Rallying is a type of motorsport conducted in specially-built cars over an itinerary of competition stages joined together by liaison or transport stages. Crews, consisting of a driver and a co-driver (or navigator), drive between the set control points of the competition stages, attempting to record the fastest time (measured to the second) over the whole series of stages.

There are two types of rallies in Victoria. Special stage rallies are usually on gravel roads, set within State forests and Shire roads and can be conducted as blind (route-charted) events or as pace-noted events. These events are generally those that form part of the the Victorian Rally Championship (VRC).

The second type of rally (or trial) is Non-Special stage rallies. These are also on gravel roads, set with-in State Forests and have a large content of navigational stages. This means that navigators will need to use their maps to direct the driver through the stages. In these types of events, the organisers will setup navigational ‘traps’ that crews can incur penalties on if they make a mistake. The essence to winning is not just outright speed but the crew’s ability to navigate and work as a team. These events are typically run at night time which adds to the challenge.