The 2011 "Down The Drain" Touring Assembly will be conducted in the famous “Drains Country”. This is the area south of the Princes Highway between Nar Nar Goon and Drouin. The roads are all suitable for any family car and the course will be checked in a lowered Toyota MR2!!!
At the discretion of the event director and in consultation with the HRA committee, new and aspiring competitors who do not hold a CAMS licence and/or are not members of a CAMS affiliated car club will be allowed to participate in this event without the requirement for either of the foregoing. No special equipment is required but a compass is highly recommended, even a hand held model is acceptable.
The Start and Finish will be located at a picnic area off the Princes Highway near the entrance to Gumbuya Park about 45 km from Dandenong.
Remember that you will be on public roads at all times and you are required to obey all speed limits and road signs. This event is not a test of speed in any way.
The first car will start at 10.30am with instructions and maps for the first two sections available from 9.00am. All maps and roamers will be supplied. A master map of the area will also be supplied.
The event will be run in three sections and all crews, both Novice and Expert, will compete in the first two sections.
The first two sections will comprise the Novice part of the event.
The first section will be an introductory run to ease novices into the concepts used in navigation events.
The second section will be more difficult and start to put the novices to a real test of their ability. This section will finish back at the start location with a BBQ lunch.
All crews will be scored on these two sections with only novices eligible for the Novice Awards.
The third section will be aimed at the experts and, combined with the first two, will count towards the HRA Touring Championship.
Novice crews may elect to compete in the Experts section and will be scored for the full event as well as the Novice event. They do not have to decide to do this third section until they have completed the first two sections.
This event will use only positive scoring. This means anytime you do something correctly you will receive points, anytime you miss something or enter a manned point from the wrong direction you receive nothing.
Correct recording of any Information, 10 Points
Correct direction of entry into any Manned point, 20 Points
Arrival at any Manned Passage, 10 Points
Arrival at Major Control within late time, 200 Points
The only exceptions to these rules will be:
Entering an “Out of Bounds” area, -20 Points
Any detected breach of Traffic Regulations, -50 Points