Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 22, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
PAGE 15 Safe driving rallies organized by scouts How would you like to drive into the winner's circle, only you don't know where it is, arid you don't know how to get there, but you have to arrive exactly on time? Such is the task for entrants in the Exploring Safe Driving Road Rally, a national pro- gram for Exploring-agc boys and girls organized by the Ex- ploring Division of the Boy Scouts of America. With national sponsorship by Lincoln-Mercury Division of the Ford Motor Company, up to 36 rally teams compete in a fall final event for in college scholarships and the use of a new car for a year. Finalists are selected from local rally winners, organized by Exploring divisions in area Boy Scout Councils, often with the sponsorship of local indus- try. For example, the Toledo, Ohio area council rally, which sent the only all-girl team to the 1970 finals in Detroit, is sponsored by Champion Spark Plug Company. Rallying, a favorite pastime for many in the "sports car" set, is not a speed event, but a competition involving driving and navigation skill, plus the ability to observe local traffic laws, against a clock. Competitors run on a pre- selected course, encounter all types of driving conditions, and progress is established against a time factor known to the rally master via a num- ber of checkpoints situated along the route. Cars are sent from the start- ing point at one minute inter- vals and the navigator the passenger is handed a de- tailed instruction and direction list which will guide the rally team to the finish point. Points are scored for arriv- ing at checkpoints and the fin- ish too soon or too late, and the team with the least points is the winner. Classes are also a factor. Since time is the enemy, cars with elaborate expensive tim- ing equipment are considered the "equipped" class. Cars us- ing standard equipment, and perhaps stop watches and a slide rule, fall into the "un- equipped" class. Normally, the two classes do not compete against one another, but do run hi the same event. The Explor- ing rallies are all "un- equipped." One important factor in rally success is the navigator. It's up to him or her to ad- vise the driver where to go, how fast to proceed and for how long. In the Exploring events, an observer is also al- lowed in the car to aid the na- vigator. The Exploring rally program is an example of the modern, creative activities available to young people. Entrants need not be an Ex- plorer Scout to compete, but if they qualify for the national event, are required to join. Arid the rally program demon- strates to the compelitiors _ racirg does not rely on high speed, that careful driving and concentration is important for winning, especially in a brand rally. Rolaliug tires is wise move Tires should be rotated and I run in different wheel positions in accordance with car manu- facturer's recommendations, or I every miles to equalize wear and thereby increase mileage, handh'ng and riding comfort. Also, says the Rubber Manufacturers Association, re- check inflation after rotation to get proper front and rear pres-1 sure relationship. YOUR CAR Before it's too late remember last winter MAKE THIS CHECK! 1. Check battery for condi- tion ond charge, also ig- nition system points, con- dense--, plugs, etc. 2. Add windshield system onti-freeze 3. Add fuel system anti- freeze to gasoline 4. Check automatic choke operation 5. Change oil 6. Lubricate car 7. Check radiator and heat- er hoses for defects. 8. Install proper anti-freeze and thermostat 9. Inspect and adjust all types of pulley belts 10. Mount snow tires free of defects, properly in- flared A.M.A. CLUB BENEFITS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FROM ANY C.A.A. OR A.A.A. AFFILIATE CLUB FROM COAST-TO-COAST! IT PAYS TO BELONG TO THE A.M.A. THE MOST TRUSTED IN TRAVEL Phone 328-1771 903 3rd Ave. S. lethbridge MIDLAND'S DRIVING COMFORTS FOR FALL and WINTER REAR WINDOW DEFOGGER 12 Volt Universal see all around your car Gives 300% More Rear Vision Clears Blind Spots Distortion- Free Glare-Free, Day or Night Fits All Cars Choice ol Col- ors Rugged Construction FOG LAMP COVERS INTERIOR CAR WARMERS OVED 12.95 BATTERY BOOSTER CABLES 12 Foot 4 Gauge Copper Wire. Regular 18.95. NOW SKI-CARRIERS ORLON PILE SEAT COVERS 4 WAY FLASHER KITS if LEATHERETTE WINDSHIELD COVER KWIK-CHECK ANTI-FREEZE TESTER ONLY STRAP-ON TIRE CHAINS MIDLAND AUTO SUPPLY (1971) LTD. 421 5th ST. S. tETHBRIDGE "THE STORE WITH MORE"