Rules


1. The SHEMUD Women’s International 4X4 Challenge is created, owned and organized by RED ADVENTURE SDN. BHD. of Block E-3-7, Plaza Arkadia, No 3, Jalan Intisari Perdana, 52200, Desa parkcity, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (“Organizer”). The logo, “SHEMUD” and “SHEMUD Women’s International 4×4 Challenge” or any combinations are proprietary in nature and beneficially owned by the Organizer and any use of them shall be subjected to the organizer’s prior written approval.

2. The SHEMUD Women’s International  4X4 Challenge 2018 (“Event”) is a 4×4 vehicle offroad sporting challenge that combines Off-Road competition and touring adventure in one event. Unlike any other 4×4 challenge in the world, SHEMUD Challenge only allows women drivers and co-drivers (“Competitors”) to compete in the Special Stages (“SS”) set up at predetermined locations and routes. Apart from SS for the Competitors, SHEMUD Challenge also allows registered participants (“Adventurers”) to follow, participate and camp together with the event convoy.

3. This event is open to all production 4-wheel drive vehicles only. Participation of any other types of vehicles is subject to prior written approval of the Organizer. In any event No prototype, 4×4 commercial vehicles, vans or agricultural vehicles are allowed.

4. The Organizer has appointed its agents to form the Event Committee (“Event Committee”) comprising the following posts and responsibility in managing the Event:

a) Organizer & Owner
b) Event Director
c) Competition Manager
d) Chief Scrutineer
e)Course Master
f) Chief Marshall
g) Media Relations & Publicist
h) Safety, Security & Liaison
i) Head of Operations and Administration

5. The Event Committee shall be the final and conclusive decision maker in any matters pertaining to the Event.

6. Competitors, Competitors’ support teams and crews, Adventurers and media invitees (collectively referred to as “Participants”) are required to register themselves and their respective vehicles with the Organizer to participate in Event by filling in the designated registration forms with true and correct information and making full payment of the required fees. Upon signing the registration and entry forms the Participants are deemed to have read, understood and agreed to be bound by the Event Rules and Regulations as provided herein together with any additional or supplemental rules or regulations added by the Organizer or any of its agents during the running of the Event (“Rules and Regulations”). The Participants further acknowledges that the Rules and Regulations may be changed (including without limitation verbally) at any time by the Organizer at its sole discretion. The Organizer’s decisions regarding any and all elements of the Event shall be final and binding.

7. Competitors shall compete in SS as determined by the Event Committee for the Category of Competitors and points will be given to Competitors based on time and penalty for each SS. Points for all SS shall be total up to determine the final rankings and places for prizes as set by the Event Committee.

8. The Event shall have two categories for Competitors to compete and they are:

a) Individual
b) Team

Notwithstanding the above, the Event Committee reserves the right to amalgamate or modify the categories if there are three or less Competitors entered in a particular category with prior notice. In any event, all categories will qualify for the Overall Ranking (winners). Points will be accumulated in all the SS for the Overall Ranking irrespective of the classes.

9. Vehicles and all equipment are required to be available for Scrutineering at designated time and place. A team representative must be present during these checks.

10. Vehicle must be presented in a ready to start condition including all compulsory equipment, Drivers License’s, Insurance Papers and Registration Papers.

11. At all times during the Event emphasis is given on the safety aspects of the vehicle and its condition to successfully complete the Event. It is the Participants’ responsibility that their vehicles, equipment, accessories team and crew members are in good working condition and good health respectively and that they are self-sufficient to participate and complete the Event. Scrutinizing will be conducted from time to time at any time during the Event and any individuals, vehicles or equipment that are deemed not to be in good health or good condition will be barred from further participating in the Event.

12. Vehicle Specifications

a) Below are the specifications to be followed by Competitors in preparing their vehicles for SS. In any event, the Event Committee reserves the right to amend, modify, add or exempt such specifications at any time during the Event with prior notice.

b) Body ⁄ Chassis

i. Chassis of a production type 4×4 vehicle and a bulkhead of a production type 4×4 vehicle is compulsory.
ii. All vehicles must have a fire wall between passenger compartment and the engine bay.
iii. Any equipment that is relocated from the engine bay to other parts of the vehicle such as radiator/wet batteries which are installed behind driver or co-driver a Steel, Poly Carbonate or Perspex wall must be fitted to the entire opening and sealed from the cabin.
iv. Vehicles must have a bonnet covering the engine and rotating pulleys.
v. Chassis can be strengthened and modified to allow fitting of non-standard engines and suspension systems. Front & rear overhang can be modified.
vi. Doors must be fitted to all vehicles. Half doors are to be at least 150mm above the highest part of seat swab.
vii. Wagons, dual cabs and open backed vehicles will have a metal cargo barrier fitted immediately behind driver and co-driver seats. Cargo barrier to be made of steel/alloy with a maximum opening of 50 x 50mm of a least steel 2mm – alloy 3mm in thickness. Cargo barrier is to be secured in at least 4 places by clamps or bolt on brackets.
viii. Items carried in the vehicle must be secured adequately while the vehicle is in motion. ALL MODIFICATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO APPROVAL BY CHIEF SCRUTINEER, AND IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES ARE FOLLOWED A Competition Vehicle should be able to be identified as a declared model and the following original sections or parts of the declared model will be considered as qualifying criteria
• Front Grill with light assembly
• Engine compartment and bonnet • Driver and passenger cabin with A-Pillar, B-Pillar, bulkhead, doors, roof, floor and windscreen. • When seated in the cabin, no part of the engine, bell housing, gearbox, transfer case, drive shafts, propeller shafts, winch/winches or winch cable/cables will be visible.
ix. Full harnesses (4 point) must be fitted for all occupants, the minimum
being a Four (4) Point Seat Belt Harness, and must comply with recognized European, American, Australian or FIA Standards. The full harness must not be frayed, torn or damaged in any way.

c) ROLL CAGE – Vehicles shall be fitted with a 6-point internal roll-cage starting at the “A” pillar. Tubing used in the manufacture of the roll-cage must be minimum of:-

i. 45mm OD seamless steam pipe with 2.5mm wall thickness
ii. 45mm OD Aluminum Alloy pipe with 5mm wall thickness.
iii. Internal roll-cage will be mounted to the floor pan of the cabin in six places by 100mm square plates of 5mm thick, either welded or bolted to the floor pan with at least 2x10mm high tensile bolts per mounting plate.
iv. Backing plates of the same size and thickness shall be used on the underside of the floor pan.
v. Roll-cage structure must not obstruct front seat access nor encroach upon the area occupied by driver and co-driver.
vi. Upper section of the roll cage or bracing must be fully protected with high-density foam or equivalent, of at least 15mm thickness. Hollow cylindrical pipe insulation may be utilized for this purpose.
vii. Roll-cage must be built to acceptable engineering practices. All joints are to be full penetration butt- welded.

d) Fuel – Air Systems/Engines

i. Vehicles must carry supplementary fuel storage of 20 liters over and above normal capacity either in jerry cans or additional vehicle mounted fuel tanks. Jerry cans or fuel storage containers are not allowed to be stored on roof of vehicle. All fuel storage must be metal or an approved plastic container for cartage of fuel. The Chief Scrutineer reserves the right to reject any fuel tank or fuel storage container that is deemed to be unsafe.

e) Wheels and Tires

i. Tire and wheel combinations are restricted to a maximum 40” diameter.
ii. Agricultural tires of any type are not allowed.
iii. Wheel chains of any type are not allowed during competition.
iv. Tires must be of a mud type tread pattern and be classified for road use.
v. Tires must have at least 60% tread depth at the start of the event.
vi. Wheel and tire combinations can protrude past the vehicle body, but must be covered by flare material, extending the whole length of the wheel arch.
vii. One spare wheel is to be carried at all times and securely mounted on or inside the vehicle.
viii. Competitors must complete the event and all SS, using the original tires, as fitted to the vehicle at the time of scrutineering. Replacement tire(s) be approved by the Competition Manager.

f) Electrical System

i. A mechanical battery isolation switch is to be fitted to the battery or batteries providing power to the competing vehicles electrics. This is to be placed within reach of the driver and co- driver whilst secured in vehicle. (Winch circuit is exempted).
ii. External power sources are not allowed.
iii. A dual battery system is to be fitted to vehicles with an electric winch.
iv. Vehicle to have working lights, indicators, wipers and horn.

g) Winch

i. Vehicle shall be fitted with a minimum 8000lb front recovery winch. A rear winch is highly recommended.
ii. Winches shall be fitted with an operational brake.
iii. Winch cables shall be of high tensile steel compatible to the winch rating. Mild steel cables with a hemp center are not allowed.
iv. Synthetic rope must be compatible to the winch rating.
v. Winch cable or synthetic rope must be in a serviceable condition and fully spooled at start of each SS.
vi. Winch hooks must have a working safety catch, no open hooks at any time.
vii. Winch cables must have professionally swaged loops. Synthetic Ropes must be spliced to manufactures guidelines.
viii. Winch cable or synthetic rope shall be wrapped or spooled onto horns on the winch bar at the finish of an SS. The protruding “horns” must not be pointy and be made of material and have a radius of 30mm.
ix. The Event Cable Dampener must be used on both steel cable and synthetic rope and be positioned in the center third at the start of winching. It is not to be rolled up or attached to the cable/rope.

13. Special Stages (SS)

a) Starting order for the first group of SS will be by ballot, thereafter by the accumulation of points obtained.
Competitors must start in their respective ballot or designated order, unless the Competition Manager grants prior permission for a change in the running order. Any vehicle not ready to start at the time the previous vehicle leaves the start may be deemed a non-starter and a DNS recorded.

b) Driver and co-driver combination will remain the same for the entire event, alternating between driver and co-driver during any particular SS is allowed. If due to injury or sickness and after approval from the Competition Manager a Team member may be changed twice. There after a 10-point penalty will apply for each additional change.

c) Driver and co-driver are the only persons allowed in the competing vehicle during an SS. The driver must have a current Driver’s License issued by any motoring authority that is recognized under the Motor Traffic Act in country of origin. Driver and co-driver will wear fully enclosed footwear, sleeved shirt, long pants, Event Number Bib, Malaysian Standard crash helmet (SIRIM approved), or Specialized Helmet as approved by Chief Scrutineer whilst in a moving vehicle during an SS.

d) Timing of the SS will cease when the vehicle (to the rear of front door) has come to a complete stop in the finish garage with all equipment stored and driver and co-driver secured in the vehicle.

e) SS can be marked by markers, pegs, bunting or stated as a formed track.

f) Competitors when directed by a SS Marshal or Official must immediately remove themselves and their vehicle from the course.

g) The Competition Manager with the approval from the Event Committee, reserves the right to modify or add Supplementary Rules and Regulations, and decide on matters not specifically covered in the this Rules and Regulations and allocate the penalty points at his discretion provided however that no penalties shall be imposed or rules changed retrospectively and no rules shall be amended without prior notice to all competitors.

h) Stage awards will be calculated on highest points scored. Penalties will be deducted for infringements.

i) Team SS: The Competition Committee will choose how and who the Teams will be made up of. Team SS points will not go to individual Team Scores.
j) Special Stage (SS) Penalties (10 points)
i. Failure to use a tree protector trunk protector
ii. Handling cable/rope without gloves
iii. No Cable Dampener or improper placement of Cable Dampener
iv. Handling/stepping over/under a live cable
v. Carrying cable inside the vehicle
vi. Lost or unsecured recovery equipment
vii. Failure to wear seat belt correctly
viii. Failure to wear helmet correctly
ix. Riding on outside of vehicle
x. Breaking the markers, bunting, knocking over or straddling peg
xi. Failure to follow course/event directions or Rules
xii. Failure to wear proper clothing.

k) The following infringements will have a 10 point penalty imposed after one warning is given :

i. Excessive wheel spin and failing to recover on direction
ii. Failure to stop when signaled to stop by a Marshal
iii. Continuing to stand in front of vehicle whilst winching
iv. Continuing any unsafe practice
v. Holding bunting to improve line of vehicle
vi. When 4 wheels of the vehicle cross the course boundary the competitor may receive a DNF.
vii. Failure to start will result in a DNS being recorded.

Note:- Some SS may have added penalties, if this is the case Teams will be advised prior to the start of the SS. SS will close 30 minutes after the last car has run.

l) General Rules – After an Official warning a minimum 40 point penalty up to Event Disqualification will apply.

i. Verbal abuse of Marshals, Spectators or Competitors.
ii. Seek favor, influence or interfere with Marshal’s duties.
iii. Tampering with other competitor’s vehicle.
iv. Using alcohol or narcotic drugs during the SS.
v. Littering the trail.

14. Scoring

a) Teams that DNF and pass the SS marker will receive progressive DNF points up to a maximum of 20 points. If total entries exceed 35 the DNF will be set at 10 POINTS.

b) Teams that do not start an SS will receive a DNS – 0 Points.

c) Teams that complete the SS will be allocated points in order of merit from fastest to slowest as follows: –

i. Timing will be scored to the 10th of a second.
ii. If 2 or more competitors finish an SS with the same elapsed time, they shall be awarded equal points and placing in the SS. The Competitor with the next fastest time shall be placed according to their own finishing positioning in that SS. The placing left vacant due to the tie will not be allocated.
iii. In case of a tied score in Major Awards, the winner will be decided by a count back. The winner being the one with the least amount of penalties incurred. If this fails to break the tie, then both will be tied as winners in their placing.

scoring

15. Protest

a) Protests by a competitor must be handed to the Event Director or Competition Manager within 2 hours of receiving the scores for the particular SS. All protests must be submitted with RM500.00 (Ringgit Malaysia) which shall be forfeited if the protest is dismissed.

16. General

a) In the event of a vehicle breakdown or disability, the event organizer will assist in getting the vehicle to the nearest accessible track whereupon it’s the competitors’ responsibility to arrange the necessary repairs and to rejoin the event. If the repairs are not possible, they shall be deemed as non-finisher.

b) No other assistance shall be expected from the organizer. Participants are to be self- reliance during the event.

c) If a competitor or team member (including support crew) promotes unsportsmanlike conduct, is rude or abusive to officials, landowners, fellow competitors, local authorities, sponsors, destroys property, displays drunken or disrespectful behavior they and, or the entire team may be disqualified from the current event or future events.

17. Vehicles and all equipment are required to be available for Scrutineering at designated time and place. A team representative must be present during these checks.

18. Vehicle must be presented in a ready-to-start condition including all compulsory equipment, Drivers License’s, Insurance Papers and Registration Papers.

19. At all times during the Event emphasis is given on the safety aspects of the vehicle and its condition to successfully complete the Event. It is the Participants’ responsibility that their vehicles, equipment, accessories team and crew members are in good working condition and good health respectively and that they are self-sufficient to participate and complete the Event. Scrutinizing will be conducted from time to time at any time during the Event and any individuals, vehicles or equipment that are deemed not to be in good health or good condition will be excluded from entering the Twilight Zone.

20. Compulsory Equipment – Vehicle

a) A 3 ton (rated) recovery point is required on the front and rear of the vehicle and must be securely mounted to the chassis by a minimum of two 12mm, or four 10mm, grade 8 (or equivalent) high tensile bolts. Recovery points must be painted red. Recovery points can be mounted to a bulbar, if the bulbar is sufficiently strong enough to cope with a 3 ton load.

b) A windscreen is to be fitted which is to remain upright at all times.

c) Vehicles must be fitted with an air intake snorkel.

d) Compulsory Equipment – Recovery • Ground anchor
 8000kg tree trunk protector & winch extension strap • Snatch block
• 4 shackles rated at 3.25t or better
• Air compressor – (Optional but recommended)

21. Upon being called up for scrutineering the Competitors and their vehicles must be presented in a ready to start condition including all compulsory equipment, Drivers License’s, Insurance Papers and Registration Papers.

22. Compulsory Equipment – Individual Safety

a) Malaysian Standard crash helmet (SIRIM Approved) or Specialized Helmet approved by Chief Scrutineer

b) 2 pairs finger enclosed leather or material gloves

c) Vehicles shall carry one 1.8kg or two 0.9kg operable dry powder fire extinguishers, mounted securely, within easy reach of the driver and co-driver

d) First Aid Kit.

23. Miscellaneous

24. The event is open to all road registered 4 wheel drive vehicles, providing the vehicle currently or previously has been sold to the general public by the manufacturer. Prototype vehicles are not allowed.

25. Unusual or extraordinary 4 wheel drive vehicles can be considered for entry. Any vehicle failing to comply with any of the rules and regulations contained in this event guide is required to apply for an exemption in writing to the Event Director, stating the regulations that the vehicle fails to comply with. Each request will be considered on its merit.

26. An exemption will only be granted when the Event Director is satisfied that the vehicle has no unfair advantage over other competing vehicles and no safety aspects have been ignored. Failure to apply for an exemption may exclude the participant from starting the event.

27. Competitors are allowed to fix any kind of advertising to their vehicles if prior written permission is obtained from the Organizer, it is not offensive and does not encroach into areas reserved for event sponsors, competition numbers and event labels. Failure to put on main event sponsors and putting other sponsors stickers will result in a penalty imposed by the Competition Committee.

28. Rights of Organizer

a) The Organizer can refuse any entry, without giving any reason whatsoever.

b) The Organizer can abandon, cancel, postpone or shorten the event without due notice in the event of any unforeseen circumstances. No claims whatsoever of any kind shall be entertained due to the abandoning, cancelling, postponement or shortening of the event. Exclude any person or vehicle, which fails to meet the event guidelines as set out in the Event Guide. The Organizer can cancel any SS at any time including when some competitors have already completed the section for any reason whatsoever.

c) In the event of a breakdown or disabled vehicle, the event organizers will assist in getting the vehicle, where possible to a main road or track whereupon it is the competitor’s responsibility to arrange the necessary repairs and to rejoin the event. If repairs are not possible, they shall be deemed a non-finisher. No other assistance shall be expected from the organizers, remembering that participants are expected to be self-sufficient during the event.

d) The Organizer may disqualify any competitor who fails to abide by any rules set out in this event guide and any supplementary amendments or any instructions from the event officials. If this occurs there will be no refund of entry fee.

29. The Organizer, its employees and anyone appointed by the Organizer will not be held liable:

a) in any accident, causing injury or damage to the participants or their vehicles during the course of the event, including loss of personal belongings, or/and

b) for any breach of any laws or regulations.

30. The Participants shall be solely responsible for any injury, loss, accident, damages suffered by the Participant and shall have no claim whatsoever against the Organizer or sponsors of the event. It is the participants own responsibility to have in force, a valid insurance coverage against third party liability. All participants are advised to take own additional insurance coverage for mishaps or illness for pre and post event days.