There’s no premier event in the SCCA® world quite like the United States RoadRally Challenge® (USRRC). It doesn’t involve being the fastest driver – it instead requires being the most accurate, with a skilled navigator at your side. It’s also gobs of fun, exceptionally social, and makes for an amazing weekend of #funwithcars spread across hundreds of scenic and challenging miles.
Your chance to participate in the 2023 USRRC is Oct. 20-22, and the best part is that you can compete in one, two, or all three days of the event.
Philadelphia and South Jersey Regions are co-hosting this year’s event, meaning the paths for the three RoadRallies – two National Course Rallies and one National Tour – will pass through some of the most picturesque roads the eastern Keystone State and the Garden State have to offer.
Those RoadRallies include three of the sport’s most prestigious, combined into one super event with an ultimate champion in each class.
It all begins with the 50th Anniversary Little Appalachian National Course Rally on Friday, Oct. 20, hosted by Pennsylvania Region and beginning in Exton, PA, moves to Vineland, NJ, for the Up The Creek National Course Rally on Saturday, Oct. 21, and concludes with The Jersey Devil National Tour Rally on Sunday, Oct. 22, also in Vineland. The latter two events are hosted by South Jersey Region.
Registration opens on Aug. 1, and each individual event is limited to 30 teams, so you’ll need to act fast. Registration is just $95 per event, with a discount available for those competing the entire weekend.
For those a little bit rusty on their RoadRally terms, a Course Rally – like Friday’s and Saturday’s USRRC RoadRallies – is a Time-Speed-Distance event that requires each team to follow a specific set of directions at a specific speed to arrive at each checkpoint precisely on time.
Course Rallies also offer the additional challenge of specific rules for following the course. The General Instructions for a Course RoadRally describe those rules, and contestants are tested on their ability to follow those rules, observe signs and landmarks, and follow specific directions – it’s challenging and fun.
Tour RoadRallies – like this year’s USRRC finale – focus squarely on the Time-Speed-Distance element. It’s up to each team to arrive precisely on time, never early or late.
In short, if you’ve done a RoadRally in the past, you’ll know what to expect at this year’s USRRC. If you haven’t competed in a RoadRally, even if the USRRC feels like a jump into the deep end, it’s an opportunity to give it a try on the biggest stage. Don’t miss out!
Photo by James Heine