The very name conjures images of conflict and conquest!
Rallies come in many flavors, from laid-back gimmick rallies to
complex and demanding time-speed-distance events designed to make the
most seasoned automotive orienteer weep!
Generally speaking, a rally is an event on public roads in which a
driver/navigator pair attempt to follow written instructions in order to
get from the start of the course to the end within certain constraints.
Those constraints may involve the total distance covered, the time
required to travel the route, the identification of various landmarks,
the collection of certain objects, or forced decision making. Scores are
then determined based on performance within those parameters.
The written instructions, while accurate, are not always as helpful
as one might wish. The directions for a segment of the course might be
obvious and literal, or shrouded in mystery with their successful
completion requiring keen powers of observation and a quick mind. A
clever and sadistic rallymaster can put the participants through a
brain-wrenching journey filled with second-guessing, backtracking, and
hairy odometer math.
One type of gimmick rally is a poker rally. At each of the
checkpoints along the way a playing card is issued, and at the end of
the route the holder of the highest hand wins. Another is a photo rally
in which various landmarks on a sheet of photos must be identified and
their mileage noted, with the accuracy with which they are located
determining the winners. In a time-speed-distance rally the participants
attempt to travel the course with an odometer reading and travel time as
close to the rallymaster's official numbers as possible.
A rally is a hugely entertaining way to spend the day. It can also be
the ultimate compatibility test between driver and navigator. Conquest!
Conflict! The laughter at the end of the day as everyone shares the
stories of their triumphs and tribulations is the most fun of all.