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Types of event

Circuit Racing | Sprints | Autocross | Rallycross
Autotests | Trials and PCT's | 12 - car rallies | Mini-rallies
Treasure Hunts | Historic Events | Club Nights

Circuit racing

You will be familiar with Formula 1 from the TV. But there literally dozens of lesser formulae for all conceivable types of car including road-going saloons that have to be driven to and from the circuits. There are specialist clubs for the circuit racers, like BRSCC. We can keep you in touch with the smaller events - the ones you don't normally get to hear about - which take place almost every weekend at circuits within reasonable distance of this area.

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Sprints

Timed laps of a racing circuit or other surfaced venue. Cars race against the clock, not each other. Any sort of car may enter, but safety modifications are mandatory.

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Autocross

Like circuit racing but in a field. Not much of it about these days. Specially prepared cars are usual, but there are classes for rally cars.

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Rallycross

Like you've seen on the TV. Basically a specialised version of Autocross. Very expensive and specialised at the highest level. Only happens at 4 or 5 locations in this country.

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Autotests

An off-road, timed, test of driving skill around a number of courses defined by markers, in the fastest time possible. Penalties are incurred for hitting markers. Usually held on grass, but higher grades of event can be on smooth tarmac. Open to most types of vehicle. Standard cars are encouraged, especially on the grass events, such as we run, where there is very little possibility of damaging the car.

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Trials and PCT's

Basically, a Trial is a route marked out on a steep hill. points are awarded depending on how far up you get before you get stuck! Trial cars are specials, but PCT's are less arduous and run for ordinary Production Cars. Lack of suitable hills mean there are few of these events around here.

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12 - car rallies

The name is unsurprisingly taken from the maximum number of cars allowed to enter. All the elements of a 'real' Night Road Rally, but only about 60 miles, nearly always on smooth public roads. Timing always to the minute. These take about 2 hours to complete and are most often held on a Friday evening, finishing by 10pm. Designed to be tackled in standard cars and, while great fun in themselves, are excellent preperation for bigger things, and not as expensive.

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Mini-rallies

A Bedford Car Club speciality! These are entry-level events that run over 30-40 miles of public roads on some of our club nights. Completely untimed, and with standard cars preferred, they are intended mainly as a social / training event for novices. Navigation varies from the very basic for Beginners to mind-blowing for the experts! Lots of fun and very cheap.

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Treasure hunts

Social events for a bit of fun. Still useful to the serious competitor though, as they provide practice in finding your wayabout the lanes and countryside, Ours range from 'hunt the board' to the more familiar 'read the pub sign' type of event. An entertaining way of spending a Sunday afternoon or a pleasant summer evening.

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Historic events

A fast-growing branch of motorsport, for vehicles 20 or more years old. For years there have been categories in circuit racing for such vehicles but now you will find historic classes on National Stage Rallies and an increasing number of special events, combining Road rallying and autotests, specifically for the older cars. Not many events in this part of the world, but we can put you in touch with the National Registers if you are interested.

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Club nights

Once a month or so. May just be a natter in the pub (soft drinks for drivers - you need your licence to be able to compete!) or an organised session, on, for example, navigation basics, or a video show, perhaps even Scalextric racing, or indeed anything else our members dream up and run! In the summer we sometimes run 'Practice' Autotests.

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