CRS Rule Book

The 2000
California Rally Series Rule Book

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To a rally driver it's an all out, day or night race on an unknown dirt road, trying by sheer concentration to blend a high-strung, production based race car and the road into an unbeatable stage time.

To a co-driver it's the thrill of the world's greatest amusement park ride, combined with the challenge of performing with great mental accuracy under the most physically demanding conditions.

For the spectator it's an admission-free view of the most exciting and demanding of motor sports. Around the world, rallying is wildly popular, attracting huge crowds that line the roads at every event in the FIA World Rally Championship.

In a performance rally, each team consists of a driver and co-driver (navigator). No pre-running of the course is allowed. The cars start at one or two-minute intervals and race at top speed against the clock over competition stages. Connecting the stages are "transits" on public roads where cars must obey the posted speed limits. The teams achieving the fastest combined times on the competition stages win. Drivers stay on existing roads, and never blaze their own trails. Stages can combine into some 150 miles in a two-day rally.

New to the sport are RallyCross events, basically autocrosses on unpaved surfaces. Entry requirements and entry fees are minimal, making them a great place to get started in rallying.


The Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) sanctions the majority of performance rallies in the United States. Other sanctioning bodies include the American Rally Sport Group (ARSG) and the National Auto Sport Association (NASA). The California Rally Series (CRS) has regional championships in various classes and includes events organized by all three groups.

Stage rallies require a co-driver and fully prepared vehicle (rollcage, safety harnesses, etc.) and use a "routebook" with highly accurate mileages to define the course. They range from simple "coefficient 1" local events of 10 miles or less, to longer "coefficient 2" rallies with 10-30 miles of stage roads to "coefficient 3" events with 30-65 miles. Larger rallies such as those in the SCCA ProRally Series usually include 100-150 miles of stages over two days.

"Rallysprints" are coefficient 1 events that only require a driver and are often held on closed stadium courses. RallyCross events also require only a driver and these autocrosses-on-dirt give the other members of a rally team a chance to compete in the team car! In fact, RallyCross competition allows almost any vehicle - license, insurance, and rollcage are not required!


The American Rally Sport Group organizes the three-day Ramada Express International Rally each December in Laughlin, Nevada. NASA conducts Southern California RallyCross and rallysprint events. At the divisional, "ClubRally" level, SCCA recognizes class championships in seven divisions across the country. The top two teams in each division's classes are invited to the runoffs-style ClubRally National Championship Event each year. At the national, "ProRally" level, the SCCA ProRally Championship Series encompasses nine events. These are located across the country, from snowy Michigan terrain to Southwest desert foothills, and on forest roads from Maine to Washington state.

RallyCross events and rally schools are held in various locations throughout the year.

The California Rally Series has two championships. The "CRS Rally Championship" consists of pure stage rally and rallysprint events, for fully prepared cars. The "CRS RallyCross Championship" includes RallyCross events only, for both prepared and street vehicles. An event may only count toward one of the two championships.


For stage rallies and most rallysprints, vehicles must be street-licensed, and meet certain minimum liability insurance limits. A wide variety of cars and trucks compete, although sports sedans tend to dominate.

SCCA recognizes the following five ProRally and ClubRally classes. In Production and Production GT, vehicles conform very closely to stock specifications. Production Class cars (which include trucks in the former RallyTruck Class) have a maximum of 2650 cc adjusted displacement. "PGT" cars are usually turbocharged and all-wheel drive, with no upper displacement limit. In contrast, the three open classes allow extensive modifications. There are two open classes for two-wheel drive: Group 2, with a maximum 2400 cc adjusted displacement (no turbos or rotaries), and Group 5, for all engines up to 5100 cc adjusted displacement. The fastest class is Open Class, where turbocharged four-wheel drive cars predominate (5100 cc limit). In addition, the SCCA ProRally Series now recognizes champions each year in the Group A and Group N classes for currently "homologated" cars meeting FIA (world rally coordinating body) specifications.

ARSG recognizes the production and open classes above, plus additional classes for sport utility vehicles, vintage cars, and other specific groups.

California Rally Series classes overlap with the classes above since CRS points are earned at events sanctioned by SCCA, ARSG, and NASA. However, there are some important differences. The two open classes in CRS only stipulate the drivetrain configuration (i.e., 2WD or 4WD) – otherwise there are no limitations. CRS Open 4WD Class resembles SCCA’s Open Class while CRS Group 2/5 includes vehicles that fall into both SCCA Group 2 and Group 5.

Unique to CRS are the two stock classes which restrict vehicle preparation and have a $4000 limit for the basic market value of the car. Both stock classes are self-policing and self-governing. Stock Class requires cars to be 2WD, four cylinder, carbureted, normally aspirated, and with fewer than four valves per cylinder. Performance Stock Class allows any cars or trucks with a basic value of $4000 or less as long as they are not turbo or supercharged or 4WD. It also waives the dollar limit for four cylinder, 2WD, normally aspirated trucks. Thus, cars that have fuel injection or rotary engines are most common in "P Stock."

The classes currently recognized in the CRS RallyCross Championship are Open 4WD, Group 2/5, and a combination of the two stock classes called "Performance Stock" for convenience. A class unique to this Championship is Street Stock, for cars without performance modifications that are not running rally tires. Most RallyCross events also add "custom" classes if enough competitors enter with a particular vehicle type.


Racing is expensive – there’s no getting around it! Given that fact, it is still possible to get more seat time for your dollar behind the wheel of a rally car than in most other forms of motorsport. It’s real racing, but in a car you could actually drive to work (and some people do!). You can get in a lot of "sideways time" just taking an afternoon off to go testing or practicing – something you certainly can’t do in a regular "race car" (just be sure to block the practice road from civilian traffic!). And you may find that having two people on a team means two people are splitting the costs, which can be a big help. So what are the expenses?

The best way to go rallying cheaply and immediately is to buy someone else’s rally car! You will pay 50 cents on the dollar for all of the modifications and you will have a ready vehicle, logbook and all, at the next event. You should seriously consider this option before deciding to go to the trouble and expense of building a car – even if it’s just for your first year or two while you "learn the ropes."

To prepare a basic rally car or truck yourself, you can expect to spend a certain amount on vehicle preparation and additional money on purchasing equipment for both the car and its occupants. Basic safety equipment for the car includes a roll cage (typically $800 to $1500 – these come prefabricated for bolting or welding in, or can be fully custom-built). Some reinforcing of suspension parts is a good idea, for a tough suspension is essential. Expect to spend $200 to $800 for springs, and $400 to $1500 (or more) for shocks. The car will need two or more fire extinguishers (around $50 unless you opt for a full fire system), and either racing seats (begin at $150 each) or some way to prevent the stock seat backs from collapsing. Racing harnesses, five or six point, start at $70 per person and must be replaced or rewebbed every five years to meet SCCA requirements. A hundredths-reading odometer can often be bought used for $200 or less; new models usually run $250 – $500. A top-end navigator light costs around $40 although cheaper substitutes can be found. Driving lights are another item you may be able to find used. New driving lights start at around $100 each and may require special wiring or prefabricated harnesses ($40-$80 for two lights, typically).

Two other items generally considered indispensable are a skid plate or plates, which may be fabricated for $80 to $150, and rally tires, which generally cost at least $130 each. You may need to upgrade wheels if you are bending or breaking them. There are a variety of small items that need to be added to your car as well (tool box, battery box, tire tie-down method, D.O.T. triangles, etc) – but these can cost a little or a lot depending on your ingenuity and "connections" with other rallyists!

These are the basic items to build a beginner car; you then may choose to add performance modifications such as computer chips or other engine upgrades, a limited slip differential, brake bias control, etc depending on what is allowed in your class.

Sometimes you can find used equipment for driver and co-driver as well – or borrow these items until you can afford them. Helmets have certain certification requirements shown by their label and start at about $180. Driving suits start at $90 and run the gamut from a plain color to completely custom designed, and from treated cotton single-layer suits requiring fire-retardant underwear, to double or triple layer in various materials. Again, certification labels show the capabilities of these suits in protecting you from fire. You may choose to add driving gloves and shoes and other personal equipment, although they are not required. It is important to check the current certification requirements for the sanctioning bodies (for example, in the SCCA Performance Rally Rules book).

Entry fees generally run from $20 to $35 for RallyCross events. Coefficient 1 rallies and rallysprints may cost $30 to $50. Coefficient 2 and 3 rally entry fees range from $150 to $300. SCCA events require membership in SCCA (around $60 annually) and a ClubRally ($60) or ProRally ($120) license. ARSG has no special licensing requirements. NASA honors CRS membership or costs $25 per year. CRS membership is not required at events unless you wish to earn championship points; however you must pay a $15 equipment fee per rally weekend (not RallyCross) for any non-CRS member competing.

Other expenses you must anticipate include racing gas for higher performance engines, and possibly a bit higher insurance fees to meet liability minimums for both the rally car and designated service vehicle. Most rallyists choose to buy or borrow a trailer to tow their car to events. Motels and food are part of a rally weekend’s expenses, and can vary widely according to your budget and tastes.

After adding up these expenses, can you expect to cover any of them by winning money or getting sponsors?

The simple answer is: NO! Very few rallies have any money left in their budgets for prize funds, as they try to keep entry fees as low as possible. The Ramada Express International is the notable exception, with a handsome prize fund spread throughout many classes. You can expect a trophy to the top third of the starters of any CRS rally in each class, however. In addition, the year-end Awards Banquet presents the top four or five finishers in each class with top-quality photo award plaques for the Rally Championship, and trophies for RallyCross top finishers. There are also several other year-end awards given.

Sponsors are difficult to obtain, but not impossible. The best chance for sponsorship is in your own community. You may find businesses that are willing to give you services, such as tire changing and balancing, in trade for placing their name on the side of your car. While many rallyists manage to find a bit more sponsorship, even some cash, it is important not to enter the sport with this expectation (alas, this isn’t Britain or Europe in that respect!). Better to plan your rally season within your budget and run what you can afford. Any prize money or sponsor help will get you to more events or allow you to move up to the next level.


Many prospective rallyists get into the sport by volunteering to help at a rally as a control worker. The advantage of this is that you gain an understanding of the timing system, get to know the organizers and competitors, and may find a rally car for sale sooner. You will also begin to appreciate what works and what doesn’t in car preparation, and may even learn from others’ mistakes in driving and co-driving!

Watch for the rally schools held several times a year. They cover all aspects of the sport. Most even give you hands-on driving or co-driving experience and qualify you for a ProRally (national) SCCA license. Plus, they’re a lot of fun!

A beginning point for many drivers, surprising as it may seem, is co-driving. Although it’s not easy, it is worth learning at a rally school or by running with an experienced driver who gives you pointers. Especially if you run with a fast driver, you will be far better prepared when it’s your turn to drive. Rally driving techniques are unlike those in other motorsports. Co-driving is also a cheaper way to get into competition!

Of course, nearly half the competitors in the sport are co-drivers by choice! They enjoy the challenges of "the hot seat" and the fact that they can rally much more frequently than driver/car-owners. A good co-driver will be sought after and can move up to national-level competition more easily than a driver.

Before you tackle either working, driving, or co-driving, you may also choose to volunteer to help on a team’s service crew. This is an excellent way to get to various events and learn about the sport.

It is important to develop friends and mentors in rallying. The great news is: rallyists are extraordinarily helpful to each other and especially to newcomers. They are truly "impassioned enthusiasts" eager to share the excitement and rewards of their sport, and you will have no trouble getting information whenever you need it. Check the list of CRS organizers on the calendar and the CRS officers in the back of this rulebook for a starting point. Also plan on contacting the Chief Tech Inspector (for car prep advice) and your local SCCA ClubRally Steward. You will also find a lot of helpful information on the web – most events now have their own website or you can go to one of the excellent general rally websites. These include:
Ben’s Rally Page
Sandman’s Rally Page
Rally Racing News
Special Stage magazine

So make your plans and join the fun! Good luck in your rally career!



The CRS is governed by a Board of Governors (BOG) which consists of the organizers from each CRS event. Membership on the BOG will be for the remainder of the year the event occurs in, plus the following year. In addition to the organizers there will be seven other members, the Director, Manager, Secretary, Membership Chairman & Treasurer, Competitor Liaison, Press Liaison, and the Stock Class Chairman. The responsibilities of the officers are detailed as follows:


The Director will be elected by a vote of the CRS membership and shall be in charge of the general operations of the CRS. The Director will schedule and chair BOG meetings, and act as the official contact person for the CRS. The Director will be responsible for seeing that a monthly article for DUSTY TIMES is submitted. The Director will be responsible for the acquisition of all the year-end awards (within the budget). The Director will be responsible for the year-end awards banquet, and any other social events as desired. The Director has the power to expend funds as required to accomplish these tasks and other CRS related business as deemed appropriate. The Director may delegate any of these responsibilities to other individuals if desired.


The Manager will be responsible for the CRS rally equipment (green flags,clocks, raidos, bibs, sign boards, PA system etc). The manager will order new sign boards and other equipment as necessary to support the various CRS events. The manager will furnish the desired equipment to the organizers prior to the event and collect it from the organizer after the event.


The Secretary will be responsible for recording the minutes of the BOG meetings as well as updating the rule book as required. The Secretary will also be responsible for tabulating the CRS results and standings. The Secretary will also be responsible for mailing post event results to all CRS competitors. The Secretary will be responsible for maintaining the mailing list, and seeding list. The Secretary will make mailing list labels, seeding lists and car number lists available to organizers.


The MC/T will be responsible for signing up CRS members and distributing information about the CRS to interested parties. The MC/T will have someone available at the registration of each event to sign up new members. The MC/T's name, address and phone will be advertised as a contact point for new rallyists. The MC/T will be responsible for dispensing funds to pay for subscriptions, decals, trophies, etc.


The Competitor Liaison will act as a point of contact for competitors who would like to make an input to the BOG. He will keep written records of the competitor comments and inputs from competitors. The Competitor Liaison will attend BOG meetings. To be eligible for this position the person must have been a competitor on at least one CRS event a year for the three previous years, and plan on continued CRS involvement. The Competitor Liaison will be elected by a vote of the CRS membership.


The Press Liaison will actively seek to promote the CRS and will be the single point of contact for the press. The Press Liaison will distribute the writing assignments for articles about events among those interested. These articles will be targeted for publication in DUSTY TIMES, SPORTS CAR, and other periodicals that cover CRS events. Nominations for Press Liaison will be solicited from the CRS membership and the BOG will select from those nominated.


The SCC (Stock Class Chairman) will be responsible for the administration of the CRS Stock Classes. The SCC will be the contact person for questions and rules. The SCC will be responsible for the policing of the classes at events, and will furnish the organizers with a list of approved Stock and Performance Stock Class competitors prior to the drivers' meeting. The SCC will call meetings of Stock Classes competitors to consider amendments to the rules as necessary. The SCC shall be selected by a vote of the active Stock Class competitors. It is recommended, but not required, that the SCC be someone not competing in Stock Class or Performance Stock Class.

BOG Operation:

The BOG shall make decisions on Calendar approval, amendments to these rules, amounts of fees, and any other items deemed appropriate by the Director. The BOG shall also be responsible for appointing people to fill the jobs of Manager, Secretary, Press Liaison and Membership Chairman & Treasurer. The BOG will also serve as an informal forum for the organizers to discuss items related to the organization of rallies. For voting purposes each event shall have the same number of votes as the event's weighting factor (1, 2 or 3), with a limit of 3 BOG votes per competitive weekend. Any officers that are not organizers (as indicated by the SCCA sanction application) will have one BOG vote. Each event will have a single point of contact for the purposes of BOG phone or email polls. The single point of contact for each event will designate who from his event shall be on the BOG mailing list and who will have voting privileges at meetings.

TIME LINE for Elections:

Request Nominations – 3rd event results mailing from the end of the year
Send Ballots – 2nd event results mailing from the end of the year
Send Election Results – Last event results mailing for the year


There will be certain minimum requirements which must be met if an event is to be considered for inclusion into the CRS. These requirements have been established to develop credibility in the eyes of the competitors, and thereby promote rallying in general (and the CRS specifically).


There will be four CRS classes at all rally events (Open 4WD, Group 2/5, Performance Stock and Stock). The organizer is required to recognize all four classes. The SCC is responsible for the determination of vehicle eligibility for the Stock Classes. The SCC will furnish a list of qualified Stock/Performance Stock Class vehicles to the organizer prior to the start.


CRS Membership is not required to compete, however all competitors (both drivers and co-drivers) who are not CRS members will be required to pay a $15 equipment fee at each CRS event that they enter.


As a minimum CRS rally events will award trophies/awards to the top 1/3 of the starters (limited to top 5) in each CRS class (for finishers only). Trophies will be for both drivers and co-drivers. For multiple event weekends the events may be combined into a single trophy for the weekend.


The CRS will be responsible for the mailing of results to all competitors and current CRS members. The organizer will be responsible for supplying the results of the event and addresses for any non-members to the Secretary. The Secretary will prepare the mailing.

RALLYSPRINTS (Driver-Only Events):

Rallysprints are generally held on short courses where co-drivers are not required. To avoid confusion relating to co-driver requirements, any event advertised as a rallysprint which will require co-drivers must so state in the event announcement. If there is no such statement ("CO-DRIVERS REQUIRED") co-drivers' points will not be awarded, regardless of what happens at the event.


The CRS will loan any CRS organizer the funds required to pay the SCCA sanction and insurance fees. This loan is to be repaid to the treasurer prior to the event. The CRS maintains the following equipment and materials for use by event organizers free of charge: mailing list (address labels), clocks (hundredths reading & freezable), wrist watches, green flags, radios, sign boards, worker vests, banner ribbon, and a portable public address system. The CRS will mail event results free of charge to the organizer.



CRS membership costs $40 a calendar year (which includes a year's subscription to DUSTY TIMES) or $30 a calendar year without DUSTY TIMES. CRS membership also includes two CRS decals, and results mailings from the various events. The rest of the membership fee goes to year end awards, and maintaining the supply of equipment used to support those who organize events. There will be a three month overlap allowed for people joining between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31. For example, joining CRS on Oct. 1, 2000 will buy a membership until Dec. 31, 2001 (1 year & 3 months); while joining on Sept. 30, 2000 will buy a membership until Dec. 31, 2000 (3 months). Competitors will begin accruing CRS championship points only after paying their annual membership fee.


The associate membership has been created for workers and other interested people who want to keep up on rally activities but will not be competing. Associate members will receive all of the event results mailings but they do not receive championship points. The fee for joining CRS as an associate member is $20 per calendar year with DUSTY TIMES or $10 a calendar year without DUSTY TIMES. The three month overlap as described above applies for associate members as well. If an associate member should decide at a later date to become a competitor he/she may change status by merely paying the $20 difference.


To join as either a full or associate member, contact the Membership Chairman by mail or phone and request an application or print out the online membership form and mail it to:

Tony Chavez


All cars on rally events are required to be street legal and licensed for use on the street. Many CRS rallies are sanctioned by the SCCA. For SCCA rallies all cars must have a standard SCCA Vehicle Log Book. Other sanctioning bodies may not require log books or all of the items listed below. Check with the appropriate sanctioning body for events you intend to run. The list below is intended as a general guideline for SCCA events, complete requirements for SCCA events are listed in the SCCA Performance Rally Competition Rules book (section 10 Scrutineering). To obtain one, contact:

SCCA PRO Rally Office
9033 E. Easter Place
Englewood, CO 80112
(303) 779-6622

1) a single switch is required which can extinguish all forward-facing driving lights and dip to low beam all headlights
2) mud flaps on all driven and rear wheels
3) roll cage meeting current SCCA or FIA specifications
4) 5 or 6 point harness meeting SFI spec 16.1 and no older than 5 years
5) laminated safety glass front windshield
6) batteries inside the driver's compartment must be equipped with leakproof caps and be enclosed in a
non-conductive "marine type" battery box
7) hood pins required for some classes, see SCCA rule book (9.1.L)
8) two tow hooks, painted red or yellow, must be mounted to the vehicle, one front and one rear
9) first aid kit
10) 3 or more DOT reflective triangles
11) two Halon or dry chemical fire extinguishers with a total rating of at least 20 B:C. Cars with on-board
systems must carry a removable minimum 10 B:C extinguisher as part of the required capacity.
12) tow rope
13) a fireproof bulkhead is required between the driver's compartment and the gas tank, fuel pumps, fuel
fillers and filters. an SCCA approved fuel cell may be used in the passenger compartment.
14) power door locks are prohibited
15) plastic sunroofs prohibited, metal sunroofs must be fixed shut
16) helmets with 1990 or newer "SNELL SA" sticker ("SNELL M" stickers are not acceptable, except at
RallyCross events), with the following info:
name, date of birth, blood type, allergies, last tetanus shot date
17) Either a SFI 3-2A/1 driving suit with nomex underwear, or a SFI 3-2A/5 driving suit or any 3 layer driving
suit is required.


In addition to the annual CRS Rally Championship, any year that there are four or more RallyCross events on the calendar at the beginning of the year, there will be a CRS RallyCross Championship for that year. For the purposes of this championship, RallyCross events will be those events which do not have route instructions, do not require a co-driver, and do not require a roll cage. The RallyCross Championship will use the same system for awarding points, and dropping events as the Rally Championship. RallyCrosses will award CRS points in Open 4wd, Group 2 / 5 and Performance Stock. Stock Class cars will be placed in the Performance Stock Class. In addition CRS points will be awarded in Street Stock Class. Street Stock Class (RallyCross only) will be for two wheel drive cars that have a displacement of 2.0 Liters or less, have no performance modifications, and do not use rally tires. In addition any tires with non-circumferential sipes wider than .22" will not be allowed in Street Stock Class. There is no price limit for Street Stock. For RallyCrosses only one class will be allowed (to be declared before the event).



SEED 1: Drivers with an overall win on a rally format (route book required) event or Nationally seeded in FIA, 1 or 2
SEED 2: Drivers with a top 3 Club Rally finish or National seeds 3
SEED 3: Drivers with a top 10 finish on a Club Rally or National seeds 4 or 5SEED 4: Drivers who have finished a Club Rally
SEED 5: Drivers who have started but not yet finished a Club Rally
SEED 6: Drivers who have never driven in a performance rally


Each Rally Championship competitor will have the possibility of accumulating points in eight categories (driver or co-driver in Open 4wd, Group 2/5, Performance Stock and Stock Classes). Driver's points cannot be added to co-driver's points or vice versa. In other words all classes are tabulated independently. Organizer's points will be counted in only one class, which the organizer chooses at the time of his/her event.


CRS points will be awarded to all CRS members who start the first stage of the rally. For championship purposes points will be awarded based on the competitor's finishing position in his/her class (Open 4wd, Group 2/5, Performance Stock or Stock). To be eligible for points at rallysprint events all vehicles must either have a log book or meet all logbook requirements (license and insurance are not required). Points based on overall finishing will be tabulated for seeding purposes, and car numbers. In addition the organizers of the event will have 400 points to distribute amongst themselves, with no organizer getting more than 100 points (prior to weighting). No competitor can receive more than a total of 500 organizer's points in a given year.

1st 100
2nd 80
3rd 60
4th 50
5th 40
6th 35
7th 30
8th 25
9th and on 20
start first stage 10



To properly reward the competitors who do well on the longer, more demanding events these events will receive heavier weighting. For example, 1st in class in a double points event awards 200 points, in a triple points event 300 points. In general the CRS weighting will follow the SCCA ClubRally coefficient level. In some cases the event may receive a higher weighting than the SCCA coefficient, but in no cases will it be less. Coefficient 1 events where the winning car's stage time is at least 40 minutes but less than 80 minutes will be scored as double points events. Coefficient 1 or 2 events which have 80 minutes or more of stage time for the winning car will be scored as triple points events.


Since it is desirable to allow competitors to drop their worst events, the following system for dropping events has been adopted for useby the CRS.


total number events      count best
5                                            4
6,7                                         5
8                                            6
9,10                                       7
11                                          8


In the event of a tie for a year-end ranking the tie will be broken by adding all the points accumulated in triple points events which both competitors started in the class in question. All events started will be counted (no events will be dropped). If this does not resolve the tie the same method will be applied to the double points events. If a tie still exists the same method will be applied to the single points events. If the above method fails, the tie will remain.



There will be year-end awards (eg., trophies) for the top competitors in each of the six classes. For the Rally Championship trophies will be given five deep in classes with 15 or more competitors and four deep for classes with fewer than 15 competitors. For the RallyCross Championship trophies will be awarded to at least the top 1/3 of the CRS competitors in each class.


To be a candidate a driver must begin the year as a seed 5 or 6 driver. The rookie of the year will be the driver who finished in the highest percentile in his class. The co-driver award will go to the first year co-driver who accrued the most points with the driver who won Rookie of the Year.


The Zimmerman Award was created to recognize those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the sport of rallying in general and the CRS specifically. The recipient is determined by the director of the CRS. The award honors the sportsmanship and support of Dr. Kenneth Zimmerman, and is presented by Chad DiMarco of Sube Sports.


The Galal Souki award was created to recognize Stock and Performance Stock Class competitors who typify the spirit of helpfulness and competitiveness that has come to be associated with the Stock Classes.


It is the unselfish contributions of workers at all events, whether communications, blockage or control workers, which enable our series to succeed. The recipients of this award are selected by the CRS Board of Governors in recognition of their years of service to the sport of rallying.


The Bill Moore Award was created to honor a co-driver who, like Bill, has contributed to the sport of rallying in many areas, including as a worker, organizer, or BOG member.


Car numbers 301 through 310 will be assigned for the competition year in concert with the SCCA ClubRally car numbering convention. The first ten car numbers will be based on total overall finishing position points accrued during the previous competition year on SCCA events. No events will be dropped, and organizer points will be accumulated as well. The competitor with the most overall points will be car number 301, with the other car numbers following in sequence. All other numbers will be assigned via the SCCA ClubRally car numbering convention (permanent car numbers). Competitors will be allowed to paint their numbers on their car as long as the painted numbers are a reasonable facsimile of the standard number.


DIRECTOR Sue Robinson



SECRETARY Mike Gibeault







1.1 The CRS Stock Classes were created to provide a lower cost form of competition by using basically stock engines and low cost cars. The following rules have been made to limit the effectiveness of expensive horsepower/drivetrain modifications and should be maintained as such to keep the class a "drivers class". By keeping certain items "stock" and other modifications limited, dominance of the class by one particular type of car will not occur. This concept is referred to as the "Spirit of the Class", and may be applied by the Stock Class Committee in cases where the following rules may not apply.


1.2.1 Optional equipment will be allowed only when the specific option was available on the body style as delivered in the U.S. from the factory, except as modified in section 5.2 of these rules.

1.2.2 Dealer-installed options are not allowable. (Many examples of these types of modifications exist and do not fall within the "Spirit of the Class").

1.3 These rules are modified every other year (1997, 2000, etc) by ballot after a Stock Class meeting, to be in effect for the following year. As a result the rules will be the same for 1998 & 2000. Current competitors in the class will be eligible to vote.


2.1 All cars competing in the Performance Stock Class will be limited to a market value (for the basic car) of not more than $4,000. This rule will be waived for 4 cylinder, 2 wheel drive, non-turbo pickup trucks, however all other Performance Stock Class Rules must be followed.

2.2 Vehicles equipped with turbochargers, superchargers or four wheel drive will not be allowed in Stock or Performance Stock Class.

2.3 If the value of the car is in question, it will be checked via the current wholesale Blue Book with no additions or deductions for optional equipment or mileage (or general market value). The first year that the engine-body-induction system combination was offered for sale by the manufacturer will be used to determine the value of the vehicle.


3.1 Any part may be updated or backdated freely within a given body style, provided that the part was available from the factory on a production car sold in the U.S.

3.1.1 Example: Parts from a '68-'73 Datsun 510 may not be used on a '78-'81 510. However, parts from a '68 510 may be used on a '72 510.

3.2 Engine updating and backdating is allowed with the following provisions and must comply with Section 4. In addition updating and backdating may cause the basic value of the car to change (see section 2.3).

3.2.1 The combination of body, engine, induction system and exhaust manifold must have been available in the U.S. from the factory.


4.1 Internal parts are free with the following exceptions:

4.1.1 Stock block must be retained in the stock location.

4.1.2 Dome-topped pistons are not allowed unless they were stock on the specific body.

4.2 The stock induction system meaning the intake manifold, carburetor, or fuel injection system and exhaust manifold must be retained. However the stock intake and exhaust manifolds may be modified. The stock carburetor may be rejetted. The choke mechanism may be removed or fixed open.

4.3 The rest of the exhaust system is free, but must include a suitable muffler.

4.4 The air filter and housing is free.

4.5 The ignition system must be of stock design with the following exception. Breaker points may be replaced by an electronic trigger that remains in the distributor and does not include an MSD style ignition system.

4.6 Engine oil coolers, transmission coolers, and radiators may be added or upgraded.


5.1 The transmission shall be stock for the body style. Ratios available in any year of the same body style may be used.

5.2 Any differential ratio may be used. The differential itself may be open, welded, locked, or limited slip.

5.3 Stock transmission ratios available in any year of the same body style may be used.

5.4 The rear axle assembly, meaning the housing, differential and axles is free providing: brakes of the same type and size are retained. Example: a ‘68-’73 Datsun 510 equipped with a R160 rear differential may use the larger R180 differential as long as it mounts in the stock location and no suspension components are altered.


6.1 Strengthening of stock parts and mounting points is allowed, however modification of the original part in the process is not allowed. As an example, a suspension arm may have additional material welded onto it, but it may not be lengthened or shortened in the process. Wheel mounting bolts may be changed to wheel mounting studs.

6.2 Limit straps may be added.

6.3 Springs and shock absorbers are free in the stock location.

6.4 Adjustable competition struts in the stock mounting location may be used. The spring perch height and diameter may differ from the stock dimensions.

6.5 Sway bar size is free in the stock location.

6.6 Strut mounting holes may be slotted and/or offset bushings may be used to modify camber. Control arms may NOT be modified (except reinforcing).

6.7 Brake pad and shoe materials are free, using the stock caliper or drum assembly as equipped by the manufacturer. Modification or removal of brake backing plates is allowed.

6.8 Flexible brake lines are free.

6.9 Wheels and tires are free.


7.1 Underpanning and structural reinforcing are allowed.

7.2 The stock hood and trunk latches may be modified or replaced.

7.3 Fenders may be cut to remove a maximum of one inch from the outer edge around the wheel well to allow for tire clearance. Fender flares may be added over the stock fenders.

7.4 Gas tanks are free as long as they meet the SCCA safety requirements.

7.5 Electrics are free (alternator size, battery location, lights, etc.).

7.6 The material, construction and mounting method of bumpers are free (both front and rear bumpers are required by state law).

7.7 Roof vents are allowed.


8.1 The steering wheel is free.

8.2 The front seats are free.

8.3 The following items may be removed: center console, rear seat, rear deck cover, headliner, carpets, associated padding and sound deadening material.

8.4 The dashboard may be modified to accommodate safety and rally equipment only.


9.1 At the start of each CRS rally, the Stock Class Inspector will compile a list of potential competitors from the event entry forms. It is the competitor's responsibility to have the designated Stock Class Tech Inspector certify that the car meets the above rules.

9.2 The Stock Class Chairman is responsible for coordinating the Stock Classes tech inspection.

9.2.1 The Stock Class Chairman and each event's Stock Class Inspector shall maintain the Stock Class Log Book.

9.2.2 The Stock Class Log Book shall have provisions for recording pertinent vehicle data (i.e. engine size and type, vehicle model, VIN, license number, etc...) and for logging questionable parts.

9.3 The burden of proof of eligibility is on the competitor.

9.4 Competitors found to be in violation of the above rules will be placed in Group 2/5 for CRS points purposes.

9.5 If a competitor wishes to file a claim concerning the eligibility of a Stock or Performance Stock Class car, he should contact the Stock Class Chairman (SCC). The SCC will form a claims committee including himself and two other people who are not competing in the class at that event.

For more information about the Stock Classes or these rules, please contact:

Doug Robinson, Chairman


1. Stock Class vehicles will meet all of the requirements of Appendix A, Performance Stock Class Rules, with the following exceptions:

1.1 Only 4 cylinder, piston type engines equipped with carburetors and fewer than 4 valves per cylinder will be allowed in Stock Class.

1.2 There will be no exceptions to the $4,000 price limit for Stock Class.

2. Vehicles that qualify for Stock Class may compete in Performance Stock Class if they desire.


Open class cars are divided into two classes based on the whether the vehicle is built to be capable of operating in four wheel drive mode. Swapping between the two classes is not allowed. Two wheel drive cars that were not designed to operate in four wheel drive can not compete in Open 4WD. Any car designed to be capable of four wheel drive can not compete in Group 2 / 5.



1975 Hendrik Blok             Steve Ruiz
1976 Hendrik Blok             Erick Hauge
1977 Hendrik Blok             Erick Hauge
1978 Hendrik Blok             Rod Sorenson
1979 Rod Millen                 Mark Howard
1980 Rod Millen                 Grant Whittaker
1981 Frank Jacob             Wes Gaede
1982 Ken Smith                 Dennis Sheean
1983 Richey Watanabe    Randy Hensley
1984 Richey Watanabe    Howard Watanabe
1985 Scott Child                Jim Love
1986 Lon Peterson            Jim Love
1987 Bill Holmes                Jim Rogers
1988 Lon Peterson            Jim Love
1989 Lon Peterson & Jeff Griffin (Tie) Camille Griffin
1990 Lon Peterson            Jim Love
1991 Lon Peterson            Jim Love
1992 Jeff Griffin                  Chris Griffin


1988 Mike Blore                 Gary Dunklau
1989 Ken Smith                 Mark Williams
1990 Gary Luke                 Mark Williams
1991 Tony Tavares          Carlos Tavares
1992 Roger Hull                Rob Cherry




1993 Mitch McCullough     Scott Webb
1994 Rui Brasil                     Scott Webb
1995 Chris Weleff                 Brian Paul
1996 Dennis Chizma           Carlos Tavares
1997 Vartan Samuelian       Ara Manoukian
1998 Rui Brasil                     Carlos Tavares
1999 Lauchlin O’Sullivan   Farina O’Sullivan


1993 Ron Wood                 Kelly Walsh
1994 Lon Peterson           Bill Gutzmann
1995 Bill Malik                    Roine Anderson
1996 Bill Malik                    Farina O’Sullivan
1997 Bill Malik                    Farina O’Sullivan
1998 Carl Jardevall          Ole Holter
1999 Frank Paredes         William Staley


1994 Jeff Hendricks     Noble Jones
1995 Dennis Chizma    John Moore
1996 Robert Tallini        Steve Scott
1997 Terry Stonecipher Chrissy Beavis
1998 Doug Robinson     Shane Polhamus
1999 Mark Brown         Craig McHugh


1978 Mike Gibeault         Tim Cox
1979 Mike Gibeault         Gale Tyler
1980 Kris Mellon             Damon Trimble
1981 Mike Gibeault         Lynnette Allison
1982 Tom Sullivan         Jay Mathes
1983 Mike Whitman         Rob Cherry
1984 Mike Whitman         Rob Cherry
1985 Mike Whitman         Lynnette Allison
1986 Ray Hocker             Bill Moore
1987 Topi Hynynen         Ray Thurm
1988 Roger Hull J            im Jacobson
1989 Eric Wilson             Jim Jacobson
1990 Anton Musev         Lisa Scheer
1991 Jeff Hendricks         Ev Hendricks
1992 Jeff Hendricks         Larry Scott
1993 Tony Shumaker     Larry Scott
1994 Steve Scott             Bob Scott
1995 Mike Marcy             Steve Scott
1996 Terry Stonecipher Michelle Gibeault
1997 Dennis Chizma     Claire Marie
1998 Steve Bender         Craig McHugh
1999 Nick Taylor             Pete Morris



1999 Doug Robinson

1999 Dan Edmunds

GROUP 2 / 5
1999 Dennis Chizma

1999 Bill Feyling


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