Crown Rules and Regulations
This sheet will help autocrossers, novice and experienced alike, understand
how an event works and what they are expected to do to help make the
event safe, fun and smooth running. Please take the time to read through
this list, and follow these guidelines as closely as possible. Once
you learn these common sense pointers, you will be able to have more
1. First, and most important, if you don't know or don't understand,
Ask Questions. Find a Crown member and ask! They may be wearing their
Crown T-shirts, or you may know who some are. If not, go to the timing
trailer and find out.
2. All persons on the event site, whether drivers, workers or neither,
MUST sign the waiver, which will be located at registration. This
includes all guests of participants, children, etc. Everyone must
sign the waiver, without exception.
3. No alcohol is allowed in or around the event site at any time!
This applies to drivers, workers, and spectators. Remember, the property
on which we hold events belongs to someone else, and they expect us
to treat it as thought is as our own. Do not litter of foul the site
in any way. Portable toilets are available at every event. Use them!!!
If only one person violates any of these fair and simple rules, all
of us risk the potential of loosing the event site. Please observe
these rules, and please encourage everyone around to do so, also!
4. When you sign up for a driver heat (or are assigned one, in the
case of class heat running), mark it on your tech slip. Also, all
drivers must work at least one heat, or be disqualified. If you would
like to work more than one heat, feel free. We can almost always use
the help. In addition, remember that the course must be set up in
the morning, and taken down in the afternoon/ evening. Any help that
you may be able to offer with these two tasks will be most heartily
welcomed. When you get your driver heat assignment, you will also
sign up (or be assigned) a worker heat. There is also a space to mark
this on your tech slip . . please do so! Always know what your driver
and worker heats are, so that when they are called by the timing officials,
you will be ready. It helps to keep track of what driver heat is on
course at any given time, so that you have a reference for your work
and drive heats.
5. If the event is being conducted by class-run heats, you will run
with all the other cars in your class. You will be notified before
the event as to which heats your class will ride and work in the club
newsletter, the Kansas City Star Ad in fun on wheels on Wednesday
and/or Saturday prior to the event, or in Flyers distributed in advance
of the event date. While their will be exceptions made for drivers
who show up after their class heat has run, it is discouraged. Try
to plan ahead for your attendance at any event. Class heats are very
exciting, very fair and make an event run smoothly. In addition, you
will know exactly how you placed before you leave the event.
6. Before you can run in your driver heat, your car must go through
and pass tech inspection. Make it your business to find our where
tech inspection is and who the tech inspector(s) are for the event.
It is your responsibility to determine what class your car will run
in, as set forth in the rulebook. If you do not
have a rulebook, or are unsure as to what class your car is in, please
ask the tech inspector(s) to help you with this. It is difficult to
class a car when all the result coordinator has is a tech slip. If
a class is not indicated on a tech/timing slip, the car may be disqualified
or classed incorrectly. Remember it is the driver's responsibility
to do this! Current rulebooks may be obtained from Norma Williams
at Charlie Williams Import Car Center, 4701 Belinder, Westwood, KS
(913) 262-6300 at a cost of $10.00.
7. When your worker heat comes up, report to the timing trailer for
a job assignment. Do not assume that you can work where you want.
To keep the event moving, and to insure that al drivers get their
runs, let the event officials assign you a position. This speeds the
changeover time from heat to heat.
8. When you are working a corner, you must pay attention to a couple
of simple rules. What corner workers do at an event is very important.
Do not sit down while you are a corner worker. While a car is on course,
follow it with your eyes, facing the car in motion at all times. At
least one worker must keep the red flag in his/her hand at all times.
Be ready, upon command from the timing/scoring trailer, to display
that flag to a car on course. Know where the nearest fire bottle is,
and be prepared to get it and use it. Do not engage in distracting
conversation with other workers at your corner while car(s) are on
course. When a cone gets hit or knocked over, wait until the car is
past, before moving out to reset it. Pay attention, because frequently
the driver will return to a missed gate to avoid a "DNF". Also, when
more than one car is on course, be constantly aware of the second
car's position and approaching speed. If you cannot safely reset the
cone before the second car arrives, do not worry. That driver will
get a rerun. Always memorize which car(s) got how many cones. It is
very important to scoring; and after all, you would want workers to
do the same for you on your timed runs. The key is to pay attention
and listen to the timing/scoring trailer.
9. Count a cone only when it is knocked over completely, or is still
standing, but completely out of the chalk box drawn around the base.
Do not count ones that were only brushed, are still standing and touching
that chalk box in any way, or that were intentionally laid down to
act as "directional cones". If you are unsure about any of these rules,
ask an experienced competitor or official before you go out to your
corner to work. If you are unsure about a cone situation during your
working stint, memorize exactly what happened and have the situation
clarified at Timing/Scoring immediately after your work heat is completed.
Never red flag a car unless directed to do so by an official or the
10. Should a car fail to negotiate any gate near your work heat assigned
location, indicate it to the Timing/Scoring trailer by holding up
crossed (X) arms. If you are unable to get their attention, make a
mental note of which car it was and where the "DNF" occurred and report
it to the Timing/Scoring trailer immediately after your work heat
is completed. It is your responsibility, as a worker, to get this
information correct and to the timing/Scoring trailer. "DNF", by the
way, means "Did Not finish".
11. If you are assigned to work Timing, and you will be if you attend
many events, listen to the directions of whoever is in charge of the
trailer for your work heat. Timing is not difficult, if everyone working
it stays alert, attentive and focused. In fact, on a very hot or wet
day, it is one of the best places to be! For those competitors who
like to announce, an event is always looking for you. Speak up and
ask to be announcer if you have a flair for it! Announcing is on a
volunteer basis, but remember, someone needs to do it!
12. When helping to set-up the course, be certain to mark boxes around
the cones in such a way that it will be obvious throughout the entire
event, where the cone must be replaced. Make the box dark enough that
it will not wear-down during the day, and provide a minimum of two
(2) inches clear between the cone and the box. Event officials will
be responsible for liming the course.
13. One very important thing about autocross: While there are many
serious responsibilities associated with driving and working, there
is one other important thing to remember. We are all here to have
FUN. It is an important aspect of this sport/hobby. Event chairpersons
want everyone to have fun at an event. Anything that can be done to
insure this will be done. If you have any suggestions, comments, questions
or problem during your working or driving heat, you are encouraged
to tell any Crown member about it. Please, do not hesitate to tell
s anything that you feel is important! Results, unless otherwise indicated
the day of the event, will be sent to you in the following Crown Autocross
Club newsletter: Skidpad. If you should fail to receive a copy, call
the contact numbers listed in the event ad in Fun on Wheels. We try
to get everyone, but sometimes we miss one or two.
14. Crown Autocross Club of Kansas City would like to take this opportunity
to thank you for participating in this and every event that you attend.
Monthly Crown meetings are held on the second Tuesday of every month
beginning at 7:00 p.m. at various locations. Check announcements
on home page for the current location. Everyone is welcome, and new
members or those interested in joining are encouraged to attend!