Revival Rally Recap
By Simon Levear
After torrential downpours that morning, twenty one cars started the Revival Rally on May 14th. This was Emerald Empires first Time Speed Distance rally since sometime in the 1980s.
After a Rally School and registration at Willamette High School, teams headed West on Royal Avenue and made a larger loop around the area ending the odometer calibration transit at Meadowlark Prairie. From there teams heading South on Crow Rd and after a few twist and turns found checkpoint one. In the only sort of trap of the event, checkpoint one was just around a forced left, due to the road straight ahead being a dead end. From checkpoint one teams follow the route including Petzold Rd and Doane Rd and reached checkpoint two near the Coyote Creek covered bridge. From Checkpoint two teams enjoyed a drive up Wolf Creek Rd until reaching Siuslaw Rd and heading East to find checkpoint three. Continuing East on Siuslaw Rd, with the average speed generally increasing, teams found checkpoint four just outside the community of Lorane. Heading North from Lorane, on Territorial Hwy, teams looped back to checkpoint two, now checkpoint five near the Coyote Creek covered bridge. Following a route that included Briggs Hill Rd, and Gimpl Hill Rd, teams found checkpoint six at the Spencer Creek Church. Teams then transited to Abby’s Pizza on Barger Drive for scores and awards.
Special thanks go to Club members, Bonnie Mueller for handling registration, and Ruben Cruz for working checkpoint two/five. I’d also like to thank my wife Karen, for proof reading the General Instructions, and the Route instructions. And also, Guinea Pigging the event, and working checkpoint two/five.
There were four classes at this event, Novice, SOP (Seat of Pants) which doesn’t allow any calculation equipment, Limited which allows some calculation equipment such as a calculator, but nothing that ties into the car, and Unlimited, which allows any calculation equipment, including full blown rally computers. The event was scored in hundredths of minutes, so for each hundredth of a minutes teams were early or late at a checkpoint, they received a penalty point. The Novice class was won by Tina Swangard and Alex Gross with a score of 232. The competition was extremely close with Peggy and Tim Steck finishing second with a 233. First in SOP went to James and Bonnie Mueller with a 271. The Limited award went to, Bill and Sue Colish with a score of 179 and First Unlimited went to Larry LeFebvre and Brandon Harer with a score of 50.
If you enjoyed the event and would like to do another, I would encourage you to consider Cascade Sports Car Club’s Mountains to the Sea Rally. The event is on August 6th and will start in Wilsonville and ends in Yachats at the Fireside Motel. Also, the next day there will likely be a Funkhana in a local parking lot. For event details go to www.plesba.com/mtts/.
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