Navigational Rally

Checkpoints can be a welcome sight, unless you’re early or late…

…AKA Time-Speed-Distance (TSD), NAVEX, or Regularity Rallies

Navigational rallies are precision driving and navigating events. A driver and co-driver/navigator follow a specific set of route directions and average speeds (by rule at least 10% below the posted speed limit) and try to stay on route and on time, all the time. Checkpoints are placed at unbeknownst locations along the route where passage and elapsed time are recorded. Should this elapsed time be shorter or longer than the prescribed average speeds and distances should dictate, penalties are applied. Like golf, the team with the lowest score wins.

One thing a navigational rally is not is a race! No special equipment is required (club championships have been won in mini-vans), other than a sense of adventure and, at times, a good sense of humour. The BAC conducts a number of these rallies each season and they range in duration from a couple of hours to several days and from 150 – 1000+ km in length.

In 2022, the BAC will begin using the Richta Rally system for timing and scoring on several events. This system uses cellphone GPS technology in conjunction with a free downloaded app to record checkpoint passage and timing information. Scoring is instantaneous and we believe this system will be a huge asset to our navigational rally program.

Tentative Navigational Rally Schedule

Saturday, April 23 – Lost in Lunenburg Rally.

Green crew check of LiLWR route
  • NEW: SUPPLEMENTARY REGULATIONS
  • Status: Atlantic Region Motor Sport (ARMS) Regional Navigational Rally
  • Start Control: Oakhill & District Fire Department, 2104 Hwy. 325, Whynott’s Settlement, NS (44.40250 -64.48169)
  • Timings:
    • Rally HQ Opens – 1400 (2:00 pm)
    • Crew Briefing – 1500 (3:00 pm)
    • Car Zero Start – 1545 (3:45 pm)
  • Approximate length: 200 km
  • Surface: Mixed tarmac/gravel.
  • Equipment required: Android or Apple smartphone with the free Richta Competitor app.
  • Pre-registration is a must through rally(AT)pye.ca .

June 18, 2022 – New Scotland Road Rally

  • Status: ARMS Regional Navigational Rally
  • Start Control: TBC
  • Timings: TBC
  • Approximate Length: 400 km.
  • Surface: All tarmac/paved/sealed surface
  • Equipment required: Android or Apple smartphone with the free Richta Competitor app.
  • All-tarmac rally suitable for classic sports cars and sedans.
  • More information to follow.

August 27, 2022 – Trails of Kings Tarmac Rally

  • Status: ARMS Regional Navigational Rally
  • Start Control: Louis Millett Community Centre, New Minas, NS (TBC)
  • Timings: TBC
  • Approximate Length: 200 km.
  • Surface: All tarmac/paved/sealed surface
  • Equipment required: Android or Apple smartphone with the free Richta Competitor app.
  • All-tarmac rally suitable for classic sports cars and sedans. This will be an afternoon rally with a dinnertime pub finish.
  • More information to follow.

September 17, 2022 Bluenose Car Rally – the BAC “cornerstone” NAVEX!

  • Status: ARMS Regional Navigational Rally
  • Start Control: TBA
  • Timings: TBC
  • Approximate Length: 200 km +
  • Surface: Mixed gravel/tarmac
  • Equipment required: Pen, paper, calculator (if you wish), accurate timepiece
  • More information to follow

For those of y0u thinking about a road trip to the USA this year, here is the SCCA Road Rally Calendar for 2022.