12-Car Rally

Please note that this is only a brief outline of what is involved. Our club nights are a great source of information and there will always be someone who will answer any questions you may have.

Scatter Rallies, 12-Car Rallies and Road Rallies are all similar in nature with Scatters being regarded as the simplest form of rally with 12-Cars next and Road Rallies the most difficult. It follows therefore that the requirements for vehicles, paperwork etc are also similar.

What is it?

A navigational test held on public roads, usually in the evening. It is similar to a Scatter Rally but with a defined route. It is also a simpler form of Road Rally.

At the start you are given a series of instructions that define a particular route to be taken. On our events these take the form of envelopes, each of which deals with one section of the route. Once the envelope is opened it tells the navigator what route to take to the next Time Control where a marshal will be waiting to check off the time of arrival. Once there the next envelope can be opened and the process repeated until the finish is reached. The event is run to a time schedule so each of the controls should be visited at a specific time, assuming of course that everything is going to plan!

Although the basic principle is fairly simple, in practise things are not quite that easy. The instructions for which route to take can at times seem puzzling and take some time to decipher.

While it is possible to compete on a 12-Car on your own it is not to be recommended and a navigator will be required.

Finally, you may wonder why it is called a 12-Car rally. The answer is that the conditions of the permit to run such an event specify the maximum number of entries as twelve cars!

What do I need to get started?


17 to drive, 16 to navigate.


For drivers a valid driving licence a valid club membership card and a  Motorsport UK RS Clubman licence. For navigators a valid club membership card, a Motorsport UK RS Clubman licence and an Ordnance Survey 1:50000 map of the area.


Any road legal taxed, insured and MOT’d car is acceptable.

Useful items/modifications

A navigator to help plot the points and tell the driver where to go (spouses, girl or boyfriends are usually good at this!).

A map light for the previously mentioned navigator.

A piece of wood to put under the jack if you need to change a wheel, as you are likely to be using some obscure lanes.

What will it cost

Entry fees are currently approximately £15 an event (plus £17 for insurance if offered), which usually lasts a couple of hours. Enough petrol for about 50 miles.

What can I enter

The club runs an evening series consisting of 6 rounds during the winter, and has a reciprocal agreement with other clubs, which allows our members to compete on their events as well.

The down side - possible pitfalls.

Due to the nature of the event the navigator can suffer from varying degrees of carsickness.

You will be driving on narrow roads at night so while it is possible to use a large car it can make life a little awkward.

The state of some of our roads does also mean that it is possible to pick up a puncture.

The event is on public roads so you have to be aware of other road users and abide by any traffic laws and speed restrictions, and there will often be club officials checking this.

If taking a spouse, girl or boyfriend as a navigator it can cause a certain amount of stress when things do not go according to plan!

As with any form of motor sport, although they are rare, accidents can happen. You must be aware of the risks and accept them, if you are to compete.

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