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Next summer, 4×4 owners across the United States will be able to participate in a new type of “virtually hosted” rally event. The points-based format of the Nomad Overland Rally allows teams to choose stages and dates based on their own location and schedule, over a 10-week period (June 6 to August 14).
Admission costs $ 150 (or $ 90 for registration this side of the New Year).
“I developed the concept after competing and competing in a number of rallies and other off-road events in the United States and abroad,” organizer JoMarie Fecci told LRO. “Time and time again, I have heard so many people say how much they would love to participate, but they couldn’t travel that far with their rig, or they couldn’t take enough time off from work.”
Unlike any off-road competition in the UK (if you know otherwise, contact us!), Points are awarded on four ‘pillars’, involving time spent behind the wheel and also online.
1) Land Stages: 12 multi-stage stages including dirt roads or camping.
2) Tasks of the activity: including driving skills, navigation, camping and land stewardship.
3) Treasure Hunt: Points vary based on difficulty, and some targets only exist in certain areas of the United States, preventing anyone from scoring full points. “This pillar is meant to get people to look around and really appreciate the places they pass through,” explains JoMarie.
4) Weekly challenges: Online quiz and challenges around map navigation, off-road recovery, animal tracking, roadbooks, ‘low speed’ land use, etc.
Various parts of the competition require proof of completion within predefined deadlines. Participants upload their proofs and points are counted weekly throughout the event.
For more information, visit the Rallye Nomade Overland website.
Could this work in UK?
“It feels like a big adventure where you work within guidelines and can complete it at your own pace,” said Neil, editor-in-chief of LRO, who is well versed in off-road motorsport navigation.
While we are limited as to where we are allowed to drive off the tarmac in the UK (read more here), it would be interesting to see the basic principles of Nomad Overland Rally applied in the UK. A similar event involving greenways, coordinated in partnership with track users and local authorities, could be a fun and educational activity for drivers across the country.
In the meantime, the British Army Motorsports Association (BAMA) is organizing 4×4 navigation challenges open to civilians. The 2021 season is over; new event dates will be posted on our event listing.