my reason for creating a new rally was simple: i love doing it!
also, during the i'll-fated period when i was living in california, there was a big hole left in nevada for a competition rally in an off-road setting.
it wasn’t long before rrinnv and i and willbeee and i were out exploring the deserts and i started to think: “this would make a great rally course!”
originally, i was looking at the inaugural rally being mid-may of 2010.
now that it has been announced that gbes will, indeed, not be running an off-road rally, and receiving several requests to “get back in the rally business”, i have been considering moving up the time frame to october 10, 2009.
at this time i have explored 5 possible rally routes with 3 or 4 other routes waiting to be scouted.
i have also spent several hours writing a new set of rules. the rally would be similar to the rallies that i used to produce, but the rules will be easier to read and interpret.
it would take a little effort, but i can have a rally ready for october 2009, since i have about the same amount of time to organize it as i did when i was building the old rallies.
but, i need a commitment from teams that they will compete this fall.
fees will be around $120 for a two-person team, plus $60 for each additional team member.
there will be 3 competition and one champion for each category:
- 2-person team
- 3-person team
- 4-person team
the rally would begin on an early saturday afternoon (possibly on oct. 10 at around 1pm-2pm) and run into the dark with the first car arriving at the finish line at around 10pm and a dinner break, included in the entry fee, around the mid-point.
why the single-day (day into night) rally instead of friday night and saturday midday?
since i first introduced the night element to my rallies many teams have expressed dissatisfaction with having to learn the ins and outs of the rally while it’s dark. now you’ll have a chance to refine those skills before the sunsets.
by putting all miles into one day i can design courses that venture into more remote and interesting places.
providing there is interest and the economy improves by then my long range annual rally plans are:
- october 2009: fall in rally (limit: 15 teams)
- may 2010: nevada ghost town rally (limit: 40 teams)
- october 2010 fall invitational rally (limit: 15 teams)
- may 2011 tba rally (limit: 40 teams)
- october 2011 fall invitational rally (limit: 15 teams)
in the meantime, what i need to begin preparing to run an event this october based out of fallon is a commitment from at least 10 teams that they will compete.
oh, i’m also going to need volunteers to help run the actual rally, too.