To compete successfully in a car rally requires more than just fast driving.
You must plan your route carefull taking many things into consideration: the
weather, longest or shortest routes, which are'fast' roads, which are 'slow'
Drive quickly, but drive carefully. You must always be on the look out in
case spectators or farm animals have strayed on to the road!
The rally takes place in three stages over three gruelling days or nights. To
win a cup you have to come in the top three after the third and final stage.
The competition is tough. Only the top seven competitors can proceed from
Stage I to II, and just the top five go through to Stage III from Stage II.
Each stage contains a number of Time Controls (these are marked on the map
which accompanies this program). You must drive through each Time Control in
order to complete the stage. There are a number of different routes you could
take to go through each Time Control. It is up to you to use your navigation
skills to choose the best course.
Choosing a Course
Before you start to race study the map carefully and decide which will be
your quickest route. You are not allowed to drive along all the track shown
on the map. The roads which you can use are clearly marked.
Several of these
roads are not always open: for example the Marquis of Harker Hall only
occasionally allows rally drivers to take a shortcut along his private road
through the Harker Hall estate.
Sometimes the weather conditions will cause roads to be closed. For instance
after heavy rain some roads may become flooded. To find out which roads are
closed and which are open you must stop at the Time Controls. Here the
marshals will inform you of any changes to road conditions.
When you have completed a stage you are given a score. This consists of the
time it took you to complete the stage in minutes and seconds (from the start
to the last Time Control in the stage) plus any time penalties you have
incurred. The lower your score, the better you have done. Time penalties are
recorded on the navigator's clip board at the left of the dashboard.
Between the Time Controls are Passage Controls. These are simply boards with
some letters written on them. When you reach a Time Control the marshal will
ask you what the letters on the last board were. If you do not enter the
correct letters, you will incur a 20 second time penalty.
Note: sometimes it maybe to your advantage not to stop at a Time Control,
Although you incur a 50 second time penalty you may save yourself
valuable time by not stopping. However you may also miss important
information about road conditions.
You can also incur penalties for:
1. crashing your car (30 seconds, or 5 minutes if you were travelling too
2. going off the allowed roads (30 seconds);
3. trying to go in the wrong direction (30 seconds);
4. hitting animals or spectators (5 minute).
Competing in the firststage
Step 1: The Leaderboard
The Leaderboard appears. This lists the names and positions of the previous
ten competitors. To qualify for Stage II you must gain a high enough score
to get amongst the top 7 on the Leaderboard.
If you are playing on your own you can race the same course as many times as
you like. If you are playing against other people each person can take a
turn at competing in the stage.
Enter the name of your first competitor if you make a mistake press 0
(zero). When you have entered the name correctly, press ENTER to continue.
It is not possible to enter the same name twice.
Step 2: Weather reports
The next screen displays a weather report for the first stage of the rally.
The weather conditions will affect the roads as follows:
Dry - Conditions good for rallying; roads firm, few pools of water or patches of mud.
Damp - Roads wet and greasy; some pools of water or patches of mud may cause skidding.
Very wet - Danger of flooding on some roads. Press ENTER to begin the rally.
Step 3: Driving your carPassage Controls and Time Controls.
As you drive along the roads you will notice boards. These are either Passage
Controls or Time Controls.
The screen shows the view out of your car's windscreen and your dash board.
A Passage Control is simply a notice board with two letters written on it.
You do not have to stop in order to find out what the letters on the board
are, but you must be driving at at less than 45 m.p.h. You should make a
note of these letters to avoid incurring time penalties at the next Time
If you drive past a Passage Control at faster than 45 m.p.h. your
navigator will not be able to read the letters and you will not be told
which letters they were.
Time Controls are where the marshals wait to check that each competitor has
followed the proper course.
a. To stop at the Time Control, you must bring your car to a halt within the
two lines marked on the road by the Time Control board,
b. If you stop too soon, you must drive forward. If you stop too late, you
will incur a 50 second time penalty. You cannot reverse or turn round and
so you must continue with the stage.
c. When you stop at a Time Control the marshal asks you to enter the letters
on the last Passage Control board.
d. Type in the letters. Then press ENTER.
e. If you have entered the wrong letters, you will incur a 20 second time penalty.
f. The marshal may now give you information on road conditions. When he or
she has told you that you can go, press 9 to start your car and continue with the stage.
What happens if you crash
When you drive your car close to the edge of the road, the border of the
screen will flash. If your car goes too far off the road then you will crash.
If you are going too fast, then your car will be wwrecked and you will incur
a severe time penalty. At slower speeds you will incur a less severe penalty.
After a crash your car will then be placed back on the road. Accelerate to
How to avoid crashing your car
You will soon learn how to control your car but here are a few hints:
* Corners should be safe taken at about 30 m.p.h. until you are competent at steering.
* Sometimes you can use the handbrake to get you round a corner more quickly,
Accelerate into the corner then press 3 to apply the handbrake. As the car
rapidly decelerates steer yourself round the corner. Remember to press 3 to
release the handbrake as soon as possible after the corner.
* Mud and water on the road can cause you to skid - so drive to suit the conditions.
Step 4: The end of the stage
When you have completed the gage, the Leaderboard appears again. If your
competitor has qualified, you will see his name appear on the Leaderboard.
Otherwise your competitor will be eliminated from the rally.
a. Enter the name of your next competitor as before.
Note:- you will not be allowed to enter a name which is the same as your last competitor.
b. If you do not wish to enter another competitor, press ENTER and the
program will proceed to the final results.
Step 5: Final results of the stage
When all of your competitors have raced, the top seven competitors on the
Leaderboard go through to Stage II. If none of your competitors has qualified
for Stage II, you must start the rally again from Step 1 of Stage I.
If some of your competitors have qualified, then a new Leaderboard is
displayed showing the top seven previous competitors and their times. You
must race each of your surviving competitors in turn.
a. The competitor who must start first is highlighted.
b. Press ENTER to get the weather report before you continue your rally. The
same procedure applies for ruing in Stage III (but only the top five
competitors qualify). Good luck and good rallying!
If you wish to abandon the rally at any stage hold down CAPS and press A.
Using a joystick
You can use a joystick only when driving your car. On the Leaderboard and
weather conditions screens you must use the keyboard as described in the
Note: You can steer and accelerate or brake at the same time. For example, to
steer left and accelerate, push your joystick diagonally up to the left.
Up - accelerate
Right - turn right
Down - brake
Fire - apply/release handbrake
Left - turn left
Originally released by Five Ways Software.
Originally published by Hill MacGibbon Ltd.
(C) Alternative Software Limited 1988
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