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DRC adds mug rallies to menu

Friday, May 02, 2014    

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THE Drivers Rallysport Club (DRC) is determined to live up to its mantra of reviving the sport in Jamaica. With this in mind, the club adding the navigational rally to its roster, with the most recent April 24.

"This is long overdue as its part of our drive to rebuild club-level events and navigation or mug rallies are grass-roots events," Wayne Piper, DRC president, told Auto.

Navigation rallies are low speed tests of comprehension and deduction, with some added fun of a scavenger hunt. Participants are handed a set of instructions that sets out a specific route and the items to collect. Victory is based on completion time, mileage covered and items found with penalties for misinterpreting the navigational instructions.

"Everyone enjoyed themselves. We won't be holding a set number over the year, but will instead have them based on membership support," said Piper.

The club, which holds monthly meetings at Off The Grid, St Andrew, saw Team Pink Polka Dot win the inaugural event. The three-person team, including seasoned navigator Dmitri Dawkins, put in a near flawless performance missing only one item.

"It was fantastic," said Gail Grimes of Team Pink Polka Dot.

She admitted that Dawkins had figured out the entire route before they'd even left the start. For their efforts, they received two vouchers worth $5,000 at Maxxis tyre distributor Chad-Ad, and an eight pack of Red Bull. Of the four sets of entrants, Team Strong finished in second place.

"We just came together on the line," explained Rhett Armstrong of Team Strong.

This was his first mug rally.

— Rory Daley

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