Scrutineering Secrets - Day 0 + 2

Today our La Carrera run really began. Today’s work was to complete our registration and scrutineering, the technical inspection of the car. It was a long process but at the end of the day everything was done.

The Volvo Gets Her Stripes

One of the last things we did on the Volvo was add some racing stripes. The Amazon turned a lot of heads when she rolled out of the trailor and into parc fermé.

The Secrets of Scrutineering

Most people in auto-sport are DIY people. While all are happy to share what they know, it’s a culture that assumes everyone wants to figure it all out for themselves. This has some odd implications, like navigating the registration and tech inspection process. While there is a definite order in which things need to be done, there is little guidance built into the process. If you have questions you ask, otherwise everyone assumes you know what to do.

To help the next team coming along here’s what we learned about getting through it smoothly.

  1. Find the registration desk and complete your paper work. There won’t be signs pointing the way and it may be in a conference room away from the main parc fermé area. When complete you’ll get your competitor IDs, route books, swag, and your carnet. Be sure to get your timing control chip before you leave registration. Remember there is a $300 USD cash deposit for the chip.

  2. Once you have your “carnet”, the inspection form, go straight to the head of scrutineering and ask for a slot in the inspection queue. Even if you have work to do on the car, get your place in line. If you’re not ready when it’s your turn, they will give you the next slot when you are ready.

  3. Go get your medical.

  4. Go get your FEMDAC license. This is your racing license and competitor insurance from the Mexican Motor Sports Federation. Be sure to have the license fee in cash, USD or Pesos. The fee is less in Pesos.

Now you’re done until it’s your turn to go through scrutineering. When it is, be sure to bring all your safety gear: helmets, racing suit, Nomex underwear, gloves, and shoes.

Tim the mechanic did a great job preparing the car. We only had only one issue to correct, our fire extinguisher system needed a higher capacity container. A couple hours later our car was cleared and given the approval sticker. The day’s work was done.

The Volvo will stay in parc fermé overnight, waiting for its racing number, 282, to be applied. Tomorrow we’ll drive Stage 1 again and practice our timing procedures. With the car ready it’s time for us to dial in our rally-skills.

The Volvo sitting in parc fermé ready to race.

The Volvo sitting in parc fermé ready to race.

Cheers to all our Carrera friends who gave us advice and helped make today go smoothly.