God Made Dirt so Dirt Don’t Hurt – RallyCross

God Made Dirt so Dirt Don’t Hurt – RallyCross

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I went to my first SCCA RallyCross event over the weekend.The New England Region of the SCCA held a two-day RallyCross on the grounds of Stafford Speedway in Stafford Springs, Connecticut and I decided to stop by and take a look to see what RallyCross was all about.

As with Autocross, RallyCross is a timed competition pitting a driver and his/her vehicle against a defined course. The goal being to traverse the course as fast as possible. Where the two events diverge is that the RallyCross course is delineated by cones on a non-paved surface such as dirt, gravel, or snow.

Each run around the course is timed and recorded. At the end of the event, all of a driver’s times are added together. The total times of each driver within the class are compared. The driver in each class with the lowest cumulative time wins. New England Region usually runs one event per month. There is even an annual series, spanning all seasons, that crowns champions at the end of the year.

My general observation is that RallyCross seems a little more laid back than AutoX. I’m sure there were plenty of ‘serious’ competitors vying for regional points, but there were also plenty of guys just who’s only goal for the day was to drift their cars sideways while launching massive rooster tails of dirt.

My other rational for my observation is based on the simplicity of the system RallyCross uses to classify the cars. Basically, the classes are determined by a combination of drive train layout (FWD, RWD or AWD) and level of modification (Stock, Prepared, or Modified)…..and that’s it! You bring a bone stock GTI, Neon, or Focus and you are in  Stock Front Wheel Drive (SF). Show up in a slightly modded WRX, Audi Quattro or Madza 323 GTX and you are in Prepared All Wheel Drive (PA). Corvette, RX7, or Mustang……one of RWD classes. Here are the permutations of the classes:

  • Stock Rear Wheel Drive (SR)
  • Stock Front Wheel Drive (SF)
  • Stock All Wheel Drive (SA)
  • Prepared Rear Wheel Drive (PR)
  • Prepared Front Wheel Drive (PF)
  • Prepared All Wheel Drive (PA)
  • Modified Rear Wheel Drive (MR)
  • Modified Front Wheel Drive (MF)
  • Modified All Wheel Drive (MA)

Did I mention that it looked like a absolute riot? I don’t know how any of those drivers could not be grinning ear to ear as they traversed the snowy/muddy course. One participant was hooning a mid ninety’s Caprice wagon sporting wood paneling and a trailer hitch. My favorite car at the event was a rally prepped Porsche 911. I brought my camera to the event but didn’t bring my good lenses. So I only managed to snap a few photos…

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