The STV Auto Rally Experience


Had to wake up very early yesterday (around 4:30am) to head off to Subic for the first Sunshine TV Auto Rally. It was my first time to join such a competition with over 60 cars from 13 brands involved.

Sunshine TV organized the event inviting all car manufacturers and dealers for an auto rally. It’s not really a race for speed but more of race for accuracy.

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We were invited by Honda to be one of their 5 teams and drove a Honda Jazz 1.5. Other big cars were also there — Ford, Lexus, Mitsubishi, Hyundai, Toyota, Porsche, Isuzu, Kia, Mazda, Chevrolet, BMW, Nissan and Subaru.

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The rules seemed simple at first but it becomes confusing and complicated when you’re already running the race. We were given a series of directional instructions together with the distance (in 0.1km intervals), landmark and suggested speed. We then have to compute how much time (in seconds) we need to get there and have to drive accurately so we get to the checkpoints on time.

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If we arrived late, we get penalty points and at the same time, if we were early, we also get some penalty. So this is like a precision driving competition.

Unfortunately, because of some confusion with the maps, we got lost and got off-roads into the forest. Worst part is we (somewhat) crashed our vehicle which rendered it un-usable (this is like part of a series of unlucky incidents happening to me in the past several weeks now).

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We had to switch and use another car (a Honda City) just to finish the rest of the leg of our race. We still don’t know which team won but it will be a miracle if our team average will even get us some good over-all ranking.

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