Looking for the best way to see the rally? Volunteer workers get the opportunity to see the action up close from prime locations. The Lake Superior Performance Rally is a large event spread out over hundreds of square miles in the beautiful Upper Peninsula. An event of this magnitude cannot happen without the volunteers who come out and help. Volunteers of all experience levels are always welcome and can help out by pitching in to serve a number of different race positions.
Most rally volunteers are assigned to the stages with a typical stage requiring a dozen or more workers. Course marshals get the opportunity to the see the cars up close, often at full speed, while helping to control road access, assisting both rally and non-rally traffic and helping spectators. No experience is necessary making this an ideal place to start! Don’t worry, an experienced stage captain will be there to help you find your spot in the woods.
Amateur Radio Operators
Efficient and effective communications are vital to the success of the rally. If you have an amateur radio license your help is needed to provide the “safety net” for the rally by providing the communications link that starts and stops special stages, provides communication between rally officials and provide appropriate action in the event of an incident or emergency. Radio operators are typically placed at the beginning and end of stages as well as at designated spectator areas. On some longer stages radio operators may be assigned to locations along the stage. Radio operators will need to provide their own equipment and some locations may require a mobile while others can be serviced by an HT.
Time control is an essential element of rally racing. A typical stage will have multiple time controls including an Arrival Time Control (ATC) and a Finish Time Control (FTC). The ATC is where the competitors will check in to begin a stage. The ATC workers check the competitor in by recording their arrival time on the competitors score card as well on a log. When race communications gives the go ahead the ATC workers start cars on the stage at predetermined intervals, recording their actual start times. ATC workers interface with the co-drivers to manage the start of the stage.
Similarly, at the end of the stage volunteers will set up the FTC. The cars will race by the “flying finish” at high speed while an FTC worker observes and reports the time the car finished the stage to another control worker. That control worker will meet with the co-driver to complete their timecard as well record the results on a log.
Before entering or when exiting a designated service area (or the Parc Exposé or Parc Fermé) competitors will pass through a Main Time Control (MTC). MTC workers get to see the rally cars up close and personal and are often located very near to service areas. The MTC worker will assign start times and work wtih the co-driver to assure their time card and the control log are filled out.
Stage rallying has stringent rules governing the competitor vehicles as well as the safety equipment requirements for crew and competitors making for a strong safety record. Rallying is a high performance motor sport performed on various road surfaces within close proximity to dense forest – often at night. It is essential that medical assistance can quickly respond in the event of an incident during the race. Medical teams are located at various locations on the special stages to assure minimal response times and are always assigned to spectator areas. Medical workers can be Doctors, Nurses, Licensed EMTs, First Responders, Ski Patrol or Paramedics. Volunteers must be able to provide their own equipment.
Sweep and Course Closing
Experienced teams with 4 wheel drive vehicles travel the course behind the rally cars, usually accompanied by a medical team. The first sweep vehicle follows a minute behind the last competitor onto the special stage. The rest of the team follows along performing various duties such as picking up control logs, rescuing vehicles, etc.
There are numerous other opportunites to help out with they rally if you are looking for something a bit more behind the scenes
- Course Opening
- Putting Banner on the course prior to the event
- Organizing Committee
- Banquet Help
For more information contact the Chairman.