# TULIP RALLY

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#### 115

IT was said at the end of this year’s Tulip Rally that no matter what the organisers decided, they would be bound to annoy someone and I suppose that almost the same must go for anyone who has to try and explain the chaos of this particular rally.

In order to understand why the Tulip Rally produced the result that it did, it is first necessary to exploits how the marking is done. During the course of the rally, marks can be incurred in two ways; either by losing time on the road sections which counts as 60 marks a minute or on the speed tests where each second taken to perform the test counts as one mark. At the end of the rally, each crew has its penalty marks totalled and the finishers in each class are arranged its order of ascending quantities of penalty marks. In order to arrive at a general classification, for each class a mark is calculated which is the average of the best mark in that class, the best mark in the class above and the best mark in the class below. Each of the marks in the class is then expressed as a percentage of that average mark and the car in the whole rally possessing the lowest percentage is declared the winner. A complicated process but one that is pretty fair and does not rely on pre-conceived formulas to compare the performances of such widely differing cars as a Healey 3000 and a Hillman Imp.