SEVENOAKS & DISTRICT MOTOR CLUB

Scatter 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 on a weekday evening.You arrive at the start, which is usually a local hostelry, and are given a sheet with thirty or so clues to points on an Ordnance Survey Map.

The idea is to visit as many of these as possible in the available time and collect the answers to the clues (eg a fire hydrant number or the total mileage on a sign post).

Once you have collected as many clues as possible you return to the finish with the answer sheet before the time limit to avoid penalty points for lateness. You can go around the clues in any order so the skill is not only in solving the clues to put the points on the map, but also to plot the best route through the points.

What do I need to get started?

Age

17 to drive, 16 to navigate.

Paperwork

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

Vehicle

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 £10 an event, which usually lasts a couple of hours. You will need 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 local 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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