12-car rally

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A 12-car rally is a type of car rally, often run by motor clubs as a simple and strictly amateur form of the sport.

12-car rallies are run to Navigational Rally rules, which are based on navigational skills rather than speed, and with usually a notable social element too. In the United Kingdom, the rules for 12-cars are governed by the Motor Sports Association UK (MSA)[1] and are as follows:

  • Maximum of 12 competing vehicles per event (hence the name)
  • Generally only standard road cars permitted, not fully prepared cars (this is at the discretion of the organising club, but is widely upheld)
  • Maximum 30 mph average speed only
  • "Plot 'n' bash" navigation only
  • No timing to the second permitted, only to the previous minute
  • "PR" (public relations) work as necessary if the route affects residential areas, this is as for a road rally but the requirements are not quite as strict
  • Police to be informed of the event, though route information does not need to be submitted and approved
  • Route authorisation must be granted from the MSA's local representative.[2]


  1. ^ "12-Car Navigational Rallies And How To Do Them". Wessex Motor Club. Archived from the original on 2008-05-17. Retrieved 2007-11-21. 
  2. ^ "Beginners Guide to 12 Car Navigational Rally" (PDF). www.southseamotorclub.co.uk. Southsea Motor Club. Retrieved 9 October 2015.