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ROAD RALLY eNews — July 2019
Your Road Rally Roundup of News, Views, and How-Tos
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 National Championships.

He writes, "We have many rallies that have a lot of history but we no longer take the time to advance that knowledge to our current entrants.

This historical info on previous Virginia Reel’s not only highlights the longevity and success of the Virginia Reel but gives credit to the organizers and winners of the past. It would be nice to see this annotation encouraged and resumed for future events."

All of us here at the home office enjoyed reading this selection from the 'ol Smuncher's Attic, and we hope you do too!

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In this 1970 Sports Car News, you can read the article "Competitors Still Reeling from Top Notch Virginia Reel."

Bruce wrote, "SCCA rallying was changing in the early 70s and this Virginia Reel was a facilitator."

The article covers that, "Tiny' maxes but timing in seconds ensured that 'zip code' scores were going to become a thing of the past. 

'Obtuse' after-the-fact claims were still a major problem that would persist for decades."

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News has reached our Shores...
Tyrone Patrick Holmquist
Ty Holmquist passed on March 26, 2019 with his family at his side in Murrieta, California at the age of 73. Ty was born in Deadwood, South Dakota on May 19, 1945 and named Tyrone Patrick Holmquist. His family soon moved to Southern California where he was raised, the oldest of 5 children.

Ty joined the Air Force in 1963 and was stationed primarily in France and Germany in a communication role. He told stories of traveling around Europe with his backpack on leave mingling with the locals and learning their language. When discharged, he returned to California and was hired by AT&T for an underground cable communication center outside of San Luis Obispo. That was the beginning of his AT&T career and he retired from AT&T after 35 years. He then worked in Real Estate for a few years before starting Country Rose Gallery and Frame in downtown Hollister, CA.

Ty's many special interests outside of work included SCCA Rallies and SCCA Pro Rallies. Ty was always the navigator and was famous, or infamous, in the Rally Navigator world. Always ready to help others learning the ropes. He won awards in Rally events that then that led to a long relationship with the Great American Race (GAR). The GAR is an antique car rally that went coast to coast every year. Ty was a top performer on this event for 25 years with over 10 of these years with his wife Pam in the driver's seat in their 32 Ford Open Racer.

From the time Ty and Pam moved to Hollister, he was active in the Hidden Valley Homeowner Association. He was generous with his time and willing to drill in and investigate the best solutions to problems. Ty was also active for many years in the San Benito Mounted Search and Rescue Group. He was funny, sharp, enjoyed having a good time, and loved music. Most of all he enjoyed helping others. Ty is survived by his 3 children; Lisa Carter of Pleasanton, Sherry Holmquist of Hollister, Justin Holmquist and Justin’s wife Melissa Holmquist of Temecula. Ty had 5 grandchildren; Tyler Holmquist, Hayley Holmquist, Alex Carter, Luke Carter and Julia Carter.
Len Picton, RIP, 6/14/19

Not sure how well many of you actually knew him, but we went back to the mid-1960s when he showed up in WNY due to his job at Bethlehem Steel in Buffalo.

In any case Len passed away yesterday; while we communicated frequently on phone and email, I didn't even know that he had been in hospice for several weeks, although his emails stopped a while back; which was not unusual for him due to his various health related episodes. This time it was different. 

I am at least happy that he got to see his Saab Story video put on YouTube anyway a few months back. He and a buddy of his worked on it for quite some time from the first time he mentioned it to me; he and his pal did a nice job on it.

Len has been on the threshold of death many times over the last 10+ years so in some ways it is amazing that he had the endurance to last as long as he did after he got ALS, heart disease, and various organ problems. He also fell several times breaking major bones, but alas his ongoing rally is now a DNF. Actually I guess he did finish the last MTC. RIP Len.

Walt Kammer
Rally Geezer

From RReNews: Months ago we posted up Len's SAAB YouTube clip to the Vintage SAABs of Alaska Facebook page. We can share that it traveled the world through social media. Len can be proud of the time and effort to share his "library" of wealth with the motorsports world.—through this video and through Road Rally.

From Jim Wakemen: Walt, thanks for posting this. I only knew Len the last few years. He was a true car enthusiast. He brought his SAAB to some of the New Jersey "Pine Barrens Express" rallies. He also was involved with some TSD events by the Washington DC Region along with Eric Salminen. Len will be missed by the car family.
From the Desk of Moca “The Rally Dog”
It was a Saturday morning, I was enjoying my kibbles, and my humans had their coffee. Talk moved to what was happening, and it was mentioned The Snake Charmer Road Rally was today, this got me excited. A chance to see old friends, meet new ones and spend the day riding in the car, one of my favorite pass times. 

We picked Dave up early and joined the rest of the rallyists at Anchorage Audi. A great meeting place, with coffee, donuts, and new cars, and who doesn't like the smell of new cars! After a relaxed time, where I received a number of pats, pets, and scratches from new friends, it was surprising to me there were none of our old rallying partners. It was time to get ready to rally. The time before the start was laidback, and it seemed to happen at a slower pace than usual. We didn’t synchronize timers, organize clipboards, and the like, to ensure we were out at the exact time. Instead, it was a friendly conversation with the rallymaster leading up to our start. The object of the rally was to find where pictures were taken by referencing odometer readings along a course to Portage Glacier and back. There was no Odometer check, so how could we correct our cars odometer to the rallymasters? The directions were simple and seemed to lack any challenge. What could become of a rally that started like this? 

Waiting for the start, we identified our first photo and put it in the envelope. The mileage for the picture locations were really more mileage windows, of about two miles, rather than exact locations, guess we didn’t need an odometer check and the ensuing calculations. The drive to Portage was pleasant, and it was interesting finding specific locations along a stretch of road we had driven so many times over the years. Turning off the Seward Hwy there was some confusion about the odometer readings, causing a discussion about what the rallymaster was talking about, but it was easy to see where he intended us to go, so we pressed on regardless, identifying the picture locations.
Leaving the Visitor Center, we found the odometer reset point and started the drive back to Anchorage. It was a surprisingly quiet, comfortable ride. The directions were plain and there were no arguments among the humans. We were tasked with finding more photo locations, based on the mileage gates, and again there were mileage errors, ie. the mileage for O’Malley exit was on the southside of Potter Marsh, but we knew the exit we were looking for, so we pressed on, finding the end point correctly. The rally ended at Culmination Motorsport , a vintage Porsche restoration center. The owners were gracious with cold drinks and snacks, or if you wanted something more substantial, the bakery next-door was very good.

After a tour of the facilities and scoring, we were third; it was time to head back to the valley. During the drive, the conversation started out negatively. As a rally, the morning was mostly a waste of time. It was more like a social gathering you would expect from a ‘run.' Where auto enthusiasts gather, drive somewhere, to enjoy the comradery of like-minded people. However, the tone changed as my humans talked. They noticed that the participants today were like those who attended the end of the year rally in December. It was mostly humans who spent the afternoon in a car by themselves running around cones. Never did understand that, they wouldn’t let me ride along, so what’s the use. 

The experience in December took these loners and added a second human to their car. Even though the instructions were simple, it introduced a new concept, spending time with not only your car but a driving partner. And where instructions were in written form rather than orange cones. It introduced checkpoints, where you arrived at the designated point, received your poker chips, and became the checkpoint crew until the next car arrived — several new concepts for the novice rallyist. Today's rally, where most of the attendees were of the cone persuasion, introduced new concepts while continuing the need to work with a navigator, creating a partnership while touring with your vehicle. References to specific distances made it necessary to think about where you were, not just drive in circles. There were two sections that used the new phrase ‘CAST,' requiring you to drive at a specific speed to find a location at the end of a precise amount of time. The odometer errors in the instructions needed the team to work together to find a solution. Maybe this new rally steward was dumb like a fox, bringing the coneheads into rallying slowly, teaching them some of the new vocabularies needed, getting them to work with a partner in their cars, and still have fun. After nearly two years without much of a rally program in Alaska, I am developing a feeling of guarded optimization that the region is on the right road. Developing a program and bringing new participants into the sport through an educational process.
The current schedule has another gimmick rally, a hound and hair event in the valley in May. It is followed by a return to the ‘Bear Paw' festival with a full TSD rally in July. A fall rally weekend, rallying to a destination spending the night and rallying home the next day, could be a great leaf peeper event. Then wrapping up the year with the second ‘Year-ender’ in December.
"There's an App for That" –
Richta GPS Checkpoints Hits the Streets
Upcoming Road Rally Events for YOU!
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 !
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, RoadRally Safety Steward Manual News, NEC Update, Proposed RRR Changes for 2020, Rally Planning Calendar, RRB Minutes
Updates to TSD & GTA RoadRally Safety Manual and Safety Check List
Greetings RoadRally Safety Stewards and Instructors,

Changes were approved by the SCCA National RoadRally Board at the June 2019 Meeting with input from the RoadRally Safety Steward Instructors over the course of the prior months.

As you know we updated the TSD Safety Manual and Check list last year, this version includes updates to the GTA portion of the Manual/Check List with some minor changes to the TSD section to reflect additional input from the RoadsRally Safety Steward community over the past six months. Click here to download your copy today!

If you see any issues/concerns, please reach out to the RoadRally Board and will can address them in an upcoming version of this document.

We are opening these documents for annual review/updates with input from the RoadRally Safety Steward Community beginning in 2019.

NEDIV Road Rally Steward
SCCA National RoadRally Board Member
National Events Committee —
Here we are halfway through the 2019 National Championship season and it’s time to start planning for 2020. If you are even thinking about presenting a Championship event please let us know.
The NEC has been quite busy preparing suggested changes and clarifications for the 2020 RRRs. Some a mundane, but there are a few that are certain to create some conversation. Many of you have received those proposals from RRB Chairman Jim Crittenden . None of these proposals are set in stone. The RRB really needs your comments before any action is taken on any of these proposals.
Mike Thompson
NEC Co-Chair
Proposed Rule Changes for our RRR's —
Members of the rally community have submitted six suggestions for changes to the SCCA RoadRally Rules.

The RoadRally Board has not approved or endorsed any of these proposals. We are publishing them and asking for your opinions on them so that we can have the benefit of that input when we discuss them later this year. Download your copy of the proposed suggestions here .

Please email your thoughts on any or all of these proposals to, no later than August 30th .
Best regards,
Jim Crittenden
Chair - SCCA Road Rally Board
Regional Development Updates from the RRB —
Treks —
A New Sanction Option for Rallying
At the request of Arnie Coleman from the Continental Divide Region and a member of the SCCA Board of Directors, the SCCA RRB has drafted a set of Rules for SCCA Sanctioned Treks.
For those of you who are not acquainted with the term, Treks are non-competitive driving events intended to foster social interaction among the participants. They provide a path to new memberships and increase awareness of the general public to SCCA.

Participants will follow a pre-determined route using a "convoy style – follow the car ahead of you" format. The lead car in the convoy is driven by a person who knows the pre-determined route. This is typically the event's Chairperson. A sweep car will run in the last position in the group. As a non-competitive event, there may not be any system for scoring, nor may there be any awards based on performance. Unlike TSD and GTA RoadRallies, Safety Steward pre-checks are not required.
The Trek route includes one or more stops to allow for activities such as sightseeing, meals and/or refreshments, and (of course) pit stops. Events can range in duration from a few hours to several days. As with all SCCA on-road activities, event Sanction Application and Insurance will be required. Howard Duncan has reviewed the Trek Rules document and has submitted it to the SCCA Risk Management group. What’s Next? Once Howard and Risk Management are satisfied with the Trek Rules document, Howard will submit a proposal to the SCCA Board of Directors to request approval to create this new SCCA event.
Update: This has been approved.
Expansion of RoadRally Events into non-Rally Regions
In 2018, Kristen Poole, the Regional Executive of the Susquehanna Region, conducted a nationwide survey of the SCCA Regions. Twenty-Regions had an interest in developing a RoadRally program within the next 3-5 years. Peter Schneider , who also serves as the NeDiv RoadRally Steward, is leading the effort on behalf of the RRB to assist these Regions in setting up their first rally or to expand their existing program. He is joined by Eric Salminen , Steve Gaddy , and Michael Mazoway to reach their fellow Northeast Regions.
The RRB is now working with the remaining Divisional RoadRally Stewards to assist the other 25 Regions identified in the survey. We have determined which of these Regions currently have licensed RoadRally Safety Stewards and which will require assistance from neighboring Region’s RoadRally Stewards. What’s Next? If you are contacted by your Divisional RoadRally Steward to provide support, we hope that you will. Funds from the National Office to offset out-of-pocket expenses are available. Contact Peter Schneider ( NJRALLYE@AOL.COM ) or your Divisional RoadRally Steward if you are willing to help.
Road Rally Planning Calendar from Jeanne English
SCCA RoadRally Board Minutes — April thru July 2019
From RRB Chair Crittenden
The 2019 SCCA RoadRally Rules (RRRs) is now available. You can view and download it for free from the SCCA website. 

You can also purchase it in paperback form from Amazon. You can find it by searching for "2019 SCCA". The price remains the same at $5.95. (You can also click on the image of the book).

I'd like to draw your attention to the new Welcoming Statement on page 8 of the 2019 RRRs. It is an excellent description of our mission, vision, and values.

Best Regards,
Jim Crittenden
Chair - SCCA Road Rally Board
From the Home Office Near Kasilof...
What a summer! Locally, we have had the Swan Lake fire, which has torched over 70,000 acres. Visiting with rallyist Kathy Carlisle , who hosted the end of the USRRC at her Ocean Bluff Bed and Breakfast, we had to travel through fifteen miles of poor visibility and smoke-related issues. Fortunately, we did not experience the reported hour-and-a-half traffic stoppages like some travelers.

Across the United States, we have heard of some rallies rerouted for floodwaters and passage concerns for the entrants! Here is hoping the "hell heat" of summer temperatures, the droughts, the tornadoes and thunderstorms reported have not been too much for you and yours.

Are you navigating around this mailer okay? We don't want to presume that all of you know that a red link ( send your event listing to us ) may mean "click" to 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!

USRRC Update
"Bueller? USRRC Bueller?" Yes, that is the reference from the movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off . The teacher, played by Ben Stein , is calling roll for attendance. As of this writing, it appears we are still missing a United States Road Rally Challenge on the schedule too.

We have not been shy in seeking a Region from taking on the moniker of the 2019 25th Annual USRRC , yet the news has not yet reached us that one has stepped forward. I wrote an impassioned plea to the Milwaukee Region with a list of why they should take the name this year, as it is sad to see the one event our SCCA-sanctioned program has, of length, cease at 24-years. Not many events make the 25th Anniversary, and it saddens me to see no National Rallymaster taking on the "challenge" in 2019!

Alas, that means the claim of an enduring SCCA RoadRally event will be lost after twenty-four events and the works of many Rallymasters and Crews to make it happen since 1995. Then again, perhaps it is time to change the name or give the SCCA back the USRRC "brand," for it's beginning was as the United States Road Race Championship ?
My Navigator, Clara Engstrom , glancing backward on one of her first rallies. Jake Engstrom and Jeff Lynn were known as The Boys back then, and they were the team to beat.

True story — my husband I beat them by one point on a rally, and Jeff was quick to point it was only by one point. Without planning, a few in the room chimed together, "Yeah! But they still beat you by one point!" Ah, I miss the camaraderie and rallying of the 'ol days. Really! CL
My Navigator, Clara Engstrom , glancing back to confirm what she "thought" was on the sign. Note the smile? I think we have a young rallyist in the making!
Promise Made; Debt Paid*
She was my Checkpoint comrade. That started 11+ years ago and certainly before the desire to drive!

Clara Engstrom , now fourteen, was to be my Rally Navigator this summer at the local Bear Paw Road Rally . We learned just a month before her Alaskan holiday that the local club had once again canceled their program. Ever the adventurers, we didn't let that stop us!

We snuck in a few hours with Michael Young's GPS Rally Computer on the 'ol iPad, a set of old School Daze Road Rally route instructions from 2007, and off we went! A bit of "trial by fire" given our short time, although in less than 20 minutes she was putting in casts and add times without issue. The asterisk in the header? I still owe her another "true" road rally adventure — with me as Driver and she as Navigator. At least the first time!

Who knows? Perhaps this little afternoon adventure may be a spark to getting road rally restarted in Florida! As we all know, it only takes one sparkplug to get a program started, yet it does require an enthusiast with endurance and willpower!

In Closing…
Our RReNews website did go on "do not disturb." It had many events current throughout summer, yet articles are outdated. Yes! We heard you Pablo , and with this issue out the door, we will give it our attention! 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 summer!

Thank you for your time.
Safe travels,
Cheryl Lynn and the RReNews Team
#comeroadrally #wefoundtheroads
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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