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.
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). These are where competitors check into stages, and log their times at the ned of the stage.
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 stages.
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 opportunities to help out with they rally if you are looking for something a bit more behind the scenes Volunteer Recruitment Course Opening Putting Banner on the course prior to the event Organizing Committee Banquet Help For more information contact the Chairman.
Photos Courtesy of TJ Hughey, David Freeborg, and Calvin Cooper