It’s three months until Oppo rally and after my experience at the latest LeMons Rally I’ve realized I need to re-do the starting points on offer. While it’s good to have points that encourage people to bring interesting vehicles to compete with, the main focus of the event is the checkpoints and scoring points during the rally itself. Therefore it’s important to ensure that the person who works their butt off during the rally doesn’t automatically lose to the person who brought an oddball car but did nothing at all during the rally. For that reason I’m doing two things. First, I’m installing a start line points cap of 200, and second I’m restructuring the points. Here is the new structure.

Vehicle Performance:

  • +5 for <5 seconds 0-60
  • +5 for >12.5 seconds 0-60
  • +10 for <4 seconds 0-60
  • +10 for >17.5 seconds 0-60
  • +15 if it can’t do 60

Vehicle Heritage:

  • +3 for Swedish
  • +3 for Aussie
  • +5 for Italian
  • +10 for Indian
  • +20 for Indian Motorcycle
  • +10 for French
  • +10 for British (half points for modern Mini, because Deutschland)
  • +35 for homebuilt
  • +25 for east of the Iron Curtain (look it up, kids)
  • +2 for 1980s
  • +5 for 1970s
  • +10 for 1960s
  • +15 for 1950s
  • +25 for pre-1950

Engine and Transmission:

  • +5 for odd number of cylinders
  • +2 for V8, and we will witness you
  • +5 for more than 8 cylinders
  • +15 for more than 12 cylinders
  • +2 for carburetor
  • +2 for each turbo
  • +2 for supercharger
  • +10 for twincharged (turbo and supercharger)
  • +5 for air-cooled (double if not VW or Porsche)
  • +5 for an engine too big for Rally America (Rule 10.2.A.3)
  • +3 for flat engine society
  • +5 for rotary
  • +100 for radial
  • +75 for turbine
  • +15 for electric (you’re very brave)
  • +25 for using a fuel not available at filling stations (no Tesla superchargers)
  • +30 for any ill advised mod from Roadkill (leaf blowers, boost caboose, pickup with jet boat engine in the bed, towing a Prius with a Gremlin, etc)
  • +200 if you bring an actual car from Roadkill
  • +5 for rear-mid mounted
  • +10 for rear mounted
  • +15 each for multiple engines (electric motors don’t count)
  • +3 for manual (save the manuals!)
  • +5 for manual on the tree
  • +2 for column shift auto
  • +5 for sequential (because racecar)
  • -5 for flappy paddles (because Stef says you need to be punished)

Body/chassis:

  • +5 for odd number of doors (hatch doesn’t count)
  • +5 for no doors (as in removed, Jeep-style. Extra 5 points if it’s not a Jeep)
  • +15 for no doors (as in have to go in through the window/roof, Dukes of Hazzard-style)
  • +10 for suicide doors
  • +5 for shooting brake
  • +3 for wagon (save the wagons!)
  • +10 for non-factory convertible
  • +5 if it can’t fit in a standard parking space
  • +5 if it would have a bad time at the 11foot8 bridge
  • +2 for every seat over 6
  • +3 for two seats
  • +5 for single seat
  • +2 for two wheels
  • +5 for three wheels
  • +50 for one wheel
  • +5 for roll bar (non-factory)
  • +20 for roll cage
  • +15 for Beetle pan kit car
  • +0-50 for other (at discretion of judge)

Deductions & Additions

  • -100 for each traffic violation ticket (don’t be a dick on the road)
  • -50 for each parking ticket (don’t park like a dick either)
  • +0-50 for bribes (did I say that out loud?)
  • +50 for best YouTube/Twitter/Instagram video of the day
  • +0-50 for creative roadside repairs (done on your car or another competitor’s car)
  • +0-50 for junkyard parts gained and installed en route
  • +0-50 for ridiculous themes &/or outfits
  • +5 for every 100 miles traveled to attend (done in the competing car, caps at 50 points)
  • +1 for every 100 miles traveled to attend (not done in the competing car)
  • +30 if you bought the car off craigslist less than a week before the rally
  • +60 if you bought the car off craigslist less than 48 hours before the rally
  • +0 for showing up in a press loaner, and may God have mercy on your soul

For those who haven’t heard about Oppo rally and want to know what the heck I’m talking about, check the tag to get caught up.

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