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The following was in a CARS mailing this week. So the train is on with limited spaces - available before and after EVERY event in the CRC - usual size restrictions - and a $100 bond to reserve your spot.

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Shawn

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CARS is pleased to announce a special travel program designed to help national licence holders who are planning on competing in the 2004 Canadian Rally Championship. The program has been put together by L Hansen?s Forwarding and Canadian Pacific Railroad. The free travel program is open to all CARS licenced competitors in order to help promote participation in the events of the Canadian Rally Championship. The program will be in effect for 2004 and details of the program are as outlined below.

Basic Outline: CARS have made arrangements with Hansen?s and CP to transport competitors? small service vans, rally cars and, if small enough, trailers from Toronto to Calgary and from Calgary to Toronto before and after each of the remaining five events. The program allots us sixty (60) spaces in enclosed rail cars for our use. If there are more registrations than the allotment provides, additional spaces will be available at a discounted rate. (Example: If competitor A ships a van and small trailer with a rally car on it from Toronto to Calgary for the Rocky Mountain Rally and back to Toronto again, then four spaces are used. If competitor B ships a rally car from Calgary to Toronto for the Rallye Baie des Chaleurs,
leaves the car in the east and returns to Calgary after Rallye Defi Ste-Agathe/Duhamel, then two spaces are used.)

Damage Liability: Since there will be no charges from either Hansen?s or CP for the service, neither company will be responsible for loss or damage during transport. Competitors wishing to take part in the program will have to sign a waiver when leaving their vehicles with Hansen?s.

Size Restrictions: The maximum height that will fit in the enclosed rail cars is 7 feet (84 inches) while the maximum width they can take is 7 feet 8 inches (92 inches). If your rig is less than 7 feet tall and the trailer is a maximum of 92 inches at its widest point, then your rig can be shipped. The tow vehicle and rally car can go separately without the trailer if your trailer is too wide.

Time Lines: Normal transit time for a trip between Calgary and Toronto is about 10 days however time of year, weather and traffic demands can either increase or decrease the length of time normally required. In order to allow for contingencies in the transport of the vehicles, the rally car and service van will have to be delivered to the Hansen?s facilities in either Toronto or Calgary according to the timetable provided. (Information on Hansen?s yard locations can be accessed through their web site: www.lhf.com.)





Registration: Space is limited for each train trip, so registration through the CARS?s office is required immediately. If you are seriously considering taking advantage of this offer, please send in your registration today. In order to secure your spot(s), there will be a registration fee of $100 per spot per event. (For competitor A earlier, the fee would be $200 and for competitor B, $100.) While $50 of each $100 fee will be retained by CARS to cover program administration costs, $50 of the fee will be returned to the competitor if the registered vehicles go on the train. None of the fee will be returned if the registration is cancelled by the competitor for any reason.

Required Details: When registering, you will need to provide the overall length, width and height of equipment (in feet and inches). Please use the attached form.

Timetable: Event Location Drop Off Date Return Drop Off Date

1. Rocky Mountain Toronto (to Calgary) May 12
Calgary (to Toronto) June 2

2. Baie des Chaleurs Calgary (to Toronto) June 9
Toronto (to Calgary) July 7

3. Defi Ste-Agathe Calgary (to Toronto) Aug 18
Toronto (to Calgary) Sept 15

4. Pacific Forest Toronto (to Calgary) Sept 22
Calgary (to Toronto) Oct 19

5. Tall Pines Calgary (to Toronto) Oct 27
Toronto (to Calgary) Nov 24

This is the third year for the transportation program and the changes outlined above are exciting and should enable more teams to compete in the entire series. In order to maximize the number of teams able to take part, CARS would like competitors to consider grouping together and shipping only one group service van and trailer (with car) and shipping either one or two other cars separately so that four spaces may account for three teams. Another plan that would work would be to drive a larger service truck and trailer (with car) to the event and ship up to four other cars by train. The economies of scale would reduce the costs for all while increasing the number of teams competing in each event.
 

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I'm no longer on the CARS mailing list so I haven't been getting the mailings and the web site doesn't provide detail. (1st aid space not available 'til April).
There is no mention of the independent travel fund announced by RDG so I'm assuming the travel fund operates independent of this. Could you, as a CARS board member, please confirm that even though the vehicles would be transported, the competitors would still be elegible for the travel fund.
I'm also curious about the wording of the travel fund. It stated that the fund went to competitors scoring points in the championship, but if you don't compete in five events, you don't score in the championship. Do all competitors qualify for the travel fund or just those competing in at least five events.
While I'm asking questions, what or who is Machine Authority? Someone thought it was a gay bar in Waterloo, but then someone else said it wasn't. It would be helpful if some information as to the nature of the company were made available in order to avoid possible sponsor conflicts.
 

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>please confirm
>that even though the vehicles would be transported, the
>competitors would still be elegible for the travel fund.

The RDG announcement in the CARS mailing said that it doesn't matter how a competitor gets to the rallies. They will be eligible for the fund whether they drive themselves, fly, or use the train program.


>I'm also curious about the wording of the travel fund. It
>stated that the fund went to competitors scoring points in
>the championship, but if you don't compete in five events,
>you don't score in the championship. Do all competitors
>qualify for the travel fund or just those competing in at
>least five events.

The mailing lists four criteria to qualify for the fund:

1) be eligible to score in the CRC per CARS regulations (I interpret this to mean that Americans who hold CARS licenses are also eligible)
2) enter events before the seeded draw
3) pre-register in the fund program
4) prominently display fund program decals

No mention of a minimum number of events.
 

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This is the best news i've heard all day! What a great sport!!! See you out west! BTW would anyone consider sharing space in their service vehicle with us?

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>There is no mention of the independent travel fund announced
>by RDG so I'm assuming the travel fund operates independent
>of this. ...

Yes, the two programmes operate in parallel. The RDG fund is available whether or not you take the train - after all, you'll still have significant travel expenses flying out to meet the train.

>I'm also curious about the wording of the travel fund. It
>stated that the fund went to competitors scoring points in
>the championship, but if you don't compete in five events,
>you don't score in the championship.

There has never been any requirement to run five events in order to score points in the CRC. NEVER! There is a rule that, to be declared champion, you have to have run 50% of the events in the series. This year, since there are only six nationals, that would be three, but even if you only run one national event, you score points.
 
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