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The Almost Complete TSD Rallying Book Shelf
compiled by Bill Jonesi
Listed here are 40 books that have information on time/speed/distance rallying, going back as far as 1951. Included are books on how to rally, how to improve rally skills, books of factors, and several on navigating British style rallies. If you know of any others, or can provide more details or scans of books that are missing, please contact Bill Jonesi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Rallies and Trials - The Monte Carlo Rally, Alpine Trials, the Rallye Gastronomique, R.A.C. Veteran Car Trials, and other motoring occasions' by S. C. H. Davis (1951)
Iliffe & Sons, Ltd., London, hardbound, 184 pages plus 32 pages of photographs, Out of print
Chapters on: Per ardua ad solem, Sweden to the Riviera, The road from John o' Groats, John o' Groats again, To Monte in luxury, In the small car class, Austin shows the flag, The rally returns, Alpine trials, Another sort of rally, The veterans' derby, Trials and tribulations, and In the matter of preparation.
Very little on TSD, but a good book on the state of rallying, prior to TSD developing.
The Badge Bar Blues by Dick Strome. (1953)
Caldwell-Strome Publications: soft-cover, staple bound, 92 pages. Out of print
Foreword by Ken Purdy. A collection of cartoons illustrating the trials and tribulations of earning rally badges, as well buying a sports car, joining a club, Concours, racing, etc.
Argue Not by Al Wintringham, Motoringham Inc. (1955)
Badge Bar Journal, 64 pages, spiral softbound, Out of print.
Separate pages from 10 MPH to 55 MPH. Down the left side is the MPH in tenths. Across the chart is the Distance traveled in minutes. The distance for one minute is carried to four decimals. The others are only two decimals. Art work on front and back by Bill Cunningham of the Pacific Sports Car Club.
Believed to be the first book of TSD tables.
Sports Car Rallies, Trials, and Gymkhanas by David Hebb and Arthur Peck (1956)
Channel Press Inc., 160 pages, hardbound, Out of print.
Chapters on: What is a rally?, Your first rally, It's a team, Average speeds, Timepieces, The odometer, Maps and map reading, Rally comfort, Twelve trophy tips, Regularity runs, Night rallies, Further afield, In the big leagues, Gimmick rallies, Gymkhanas, Trials and tribulations, Concours D'Elegance, Sports car racing, Where to see races, How to stage a rally, and Eleven rally plans. NY focus.
Clearly the best book on the early state of TSD rallying.
A Guide to Rallying by Larry Reid (1957)
Sports Car Press Ltd., 128 pages, hardbound & softbound, Out of print.
Chapters on: Rallying-What is it?, Kinds of rallies, Rally equipment-Odometer, Time timepieces and timing, Average speed calculations, 45 hints to help you win, and Organizing a rally. NE focus. Updated in 1969.
The Sports Car Rally Handbook by Gene Hammond (1958)
Exposition-Banner Press, 144 pages plus 32 pages of glossy photos, hardbound, 1958 First Edition. Sterling Publishing Co., Revised softbound, 1962. Out of print
Chapters on: What is a rally, Definitions, Why rally?, Rally Equipment, Registration, Technical inspection, General instructions, Running the rally, Variations on a theme, Other basic rally methods, gimmick rallies, and sports car clubs. Revised edition does not have glossy photos and three Appendixes: two sample real rallies and a driver's test (funkhana?). N Cal focus.
Larry Reid's Rally Tables by Larry Reid (1959)
Sports Car Press, Crown Publishers, 128 pages, hardbound or spiral softbound, Out of print.
Chapters on: Hundredths of minutes converted to seconds, Seconds converted to decimal parts of minutes, Mileage correction factors, Miles per hour converted to seconds per mile and minutes per mile, Miles per hour converted to miles per minute and Rally navigation tables. Limited in its precision, 1/10 of mile and seconds not hundredths. (Revised in mid 60s with a couple of added paragraphs on mileage correction on the Curta.)
CUR-TA-BLE by Allan Jay Kalb (1959?)
T & T Motors, Out of print.
Book of Rally Tables for use with the Curta.
Sports Car Rallies, Trials, and Gymkhanas
by David Hebb and Arthur Peck (1960)
Channel Press, 160 pages, hardbound & softbound, Out of print.
Slightly revised throughout, removes chapters on racing and regularity runs, and adds chapters on the Curta and speed tables from 15 to 39 mph.
The Sports Car Club - How to Join or Organize One by John C Rueter (1960)
Sports Car Press, Crown Publishers, 128 pages, softbound, Out of print.
Chapters on: Sports car clubs, Concours d'Elegance, Rallies, Gymkhanas and autocrosses, The economy run, Hill climbs and speed trials, Sports car racing, Drivers schools, The pit crew, Officiating at events, The social side, Club administration, Choosing a sports car club, Joining a sports car club, The organizational meeting, Bylaws, The clubs first meeting, Some notes on conducting events, Conclusion.
Only one 11 page chapter on rallying.
Allstate Sports Events - Time, Distance, Average Speed Tables (1960)
Midwest Technical Pub., 55 pages, spiral softbound, Out of print.
Includes instructions for use. A table for odometer correction on a 10 mile odo check from minus to plus 10 percent. A table converting MPH to KPH from 10 to 55.9 MPH. Tables of speeds from 10 to 55 MPH.
Floyd's Factors by Floyd C. Stone (1960)
Auto Gear Unlimited, Out of print.
A table giving a single minutes/mile value for every speed from 5.00 to 64.99 mph by 0.01 mph. The value is given to the thousandth of a minute.
Let's Go on a Rally by David Hebb and Arthur Peck (1961)
Pirelli, 24 page pamphlet, Out of print
Small promotional pamphlet containing information from their book 'Sports Car Rallies, Trials, and Gymkhanas'.
Corrected Minutes Per Mile Factors by Norman Cone (1967)
MPM Enterprise, 122 pages, Spiral softbound, Out of print.
Minutes per mile based on correction factors from 0.850 to 1.150.
Each page has speeds from 2.0 to 60.9 m.p.h. Once you have determined your odometer correction factor, keep that page open to find corrected Min/Mi.
A New Guide to Rallying by Larry Reid (1969)
Sports Car Press, Crown Publishers, 128 pages, softbound, Out of print
Chapters on: What is a rally?, Following the route, Measuring distance, Time timing and timers, Average speeds, Rally computers, Scoring, and Organizing a rally.
Stimson's Rally Factors by Michael J Stimson (1970)
Sports Car Press, 128 pages, softbound, Out of print.
Chapters on: Odometer correction factors, Navigational computations, Rallying with corrected tables, and Corrected minutes per mile factors (for speeds from 10 to 59 mph and factors from 0.900 to 1.100). S Cal.
Introduction to Rallying with Navigators in Mind by Bexley Light Car Club (1970)
BP, 60 pages, softbound, Out of print.
TSD and map rallying in Briton. Chapters on: Preparations, On the road, and Route descriptions.
Rallying On Time - The System by Lou Magyar (1970)
privately published, 80 pages, loose-leaf, 8.5" by 11.0", Out of print.
Larry Reid's New Rally Tables by Larry Reid (1971)
Sports Car Press Ltd. Crown publishers, 128 pages, spiral softbound, Out of print.
Chapters on: Hundredths of minutes converted to seconds, Seconds converted to decimal parts of minutes, Distance correction factors, Distance units per hour converted to seconds per unit and minutes per unit, Distance units per hour converted to distance units per minute and Rally navigation tables. Still limited in its precision, 1/10 of mile and seconds not hundredths.
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Easy Zero-Zombie Chart by Steven Plant (1971)
Out of print.
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How to Rally including Rally Tables by John Griffee (1972)
Walter R. Haessner, 175 pages, softbound, Out of print.
The Rally Book by David Hebb (1973)
Hawthorne Books, 192 pages, softbound, Out of print.
Chapters on: What it's all about, Your first rally, The odometer, Time, General instructions, Route following, Maps, Keeping on time, Using the Curta, Exotic equipment, Clothing etc., Turning the tables.
Rallying to Win by Jean Calvin (1974)
Bond/Parkhust Books, 174 pages, hardbound, Out of print.
Chapters on: The American way of rallying, Novice rallying & the seat of the pants class, The fine art of the navigational rally, Gimmick rallies, Rallyese, Average speeds, Counting the miles, The time machines, The rally car-what it is and what it needs, Checkpoints, Becoming a rallymaster, Classes and the championship rallies, Professional rallying and the international set, Tips from the pros, and The future of rallying. S Cal focus. Probably the best book on how rallying had evolved in the '60s & '70s.
Rally Navigation by Martin Holmes (1975)
G T Foulis & Co. Ltd., 1st Ed., 159 pages, hardbound, Out of print.
Chapters on: So you want to navigate?, How rallies are organised, Road rallying, Preparing for road rallies, Road rally techniques, History of stage rallying, Preparing for stage rallies, Stage rally techniques, Pacenotes, International events, Service crews, Clever rallying, and Getting yourself organised. Appendixes on: How to plot a map reference, RAC competition licences, Specimen rally paperwork, Route cards, Time cards, Pace notes, Service schedule for service crews, ‘G T Foulis Rally’, and Duties of rally officials.
Complete Guide to Car Rallies by David Hebb (1977)
Cole Publishing (Canadian reprint of The Rally Book) 192 pages, softbound, Out of print.
TSD Rallying with a Programmable Calculator by Larry Reid (1978)
Tab Books, 224 pages, softbound, 5" by 8.25", Out of print
ISBN 0-8306-2043-5 pbk.
How to use the Hewlett-Packard HP-25 and Texas Instruments SR-56 for rally navigation or for rally scoring.
The Complete Rally Book by David Hebb (1979)
Stein and Day, 197 pages, softbound, Out of print.
Chapters on: An introduction to rallying, Getting ready, General instructions, Maps and map reading, Staying on course, Staying on time, The computer, Fun and games, Performance rallies, Omnium-Gatherum including formulas and equivalents, Rallies you don't see every day, Setting up a rally, and Map rally.
Playboy's Guide to Rallying, Racing, and Sports Car Driving
by William Neely (1981)
Wideview Books, 200 pages, softbound, Out of print.
Chapters on: Selecting the car and the arena, To build or not to build, Specific modifications, High-Performance driving-Road and track, Competing on the track, Solo competition, The Rally, Driving in the rain and snow, Tune-up for performance and economy, and Driving schools. Only one 13 page chapter on rallying.
Navigation for Rallies by Les Needham (19xx?)
Lodgemark Press Ltd., 48 pages, softbound, 5.0" by 7.2", out of print
Navigation for British rallies, using Ordnance Survey maps and other primarily British forms of course following.
Rally Navigation by Martin Holmes (1983)
Foulis Motoring Books, 187 pages, hardbound, Still in print.
An update of the 1975 Edition. Adds a chapter on: Going professional
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Bob Radford's TSD Rally Tables by Bob Radford (1986)
Bob Radford, Still in print. ($25)
Available in mph or kph format, 5 to 65 mph or 10 to 100 kph. Format is one page for each mph (kph) and times are given to each hundredth of a mile (or kilometer)
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Rally Basics - Tables, Fables, Factors & Formulas by Gene Henderson (1988)
Competition Limited, 262 pages, softbound, Still in print ($24.95).
Regional Road Rally Handbook by Stan & Shirley Wantland and Jim Meyers (1990)
Second Edition, SCCA, Englewood, CO, 220 pages, softbound. Still in print. ($15.00).
This loose-bound manual contains all the information necessary to stage a Regional-level road rally. It covers the myriad types of rallies and has straightforward how-to explanations on everything from developing a Rally program down to the minute details of putting on an event. The handbook is rounded out with several example rallies that are dissected in great detail.
How to Rally and Win by Russell Brown, Lynda Polk, Curt Rich, and Randy Waibel. (1990)
Second Edition, Houston Region SCCA, 60 pages, softbound, Still in print ($9.95)
Chapters on: What is a rally?, General comments, Staying on course, Staying on time, Running the event, Putting it all together.
The Road Rally Handbook by Clint Goss (1993)
Rally America!, 368 pages, softbound, Still in print ($34.95)
Chapters on: What is a road rally?, Your first rally, Novice basics, Fundamental navigation, Calculating perfect times, A basic strategy, Beyond novice, Equipment basics, Clocks, Odometers, Integrated boxes, Speedometers, Installation, Calculators, Tables, The well dressed car, More navigation basics. Stock class navigation, Precision course measurement, Odo class navigation, Computer class navigation, Speedo class navigation, Limited-speedo navigation, The well driven car, Suspension and handling, Night winter and endurance rallies, A well laid trap, Math traps, Main road traps, and Trap potpourri. Also good sections on references and formulas.
TSD Road Rally Pocket Reference by Clint Goss (1993)
Rally America!, 20 pages, softbound, Still in print ($5.95)
Pocket sized reference contains many of the tables and formulas from 'The Road Rally Handbook'.
Treasure and Scavenger Hunts - How to Plan, Create, and Give Them
by Gordon Burgett (1994)
Communication Unlimited, 128 pages, softbound, in print ($9.95)
Chapters on: Treasure hunts, Scavenger hunts and The super party.
Road Rally - A Game That Takes You Places! by Diane M. Klakulak (1999)
Morris Publishing, 90 pages, softbound, in print ($12.95)
Chapters on: What is a road rally?, Participating in a road rally, Road rally variations, Organizing a rally, forms, and Clues. Book is limited to Treasure Hunt type gimmick rallyes which don't have a predetermined route.
The Great Car Rally - A Puzzle story with a game
by Rosie Heywood & Brenda Haw (2000)
Usborne Publishing, 32 pages, softbound, in print ($6.95)
A picture puzzle book with car rally theme for young readers. Start training your future navigator early.
SCCA Road Rally Rule Book by SCCA. (Annual)
Sports Car Club of America, 104 pages, softbound, updated yearly.
($15 to SCCA members/$20 to non-members, plus shipping)
The competition rules for SCCA National TSD Rallies, both Course (trap) and Touring (non-trap). Starting with 2001 the book comes with a computer CD-ROM version in PDF format.
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