Advice for a better rally experience
Rallying is one of the most exciting forms of motorsport, because the races take place on the road rather than on a track. It is possible to see the action and meet the people, if you keep some rules in mind.Spectating on special
The safest places to watch special stages (high-speed sections), with the best views, are at spectator points.
Listen to the spectator safety marshals. They will help you to find a safe place to watch.
Think of a special stage as a race track. Stay off special stage roads after they have been "closed" (that is, sealed off to non-rally traffic). Many rally cars are well muffled, and you may not hear them approaching.
Never stand too close. Give the driver some space to get the car back under control, should something go wrong.
Never stand on the "outside" of a turn. For example, if the road goes right (from the driver's perspective), avoid standing on the left side. That's where a car is most likely to wind up if it loses grip.
Don't stand near the road on either side of the landing after a jump.
Keep children and pets under control.
Don't build fires.Pick up your trash.
When parking on an access road to a spectator point, don't block that road, intersecting roads, or driveways. These may be needed by emergency vehicles.
Spectating the start and service areas
When teams are busy, please give them time to do their work. In particular, stand back when they are refueling cars or changing tires.
When teams are not busy, please feel free to say hello. Most competitors and service crews are happy to talk about their sport. What to wear, what to bring
Dress comfortably, this isn't a place to show off your style.
Be prepared for every kind of weather. If the weather forecaster says that there will be a 20% chance of rain (or even snow), bring that foul-weater gear. If you will be out during the evening, don't forget your warm jacket.
If it's going to be a mild day, bring sun screen and insect repellent.
Bring food and beverages. There may not be any refreshment stands.
There are long quiet periods at rallies, so bring reading material or your radio (with earphones, in case your tastes differ from those of the folks around you).
If there is any chance that you will be out past sunset, bring a flashlight. Many rally roads do not have street lights.Photography tips
Many of the best still photos are taken in the corners, especially if some of a driver hangs out the tail of the car.
To keep the car from blurring, try taking pictures with the car approaching you, or follow it with the lens of the camera.
If you're shooting after dark with a flash, don't fire it into the eyes of rally competitors.
If you're using a film or video camera, look for a spot where you can follow cars for a few seconds.
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