Help with planning a car rally??

Submitted: Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 17:57
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G'Day all,

I am just starting to organise a car rally for my work as a team bonding exercise the basic plan being as follows.

Meet at a central location Sat morning.
Participate in a car rally (ie follow clues, answer questions etc) with the final destination being....
Arrive at camping ground to set up camp, have some dinner, sit around the bonfire go to sleep.
Sunday - pack up and head home.

We have the campground selected and pretty mush the basic details sorted but I'm in charge of organising the rally. I've never done this before or participated in one - I've only heard of them and how they work. Any tips for organising it would be appreciated immensley!!! ie what do I look for in terms of check points? How long should it all take before it's too much?? etc etc

Cheers
Scoey!
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Reply By: Scoey (QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 17:59

Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 17:59
Oh and I forgot to mention, if it goes well, I was thinking of teeing one up as a gathering for Brisbanites later on this year! So thinking caps on gentlemen(read: gentlepeople) ;-)

Cheers again!
Scoey!
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Reply By: revhead307 - Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 18:06

Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 18:06
I've participated in a similar rally before, was a lot of fun.

1) try and make waypoint directions as clear and accurate as possible (read unambiguous)...more than likely people will get lost anyway lol....so there is no need to help them.

2) Drive it yourself, and maybe with a backup to test it.

3) make sure each vehicle has some form of communication to contact yourself 'the organiser' in case they get lost or have a problem.

4) have a small first prize (honourary more than value)...and wooden spoon to add some fun.

Rev
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Follow Up By: Scoey (QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 20:04

Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 20:04
G'Day Rev,

1) Yep gonna try and keep it simple - the emphasis will be on fun more than the ultimate challenge! And yes our group in particular is likely to get VERY lost! haha!

2) Thanks for the tip on the test run - might get a coupla mates to drive it first to get some feedback!

3) We have some spare mobile phones at work we can issue to those that dont' have one so that should be ok - unless we don't want to be communicated with by particular people. ie the manager! haha!

4) Might try and track down a donkey's @rse trophy for last spot! hehe! Good idea!

Cheers for the info Rev,
Scoey!
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Follow Up By: Trevor R (QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 22:07

Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 22:07
Scoey,

You could always give your manager a different set of instructions which would lead him/her back to their desk while the rest of you go to wherever you intend on camping. Then call the manager at their desk and give them the real location for the camp.
Not all managers would see the funny side of this but I would (as a worker).

Trevor.
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Follow Up By: GaryInOz (Vic) - Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 22:12

Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 22:12
LOVE IT!!!!!!!!
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Follow Up By: Scoey (QLD) - Thursday, Jun 22, 2006 at 08:12

Thursday, Jun 22, 2006 at 08:12
Hmmmmm that idea definately has legs Trev! Hehe will toss it about with my colleagues and see what they reckon - ooooh I can see I'm gonna have some fun with this - even if no one else does! haha!

Cheers
Scoey!
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Reply By: GaryInOz (Vic) - Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 18:13

Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 18:13
For a bit more fun, make the clues cryptic, and give the contestants a sealed envelope containing the location of the final destination if the get totally lost.

Did one of these years ago in the Subaru 4WD club of Vic for a Christmas rally/BBQ. A lot of fun, particularly if you get a chance to map out all the different spots and send ppl to different places (with different clues for some of the same spots) in different orders, so noone can cheat by following someone else, as everyone will be heading in all directions = TOTAL CHAOS LOLOLOL!!!

The winner is the person that arrives with the most number of correct answers to Q's.

Give me an email on c k g 612003 at yahell.con.au, corrected to the obvious (- spaces, + spelling), and Ill give you a few of the more general clues and answers we used... Lots of fun to make four ppl face each other at an intersection hehehehe.
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Follow Up By: GaryInOz (Vic) - Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 18:17

Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 18:17
Don't call it a "rally" as this infers a timed event, should be an "observation trial". Insurers will not cover participants in a timed event.
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Follow Up By: GaryInOz (Vic) - Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 18:53

Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 18:53
4 ppl to a car is guaranteed to create a lighthearted "team building" atmosphere...

You really want it to be held in a fun atmosphere, where all of the heirarchy at work is forgotten, that is when these thing have their best effect.

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Follow Up By: Scoey (QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 20:06

Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 20:06
G'day Gary,
Thanks for the info, some really good ideas there that I'll be using. I'll probably send you an email to bounce some ideas off you if that's ok. Cheers
Scoey
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Follow Up By: GaryInOz (Vic) - Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 21:01

Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 21:01
No probs
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Reply By: stevesub - Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 18:31

Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 18:31
DO NOT call it a rally. Email me on stevesub@dodo.com.au and leave your phone number and I will call you. I have participated and run dozens of this type of event in New Zealand (and have the trophys to prove it).

They are easy to organize if you know how and I can give you some tips. We are on Bribie.

Steve
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Follow Up By: Scoey (QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 20:08

Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 20:08
Gday Steve
The rally (insert other name here) will be held predominantly in Caboolture so I'll definitely flick you an email and have a chat. Being on Bribie, you should be a great help. Thanks heaps I appreciate it. Cheers
Scoey
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Follow Up By: Rokkitt - Thursday, Jun 22, 2006 at 13:16

Thursday, Jun 22, 2006 at 13:16
Hi,

I am also organising a similar event for the "Getabout 4wd club"

If it is OK I will also drop you an email fgor some of those tips.

Regards
Rod
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Reply By: cackles - Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 19:09

Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 19:09
I know of some people in qld who organise and run weekend rallys to fundraise for the Endeavour.
If you consider delegating any of the work you may want to consider this alternative.

cackles
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Follow Up By: Scoey (QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 20:10

Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 20:10
Gday Cackles
Thanks for the tip. But this should be a pretty small low key event. Appreciate your reply though. Cheers
Scoey
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Reply By: ellen m - Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 20:09

Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 20:09
Hi Scoey,

I have been in many "rally's" in my rural youth club days. My one piece of advise is to make the clues things that can not be nicked or changed by others, otherwise those behind will be very lost.

eg. once we had to look up the name of a street in a phone book to go to the next clue. One of the first cars nicked every phone public phone book in the country town the rally was in. nobody could finish the rally. Or another time they organisers had a sign taped to a pole to show where to turn on an un-named farm track, again someone lifted the sign so nobody else could finish.

have fun

Ellen
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Follow Up By: Scoey (QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 20:13

Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 20:13
Gday Ellen
Hillarious! I hope that's some of the stuff my team gets up to. ;-) Ahh that gives me an idea maybe a dud clue could be fun ;-) Cheers for the advice.
Scoey
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Follow Up By: GaryInOz (Vic) - Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 21:02

Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 21:02
I've got a few more devious ones than that in mind..................
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Follow Up By: Scoey (QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 21:45

Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 21:45
As Monty Burns from the Simpsons says........... "Exxxxxxcelent!" ;-)

Scoey!
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Reply By: Rock Crawler - Thursday, Jun 22, 2006 at 09:22

Thursday, Jun 22, 2006 at 09:22
Have set up lots of these over the years . Just get in your car and go for a drive and map a course.

Some tips

every question is worth points ok

First Line , is read all the questions before you start your car, then ask them towards the end , something like , how many briges did you pass. I garantee that most didn't read the questions first lol . Dont make it to Kriptic as it can make it borring,

Make sure you outline that there is no time and that you have times the course and know how long i ttakes to finnish on thespeed limit. If this time is broken , you get disqualified.

Have scouts on the side of the road with cameras or video and show these at presentation of everyones face in a hard part of the course for laughs later

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Follow Up By: Scoey (QLD) - Thursday, Jun 22, 2006 at 09:31

Thursday, Jun 22, 2006 at 09:31
Hey Rock Crawler,

Sounds like some good tips! ;-) Cheers for the info - I'll be sure to use them!

Cheers
Scoey!
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