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Sports Car - January 2018

Road Rally eNews was supportive of Cheryl Lynn and her Rally Clan as they took on the Sports Car Club of America's 2017 USRRC, September 14-17th. Enjoy Rick Beattie, Jon Krolewicz, and Philip Royle's take on the event over the 11 pages of coverage!

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We realize not all of you are on Facebook, visit or even on a regular basis. Yet we wanted you to see the Road Show film with Drew Stearne and Evan Miller, of CBS Interactive. They ran the the USRRC and the film is their look on rallying, as newbies to the sport!

We played it for the Rally Clan in December, where many echoed the sentiments "Been there, done that!" and "Go straight. you're on course! Go straight!" as they encounter Salmon Creek Road.

Be sure to listen to 16:15 to the end, which best speaks to my chosen motorsport and it's camaraderie! — CL
From the RReNews Home Office — 
Happy New Year Fellow Rallyists!
Actor George Peppard, as the A-Team leader would say, "I love it when a plan comes together" and this summed my feelings on the United States Road Rally Challenge, which ran September 14-17th, 2017, from Anchorage to the Kenai Peninsula. The event increased my Rally Clan and reminded me why I founded the Arctic Alaska Region of the SCCA to build a home for my beloved motorsport when no others were interested in the sport. At one time there had been four clubs working to build Championship seasons.

Twenty-seventeen presented some challenges on the volunteer front for me, yet the true friendships made through the associations shall carry forward. Those organizations who simply tolerate suggestions and advice vs appreciate the lessons to be learned from history seem destined to repeat steps taken by many mighty fine people over the years.

I had the pleasure of trekking over to the SCCA Milwaukee Region Kettle Moraine Color Tour Road Rally in October with Alexis Parker , my 14-year-old Grand Niece, and I kept my promise to rally with her in Wisconsin. I need a road rally near Tampa, Florida, as there is a former rally checkpoint worker of mine, Clara Danielle , now age 13, who has been promised "we'll rally together"! Contrary to some elders in the sport, rallying is not dead!

The loss of family and friends this year reminded me, painfully, that life is short. My family made it through that first Christmas after the passing of Ronald Gagas , my brother-in-law this past June. Kevin Bohall , whose participation in Road Rally started his motorsports activities in 1986 with Caron Steward , his wife, and were family. They traveled out to the first USRRC in 1985 with us, and he was committed to getting back in the game with this year's USRRC , yet lost his fight this summer. Many Hollywood icons and musicians from my youth passed, and I realize it is a fact of getting to my advanced age on this planet, yet for the record — I don't like it!

When the calendar flipped over to 2018, it was confirmation that life goes on. Road Rally eNews will begin it's sixth year! A recent search for a piece, which ran three years ago, stunned me at all we had covered these last five years as I sifted through the archives. The various cover photos, submissions from Rallymasters for their events, tips on rallying, history pieces, contributions to There's an APP for That , My First Road Rally , Words from the Wheel , as well as providing SCCA Members with the SCCA Planning Calendar, Championship Standings and RoadRally Board Minutes all served to remind me how truly blessed Road Rally eNews has been by the Road Rally community across North America.

I am pleased to announce that we will have Smuncher's Attic added to our monthly column contributions for 2018, authored by Bruce Gezon . James Crittenden , the newly appointed RoadRally Board Chair, will be contributing to our pages as well. Please consider sending in your event information to encourage participation and awareness of your rally program.

Here in the Arctic, our days are already gaining daylight, albeit only minutes, yet we know the warmth of Spring is sure to arrive. Those in the SCCA may be laying in plans to attend their annual Convention, this year in Las Vegas over the January 18-20th weekend. Many of you in marque, local car clubs, and sanctioning bodies will see new leadership in your programs. Please let them know about Road Rally eNews and that it remains a free subscription. Indeed, Spring will soon be here and more rallies will be out on the open roads across North America! Safe travels, Cheryl Lynn

In this Edition —
Intro to Smuncher's Attic by Bruce Gezon , NNJR Pine Barrens Trek by Peter Schneider , Milwaukee Region's The Blacke by James Jurgenson , SCCA RRB Update by Chairman Crittenden , Words from the Wheel by Jamie Mullins , Year End Standings from Bruce Gezon , December RRB Minutes and 2018 Planning Calendar by Jeanne English , and the Rallyist Newsletter by Harry Handley , SCCA Rally Director in 1969. We also have the 2017 SCCA Participation Report from Rich Bireta and Gary Starr's Tips for Novice TSD Rallyists , which was just revised for 2018.

Enjoy the wonderful contributions as we begin 2018. And we look forward to your contributions in the upcoming months! Please consider using the hashtags #comeroadrally and #wefoundtheroads in 2018 in your social media posts.
RoadRally Board Update - Jan18 by James Crittenden , Chair
The SCCA Road Rally Board (RRB) would like to congratulate the winners of the 2017 SCCA RoadRally National Championship.

In the Course rally series:
  • Class E: Bruce Gezon (Murrysville, PA) and Bob Morseburg (Seattle, WA)
  • Class L: Jeanne English (Hawthorne, CA) and Karl Broberg (Oro Valley, AZ)
  • Class S: Jim Wakemen, Sr. (Turnersville, NJ)

In the Tour rally series:
  • Class E: John Emmons (Galesville, WI) and Lois Van Vleet (Galesville, WI)
  • Class L: Jeanne English (Hawthorne, CA)
  • Class S: J Toney (Woodland, CA)

In the GTA rally series:
  • Bruce Gezon (Murrysville, PA)

The 2018 rally season is already taking shape as you can see from the Planning Calendar link elsewhere in this newsletter. For those folks who only ran events in their region last year, I encourage you to consider traveling a bit more and trying some events outside of your local area. You'll enjoy the additional variety of the  events, as well as meeting new people and exploring new roads.
SCCA 2018 Convention Is Here!
The South Point Casino and Convention Hall, Las Vegas, NV, will again be the site of the SCCA National Convention. January 18-20th will find the SCCA RoadRally Board presenting on starting a Regional RoadRally Program, offering RoadRally Safety Steward Trainig, and the RoadRally Town Hall.

In addition to rally specific sessions, be sure to check the many tracks and consider attending Social Media, utilizing for your events,or many sessions that crossover the spectrum of Solo, Race, and RallyCross!! Come Join Us!
The Blacke Rallye — SCCA Milwaukee Region
by Jim Jurgenson, Rallymaster 

This event is run about 185 miles from my home, near Milwaukee, Wisconsin. That's where my Hakkapeliitta's were on a shelf in the garage. Fortunately, those competing were better prepared, and no one seemed to mind the conditions. I, running course opening, did have a few moments where I wished I had installed the snows.

Final scores were being tallied as participants arrived. We ask our Control Workers to fill out a log and then photograph it, with their phones, to text to Score Keeping. Back at Headquarters, these photos are entered into a spreadsheet that then could be displayed on a TV monitor at the Rallye's end. As long as we have a phone signal, it works quite well. Particip ants can see how well they and others have done leg by leg. They are then given an opportunity to challenge any scores that they believe to be suspect. After a short period , awards were distributed.

Here are the First Place finishers in each Class:
Equipped : F our teams lead by Bruce Gezon and Bob Morseburg with 7 points.
Limited : Ken Anderson and Dave Fuss with 57 points.
Stock : Kurt and Paula Gross with 53 points competed against 9 teams.
Novice : We had Novice 5 teams lead by Marty Perez and Mike Fraine with 225 points
Special Thanks to my 2017 The Blacke Rallye Support Team:
All Around Support
  • Kathy Jurgenson
Registration and Score Keeping
  • Jennifer King
Safety Steward and Checkpoints    
  • Jim Crittenden
Checkpoint Workers
Words from the Wheel by Jamie Mullin, SCCA National Staff
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Happy New Year from the National Office!

We here in the National Office are busy with the many tasks the new year brings! The SCCA National Convention is right around the corner, January 18 – January 21, 2018. I have reviewed the attendance roster and see a few familiar names, so please introduce yourself to me in the RoadRally sessions!

There have been a few minor edits to the RoadRally Sanction Application. Please use the new form found at under Programs/RoadRally/Rules and Documents or in the About SCCA/Downloads section. 
Please note, the Sanction Application is now a fillable form. However, if you open it in the Microsoft Edge browser, it is not fillable. Save it to your computer and open it in Adobe, and voila, it is fillable. Adobe’s proprietary PDF format makes it so Edge can do nothing with fillable fields, just display them.

The RoadRally Audit form has also been revised with the current return address at the bottom of the form. Please use the new form found in the same two areas at as the Sanction Application mentioned above.
Finally, the 2018 RoadRally Rulebook will be available for purchase on Amazon later in January. You can currently access the 2017 RoadRally Rules under Programs/RoadRally/Rules and Documents or in the About SCCA/Downloads section (or click Rulebook image); which will both be updated with the 2018 RoadRally Rulebook later in January as well.

Should you have any general RoadRally questions, I encourage you to check out the newly revamped RoadRally section at

I am in the office M-F 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. CDT at 800-770-2055 x371, or you may contact me via e-mail at

Please continue to direct any Event, Sanction and Insurance related items or inquiries to Deena Rowland via e-mail to or telephone 800-770-2055 x 331 M-F, yet do keep in mind she is there to serve you 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. CDT.
From Smuncher's Attic by Bruce Gezon , Rally Historian
It has been fairly common knowledge that I have been a hoarder of many things for many, many years and at my age, that means there truly are some ‘treasures’ that do have value for more eyes than just mine. Cheryl has accepted my offer of making some of the more interesting printed rally history a part of RReNews as a monthly column.

The Smuncher Archives go back to the late-1950s and requests for specific info will be investigated and, should it be found, offered either privately on request or in the column.
Like most keepers of ‘historic’ paperwork, not everything is filed where intended, so gaps do exist. A box full of paper does not lend itself to quick discovery versus the file folders in banker’s boxes. Then there is my withdrawal from SCCA RoadRally between 1977 and 1998 which eliminates most of the SCCA happenings of that era.

I intend to offer interesting reading entertainment about our sport of rallying. Advice, suggestions, and criticism are welcomed. You may reach me via email.
Heart Of Dixie is to be reincarnated in 2018 by Liz Witt and the Texas Region in a National GTA called Clear Blue Sky using the Heart of Dixie concept so loved back in the heyday of rallying. Thought this photo would bring back some memories for the other old-timers and pique the interest of those too young to really appreciate the deviousness of those rallies.
Here is an enjoyable piece from the November 1969 New Jersey Edition of Sports Car News. In this piece, Ed Bain does a great job of reporting on the SCCA Philadelphia Region Appalachian National Rally.

You'll enjoy reading the course following explained and see that team protests are not anything new as well!
Upcoming Road Rally Events for YOU!
Son of Sno*Drift XX

Road Rally w/ SCCA - Detroit Region on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Aubree's Pizzeria & Grill, South Lyon, MI - Son of Sno*Drift XX A Winter Rally (we hope) Saturday, January 13th, 2018 Son of Sno*Drift is intended to be a winter rally. As such, ...

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Minnesota Valley Winter Rally

Road Rally w/ Twin City Rally Club LLC on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at The Bar and Grill, Le Sueur , MN - A TSD rally is about 120 miles in length, mostly gravel roads wondering through the Minnesota River Valley around Belle Plain, Henderson...

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Yucatan Winter Safari

Road Rally w/ Twin City Rally Club LLC on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at Fat Willy's, Rochester, MN - The Yucatan Safari is a 180 mile day/night road rally traversing the high quality gravel roads through the hardwood forests of SE MN. The rally...

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RBC - Thunderbird

47th Thunderbird Rally -- February 10-11, 2018 Round 1 of the 2018 BC TSD Rally Championship Hosted by the West Coast Rally Association

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Arizona Border Desert Sands National Course Rally

65,000+ door-to-door, cone clipping and dirt-throwing individuals make us the largest amateur motorsports club in the United States.

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TSD Rally School

Road Rally w/ SCCA - Detroit Region on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Captain Joe's Grill and Chill, Whitmore Lake, MI - Detroit Region SCCA presents the 2018 Road Rally School Saturday, March 24, 2018, 8:30 AM - 4 PM, registration at 8:30 AM sharp! ...

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Hunger Games Road Rally

Road Rally w/ SCCA - Arctic Alaska Region on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at Anchorage area, Anchorage, AK - The 2017 SCCA AAR Road Rally Season continues with another GTA event on Sunday, January 14. Note to all interested in participating - all...

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Snowflake 62 - Road Rally

The 62nd Snowflake Rally, reported to be the oldest continuously run event in PCA, is scheduled forJanuary 28, 2018. Snowflake will be a TSD (time speed distance) rally. What is that you ask? Simply, like any other automotive driving event, you...

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Sweetheart Ride Road Rally

Road Rally w/ SCCA - Texas Region - RoadRally on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at Fort Worth and points north..., Fort Worth, TX - Normal 0 ...

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2018 Keweenaw Winter Rallye

March 10th, 2018 Possibly the Last Keweenaw Winter Rallye, Scott may hang it up! Don't miss this one. You may not get another chance. Registration and accommodations at Mariner North 906/289-4637 Pre-Register with Scott Carlborn @ 906/231-5842

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Cross River Rally

Road Rally w/ MBCA - Peachtree on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at Mercedes-Benz of Augusta, Augusta, GA - Come join the fun! On May 5, 2018 a "fun" road rally will start at the Augusta, GA Mercedes Benz dealership and end with a lunch at the Wilcox...

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Our goal is share news about our beloved sport of Road Rally across North America — be they sanctioned by the SCCA, PCA, BMW, or local marque clubs!

Please send us news of your upcoming event dates and promotional materials to list, so as to make fellow rallyists 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! We'll be unveiling more means as 2018 comes along.
Pine Barrens Off-Road Excursion IV
by Peter Schneider and Bob Shore
Banner in the Pit Road Sand Pit - Photo Credit Dom Millano
On November 12, Paul Miller Porsche sponsored the SCCA Northern New Jersey Region’s fourth Pine Barrens Off-Road Excursion . This year’s event motto as noted on the t-shi rts was WE’RE OFF THE MAP , and truly we were. The event is designed to provide members with Cayenne’s, Macan’s, SUV’s, Jeeps or Pickup Trucks a small sample of an ‘ off-road adventure ,' without putting the vehicles or occupants at risk.
This year's event not only visited Brendan T. Byrne State Forest but included sand trails in Wharton State Forest and a short halfway break at the Wharton Visitor Center and Museum. Both of these New Jersey State Parks are within Th e Pinelands National Reserve in southern New Jersey ; this 1.1 million acres reserve is the largest open space on the eastern seaboard between Boston, MA and Richmond VA.
As in 2015 and 2016, Bob and I started working on the event in February, obtaining Special Use Permits for the trails in the State Forests, laying out the route and reserving space at the Lakehurst Community Center for registration/breakfast and the Pemberton Recreation Center for lunch. Last minute complications associated with Lakehurst Township, required us to move the start to the Pemberton Recreation Center, which greatly improved event logistics. Several trails that we were able to get permits for in February ended up to be unusable, due to a closure of a small narrow bridge we used in 2015 and restrictions imposed over the summer by the State Forest to limit exposure by motor vehicles to environmentally sensitive areas.
Accidental Jug Band at the Barrel Factory - Photo Credit Dom Millano

We started the morning of the event with registration and a light breakfast at the Recreation Center in Country Lakes Estates, Brown Mills, just a short drive from Whitesbog Village, which was our first stop on the day’s event.
Each of the 42 vehicles participating in the trek was provided with a bound set of route instructions with turn-by-turn instructions for the 90-mile course. The 111 route instructions provided mileage to the hundredth, delta mileage (distance between instructions), notification of the official speed limits and a written description of each turn intended to make sure everyone stayed on-course and did not wander off and get lost, or stuck in many of the waterholes in the forest. Rudy & Nancy Samsel ran sweep’ just in case, but were never called to action and arranged for the breakfast spread. Dom Miliano , in addition to coordinating with the spons or and running ‘Car 1' in a Paul Miller Porsche Cayenne, ran the final route check three days before the event, to make sure Bob and I did not do anything silly along the route.

Click here to read more of the Pine Barrens adventure!
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