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Rallying (international) or rally racing (US) is a form of automobile racing that takes place on normal roads with modified production or specially built road cars. Auto racing (also known as automobile racing or autosport) is a sport involving racing automobiles. ...

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Subaru Impreza during WRC Monte-Carlo Rally 2005

A rally course consists of a sequence of relatively short (up to about 50 kilometres) timed "special stages" where the actual competition takes place, and untimed "transport stages" where the rally cars must be driven under their own power to the next competitive stage. Rally cars are thus unlike virtually any other top-line racing cars in that they retain the ability to run at normal driving speeds, and indeed are registered for street travel. Subaru Impreza - Monte-Carlo Rally 2005 I took this picture myself with a Minolta Dynax 5 and a Minolta 28-100 Zoom on Kodak Gold 100. ... Subaru Impreza - Monte-Carlo Rally 2005 I took this picture myself with a Minolta Dynax 5 and a Minolta 28-100 Zoom on Kodak Gold 100. ... The World Rally Championship (WRC) is a series of automobile rally races across the world, culminating with a champion driver and manufacturer. ...


In most rallies, including those of the World Rally Championship (WRC), drivers are allowed to run on the tracks of the course. In these reconnaissance drives, the co-drivers, who sit next to the drivers, write down notes on how to drive the course. These "pace notes" are repeated during the actual race, allowing the driver to take the course as fast as possible. The World Rally Championship (WRC) is a series of automobile rally races across the world, culminating with a champion driver and manufacturer. ...


In the past—and until recently in North America—most rally courses were not allowed to be scanned prior to the race, and the co-drivers used maps supplied by the organisation. The exact route of the rally often remained secret until race day. This is changing however, rallies throughout North America are now switching to either organizer supplied "route notes" or to full reconnaissance or "Recce" (pronounce Wreck-E). This change has been brought on in large part due to competitor demand. Recce makes the competition experience faster, safer, and more satisfying for the entrant. World map showing location of North America A satellite composite image of North America North America is the third largest continent in area and in population after Eurasia and Africa. ...


Rally is also unique in its choice of where and when to race. That is to say rally happens on all surfaces and in all conditions, asphalt (tarmac), gravel, snow & ice, all surfaces are valid and sometimes more than one on a single rally. You can also find rallies in every month of the year in every climate. Bitter cold to monsoon rain. This contributes to the notion that top rally drivers are some of the best car control experts in the world. Because the drivers don't know exactly what's ahead, the lower traction available on dirt roads, and the driving characteristics of small cars, the drivers are much less visibly smooth than asphalt (tarmac) circuit racers, regularly sending the car literally flying over bumps, and sliding the cars out of corners. The entertaining nature, and the fact that the vehicles are in some cases closely related to road cars, draws massive spectator interest, especially in Europe, Asia and Oceania. World map showing location of Europe A satellite composite image of Europe Europe is geologically and geographically a peninsula, forming the westernmost part of Eurasia. ... World map showing location of Asia A satellite composite image of Asia Asia is the central and eastern part of the continent of Eurasia, defined by subtracting the European peninsula from Eurasia. ... Map of Oceania. ...


There are several categories of rally cars. In the FIA World Rally Championship, the cars used are built to World Rally Car specification. Previously Group A and Group B specification machines (very poweful turbocharged engines in lighwieght bodies) were used. Group B cars were banned in 1986 due to a heavy number of deaths and injuries among drivers and audience. It's worth noting though that due to advances in technology today's WRC rally cars are much faster than the Group B era. Deaths are now very rare due to modern safety regulations and spectator control. The Fédération Internationale de lAutomobile, commonly referred to as the FIA, is the governing body for certain major motor racing events. ... The World Rally Championship (WRC) is a series of automobile rally races across the world, culminating with a champion driver and manufacturer. ... World Rally Car refers to the racing automobiles built to the specification, set by the FIA, used to compete in the outright class of the World Rally Championship (WRC). ... In relation to motorsport governed by the FIA, Group A referred to a set of regulations providing production-derived vehicles for outright competition. ... Group B was a rally racing series set up by the FISA in 1979, with the intention to be the ultimate of the racing series, with very few restrictions placed on the cars. ... Group B was a rally racing series set up by the FISA in 1979, with the intention to be the ultimate of the racing series, with very few restrictions placed on the cars. ...


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A Subaru Impreza WRX competing in a rally.

Rallying is a very popular sport at the "grass roots" of motorsport—that is, motor clubs. Individuals interested in becoming involved in rallying are encouraged to join their local clubs. Club rallies (e.g. Road rallies) are usually run on public roads with an emphasis on navigation and teamwork. These skills are important fundamentals required for anyone who wishes to progress to higher-level events. Additional information about the jargon and rules of rally racing are available through the following links: Image of a subaru WRX at the Rally of Victoria, October 2003. ... Image of a subaru WRX at the Rally of Victoria, October 2003. ... The Junior World Rally Championship (JWRC) is a complementary series to the World Rally Championship (WRC) as is the World Rally Production Car Championship (WRPCC). ... The Monte Carlo Rally (officially Rallye Automobile Monte Carlo) is an automobile racing event organized each year by the Automobile Club de Monaco who also organize the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco and the Monaco Kart Cup. ... Monte Carlo is a very wealthy section of the city-state of Monaco known for its casino, gambling, beaches, glamour, and sightings of famous people. ... The Neste Rally Finland (formerly known as 1000 Lakes Rally, renamed 1994 when Neste became the main sponsor) is a Rally event driven in first weekend of August in the Jyväskylä area in Central Finland. ... The Corona Rally Mexico is the third event on the World Rally Championship for 2005. ... The Olympus Rally was run in Washington State in 1985, 1986, 1987, and 1988. ... The Paris Dakar Rally (or The Dakar) is an annual, organized, professional off-road race. ... The forerunner of the RAC Rally series was the 1932 Torquay rally which was the first major rally of the modern era in Great Britain. ... The Rally of Poland (Rajd Polski) is the second oldest rally in the world after the famous classic Monte Carlo. ... The Rallye des Pharaons is an FIM sactioned event that takes place in Egypt, with Cairo being both the start and finish point, and covers 3,100 km. ... The Safari Rally is held in Kenya and is considered by many to be the worlds toughest rally. ... The name San Remo can refer to several different things: San Remo, Italy – a large town in Italy San Remo, Victoria – a town in Victoria, Australia The San Remo – an apartment building in New York City This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might... The Swedish Rally (now the Uddeholm Swedish Rally) is an automobile rally competition held in Värmland, Sweden in early February. ... Targa Florio The Targa Florio was an open road endurance automobile race held near Palermo, Sicily. ... Sicily (Sicilia in Italian) is an autonomous region of Italy and the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, with an area of 25,700 sq. ... The Canadian Rally Championship consists of 6 full national events for 2005. ... Targa Newfoundland is the first event of its kind to be held in North America. ... Targa Tasmania is a tarmac-based rally racing event held on the island state of Tasmania, Australia, annually since 1991. ... The World Rally Championship (WRC) is a series of automobile rally races across the world, culminating with a champion driver and manufacturer. ... A road rally is a car rally that takes place on the public road. ... A public road is a road that is open to common use by the general population. ...


 
 

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