageIceRacersNY] FW: [NYIceRacers] Reminder # 2

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Casey/Seneca Saw Works

May 20, 2010, 7:58:56 AM5/20/10
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This is a repeat posting to serve as a reminder for an exciting upcoming event.

On June 6'th the Central New York Ice Racing Association (CNYIRA) will be
putting on an entry level Time, Speed, Distance (TSD) Rally.

No, there will be no ice that day as far as we can predict. CNYIRA is made
up of a bunch of motorsports enthusiasts who keep up their skill in the
winter by racing on the frozen lakes around central
New York during the
winter season.  www.cnyira.com <http://www.cnyira.com/>  

All auto enthusiasts are welcome at this event. It will be enjoyable enough
for experienced rallyists while at the same time it will be geared more
towards beginners who would like to find out just how much fun a TSD Rally
can be. Of course the veteran Rallyists can always use some practice to keep
that skill level up. While this is a great place for novice Rallyists to

The entry fee is only $20.

The CNYIRA June 6'th TSD Rally will be starting and finishing at the Quaker
Steak and Lube on
Walters Road in Solvay, NY. Registration will be open from
noon until 1:15 PM. There will be a short rally school at 12:30 PM and a
mandatory driver's meeting at 1:15. The first car will leave the start at
1:30 PM. The event will cover about 120 miles and take about 3-1/2 to 4
hours to complete. This will be a standard TSD Rally .. no gimmicks,
scavenger hunts, or trick questions.

TSD Rallies are traversed over public roads within the legal speed limit.
The challenge is to drive on time, arriving at points along the route
neither early nor late (it's NOT a race). The competition here is against
the clock and doing the route precisely at speed, not being the fastest.
Each team needs a simple watch which can be synchronized to match official
time, a working odometer, as well as something to write on and with.

Cars will start at one minute intervals. The first section, a short 10-15
mile route, is called the "Odometer Calibration Zone," and is used to
calibrate the rally car's odometer to the official mileage used to measure
the course by the Rallymaster. After this section, the competition really
begins, as you must follow the course using the instructions in the route
book, as well as the general instructions that govern the rally. Meanwhile,
you must also stay on time, based on the average speeds given in the
instructions at various points through the routes.

A rally is really a contest of precision. At various points, unknown to the
competitors, timing controls (checkpoints) will be encountered. Since the
Rallymaster knows the exact distance and speeds you should have traveled to
reach the checkpoint, the "perfect time" of arrival can be calculated. You
are timed at the moment you reach the control, and will receive penalty
points for arriving either early OR late. You are then given information
about the last leg, as well as a time to start the next leg, and a clean
start to challenge the clock. This is a contest of precision, not a race,
and each leg is scored separately. If you are early or late at one control,
you cannot make up for it by being late or early at the next. At the
conclusion, scores for all legs are totaled, and the lowest score wins (just
like golf). Sound easy? Well, just as in golf, it takes practice to get very
good scores.

Regardless of how well you score, rallying is a lot of fun if you like to
spend time in your car, see some scenery, and spend time with congenial
people. Rallies usually end at a location where munchies and beverages are
available. You can join the rest of the crowd in discussing how the event
went and how you did, while waiting for the final scores to be calculated
and trophies to be awarded.  

A TSD Rally is a time-speed-distance contest with straight-forward course
following. There is never a deliberate attempt to lead the contestant off
course, and typically redundant/confirming instructions are provided if
there is an apparent opportunity to get lost. Since there is less challenge
in staying on course, the competition usually either tests the driver with
challenging roads, and/or tests the navigator with precise calculations. A
typical National Tour rally with a minimum of 24 controls is won with an
average of less than one point per control, and often with less than 10
points total (or a total error for the day of under 6 seconds!).

We hope this will be the first of many more CNYIRA warm weather driving
events to come.

For more information contact Rallymaster, Mike Mazoway at


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