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The Wikipedia's entry for "rally racing" has some gaps. I don't have the knowledge necessary to fill them out, but there are a lot of gaps in the US info base that could use the attention of the more knowlegeable and (cough) um, experienced folks that frequent this site.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rally

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Preciously,
kilometres,
organisation,
are missspelld.
here is the replacement text...

There are several categories of rally cars. In the World Rally Championship, the cars used are built to World Rally Car specification. Previously Group A specification machines were used.

A rally course consists of a sequence of relatively short (up to about 50 kilometers) 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.

In most rallies, including those of the FIA 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.

In the past?and until recently in the United States?most rally courses were not allowed to be scanned prior to the race, and the co-drivers used maps supplied by the organization. The exact route of the rally often remained secret until race day. In 2002, US rules now also allow "course notes", giving much more detail than a typical route book be available to all competitors, but the route still remains secret and there is no reconnaissance.

Because the drivers don't know exactly what's ahead, the lower traction available on dirt roads, and the driving characteristics of small four-wheel-drive cars, the drivers are much less visibly smooth than bitumen 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.
 

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Actually, Randy, I should have thought that with your frequent trips to Canada and your many competitive kilometres logged there you might have been imbued with a sense of the Queen's English. You should kerb your American enthusiasm when vetting English text, or you may end up in gaol. There is an unfortunate connexion between the "language" you speak, although it would not meet with favour in England, and the manner in which English is spoken and spelled in the rest of the world.

Hopefully you've realised what's at stake. Aluminium would melt next to an ill-tuned carburettor.

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Preciously?

"behaving in a very formal and unnatural way by giving too much attention to unimportant details and trying too hard to be perfect:

- He's so precious about his work that he never gets anything done.

- Don't you hate the precious way she speaks, pronouncing each single consonant so precisely."
 

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...imbued with a sense of the Queen's English.

Oye!

The Queen's English! QUEEN'S ENGLISH! Bleedin' bloody 'ell! Nobody this side of Tottenham gives a rip about the bleedin' Queen's English. 'Ooo you been talkin' too.

Wo'ldwide, it's PUGGY DAN'S ENGLISH we all spi' out and use for regula', eh mate. :7

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