Tips for SORRCA Scale Crawling Competitions

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A Beginner's Guide to SORRCA

Hello, my name is Dave and I've been competing with rock crawlers since 2014. Over the years I have attended many events and have won a few awards. While

I don't consider myself a pro by any means, I have learned a thing or two…

Most of what I enter are SORRCA based scale competitions which places trucks into different classes based on how they look and how they are built. In these competitions, the goal is to have the lowest score possible.

For example: every gate you clear, you will receive negative two points (-2). A gate consists of two gate markers, and hitting one of these markers will result in a +10 point penalty. There are several other penalties that you can acquire while on the course, one of which is a reverse penalty. Driving your vehicle in reverse will result in a +1 penalty point.

With the intent being to have the lowest score possible, hitting a gate marker is something you don’t want to do and using reverse should happen as little as possible.

In my experience, people may feel intimidated by some of these rules and regulations; I have a few tips I'd like to share with someone starting out in competitive crawling. While competition isn't for everyone, I do think you should try it at least once!

Here are a few tips and tricks to help you out:

 Reverse: while it is only +1 point, make it count. Every time your truck stops and goes in reverse, you will get a penalty. I don't care if you have to back up all the way to Hong Kong, make it count. One short reverse can result in five others.

 Commitment: if you are trying to go through a gate that is on a descent or off-camber (lower on the outside edge than the inside), stay committed to your line. Stopping or reversing can result in the truck sliding in ways you don't want. Even in high traction scenarios, the slightest jolt or jitter can shake and shimmy the truck.

 Slow ride, take it easy. It's not a race, take your time, just a little throttle will get you a long way.

• Winching: You have a winch, use it. While this does result in a +3 point penalty, reversing and trying over and over again will result in more penalties. You don't have to prove you can make the obstacle, you just have to finish the course.

 Think outside the box. Sometimes going through a gate isn't as straight forward as you may think. Look around for all of your options to approach a gate.

 Drive your truck. I don't care if you just trail ride or only drive on rocks. Drive your truck, know your truck. You won't know what your truck is capable of if you don't drive it. If you are getting into competitive crawling you can even setup some gates of your own on a test course. Don't be afraid to challenge yourself, you won't get better if you don't drive.

Lastly, and the most important thing of all: HAVE FUN! These are tiny trucks, they're meant to be fun. If you're not having fun, then crawling might not be your “thing.” Competing can be exciting and it’s a great learning experience, so don't be afraid to get out there. It shouldn’t matter if you win or lose, what matters is that you enjoy the hobby, whether it’s with friends or new people.

I hope you enjoyed or learned something from reading this post. Hope to see you all at a competition someday! Tiny truck on!