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PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 2:58 pm 
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I am a member of the Westchester Sports Car Club and we sponsor a few rallies during the year and I thought I would post the information on the various sports car forums I belong to. I think there may be some interest in a scenic drive through the upper Westchester area. These rallies are low pressure/fun competitions involving following directions and observing posted "rally signs" along the route. Generally you drive approximately at the posted speed limit and you are penalized for arriving at the finish early or late.

One word of warning, I was surprised to learn that there are still some public dirt roads in Westchester and they are sometimes included in WSCC rallies. I had no problem driving my sports car on these public roads but some people freak out if their shiny cars come anywhere near a dirt road. You decide if that matters to you, any street legal car is welcome.


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Westchester Sports Car Club
Columbus Day Road Rally
Saturday, October 14th 2017

In a Road Rally, each team of two people--a driver and a navigator--is given a set of
route directions to follow, and the speeds at which they should travel the route.
The goal of a Road Rally is to travel the correct route at the correct speeds, and arrive at
“checkpoints” precisely on time. You are scored on how close to the correct time you
arrive. A Road Rally is not a race, and no rally will ever require you to drive in a
reckless or illegal fashion. Arriving too early at a checkpoint hurts your score, as does
arriving too late. To participate, you'll need to know the rules for understanding the
route instructions. Some basics will be discussed at the Driver’s Meeting and you are
encouraged to “study” the General Instructions that you’ll receive upon registration.

THE RALLY: Entrants should have a light for reading route instructions, a watch,
paper, pencil, a four function calculator and maybe a clipboard. NO AUXILIARY
LIGHTS ABOVE HEADLIGHT LEVEL WILL BE NEEDED OR TOLERATED. MORE
THAN TWO PEOPLE IN A CAR WILL BE APPROPRIATELY PENALIZED. DUE TO
SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS, NO DRIVER ONLY CARS WILL BE REGISTERED.

THE START: will be at Grand Prix New York, 333 North Bedford Road (Rt 117), Mt.
Kisco, NY

THE FINISH: will be at Amore Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen 1 Kent Place, Armonk NY
(914) 273-3535

REGISTRATION: opens at 5 PM and continues to 6:30 PM. There will be a drivers’
meeting at approximately 6:30 PM. Cars will be sent off at 7:00 + the car number in
minutes (i.e. Car 35 leaves at 7:00 + 35 minutes or 7:35). Entry fee is $20.00 ($15.00 for
WSCC members) per car.

TROPHIES: awarded to top 10%. A WSCC Credit Certificate (good for free entry at any
WSCC event) may be chosen in place of a traditional trophy. Dash Plaques will be given
to all entrants.

For more information visit our internet address: HTTP://WWW.WSCC.ORG


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:18 pm 
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2017 Columbus Day Road Rally Rallymaster Letter

Thanks for joining us on the 2017 Columbus Day Rally.

19 cars registered YEA!

10 Cars finished RATS!

2 cars called in as DNF – and went home (never a good idea – come have a beer and figure out what happened)

7 cars are still lost in the woods of Westchester County. Always try and call, or show up at the end destination so we know you are still alive.



GOOD NEWS! Lots of fun and great feedback. Awesome rally, great roads and some tricky instructions. Please know, it’s difficult to write a rally that helps a novice fare well, yet have our experienced rallyists enjoy a strategic challenge.

FIRST OFF…I’d like to say…..YOU’RE WELCOME for the LARGE FONT on the INSTRUCTIONS!

SECONDLY, I’d like to say THANK YOU for welcoming Mike and I into Amore with claps and hugs….It’s very humbling to know that we actually did okay without knowing how it would actually spin out.

And THIRDLY – I’d like to congratulate Dave and GJ on a record finish. THEY were one second off on time, scored the most signs (46/50) and were off by less than 1 mile on distance. WOW.




As far as scoring – please note that for the purposes of my Rally, I score on time, distance and sign(s) in this manner:

Official Time: 2:20:09 (scored at 1 point per lapsed second);

Signs: Total 50 (scored at 50 pts per sign); and

Mileage/Distance: 58.9 (scored at 5 pts/per 1/10th Mile). While the signs were tricky (placed at ‘instructions’, etc.) and while we may have lost some newbies, it gave you the chance to slow down and PAY ATTENTION.

PLUS, the GENERALS are important. I TOLD YOU at the drivers meeting, that my GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS may be different than others in the past, so REVIEW THEM.





While one or two of you grumbled about areas that challenged you, I confirm, there were no errors. It’s always ironic to discover that where one team was really challenged, another team had no issues, and vice versa.

We hung 50 signs, one team found 46 – quite impressive. One thing a Rally Master has to do, is, after hanging all the signs on Saturday, is to confirm that all signs are still there on the SUNDAY AM pickup. Be that as it may, if the last car in, actually recorded any one of them, then it counts regardless if they were in place on Sunday AM. So, for example, if Car # 17 found one that Car #1 did not, it counts, regardless of whether it was there on Sunday AM.

However, after picking up signs on Sunday, we found ALL including the one off course sign, which NO ONE fell for. DARN…… And thank you Kristin Proft for your funny notes on your answer sheet, they were fun to read. Yes, some of them were tricky. OH and a special shout out to my 15 year old daughter, Emmy, who helped pick up signs on Sunday. Yes, she too was cursing Mike out for the placement of signs. Although, unlike Mike, she came away unscathed by poison ivy!

At one point, along Reservoir Road (an old favorite), we hung two (2) sets of six (6) signs, hopefully trying to line ‘em up in a row…..but also recognize that it would be hard to put that to paper, so if you got all three (BB, XXX, BB) (H,O,G), I DID NOT penalize you for the order. But you had to record all six signs. We were not trying to be mean (??), yet some of our signs were strategically placed. One team fell for the Left Arrow sign at “Right @ T”……. Unfortunately, they went left. OOPS….

I was also very lenient this time on penmanship. I told you at the drivers meeting that I am VERY strict on this, but most of you were pretty spot on with drawing your symbols. While it didn’t change the results …. it doesn’t mean that the next time I will be so tolerant.

Always remember, if you have a true legit time delay issue, don’t hesitate to ask for a time allowance – this is stated in my generals. We had one team experience a flat tire and that would and was counted as a true legit time allowance.

Thanks Folks……a great Rally for the Fall Season of 2017. Looking forward to next year!

Diane


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