The October 29, 2010 Halloweenie Friday night rally was without some of the tricks that I’ve pulled before but still kept the entrants busy. Unfortunately we only had four teams that showed up but we still had one novice team. There was some gravel used that night. Some places were just patches of gravel but there were three long stretches that were defined as a gravel road. The rule was a gravel road required a reduction in the Cast to 30 miles an hour and a resumption of the original Cast when the gravel road was finished.
The last stretch was about three miles long which would have taken around six minutes. They were also instructed for that section to pause a half minute for each metal grain silo they encountered. After a mile they came to a crossroad with a metal grain silo. One mile later they found six metal silos in a row. The calculated time for that three miles of gravel was 9.59 minutes. I could of beat them on a bicycle. Here are the results.
|SEAT OF PANTS CLASS|
|1st||Jerry White||Nancy White||52||58||3||113|
|2nd||John Li||John Sapp||18||53||52||123|
|1st||Emanuel Martin||Robert Umland||36||112||142||290|
|1st||Tom Burton||Mark Hubbard||200||200||106||509|
Even though the novice team maxed two legs they still made it to all the checkpoints. For a first rally that can be a feat in itself. The Sop battle was very close. There was only a ten point difference between them. Ten points equates to a difference of six seconds for the entire rally. The Nav team must have just had bad luck for the night. It isn’t often the overall winner is an Sop team.
I thank everyone who ran the event and also my wife Cheryel for helping to lay out the rally. I also want to thank Jim Hamilton and Bill Wagner for working the first checkpoint. Jim also cold ran the rally the week before the event.
This is my last Halloween rally. After putting on this rally for about twenty years I’m running out of ideas. I have turned it over to the Grables who have expressed the desire to try their hand at tricking the rallyists. Good luck guys.
Mike Blackwelder, Rallymaster