WMC Magazine - Issue 1 October 2022
1 - October 2000
Welcome To The New Magazine!
The Plotters' Cup Championship
Essential Equipment For a Rally Crew
An Introduction To Navigational Scatters
Welcome to the first edition of the new monthly magazine. This magazine is
aimed at the newcomers to the club, but will also contain articles relevant
to all members of the club. All newcomers to the club should receive a copy
of the newsletter each month in the post. If you do not, you should contact
a member of the committee. Details of the committee can be found in all issues
of the magazine. Future issues of the magazine will contain all the results
from all of the club events. The current status of the club championships
will also be included. Lets hope that this new magazine can live a long and
fruitful life and not die out within the first few months of its life. Phil
Inter-Uni Karting Team has reason not to grumble.
Radio 1 DJs Mark & Lard gave our Inter-Uni Karting team a mustn't grumble
on their radio show earlier in the year. You can hear the sound clip on the
clubs web site. www.soton.ac.uk/~motor
Plotters Cup Championship
The Plotter's Cup is the club's rally championship. All student members of
the club are eligible for the championship. The championship is made up of
ten rounds spread throughout the first and second university terms. Two types
of event make up the rounds: Navigational Scatter & 12-Car Navigational Rally.
A navigational scatter is just like a treasure hunt in a car with a very tight
time schedule. Competitors solve clues to plot locations on a map, and then
drive to as many locations as they can in the time allowed. More details about
navigational scatters can be found elsewhere in this issue. A 12-Car navigational
rally is a more traditional rally event. Competitors follow a fixed route
that they have to work out as they go along. Whilst following the route competitors
have to stick to a very tight time schedule. More details about 12-cars can
be found in next months issue. As well as competing for the plotters cup,
all newcomers will be fighting it out for the RUC shield. The RUC shield is
a separate championship that runs along side the Plotters Cup. Competitors
in their first year of motorsport can score points for both the Plotters Cup
and the RUC Shield.
Equipment For a Rally Crew
- Maps *
- Romer - for accurate map plotting *
- Sharp pencils + Eraser
- Good torch + spare batteries (we only compete at night!)
- A long ruler + pair of compasses
- A brain
- Beer money
* available at a reduced cost from the club
Introduction To Navigational Scatters
What is a Navigational Scatter?
A Navigational Scatter combines the fun of a treasure hunt and the skill
of orienteering with the motorcar, allowing competitors to rally down the
UK's maze of country lanes.
On arrival at the start location crews will be given a set of Final Instructions.
These provide information about the finish location, the position of the
control marshals and a set of questions corresponding to the route checks
(RCs) as well as details of cautions and black spots and an answer grid.
At the start time (usually 7pm) crews will be issued with their first set
of clues. Crews should stay at the start location until they have solved
enough clues to work out which ones they want to go to.
Solving the clues
Clues have different values according to their location and difficulty
level. Solving the clues will provide a set of grid references, which plot
as RCs on to an ordnance survey map. It is the Navigator's responsibility
to choose a route between RCs and direct the driver accordingly. More clues
will be issued on arrival at the control marshals.
On arrival at the location of a route check, crews will look up the corresponding
question on the question sheet (given to them at the start) and then write
the answer on the answer grid. The question can be anything from 'draw the
gate' to 'What is the make of the padlock?'. Whatever the question, the
crews will have to look around the location of the RC to find the answer.
Control Marshals will only be present at their location for a limited time
period. During this period, points and more clues are available. The location
of the control marshals with regard to the RCs you have plotted may influence
your route. Clues but no points are available for visiting a Control Marshal
either 5 minutes early or late.
Crews must arrive at the finish pub and hand in their answer sheets no
later than the stated finish time. Arriving after this time will result
in crews being outside time limit (OTL) and no points will be available
Scoring 1, 2, or 3 points for visiting RCs 10 points for visiting Control
Marshals Additional points can be earned by completing a simple bonus task
handed out at a Control Marshal. The winning crew is the crew with the most
The results of crews' performances will be announced at the finish pub
as soon as possible. They will also be displayed on the club notice board
within three days of the event.
Navigational Scatter Top Tips
- Make sure you get to each Control Marshal as 10 points are on offer for
visiting each one.
- Leave the start after 20 minutes or you may run out of driving time
- Plot RCs accurately, know what you're looking for when you get there,
and whether you need to turn round.
- Get to the last control (normally CMB) asap so that you have more time
to visit RCs with them all plotted - otherwise you only end getting new
RC's that you've already driven past.
- Never panic, argue or get in a temper!
- Always start events with a full tank of fuel!
- If you get stuck ask the Marshal. They are there to help.