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ROAD RALLY eNews — Aug/Sep 2019
Your Road Rally Roundup of News, Views, and How-Tos
Johnny Appleseed Rally – October 19th, Ohio
The Johnny Appleseed name is a legacy from a National rally hosted by Neohio Region, SCCA in the 1960’s. The approximately 150 mile route will wind through the hills of Ohio’s Tuscarawas, Carroll and Harrison counties. Fall foliage should be near peak coloration.

Competitors can expect an absolutely straightforward, gimmick-free time-speed-distance (TSD) road rally. The emphasis will be on precise timing at well-placed controls. The rally counts toward the SCCA Great Lakes Division Rally Championship as well as the SCCA National Touring Rally Championship (Divisional Rally).

A columnar "tulip" route instruction format will be used. Redundant, clarifying instructions will be included anywhere that there is any question of route-following ambiguity. Ample transit mileage will be included to allow competitors to traverse sensitive areas without disturbing residents, and enjoy the route.
Rallymaster Files –
We were sent the following files for you to checkout via pdf-files. Simply click to to view!
Rally Start Location:
The rally will start at the public parking area adjacent to the Firehouse Grill (formerly the Zoar Tavern), 162 Main Street, Zoar, Ohio 44697 (Latitude: N40˚36.683’, Longitude: W081˚25.402’).

Tentative Schedule: (All times Eastern Daylight Time)
Saturday, October 12, 2019:
18:00 - "Early" entry cutoff.
Saturday, October 19, 2019:
11:30 - 12:30 – Registration.
11:45 - Mini rally school (experienced competitors welcome).
13:01 - Car #1 starts rally
19:30 (approx) - Car #1 finishes
20:30 (approx) - Awards.

Competition Classes :
E - Equipment unrestricted.
L – Either: a) Odometer unrestricted, and calculating device restricted only in that it may not be integrated with the odometer and clock, or b) GPS-derived odometer, and any calculating device (including integrated smartphone TSD timekeeping “apps”)
S – Unmodified stock odometer only. Calculating device restricted only in that it may not be integrated with the odometer and clock.
Novice - Class S entry in which neither team member has entered more than 5 TSD rallies previously (simultaneously entered in Class S for championship purposes).

Entry Fees (Please make checks payable to: NEOHIO Region, SCCA):
SCCA members (both Driver & Navigator): $40/car before early entry cutoff, $45/car thereafter.
Others : $45/car before early entry cutoff, $50/car thereafter. This entry fee includes the nationally mandated SCCA weekend membership (which entitles the purchaser to a discounted annual membership for a limited time following the event).

Rally-X Discount: Teams comprised of a participant(s) in Neohio’s October 6, 2019 RallyCross may deduct $10.00 from above entry fees.
Tips for Novice TSD Rallyists V4.5 from Gary Starr
I started rallying in 1973 when I saw a flyer in a tire shop about something called a TSD car rally that weekend. It sounded interesting so I called the phone number and asked what it was.

After running the rally I was hooked and have been rallying ever since making it my main hobby.

On locals I enjoy running with my wife just to share my hobby with her for fun, and on Nationals with someone more experienced and to be competitive. Since I started rallying, I have tried to help beginners with a couple rally seminars I gave, going to their house and teaching them personally, putting on rallies, publishing a timekeeping method using a 4 function calculator (when that was all that was allowed in Class C – my EZ Rally Timing method), and finally my Tips for Novice TSD Rallyists. Simply click the bold colored link to get your copy.

In my Tips for Novice TSD Rallyists there are great tips gathered from over 40 years of my rallying for both Drivers and Navigators that most novices would never know until they’ve rallied for years. It also has a list of the latest apps and equipment for timekeeping and where to get them.
Under the Hood of the
August- September
Road Rally eNews !
• Smuncher's Attic
• Johnny Appleseed Rally
• SCCA Championship Standings
• Tips for Novice TSD Rallyists V4.5
• There's an App for That!
• Upcoming Events Request
• News from the SCCA Natl Office
• SCCA Convention News
• My First Time as a Rallymaster
• Tobacco and Heritage Festival Rally
and a bit more!

Coming Next Month
• IMRRC Update by Ms Jennie
• Walt Kammer Tells it Straight!
• My First Rally by Robertson
• RRB - Road Rally Breakfast Gang
News came from Gary Hamilton, Rallymater of the GAMR, that they have met their initial cap of 25 entries on the 2019 run, as well as their increase to 30; registration was closed in August.

Follow along with event updates on their Facebook page by clicking here. Their last recce of the course was done September 24th, the merchandise is in and it is all coming together!

Click here to view a historical piece sent to us about the 1956 GAMR. You'll find more historical files, as well as updates on the 2019 event. Click here to review the vehicle enteries list.
Smuncher's Attic by Bruce Gezon
Many of you know that Bruce Gezon has been active in our sport of road rally for quite sometime and that he holds some wonderful archives in his collections, as well as having won many National Championships.

Last edition, we shared the Virginia Reel Rally tradition of carrying forward the Rallymaster and winners throughout the years to keep that history going forward. It shows the longevity and success of events like the Virginia Reel. He encouraged rallies of long standing to keep (or start) this tradition.

This month we continue with the Virginia Reel and their use of Negative Inference. Bruce wrote: " Negative Inference" was widely used by the Washington DC Region years ago as a means of defining an ‘onto’ road. This excerpt from the 1975 Virginia Reel National Rally was typical:

TPR is defined as Through Public Route. 

LRI is defined as Last Route Instruction and NRI is defined as Next Route Instruction.
The priority list is:
1. Execute the LRI  
2. Execute the NRI 
3. Follow your TPR by number. 
Obviously an LRI can be executed multiple times. 

I hope that someone in Virginia will bring back this really great concept.
All of us here at the home office enjoyed reading this selection from the 'ol Smuncher's Attic , and we hope you do too!

Next month we'll have pieces on the Green Mountain and Appalachian National road rally events!
Tobacco & Heritage Festival Road Rally Winners
First place: Ryan & Polly Steenbergen , Allie Claxton , Dalton Gunderson
From the, Russellville, KY—

For the third year in a row, Logan County Tourist & Convention Commission hosted the Logan County Tobacco & Heritage Festival Road Rally on Saturday, Sept. 28 at the historic Logan County Courthouse.This year's rally took 16 teams close to 60 miles around Logan County.

Winners are as follows: First Place ($175 Prize) Ryan Steenbergen , Polly Steenbergen , Dalton Gunderson and Allie Claxton ; Second Place ($125 Prize) Marisa Hopkins , Breanna Hopkins , Emily Offutt , Shelby Offutt and Marcy Duncan ; Third Place ($75 Prize) Elleana Lowe , Amy Cutlip , Rebecca Gibson and Natasha Patterson .
"A very special thank you to all 16 teams that participated. Everyone did a great job. The competition was very tight," said Dee Dee Brown , Executive Director of the Logan County Tourist & Convention Commission.
My First Rally as a Rallyemaster by Bruce Gezon
We welcome you to share your memories of your first Rallymaster adventures. Share your story in an upcoming edition with fellow rallyists by sending it to RReNews simply by clicking here .
Once Upon A Time!
It all has to start somewhere and my first Rallyemaster attempt happened way back in 1962. It was named Fantasia, after one of my favorite movies up to that time. 

The Valley Forge Motor Club started out as an employee membership part of the General Electric Recreation Association based at their Missile & Space Vehicle Department in King of Prussia, PA. 

My main memory is that of a spelling error that lost everyone on the last leg. No TAs back then. I will remember always until they put ‘flours’ on my grave that Hazelwood Ave in Thorndale is not spelled Hazlewood. Note the entry fee indicative of the era.
"There's an App for That" –
Disruption is a Good Thing by Zurschmeide
Upcoming Road Rally Events for YOU!

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Kansas City Gimmick Road Rally - Nov 9th

This event features a leisurely drive through the countryside to enjoy the fall colors, wine tasting at several locations, and really neat prizes.

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Oktoberfest Road Rally: 3rd Annual Fall Customer...

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Over the Hills and Far Away Run

Road Rally w/ NorCal MINIs on Friday, Oct 11 - Sunday, Oct 13, 2019 at NorCal MINIs, San Francisco, CA - Hi NorCal MINIs Members, Come join us for a weekend crossing the Sierra Nevada and back! The fall colors should be in full swing as we go...

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Kettle Moraine Colors Tour Road Rally

Road Rally w/ SCCA - Milwaukee Region on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at Marty's Pizza, Delafield, WI - SCCA Milwaukee Region Presents KETTLE MORAINE COLORS TOUR ROAD RALLYE- Delafield, Wisconsin Saturday. October 26, 2019 Join your fellow car...

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A Night Rally – October 26th, Phoenixville, PA

PCA - Riesentoter A Night Rally - a hunting, strike that, a haunting for clues you shall go, that's if you dare to partake in a trek through the...

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Barn Quilt Trail Road Rally

October 26th — The Fulton Barn Quilt Trail is the largest barn quilt trail in Pennsylvania. It provides a beautiful drive through scenic valleys nestled in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. For...

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BMC Road Rally II - Rally To The Valley

Road Rally w/ Brandywine Motorsport Club on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at Greenville Center, Wilmington, DE - BMC Rally II - Rally To The Valley Start Location: Greenville Center, Wilmington, Delaware, 19807 - intersection of Kennett Pike (Rt 52) ...

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Rancho to Rancho Tour

Fun Run/Tour w/ PCA - Grand Prix Region on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at Long Beach, CA, Long Beach, GPX - Learn the history and life in the 19th century on the Ranchos of Long Beach. Join us on the Rancho to Rancho tour Sat. Oct 19, 2019.

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Post Your Upcoming Rally Dates and Invites HERE?
You bet ! We welcome you to Come Join Us! RReNews is not an SCCA Publication, yet produced in association with the Sports Car Club of America by road rally enthusiasts.

Our goal is share news about our beloved sport of Road Rally across North America — be they sanctioned by the SCCA , PCA , BMW , Furrin Group , Cascade Sports Car Club , or any of the many local marque clubs or as community events! Please checkout our growing list of Road Rally events across North America !

Please send us news of your upcoming event dates and promotional materials to share, so as to make fellow road rally enthusiasts aware of your events . And post event — send your write-ups and photos to share news of the adventure! You can send information to Cheryl Lynn by clicking here !
Halloween Road Rally Competition Coming to Utica

UTICA - Get ready for some Halloween-themed competition. Woman's Life Chapter 911 Macomb Angels is hosting some fun Halloween events during the month of October in Utica to give back to the community, and the chapter is inviting you to join it....

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New York Finger Lakes Fun Run

Event by Apex Road Rally on Saturday, November 9 2019

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Rotary Club of Monticello ready for Annual Road Rally

MONTICELLO, Indiana - Think of it as The Amazing Race without straying too far from home - and less stressful. The Annual Road Rally will be Oct. 13. It starts at 12:30 p.m. at the Central Pavilion in Monticello City Park,...

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The Best of the Kanc Rally

Event in Nashua, NH by Porsche Nashua on Saturday, October 19 2019

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2019 ONTO Fall Rally

You are invited to Texas for an SCCA National GTA Rally, on October 19th. This will be a course-following rally with the scoring questions designed to determine if you followed the correct course and/or applied the rules...

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Road Rally w/ SCCA - New England Region - RoadRally on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Courtyard By Marriott Concord, Concord, NH - Grab Bag Rally will run on Saturday, Nov 2nd, starting at Courtyard by Marriott Concord. The Courtyard is located at ...

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Annual Great Pumpkin Fun Run

Road Rally w/ BMW CCA - Tidewater Chapter on Sunday, October 27, 2019 at Panera Bread, Suffolk, VA - Come on out and enjoy great drive around Suffolk and test your knowledge and navigation skills by answering questions while enjoying the scenery...

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The 6th Fall Tour of the Highlands Road Rally is a fun, family-oriented event highlighting the brilliant fall colors of the New Jersey Highlands.

The route will challenge teams (a driver and a navigator) to drive a prescribed route collecting clues to answer questions about the history, culture and geography of some of the most beautiful sites in the New Jersey Highlands. Click here for more information!
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2019 SCCA RoadRally Championships
The SCCA RoadRally competition season is based on a calendar year – January to December. As promised, RReNews publishes the standings for the SCCA National Road Rally Championships from Bruce Gezon , Points Keeper. Click here to view the SCCA Manufacturer Championship standings.

We want to thank Bruce for being faithful to RReNews and for providing the Standings so timely each month!
2019 SCCA Course Championship
2019 SCCA Tour Championship
2019 SCCA GTA Championship
SCCA Matters — Words from the Wheel, Great Lakes RR Championship, RoadRally Convention News, Rally Planning Calendar, RRB Minutes, SCCA Natl News
Great Lakes Divisional Road Rally Championship Standings
The SCCA Great Lakes Division (GLD) Rally Championship series is currently comprised of rallies in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio, in all seasons, over varied terrain, throughout the calendar year. All are straightforward ("Tour") TSD rallies, although trap rallies are equally eligible for inclusion. The series is administered by Divisional Steward and SCCA RRB Member Mike Bennett.

The following rallies remain in the 2019 GLD Championship series:

October 19 - Johnny Appleseed Rally, Bolivar, Ohio.
Neohio Region

November 3 - Lake Erie Covered Bridges, Conneaut, Ohio. Misery Bay Region

November 23 - Pavement Ends, South Lyon, Michigan.
Detroit Region

We would love to have more Regions offering TSD rallies and participating in the Great Lakes Divisional Road Rally Championship.

Click the standings image above to download our GL Division Road Rally Championship. There are likely worker credits missing. These will be corrected when a worker list from the last event is received. Please direct any inquiries about other errors or omissions to Mike Bennett or myself here.
Greg Lester, Rallymaster and Points Keeper
SCCA National Convention – Las Vegas • January 16-18th, 2020
2020 SCCA Convention
Proposed RoadRally Sessions
By Peter Schneider, RRB Member
In July the SCCA RoadRally Board submitted seven suggestions for RoadRally focused sessions at the 2020 Las Vegas Convention.
These sessions cover a wide range of subjects from introduction to Trek/Social rallying to Automated GPS Checkpoint Timing using the recently developed Richta App.
A short description and schedule of the approved sessions will be available at the SCCA National webpage once they are finalized. In the meantime, click the Convention logo for more details about the event. There are more sessions to review, as well as the Induction to the SCCA Hall of Fame during the Convention!

Hosting a Rally Trek: SCCA’s Newest Event — Hosted by Wendy Harrison, Indianapolis Region
Hosting your 1st Gimmick Social Rally — Hosted by Ken McElroy , Lone Star Region
Hosting your 1st TSD RoadRally — Hosted by Peter Schneider , Northern New Jersey Region
RoadRally Safety Steward Training Mike Bennett , Detroit Region
Increase attendance at your RoadRally — Hosted by Jim Crittenden , Milwaukee Region
RoadRally: Automated GPS Checkpoint Timing — Hosted by Rich Bireta , Kansas & Kansas City Regions
RoadRally Town Hall — Hosted by the National RoadRally Board, Chairperson: Jim Crittenden
Words from the Wheel • News from the SCCA National Website
Mike King Named SCCA's Next Director of Solo and Rally

TOPEKA, Kan. (August 28, 2019) -- Sports Car Club of America® is excited to announce that longtime Solo competitor and Club member Mike King has been selected to serve as SCCA's next Director of Solo and Rally. October 1 is when King, a...

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McKeel Hagerty: Runoffs Grand Marshal, Grand Fan of All...

TOPEKA, Kan. (Oct. 1, 2019) -- McKeel Hagerty, CEO of - the world's leading provider of insurance, valuation and experiences to the enthusiast car hobby - has been selected to serve as Grand Marshal for the 2019 Sports Car Club of America®...

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Road Rally Planning Calendar from Jeanne English
SCCA RoadRally Board Minutes — August 2019
From the Home Office Near Wabeno...
Last month I started with news of our horrific fires across Alaska. Over 167,714 acres were burned in the Swan Lake Fire that started in June and saw humans finally winning over Mother Nature in September. This evening, on our way to Wabeno, WI, we passed through areas with mature trees standing with water surrounding them; there will be no time for drainage before winter sets in and freezing temps. Farmers can't get on their fields to harvest in other areas as just too wet. Even rallies have had to be rewritten more than normal due to weather issues.

Are you navigating around RReNews okay? We don't want to presume that all of you know that a red/green links ( send your event listing to us ) mean "click" to open a document, website, or email. Did you give the event listing link a click?

A reminder to all that while we have produced RReNews in association with the Sports Car Club of America since 2013, our effort is to provide a community for all Road Rally on North America — independent car clubs, community events, and marque clubs — which SCCA has supported as it brings awareness to the sport for all.

To those of you receiving this edition as your first Road Rally eNews , welcome to our motorsports family! We are a collaborative effort. Should you be a Rallymaster, please send in your information months out (as soon as you have the details 'n date), send photos 'n standings 'n post-event write-ups! Rallyists write your experiences, write of a method or style of rallying, contribute to our There is an App for That, My First Road Rally (as competitor or Rallymaster). Join us and be a part of this road rally community!

Life is Full
No excuses. I thank those contributors this month, which is what makes monthly RReNews editions happen.

We have pieces promised for our October edition, and we will be seeking out two Regions for our upcoming project. They do say actions speak louder than words, and we hope to live up to that going foward. 2019 has been a tough year for the RReNews Clan, yet we are still here.
Currently traveling to help my Mums bucket list get two more items checked. Had hoped to pre-check a local Milwaukee Region rally while here, yet the Rallymaster must have it covered and has had enough eyes on his course already! We are always looking for opportunities to learn new ways of writing route instructions. And, for me, to get a young Grand Niece out rallying, as she has enjoyed it at three others thus far!

The photo that opened the Aug-September RReNews in the Johnny Appleseed Rally piece was from the 2018 event. I ran it with Bruce Gezon. Rallymaster Lester provided an enjoyable event out in the country on adventurous roads, and I hope more of you in the area are planning to take on that challenge this year. Hells! I went from Kansas City to Atlanta to PA to get to Ohio last year — it was a wonderful experience. Well, short of that Timewise-glitch...

In Closing…
Death of family. Loss of two important peeps in life (and my Rally Clan), Mum's stroke, finish and the closeout some important business matters have been distracting. Our Facebook page, which appears on the right side of the home page will always have the current feed. Of course, with you sending in your event notices (hint, hint), we will get the calendar fueled through the end of the year and into 2020!

Many of us are jonesing for a TSD road rally, so here is hoping we'll see some of you down the road yet this fall!

Thank you for your time.
Safe travels,
Cheryl Lynn and the RReNews Team
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It's Here, so Let's Use It!
We encouraged all of you to start using the #comeroadrally hashtag in your posts about rallying. One reader wrote to ask what that meant and how it could help! It is a means to easily find information on the internet for common causes. Perhaps you have attended a seminar, wedding, or motorsport event where they have asked you to use a hashtag in your posts? Hashtag is # for those unfamiliar. So should you enter #comeroadrally into your browser, you may find a similar page such as this where you can find articles, images and more about road rally (and a few oddities beyond)!
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