A few years ago, when I was on the California Rally Series (CRS) Board of Governors (BoG), we surveyed the membership on their rally activity in the previous year. To this day, some of the results still stick with me. I thought it might be interesting to try doing something similar here on Gearbox.
I posed a handful of questions on the forum at Rally Anarchy. As I put this post together, there are 12 responses from drivers and co-drivers on two continents. Long term, I’d like to run surveys like this every year. We can modify the questions as needed, but let’s see what we’ve got after just 12 responses in a week.
How many events did you enter? low: 1 hi: 7 avg: 5.3
How much was the least expensive event you entered? low: 0 hi: 450 avg: 295.92
How much was the most expensive event you entered? low: 150 hi: 5000 avg: 1123.07
What was the shortest distance you traveled to an event? low: 10 hi: 300 avg: 138
What was the longest distance you traveled to an event? low: 200 hi: 2100 avg: 1234
Approximately how many stage kilometers/miles did you drive this year? low: 250 hi: 950 avg: 550
How many competitors were there in your class over the year? low: 5 hi: 50 avg: 26.8
How many competition licenses did you need this year? low: 1 hi: 3 avg: 1.8
What was the worst thing that happened at a rally this year?
A stage or two got canceled and we had a flat tire on stage.
Broken CV joint, and drank to much before Tall Pines.
Puncture on a fairly new gravel tire I think. Or a broken CV joint.
Ran 5 miles on a flatted front tire.
Nothing I would call ‘bad.’
Lost intercom a couple of times due to a faulty Peltor mic connector, had a crank trigger issue that kept us off the pace.
Blowing a turbo in the last event making the entire season “for not.”
Having to stop mid stage so my co-driver could hurl multiple times on day one of Idaho.
Crashing on day 5 of Targa (Newfoundland) while sitting 12 sec out of the lead.
Off at Rally Tennessee, losing 15 min or so.
Watching a friend’s car burn to the ground.
Car burned to the ground at rally Idaho .
Took a big jump where the road turned, landed on the berm, popped 4 tires, bent 3 rims, bent sub frame, A-arm, broke sway bar, tore out some bolts from the skid plate + other damage (ran out of tires)
What was the best thing that happened at a rally this year?
Really fun and close racing with other 2wd teams like Shephard, Duplessis, Burmeister, O’Sullivan, VanWay, Johnson, Vlasic, Tancredi, Brosnan, etc., etc..
3rd g2 STPR regional, and I autographed some chubby kid’s back with a Sharpie.
Doing the minirally. Proper stage rally with recce and everything. Big sense of accomplishment.
Had lots of fun, considering I hadn’t driven in ’09 at all. Podiumed 3rd O/A at Gorman.
Co-driving for an ex BRC/PWRC champion
Had fun. Got to meet a lot of new people. Learning to put the notes and speed together better.
Great friends, sponsors, and good times.
Finishing that first rally, even with some problems. And moving from the bottom third to the top third of the pack over a season.
Targa (Newfoundland), and being 12 seconds out of the lead on day 5.
Helping Brian to his first class win my first time co-driving for him at DooWops, 5th at MaxAttack! OTR
7th overall and class win @ Rally Idaho, lead my class from the first stage to the last stage.
This survey is FAR from perfect. Help us change that!
Some respondents specified running stage rallies, “Euro” Rallycross events, club rallies, rallysprints, and minirallies, which were regional, national, and international. What should we ask to clarify these? How should they be sorted?
Some rallyistas measure by the mile. Others measure by the kilometer. Likewise, the figures above include a mix of US$ and CDN$, and some were generously converted to USD from DKK. If we’re going to compare apples to apples and all that, how should we go about doing so?
Other concerns came to mind…
How do we account for co-driving (multiple classes, et al.) and volunteering? Not everyone who attends a rally is a competitor, after all.
Finally, what other questions would be of interest to you?
We’d like to give you an idea how your rally situation compares with that of your peers all over the world.
This survey is a bit rough, for sure, but even from relatively small sampling thus far, the information shows potential. With your feedback (and helping spread the word of this survey), we can all work together to see the big picture more clearly.
Thank you for reading Gearbox Magazine. Press on regardless.
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