During this year I have tried to attend as many veteran rallies as I could, I really enjoy the driving aspect of old cars. One thing I noticed at each event was the amount of work and people required to hold a rally. No wonder there isn’t one every two or three weeks.
To try and fill the gap between the established veteran/historic rallies I am going to try and arrange a Scatter Rally. This can be arranged by a single person and you can drive it solo, with a co-driver, or with the whole family.
There is no start point, control points or even a route. The night before the rally a task list is released on internet. There are two types of tasks, General and Specific. A general task will be to take a photograph of something you will find in many places, a specific task will be to photograph your car at a specific location. There is a specific finish point and time.
To take part in a Scatter Rally you will need a car, digital camera or phone with a camera, a good map to plan your route (hitta.se is a good solution), a pen and paper to make notes.
The following is what I am hoping for when a rally is held:
The day before the rally:
– You get the Scatter Rally Task List off internet.
– Read through the instructions carefully.
– Locate all the Specific Task locations on a map.
– Decide if you will take a long leisurely scenic trip or a quick point or point drive.
– Plan your route so that you end up at the finish point.
– Calculate your start time so that you finish as close to the finish time as possible.
On the day of the rally:
– Start out from whereever you are.
– Drive the route you have planned and complete all the tasks.
– Have as much fun as possible, but drive responsibly.
– Hand in your photos/notes at the finish point.
I am hoping people will find the rallies a good outing for the family or a good excuse to get the car out on the road to blow out the cobwebs.
To test the Scatter Rally concept I am planning a short test that will finish at Cafe Bialitt on the 11 Oct in time for the monthly Saab Skånia meeting. The tasks I have selected are all within a 8km radius of the finish. To complete all the tasks shouldn’t take more than 30-45 minutes.
I will post the web address for soon that has details on the Scatter Rally and the upcoming test.
I look forward to hearing your comments and suggestions and if anyone will be interested in taking part in the test rally.
I have completed all the work for the Scatter Rally test and went for a dry run today to check the distance and time it would take. Couldn’t have asked for better weather to end up at Cafe Bialitt.
From taking the photograph at the first Specific Task till I arrived at Cafe Bialitt took 22 minutes and I drove 17km.
As the finish is at the next meeting your trip should only be extended by about 10-15 minutes, so hopefully people will test the concept.
This sounds like great fun even though I don’t have the time to attend Bialitt this time (either). I’ll watch from a distance (a three day seminar in Denmark regarding school management) this time.
As soon as I get the pickup passed at the Bilprovningen I’ll show up!
By the way, a question rose: If I solve all my tasks using a digital camera, I reckon there must be some means to present my solutions at the finishing point (i. e a computer). Half the fun should be to compare the different solutions to the same task with the other competitors, shouldn’t it?
Vilka härliga vänner vi har i Saab-Skånia (Gary och P-E mfl) 🙂
Jag kommer givetvis. Hade hoppats på ”Sonettväder”, men det tycks inte bli så.
Hoppas att ingen misstycker till en Sab 9-3 SSLT 2,0t ´05 🙁
Annars får ni gå in på min hemsida (finns i profilen) och kika på Sonetter och 93B S.
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