This event tests the participant’s ability to judge the position and speed of their vehicle. The participant must drive the vehicle through a tapered lane outlined by barrels. The vehicle must enter the tapered lane at a speed greater than three (3) miles mph but not exceed five (5) mph. If the participant exceeds five (5) mph they will receive a zero (0) for this event.
During the Forward Offset Street, the participant is required to drive through two separate narrow lanes that are offset one full lane width from each other. The full value of the Off-Set Street obstacle (50 points) will be deducted for any reverse movement intentionally made in an attempt to better negotiate the obstacle other than in the manner intended, in order to avoid touching any of the course markers.
Fifteen (15) equipment related defects are planted on or in a bus that would make a bus operationally unready. Defects are of a type that a technician might find during a minor maintenance inspection, including items listed in F.A.C. 14-90. Defects will be those that do not require the bus to be started or require the contestants to crawl under the bus. Teams will not be allowed to have a checklist of defects to refer to during the competition. Eligible defects could include broken, loose, bad, missing, or incorrect: seats, all type of lights, all windows, stanchions, flooring, destination sign, door engine, fire extinguisher, windshield, wipers, run block numbers, mirrors, license plate, bell chord and/or dipsticks. Ineligible defects include defects under the bus, exterior body damage, paint problems, fluid leaks such as oil, water, fuel, etc., will not be considered as defects. Equipment where multiple defects are possible will be counted only once (i.e., seats, windows, and lights). A general location must be given and must identify multiple equipment defects (i.e., left side #1 window, right-front-side directional light). Front and rear windows, headlights, taillights, brake lights, mirror, and turn signals, will each count as separate defects.
This event measures a participant’s ability to properly align the vehicle. The vehicle must be driven so that the right tires pass through a lane that is slightly wider than the tires and progressively narrows. The lane is marked by tennis balls that are flattened on one side.
Rear Dual Clearance
The Serpentine measures the participant’s ability to negoitiate a series of tight turns. The participant is required to enter the course, weave in and out through three (3) cones, and exit the obstacle. The vehicle is not permitted to touch any portion of any cone.