The Trans-America Challenge 2012

7th May - 8th June 2012

Questions & Answers

Here are the answers to the questions we are most often asked. If your question is not here or if you just want to chat about any aspect of the Trans-America Challenge do please send us an email or call the full time Rally Office during business hours. We'll be pleased to hear from you.

Can anyone take part ?

Yes, this route is suitable for both newcomers and experienced crews. The roads are mostly good smooth tarmac with a few tests on gravel sections, plus some circuit tests. A simple tulip route book marked in miles (with kilometres in brackets) is supplied which is easy to follow, even fuel stops are indicated. We give every novice entrant a booklet packed with hints and tips on navigation, and every driver a car preparation book with full instructions on how to prepare the car specifically for this route. You do not need a Garmin GPS satellite system, but you may bring a GPS if you wish.

What about the Medal sections ?

The Medal Sections are optional and we don’t have these every day, only where the route and road conditions permit. You can drive these as often or as little as you like, make your mind up on the day, if you choose to miss out a section then you simply head off to the Hotel. Medals are presented to the winners at evening meals.

What equipment do I need ?

Simply a suitable car fitted with a tripmeter such as a Monit, a Halda or a twinmaster; a 1.75 litre fire extinguisher; First Aid Kit; 2 x warning triangles; a tow rope and an under car mat to catch leaks. You don’t need a competition license, helmets or fancy overalls. Full harness seat belts must be fitted to all cars except Vintageants. We strongly recommend Vintage cars have a seat belt and a rollover bar, and a hoop or full roll cage is strongly recommended for all.

What if I break down on the event ?

We do expect you to be able to change a wheel, the points, plugs and air filter yourself, but we are taking our own mobile mechanical support vehicles each with two highly skilled mechanics for anything more complicated. Their vast experience will keep you on the road, even if it means working all night. You simply have to bring the spares from the list we issue and they will do the rest!

What about Shipping my Car ?

You can use any shipping agent but we can recommend CARS UK who have handled our shipping for 15 years. They are efficient and slick and can ship your car from anywhere in the world to the Leg 1 start in New York, the Leg 2 start in Vancouver, or home from Alaska. They handle all customs, insurance, import charges etc, you simply hand over your keys. They personally attend at the port to do the “hustling”. Contact Jeremy Barker: Tel +44(0)1284 850760 or email Jeremy@carseurope.net for a quotation.

What about Visas ?

Holders of British Passports usually travel to the USA free of charge on the Visa Waiver program but there are conditions so please check with the American Embassy website. Non UK entrants should check Visa specialist website www.travcour.com which lists which nationalities require visas for the USA and Canada or visit the official embassy sites.

What about the compulsory travel and medical cover ?

The insurance brokers Campbell Irvine Ltd offer a Travel/Medical insurance policy which covers you for rallying anywhere in the world, with full repatriation cover. Full details will be sent to you nearer the start date. You may source your own policy but it must cover Medical repatriation so the ‘Flying Doctor’ service can attend to you. We will be taking our own fully qualified Doctor and Nurse on the event, who will supply you with full medical notes, a list of any recommended vaccinations and details of the type of first aid kit you need.

How can I insure my car ?

Vehicle insurance is NOT included and you must arrange this yourself by extending your existing motor policy with your insurer. If you want to buy Fully Comprehensive cover then you can arrange this with Marcus Atkinson at Hagerty International Ltd, Tel: 08700 420 220. Marcus or Phil Dunne can arrange cover for any car wherever in the World it is registered. Contact Phil by email pdunne@Hagerty.com

What else do I need to Know ?

Further information about suitable clothing, currency, fuel availability, satellite phones, accommodation etc will be sent out to all entrants in regular newsletters. Anything we think you need to know, any forms to fill in are all supplied by us and sent to you. With 60 worldwide events under our belt we are here to help you reach the start fully prepared.

What Vehicles are Eligible ?

The event runs two categories, Vintageant for cars up to 1941 with classes based on engine size and a Classic Category for cars up to 1975 model types. Cars of a later date, but unchanged mechanical specification, will be considered at the organiser’s discretion. Classes will be formed based on engine size, within these categories

There will be two options so entrants can choose the type of event they would like to participate in:

Please explain the Sporting option ?

The route includes Time Trial tests, some them on smooth gravel roads, and race circuit tests. Performance on the tests and maintaining the overall schedule will determine the final classification.

And the Touring option ?

This is for those crews who want to make the most of the scenery and the fascinating places the event visits without the need to worry about the clock. There will be a set route with full route notes supplied. It is hoped that all cars, either ‘sporting’ or ‘touring’ will meet for lunch most days and get together in the bar each evening. There will be no competitive sections although in some remote areas the tourers may use the same route as the sporting event. Crews will nominate when entering which option they wish to take up, this would not prevent any touring crew deciding to take part in any test section or anyone on the sporting event from deciding to have an easier day sightseeing, although they will receive timing penalties.

What is included in the entry fees ?

A twin/double room including breakfast for 22 nights for Leg 1, 12 nights for Leg 2. Secure parking, group dinners for all nights except rest days, New York welcome party, prize-giving dinner and ceremony in Vancouver and Alaska. Several group lunches, metal rally plates, competition numbers, decals and ID tags. The services of our on-event mobile emergency repair shops, support from our mobile medical crew. Finishers medals, road books, navigators wallet, rally and vehicle preparation notes. Competitors will be responsible for any shipping costs, visa applications and costs, vehicle insurance, travel insurance, some lunches and fuel costs.


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