• 2013 Rules and Regulations •

I. ADMINISTRATION

  1. Definition
    1. The Great Race National Event (HEMMINGS MOTOR NEWS GREAT RACE); Great Race Regional Rallies; and VCRA Regional Rallies are automotive competitions based on precision driving and navigational skills in classic, antique, and vintage automobiles. The Events are timed, controlled-speed, endurance rallies—not top-speed races. Each vehicle must follow a prescribed common route while attempting to maintain assigned average speeds.
    2. These Event Regulations apply to the 2013 HEMMINGS MOTOR NEWS GREAT RACE presented by Hagerty (hereafter GREAT RACE) and also to Regional Rallies presented by Great Race (generally three-day Events), unless a Regulation is marked [GREAT RACE only] or [ Regional Rallies only].
    3. GREAT RACE only] GREAT RACE is June 22 to June 30, 2013, from Saint Paul, Minnesota, to Mobile, Alabama, traveling near the Mississippi River. The competition is the optional Trophy Run (Warm-up Rally) on June 21, followed by 9 Stages. The exact format of those Stages will be given in an Event Supplement. Those Stages will include the following:
      1. Stages 1 through 7 are qualifying Stages.
      2. Stages 8 and 9 are a two-Stage Championship Run.
    1. [Regional Rallies only] The competition is usually three Stages.
  2. Organization
    1. GREAT RACE and each Great Race Regional Rally are conducted by Great Race, Chattanooga, Tennessee (hereafter Great Race), and shall be under the control of officials designated by the Great Race organization.

      Staff

      Director, Great Race Jeff Stumb
      Director of Competition John Classen
      Course Graphics Jeanne English
      Chief of Scoring, Great Race John Schmidt
      Chief Technical Inspector, Great Race David McAlister
    2. GREAT RACE and each Great Race Regional Rally are governed by these regulations, and any Supplements issued thereto. Any rules additions, changes, or special conditions for any Event will be posted in that Event’s “official Entry Form” and/or in an Event Supplement.
    3. Submission of a completed and signed Entry Form and a paid entry fee, and starting the first Stage of GREAT RACE or a Great Race Regional Rally, constitute acceptance by each competitor of these and any other rules or regulations governing the Event.
  3. Communications
    1. All inquiries for entry, press information, or sponsorship for Great Race and Great Race Regional Rallies should be directed to www.greatrace.com or info@greatrace.com or 1 (800) 989-7223.
    2. Official notices (including daily results) will be posted in the evening Event Venue and/or at the morning start location.
      Results posted on www.greatrace.com are not official.

      1. Contestants, Entrants, Sponsors, and Support Crews are responsible for observing all official notices posted in the evening Event Venue or at the morning start location.
      2. Great Race will make all attempts to post official notices during the Event no later than 30 minutes prior to the official Stage start each day.
    3. A meeting of all participants, Support Crews, sponsors, and staff will be held prior to the start at a time and location to be announced in the Schedule of Events. Attendance by each entrant and all official competition and Support Crew members is mandatory.
    4. Course Instructions for each Stage are available to each team as specified in VII.B.2.
    5. Supplemental Regulations, Emergency Instructions, official notices, Event information, and other written instructions may
      also be issued. Such information may be handed out with Course Instructions, posted in the evening Event Venue, at the morning start location, at an Observation Checkpoint at any given place or time on the course, or made available after notice of availability is posted in the evening Event Venue or at the morning start location.

    6. Information which may be helpful, but not necessary to the competition, may be given orally. Oral information is always on an informal basis, and is not official. The Event Regulations, Event Supplements, and other written materials govern the Event and take precedence over any oral information or interpretation.
  4. Schedule of Events (Preliminary)
    1. A complete Schedule of Events will be given in an Event Supplement and posted on greatrace.com.
    2. [GREAT RACE only] Preliminary Schedule of Events

      Thursday, June 20, 2013 Registration and Vehicle Inspection
      Friday, June 21 Rally School; Trophy Run (Warm-up Rally)
      Saturday, June 22 official Start, Saint Paul, Minnesota; Stage 1
      Sunday, June 23, through Friday, June 28 Stages 2-7 (Qualifying Stages)
      Saturday, June 29 Stage 8 (Championship Run)
      Sunday, June 30 Stage 9 (Championship Run); Grand Finish, Mobile, Alabama
  5. [GREAT RACE only] Divisions: Each team will compete in Grand Championship Division or Expert Division or Sportsman Division or X-Cup Division. In addition, eligible teams may compete in Rookie Class (see I.F).
    1. Grand Championship Division: The following persons must compete in Grand Championship Division: Any member of a team which has finished in first place in the final championship standings (all classes/divisions combined) on any previous Great Race.
    2. Expert Division: Except for those teams required to compete in the Grand Championship Division as specified in I.E.1 above, the following persons must compete in Expert Division:
      1. Any member of a team which has won Sportsman Division on any previous Great Race.
      2. Any member of a team which has finished in the top ten positions in the final championship standings (all classes/divisions combined) on any previous Great Race or any previous Hemmings Challenge.
      3. Any member of a team which has finished in the top ten positions in the final cumulative standings (all classes/divisions combined) on any Great Race from 1986 through 2002.
      4. Any person who has three times finished in the top five positions on any Great Race Stage (all classes/divisions combined) from 1986 through the present or on any previous Hemmings Challenge Stage.
      5. Any competitor who, in the opinion of the Great Race Director or Director of Competition, is ineligible for Sportsman Division due to his or her qualifications as a rallyist
    3. Sportsman Division: All other teams may compete in Sportsman Division.
    4. X-Cup teams are qualified high-school/college/youth-group teams. X-Cup competitors are eligible for X-Cup awards only. The following persons may compete in the X-Cup:
      1. X-Cup drivers: Each driver must be either at least 21 years old and less than 25 years old as of Stage 1; or an adult member of the team who is eligible for Sportsman Division (as defined in I.E.3) in Great Race Competition.
      2. X-Cup navigators: Each X-Cup navigator must be a member of the high-school/college/youth-group team, and be younger than 22 years old as of Stage 1. [Great Race only]: Each X-Cup team must have 2 or more different navigators, each navigating a maximum of five stages.
  6. [GREAT RACE only] Rookie Class: In addition, any eligible team may compete in Rookie Class. In order to qualify for Rookie Class and be eligible for Rookie Awards, no vehicle occupant on any Stage may have been a contestant in any previous GREAT RACE or any previous Hemmings Challenge. No vehicle occupant on any Stage may have been a contestant on more than six Stages on any Great Race Regional Rallies and/or similar Events such as VCRA Regional Rallies or Northeast Rally Club Regional Rallies, including GREAT RACE Tours, with the following exception: A person who has never run a GREAT RACE Event or similar Event may run all the Regional Rallies in the current competition year (from the previous July through the current GREAT RACE) and still be eligible for Rookie Class. Also, any competitor may be determined to be ineligible for Rookie Class due to his or her qualifications as a rallyist by the opinion of the Great Race Director or Director of Competition.
  7. [Regional Rallies only] Divisions and Classes: The classes and divisions, if any, will be designated on the entry form(s) and Event Supplement(s). X-Cup teams are subject to I.E.4.
  8. Eligibility for Awards
    1. GREAT RACE only] To be eligible for any Championship Award a team must complete the 9-Stage competition in accordance with the following requirements:
      1. The competing vehicle must pass all required Technical Inspections.
      2. The competing vehicle must start Stage 1.
      3. The competing vehicle must start and finish the Championship Run (Stages 8 and 9).
      4. The team must not be disqualified.
    2. [Regional Rallies only] To be eligible for any Award a team must complete the competition in accordance with the following requirements:
      1. The competing vehicle must pass all required Technical Inspections.
      2. The competing vehicle must start Stage 1.
      3. The competing vehicle must start and finish the final Stage.
      4. The team must not be disqualified.
    3. [GREAT RACE only] The Championship Standings are determined based on each Team’s Cumulative Score. A Cumulative Score for the Event (Grand Championship Score) is determined for each Team in the following manner:
      1. Grand Championship Division Teams: the total scores for all but the 3 worst of each team’s Legs on any of the Qualifying Stages (Stages 1-7), plus the total scores for the Championship Run (Stages 8 and 9). (Grand Championship Division Teams’ cumulative standings during the Event will show one Leg discarded after Stage 3, another after Stage 4, and a third after Stage 5.)
      2. Expert Division Teams: the total scores for all but the 4 worst of each team’s Legs on any of the Qualifying Stages (Stages 1-7), plus the total scores for the Championship Run (Stages 8 and 9). (Expert Division Teams’ cumulative standings during the Event will show one Leg discarded after Stage 2, another after Stage 3, a third after Stage 4, and a fourth after Stage 5.)
      3. Sportsman Division Teams: the total scores for all but the 5 worst of each team’s Legs on any of the Qualifying Stages (Stages 1-7), plus the total scores for the Championship Run (Stages 8 and 9). (Sportsman Division Teams’ cumulative standings during the Event will show one Leg discarded after Stage 1, another after Stage 2, a third after Stage 3, a fourth after Stage 4, and a fifth after Stage 5.)
      4. X-Cup Teams: the total scores for all but the 5 worst of each team’s Legs on any of the Qualifying Stages (Stages 1-7), plus the total scores for the Championship Run (Stages 8 and 9). (X-Cup Division Teams’ cumulative standings during the Event will show one Leg discarded after Stage 1, another after Stage 2, a third after Stage 3, a fourth after Stage 4, and a fifth after Stage 5.)
      5. An additional penalty, such as a DNF/FNS or others specified in V.E.3, can be one of the “legs” discarded on Qualifying Stages (Stages 1-7).
    4. [GREAT RACE only] Basis for Awards
      1. Grand Championship Division Awards, Expert Division Awards, Sportsman Division Awards, and X-Cup Division Awards are based on Cumulative Score, as defined in I.H.3.
      2. Rookie Class Awards are based on Cumulative Score, as defined in I.H.3.
      3. Stage Awards (daily winners) are based on the day’s score with no legs discarded.
      4. Ace Awards are given for each Ace (perfect leg score of zero).
    5. [Regional Rallies only] Awards and prizes are generally, but not always, based on cumulative scores for all divisions and/or classes. Exact scoring methods will be posted prior to each Event and will be reviewed at the Event’s mandatory meeting.
    6. All competing vehicles and contestants are subject to search by GREAT RACE officials at any time during the competition. Refusal to allow a search is cause for disqualification. A team found with illegal equipment is subject to the penalties specified in VI.B.3.
    7. Each entrant and his/her crew must comply with all rules, regulations, and supplemental regulations governing GREAT RACE and Regional Rallies.
    8. The winners of awards posted for other than timed competition are determined by an Awards Committee selected by Great Race.
    9. If unexpected circumstances should prevent the completion of the Event as planned (i.e., major storms, natural disasters, etc.), Great Race may alter or terminate the competition and award the posted prizes in a manner which, at its sole discretion, Great Race feels is appropriate, equitable, and fair.
  9. Prizes and Awards
    1. Winners will receive prizes and awards after certification of the results by Event officials.
    2. Amounts, types, and distribution of prizes and awards will be announced.

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