12 Car Navigational Series
The Dave Cooper
( October – March)
The Dave Cooper Winter Series provides an ideal introduction to club level motorsport. Events are normally on the third Friday of the months of October, November, January, February and March. The Pete Singfield Cup is presented to the best Novice Driver and Navigator of the series. We also have awards for Beginners and Experts. The events are normally between 50-70 miles. Formalities start around 1900 and the event starts at 2000. Results are usually available by 2300.
There are two main types of event which constitute the series, the ‘12-Car’ and the Navigational Scatter. They are run to Navigational Rally rules, which are based on navigational skills rather than speed, and occasionally with asocial element too. In the UK the rules are governed by Motorsport UK. All these events use Ordnance Survey 1:50000 Landranger Maps.
1. A ‘12-car’ rally is the sort of event we use for the winter series. At the start location crews will be given a set of Instructions. These provide information about the finish location, the position and timing of the control marshals and any details about cautions and black spots (no go zones).
The route is split up into a number of different sections. Each section employs a different navigational method of plotting the route on the map. The driver and navigator generally work together to plot the route. They will have a set time to drive to the first and subsequent control points. On the way round the competitors make a note of the “Code Boards” (numbers and/or letters on a post) they pass which are strategically placed around the route and prove the competitor has gone on the correct route. Any missed boards are counted as “Fails” when the scores are being added up. The results are based on the minimum number of fails.
Maximum of 12 competing vehicles per event (hence the name).
Generally only standard road cars permitted.
Maximum 30 mph average speed only. No timing to the second permitted, only to the previous minute
The organiser/s may need to carry out ‘Public Relations’ – PR – if the route affects certain residential areas. PR work is not always necessary for a 12 car but is obligatory for an event such as a road rally.
Route authorisation must be granted from the Route Liaison Officer (RLO) the MSA’s local representative. The Police are informed of the event, though route information does not need to be submitted and approved.
2. A Navigational Scatter combines the fun of a treasure hunt and the skill of orienteering with the car.
At the start location crews will be given a set of Instructions. These provide information about the finish location, the position and timing of the controls and any details about cautions and black spots (no go zones).
Solving the clues. Clues have different point values according to their location and difficulty level. Clues will give a grid reference on your map and you should mark this on your map. The ‘crew’ then choose the most efficient route and the navigator guides them between clues in terms of visiting no more than two thirds of them, recording the answers and getting to the finish within the allotted time, usually 2 to 2 .5 hours.