How many of you are doing the NORRA 1000 without a GPS? Just using the road book.
You don't. This last year when I was in the passenger seat I tried to keep up with both book and GPS, but when I was in the driver's seat my partner in the car gave up on the book and just used the GPS. The book is a cool souvenir to show folks back home though!Maybe a dumb question but if you have GPS why would you really need the book?
Here are a few reasons many like to use the roadbook:Maybe a dumb question but if you have GPS why would you really need the book?
True but seems like a handful for us single seat guys! I didn't the original races used road books. I thought it was just a race to La Paz. How you got there was up to you.Here are a few reasons many like to use the roadbook:
- You want to be true to the vintage theme of NORRA and use paper roadbook as they did in the 60's in the original Mexican 1000 rather than high-tech GPS that's not vintage at all.
- Many hazards are marked in the roadbook, and none are marked in the NORRA GPS file.
- You know how far you'll go on the current road before you turn onto another road.
- You like the challenge of navigation, and take pride in going the full race without GPS.
- You want to learn about or practice roadbook navigation because you want to get into rally, or even race Dakar (i.e. Team El Martillo and others)
- You've entered the "roadbook only" class.
Imagine the consequenses for the bike guys when they take their eyes off the course to read the roadbook. Yet many of them still use the roadbook, for one or more of the reasons listed above. And imagine the guys doing other rallys, like Dakar, where the course is completely unknown to all the competitors, and GPS is not allowed. They have to do it without any pre-knowledge of the course, which often isn't the case in Baja since most of the roads are used regularly for racing. That extra challenge is part of the essence of a navigation rally. NORRA has adopted some aspects of those type of events, and avoided other aspects.True but seems like a handful for us single seat guys!
I have a couple of scanned pages from Mike Pearlman of one of the roadbooks from the old days. I've posted it here before, but don't recall exactly where. The roadbook may have been more of a "suggested" route in those days. Either way, GPS didn't come until decades later.I didn't the original races used road books. I thought it was just a race to La Paz. How you got there was up to you.