To make turns in road rallying you usually need commands to make you turn, here are the most commonly used ones:


· Action Word – A word that requires you to change your course (Right, Left, South, etc.)

· Turn – A change of course and direction at an intersection.

    The following action words commonly indicate a Turn: Right, Left, North, South, East, West (and their variants: example: Northeast, Easterly), Turn, Acute, Bear, Keep, Take and/or others.

· Right – Turn Right

· Left – Turn Left

· South/East/North/West – Turn in the compass heading indicated.

· Take – Drive upon the road indicated.

Traffic Signs and Controls


· Stop Sign – An official, 8-sided,  highway red and white sign with the word “stop” on it at which you are required to stop (by law).


· Traffic Signal – A signal light used on roads, especially at an intersection, to regulate the movement of traffic. A traffic light is usually fixed, alternating red, green and yellow, indicating stop and go (and caution). It is usually counted whether operating or not.


· Yield Sign – A triangle-shaped official highway sign with the word “Yield” on it, at which you are required to give way to traffic on another road or roads. (Color may be white on red, red on white or black on yellow).


· Traffic Control – A Stop Sign, Traffic Signal or Yield sign.


· Warning Sign—a black on yellow diamond-shaped sign warning you of upcoming event (such as a curve in the road, a side road, a school, etc.).





Obvious Route


The term ‘obvious route’ is meant to guide your car through the course when you do not have a route (or a general) instruction to execute.  There are many forms of obvious route, all intended to keep you on the main road (obvious route is also known as “Main Road Rule”).


   The most usual  Obvious Routes used are the following:

   1. Straight As Possible.

   2, Center Lines.

   3. Curve Arrows.

   4. Protection by the back of stop signs.

   5. Onto Rule.

   6. Tee Rule.


   (1.)  Straight As Possible

            To continue as straight as possible. The determination of which road is straight as possible should be obvious. (Most gimmick rallyes use this as their main obvious route).


   (2.) Center Lines.

          To stay on the prescribed rallye route as determined by following center lines. Center lines are usually painted white or yellow and may be continuous or dashed.


   (3.) Curve Arrows

         To stay on the prescribed rallye route as determined by official highway black-on-yellow curve arrow signs and black-on-yellow directional arrows. These signs are to be used in the same intent as that of the erecting agency.


   (4) Protection by Stop or Yield Signs

       To stay on the prescribed rallye route as determined by Stop and Yield signs causing traffic on lesser roads to give right of way to the main road. The rally route leaves an intersection by the road that does not have a stop sign or yield sign, if it is the only such road. The existence of a stop sign or yield sign on the road in which you enter the intersection is immaterial. Contestants are required to recognize the stop or yield sign from their octagonal and triangular shapes respectively  only to apply this priority.


   (5) Onto Rule

       When directed onto a named, numbered or lettered road by the use of the term ‘ONTO’, and the name number or letter of the road in a route instruction, stay on that road until a subsequent course following instruction or instruction part can be performed. If an unmarked intersection is encountered or the route designation ends, continue on course as if instructed onto a road without indication of name, number or letter. If the name, number or letter is re-encountered prior to performing the next course following instruction, or instruction part, stay on the road as described in this paragraph.


    (6) Tee Rules

        A Rallye may use a special Tee Rule. (For example, ‘Right at Tees’). In these cases, when you encounter a Tee where you have no command by instruction to go in a particular way, the Tee rule would then be in effect.


   Important: It is very important to read the general instructions of any event to make sure you know what obvious route format they are using; and to know what and how they define certain aspects of the obvious route (for example; there are many different versions of the ‘Onto’ Rule).




Physical Evidence


   Route instructions may only be executed by use of physical evidence you see from the course. The one important thing to remember about road rallying is that it is precise in requiring physical evidence to identify anything.

   Look at Example 301 in the left hand column. If a route instruction read:

Right on Grant Hts

You could not do it at Grant Heights, even though HTS is a sufficient, in regular life, substitution. You must continue to look for the exact wording (unless substitutions were to be allowed in the general instructions, and sometimes are).




      A sign consists of one or more surfaces intended to be read as an entity by the erecting agency or constructor. Signs are referred to in many different ways; both to identify physical objects and quote actual wording on a sign.

   Below is a typical, but not universal, General Instruction Sign paragraph. We have numbered statements for later discussion.



Grant Heights

Grant Hts

Example 301

Physical Evidence

Discussion of Above


(1) This references that in the instructions you will have quotations around words, and that those quotations refer to wording, numbering, etc. on a physical sign (you may see on the course).  If you read “Speed limit 35”   -  that would translate into the Sign A reference in the left-hand column.

(2) Artwork, as in Sign A, is usually (on most rallyes) nonexistent on signs, as is the black border, since it is other than letters or numbers, road depictions or arrows. Thus, you could quote Sign A as “Watch For Children”.  However in example 501 below, you could not quote “Phils Hot Dogs” because the I is a hot dog.

(3) Spelling gimmicks are the most common type of gimmick in a rallye. Using Sign A again, we would know the following quotation could not be read: “Watch For Chlidren”, because it is misspelled (yes it is look closely).

(4) Punctuation is usually (but not always) nonexistent on a sign (in fact it may actually be artwork which we discussed above). Look at example 501 below, again.  The quotation in the instructions would read “Hot Dogs Hamburgers”, with no dash, since that is punctuation. Consequently, if the sign read “Phil’s”, it would have to be quoted as “PHILS”. If it was quoted in the instruction as “Phil’s” it would not count, since punctuation on a sign is nonexistent you can’t have a sign that includes an apostrophe.











Sign A


Hot Dogs -


Hot Dogs and 

Example 501

(5) Using Example 501 again,  you notice we have quoted it as “Phils” but it could be quoted as PHILS, PhILs”, etc. there is no difference between case types, or for that matter fonts/script.

(6) Signs may be quoted in full or in part (some rallyes may have a variation on this). This means we can quote “Hamburgers” or “Hot Dogs” or “Dogs”, etc. for sign example 501.

(7) The quoted portion must be read from highest point of the beginning of the quotation. You can read “Hot Dogs Hamburgers” in example 501, but you cannot read “Collins” in example 5002 because the C encompasses at least OL of the next line.

(8) Basically, you do not have to turn around to read signs (in particular on the other side of the road meant for traffic coming from the direction you are headed).

(9) In sign A, there are two separate signs attached to the same structure (making them one sign—some rallyes will separate them into individual signs—read carefully). Therefore you could quote this sign as “Limit 35 watch for”.

(10) Spacing is irrelevant on signs. Therefore you could quote from Example 501 the following: “DogsHam” , “OTDO”, etc.



Example 502

CRC Standard Rules, Safety Procedures and Class Definitions as of January 1, 2017


Standard Rules:

   1. There will be no gimmicks during the odometer check.

   2. There will be no gimmicks involving the waiver.

   3. There will be no gimmicks associated with pick-up points.

   4. There will be no gimmicks with off-course markers.

   5. You must fill in your car license # on your scoresheet.


Standard Safety Procedures:

   1. There will be no checkpoints on high-speed roads (50 mph +).

   2. When you encounter a checkpoint along the rallye course, pull OFF THE ROAD if possible, on the right side to allow traffic to pass.  NEVER stop alongside a checkpoint vehicle -- not even briefly to let off passengers.

   3. After completing checkpoint procedure, drive your car beyond the checkpoint area to allow other rallyists to park as close to the checkpoint as you did.

   4. If you have car trouble along the rally course, attach a white cloth or paper to your door handle and raise your hood.  If you see another rallyist displaying this signal, stop and offer them assistance.


Standard Class Definitions:

  * BEGINNER -- Having never won a trophy of any kind based on performance

on a gimmick rallye.  {Excluding non-performance trophies such as Last Place and Best Costume.}  Beginners are eligible for all trophies.

  * NOVICE -- Having won at least 1 gimmick rallye trophy, but less than 2

Overall trophies.  Novices are eligible for Novice and Overall trophies.

  * MASTER -- Having won 2 or more Overall trophies (based on Top 10%

Overall).  Masters are eligible only for Overall trophies.

  * GRANDMASTER -- A person that wins two overall (grandmaster) first places in one calendar year and volunteers to move up to grandmaster. Because of the nature of road rallying some events, including Unrallye, Treasure Hunt, The Christmas Light Tour and others not decided by standardized skill rallyes may not count toward a grandmaster ranking.



   Chicago Rallye Central (CRC) is an association of Rallye Teams (Clubs) dedicated to producing road rallyes for recreational purposes in the Chicago metropolitan area.

   CRC sets safety rules, standards of fair competition, and classes based on experience.  See “CRC Standard Rules, Safety Procedures and Class Definitions” for details.  CRC member Clubs abide by these rules for the benefit of the sport and its competitors.

   Adherence to CRC standards is evidenced by the CRC logo (see example) and/or the words “CRC Sanctioned” on a Rallye Team’s publicity.

   CRC Membership is by invitation only, by unanimous consent of the active member Clubs.   For the 2017 rallye season, the members of CRC are:


   Brand-X Rallye team

   SCORE Rallye Team

   WHEELS Rallye Team


Chicago Rallye Central

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Road Prefixes and Suffixes

   A common phrase of general instructions is:

          ‘The following prefixes to road names, North, South, East, West, Old, New, N, S, E and W, are irrelevant’.

  Another common phrase is:

          ‘street = avenue = road = boulevard = st = ave = lane, etc.”

   The usual purpose for these phrases is to make it easier to determine street names without worrying about compass headings on a sign or if the sign reads st, street, etc.

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