We gave you the highlights just a few weeks ago, but now it’s time: United States RoadRally Challenge (USRRC) registration is open!
The USRRC is the crown jewel of SCCA®’s RoadRally program, mixing #funwithcars into a team sport that rewards accuracy and logic rather than outright speed. It also comes with a built-in set of like-minded enthusiasts, adding a social element unlike any other into the event.
The USRRC moves around the country each year, and this year’s event is a three-day extravaganza co-hosted by the Philadelphia and South Jersey Regions, with the routes passing through some of the most picturesque roads that Pennsylvania and South Jersey have to offer.
This year’s USRRC consists of three different events over the course of three days, Oct. 20-22, and the fun is that you and your teammate can participate any way you’d like. Want to attend all three days and go for the big crown? Go for it! Want to pick and choose which RoadRallies – and which type of RoadRallies – you want to participate in? You’re free to do that, too!
Each individual event is limited to 30 teams, so you’ll want to act fast. Registration is $95 per event, or $260 for those competing the entire weekend – plus, those entering all three events will receive two commemorative gifts.
This year also features a unique Regional LITE offering (which DOESN’T qualify competitors for National or USRRC points) – more on that later in this article.
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. The event then moves to Vineland, NJ, for the Up The Creek National Course Rally on Saturday, Oct. 21, concluding with The Jersey Devil National Tour Rally on Sunday, Oct. 22, also in Vineland. The latter two events are hosted by South Jersey Region.
Friday and Saturday’s USRRC events are Course RoadRallies – Time-Speed-Distance events that require 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.
Saturday is a Tour Rally, with a focus squarely on the Time-Speed-Distance element. It’s up to each team to arrive precisely on time, ideally never early or late – that’s where the challenge lives.
Sounds easy, right? That’s a big yes and no, honestly – but you’ll have fun regardless.
The concept of RoadRally is such that it’s entirely possible to show up at the USRRC as your first RoadRally and be able to participate – several RoadRally rookies do this every year. Winning, well, that’s tricky, but if you’re new or relatively new to the sport and you want to learn from the best, there are few better places to go than the USRRC.
Registration for this year’s USRRC is open from now through 11:59 p.m. ET on Oct. 18, so sign up and give it a shot. Whether you and your teammate are RoadRally veterans or are just looking for a new challenge, on the street, with your car, this Oct. 20-22, the USRRC is the place to be.
Registration and hotel information can be found through the link below.
Nervous? Try the Regional
If you aren’t ready for the United States RoadRally Challenge…err…challenge, consider entering this year’s Regional LITE RoadRallies. These three Regional RoadRallies run parallel to the USRRC, offering a variation on the event that might be more attuned to beginners.
Pricing for the Regional LITE RoadRally offering is $65 per event, or $170 if you choose to compete in all three LITE RoadRallies during the weekend. Furthermore, those entering all three LITE Regional RoadRallies will also receive two commemorative gifts.
It’s important to note that those entering the LITE RoadRallies will NOT qualify for USRRC or National points, as the LITE RoadRallies are Regional events.
To register for the Regional LITE, click the “Register Now” button above.
Photo by James Heine