How NOT to suck as a rally co-pilot
Please forgive the rather aggressive title, but this is a serious subject. Someone has seriously hooked you up, besure you return the favour. There are several responsibilities you hold when sitting right seat. Let’s get started:
Have you ever seen the trunk in a Lamborghini Huracan? It has barely enough room to contain owners ego, little on your roller blades. Your driver should get 75% of this room, figure out what you need to survive, cut that in half then fill your lunch box. I also recommend disposable socks and underwear (think: sweat).
Your driver doesn’t want to pull over after 15 minutes because you left your portable vitamin D light in the trunk (not that seasonal depression is something to take lightly). Every morning, take 5 minutes to figure out what you’ll need in the car. Let me share some key items:
- Portable battery pack - I brought 4 on Ace Spade Rally, bring one for your driver too.
- Redbull, water, snacks.
- Route Card/Map
- A sweater - Dress in layers. If you’re on Snowball Rally - replace sweater with -40c parka.
Communications & Navigation
This will be; by far, the most important role you hold. The driver is busy strictly following the speed limit… they don’t have time for your bullshit. They need to know when/where to turn. They need to know where other cars are. They need to know where the cops are. They need to know why they brought you. What you’ll need:
- Waze - What moron doesn’t have waze running on a rally? ( I downloaded the app on Day 3 of Ace Spade Rally after being publicly ridiculed in person and on the internet).
- Maps - Dealers choice, Google Maps is great as you can download should you not have cell phone service during a leg of the rally. You should do your homework prior to the rally to understand dead zones.
- FRS Radio - Some rallies supply radios, some don’t. A radio will allow you to communicate with everyone within 2-3 miles. They’re great for communicating road hazards and practicing your improv comedy skills
- Radar Detector
I hope this provides some insight into being a wicked co-pilot. Ultimately, you’re there to make your drivers life easier and have fun…. because there is no better life than a rally life.