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Author Topic: AREA 51 RALLY SET FOR MAY 7  (Read 165 times)
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« on: April 18, 2017, 09:08:15 am »

The AREA 51 RALLY that was to be run in October will be presented by the NEOKLA REGION of the SPORTS CAR CLUB of AMERICA on Sunday May 7, 2017.   We will meet in the TRACTOR SUPPLY CO. parking lot located at 823 WEST ROGERS (HIGHWAY 20) in SKIATOOK OKLAHOMA at 7:30 am.   The lot is located on the Southwest corner of ROGERS and LOMBARD.   WAL-MART is located on the Northeast corner of that same intersection.

The course has been reworked a bit over the winter, but the concept remains the same.   It is a TOUR rally that is timed.   Every instruction on the timed legs has the official mileage and the perfect time for arriving at that instruction.   That means no calculating and all each team has to do is arrive at each of the points in the elapsed times provided in the instructions.   The scoring will be done at the end of each LEG at the checkpoint.   The GOAL is to arrive EXACTLY on time.  You will receive one point per second EARLY or LATE.   The team that has the lowest total score in each CLASS will be the winners of that CLASS.

The original route was pre-checked by George Walker in one of his Miatas and the reworked route was pre-checked by Jim Duea and John Pearsall in a Ford pickup.   Jim and John are from the OKC area.

The route is of mixed surfaces and is about 145 miles in length.   There is about 45 miles of unpaved roads.   There are eight checkpoints.   The route will pass through OSAGE, TULSA and WASHINGTON Counties.   You will encounter low water crossings, washes, open range, cattle guards, livestock and the associated agricultural deposits.

There will be two classes to choose from.   The STANDARD CLASS is for those who wish to run the traditional DRIVER/NAVIGATOR team in which the DRIVER only drives and the NAVIGATOR only navigates.   The UNLIMITED CLASS is for those who want to "swap seats" during the event.   The rally is set up with four legs that are run as LEG A and LEG B.   The primary driver drives the LEG A sections and the secondary driver drives the LEG B sections.   There are parts of LEG A and LEG B that both drivers with have to negotiate.

The ENTRY FEE is $15.00 PER CAR.   Any street-legal car or truck may be entered.

There will be morning, lunch and afternoon BREAKS.   The first finisher should arrive back in SKIATOOK about 3:30 pm.

GO TO  neoklascca.org for more info.   For QUESTIONS contact the rally-master at gregaryus@yahoo.com.
 

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« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2017, 09:01:26 am »

I will be going out Thursday to check the "low" spots, but I don't expect to see much to be concerned about ON the rally route.   Robin and I will do a final pre-check early-early Saturday morning and report any abnormalities at one of the competitor's meetings****.

****Since this will be an event with entrants with little or no rally experience, there will be short competitor's meetings at each break.   There is MUCH to be learned and if I tell it all at the morning meeting, MOST will be forgotten when it comes time to use the knowledge to your advantage.   So, I will ONLY talk about the route that we are about to rally.

The morning meeting will cover the tire warm up, the paved and unpaved odo runs, the transit to the first break and driver "seat swapping".
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« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2017, 01:25:42 pm »

I ran the route that was the MOST at risk and I couldn't believe how well the gravel roads had drained.   Highway 20 may be flooded, but some of the AREA 51 gravel sections were in OPTIMUM condition.   I ran some parts in the Escort as if I was a bit behind.   (The official speed to run most of the gravel sections during the event is 34.)   I ran 40-50 in places and it was a BLAST.   Yes, there were slow sections where they had dumped some gravel for last week's rains, but for the most part, the roads were ready to run the event TODAY.     
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