Rally Report

The Road Rally Season has come to an end. The November 3rd rally, “It’s About Time!”, hosted 7 teams for a drive on a glorious, Fall day – sunshine and beautiful leaves – on hilly, winding roads in the Middletown area. This was a new format for us, focusing on driving the prescribed route at a consistent elapsed time over multiple passes, while not knowing precisely where the timing checkpoints were. I was amazed at how close the times were. Our winners, newcomers Julio Chang & Selena Cruces, completed the run with only 9 seconds difference between two of the runs. Gordon & Teresa Benson just missed top honors with a 10 second difference.

The “Perseverance” award goes to the novice team of Nickolas Ridgeway & Xavier Howard, newbies who apparently partied all night, drove down from Ft. Wayne this morning, took a power nap before release time and completed the route all three times. I saw them shoot pass their turn at my timing checkpoint on one run and go the wrong direction 3 times before coming back and getting back on track, 32 minutes after they went off course. That’s dedication! Kudos to them.

Many thanks to Rally Master, Jim Knepper, who once again found us some awesome roads, put together a fun route, and manned the other timing checkpoint. I’m looking forward to another great year in 2019. Every rally teaches us something new in how to run a successful program. We’ve made new friends who return to play with us. Come join us next year!

Christy Graham
Road Rally Chair

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REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR THE NOVEMBER 3rd EVENT, “It’s About Time”.

This will be a new experience for us in GTA rallies, where scoring is primarily based on your ability to navigate the route twice at a consistent time. Questions related to the theme of the event will provide additional scoring opportunities. There are no prescribed speeds you must adhere to. You can set your own pace – you just need to be consistent from one run to the next. You will not know where the timing points are located.

This is the last rally event of 2018 – don’t miss it! Visit CincySCCA.MotorsportReg.com for links to the registration sites for all the Cincinnati Region events.

The October event had 7 teams participating. There was a tie for first place that was decided by a high card draw. First-timers, Jason & Heather Taunton drove up from Nashville, Tennessee, and took first place honors. Lee Grimes & Loretta Workman were second. Both teams had perfect scores. Jim Knepper & Joy Bond were a very close third. EB Lunken & David Vornholt, frequent participants, as well as 3 teams of newcomers rounded out the field. Thanks to Gordon & Teresa Benson who set the event up and dealt very efficiently with the last-minute road closures in Aurora.

If you need to be paired up with a running partner, let us know and we’ll do our best. Our rallies always end at a location disclosed before you start your drive and is always a family friendly place with food and adult beverages available.

For those new to the sport, Road Rallies are run on public roads at legal (sometimes brisk) speeds on a variety of roads. Route instructions can be challenging but if you are careful you will NOT get lost. Any street licensed vehicle capable of accommodating a driver and a navigator who can communicate safely (so probably not a motorcycle) from a smart car to a pickup truck are eligible and kids are welcome. Penalty points are given for incorrect answers to questions that can be answered by making observations along the route. Low score wins. Awards are presented for each event and points are assigned based on finishing position to determine a series champion.

We are always happy to hear any ideas you have for a fun drive. Contact me to volunteer or if you have questions.

Christy Graham
Road Rally Chair
roadrally@cincyscca.com or
CincySCCARally@yahoo.com
513-658-4677

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RoadRally: It’s About Time

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR THE NOVEMBER 3rd EVENT, “It’s About Time”.

This will be a new experience for us in GTA rallies, where scoring is primarily based on your ability to navigate the route twice at a consistent time. Questions related to the theme of the event will provide additional scoring opportunities. There are no prescribed speeds you must adhere to. You can set your own pace – you just need to be consistent from one run to the next. You will not know where the timing points are located.

This is the last rally event of 2018 – don’t miss it! Visit CincySCCA.MotorsportReg.com for links to the registration sites for all the Cincinnati Region events.

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REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR THE OCTOBER 6th EVENT, “The Great Indiana Pumpkin Rally”.

This will be a traditional GTA rally with questions to keep you observant and provide scoring opportunities. I know from experience this is a great drive. On-site registration and check in will start at 9:30, but come early for breakfast. We begin the rally at Bob Evans Restaurant – 102 Links Way, Aurora, IN 47001. Safety meeting is at 10:15 and the first car out will be at 10:30. Visit cincyscca.motorsportreg.com for links to the registration sites for all the Cincinnati Region events.
If you need to be paired up with a running partner, let us know and we’ll do our best. Our rallies always end at a location disclosed before you start your drive and is always a family friendly place with food and adult beverages available.

The final rally of the season will be November 3. This will be our first attempt to introduce a time factor. No, you don’t have to follow a prescribed speed over a given distance or perform any complex calculations, you will, however, need to drive a route, or parts of the route, multiple times as consistently as possible. More to follow on this.

For those new to the sport, Road Rallies are run on public roads at legal (sometimes brisk) speeds on a variety of roads. Route instructions can be challenging but if you are careful you will NOT get lost. Any street licensed vehicle capable of accommodating a driver and a navigator who can communicate safely (so probably not a motorcycle) from a smart car to a pickup truck are eligible and kids are welcome. Penalty points are given for incorrect answers to questions that can be answered by making observations along the route. Low score wins. Awards are presented for each event and points are assigned based on finishing position to determine a series champion.
We are always happy to hear any ideas you have for a fun drive. Contact me to volunteer or if you have questions.

Christy Graham
Road Rally Chair
roadrally@cincyscca.com or
CincySCCARally@yahoo.com
513-658-4677

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The August event, I DIDN’T KNOW THAT!, brought out 11 teams to figure out their destinations and chart the shortest overall distance back to the starting point. Everyone learned something new about Cincinnati, including the Rally Master, Jim Wiles.

The teams of Todd & Jennifer Koerner brought home the victory, with Justine King & Joe Obermeier a very close second, and Gordon & Teresa Benson third, missing out by less than a minute in the tie breaker. The consensus is that this was a fun event and we should do more exploring in future rallies.

REGISTRATION WILL OPEN FOR THE OCTOBER 6th EVENT, “The Great Indiana Pumpkin Rally” on 9/22. This will be a more traditional rally and you won’t have to figure out your own route; just follow Gordon’s. I know from experience this is a great drive. Details will follow soon. Check the Facebook page for updates. Visit cincyscca.motorsportreg.com for links to the registration sites for all the Cincinnati Region events. If you need to be paired up with a running partner, let us know and we’ll do our best. Our rallies always end at a location disclosed before you start your drive and is always a family friendly place with food and adult beverages available.

For those new to the sport, Road Rallies are run on public roads at legal (sometimes brisk) speeds on a variety of roads. Route instructions can be challenging but if you are careful you will NOT get lost. Any street licensed vehicle capable of accommodating a driver and a navigator who can communicate safely (so probably not a motorcycle) from a smart car to a pickup truck are eligible and kids are welcome. Penalty points are given for incorrect answers to questions that can be answered by making observations along the route. Low score wins. Awards are presented for each event and points are assigned based on finishing position to determine a series champion.

The schedule as it now stands is as follows:

Date Rally Master
April 14 EB Lunken
May 26 Jim Knepper
June 16 Colleen Cabe
July 21 Lee Grimes
August 25 Jim Wiles
October 6 Gordon Benson
November 3 Jim Knepper

We are always happy to hear any ideas you have for a fun drive. Contact me to volunteer or if you have questions.

Christy Graham
Road Rally Chair
roadrally@cincyscca.com or
CincySCCARally@yahoo.com
513-658-4677

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RoadRally: Sat. 08/25 “I DIDN’T KNOW THAT!!!! Registration Open

I DIDN’T KNOW THAT!!!! Cincinnati History Rally (Saturday 08/25)

And now for something entirely different. We have not had a road rally like this before. It’s a scavenger hunt of Cincinnati landmarks. You will have to figure out what landmark you need to visit based on information in a clue sheet – and take a picture to prove your presence – and how to get there. You can use any outside help necessary to figure out your route including asking for directions and, perhaps especially, using a “google-able” device. Scoring will be based on the number of destinations you make it to, total mileage, total time, and worthiness of the bribe offerred to the rally master, Jim Wiles. Some parking fees may apply.

Departure will be from Alms Park shortly after the 10:30 safety meeting and distribution of the clue packet, with registration from 9:30 – 10:15. Come back to the park when you have completed your journey and stay for the club picnic, which starts at 3PM. Main course will be provided along with drinks and chips. A side dish to share would be most welcomed and can be left at the park while you travel around town, if desired. Bring outdoor games, if you have any, and socialize with other club members. We did this a couple years ago and, despite the short burst of severe weather that blew through, had a really good time.

Registration is open at cincyscca.motorsportreg.com

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The July event, Kentucky Ramble, saw several novice teams join our ranks. So many that we were able to offer Novice and Experienced classes. It was a great drive thru scenic Kentucky brought to us by Lee Grimes. Many thanks to him for getting this together while enduring a grueling work schedule and related travel. The results are listed below.

In our Experienced Class, the team of Gordon & Teresa Benson brought home yet another win. They are intent on defending their championship position from the 2017 season. Rounding out the Experienced Class were EB Lunken & Chris Cann in second, Steve & Makayla Munday in third, Jim Knepper & Doreen Fallon in fourth, and Tim Silver & Sue Malcolm in fifth. The Novice Class boasted a tie for first place between Walt & Brian Fischer and Todd & Jennifer Koerner. Finishing behind them was another tie of Anthony Bodnarik & Jennifer Vandergriff and Bruce & Marita Kreutzer. Rounding out the Novice Class were the teams of Barb & Dave Kise and John Holtzeiter & Robert Davis. Eleven teams in all, a very good showing for this popular event, and a narrow range of points earned.

REGISTRATION WILL BE OPEN SOON FOR THE AUGUST 25th EVENT. What we have planned for this one is a totally different experience. The plan, still in the works at this point, is to provide you with a map and a list of Cincinnati Landmarks. You will set your own course, take pictures an the stops and return to the starting point with the lowest mileage. We will be starting and ending at Alms Park, where we will enjoy a picnic with those members not willing to adventure out with us. (Hint hint – don’t be afraid; come join us). Check us out on FaceBook for picnic updates. Visit cincyscca.motorsportreg.com for links to the registration sites for all the Cincinnati Region events. Remember, if you need to be paired up with a running partner, let us know and we’ll do our best.

For those new to the sport, Road Rallies are run on public roads at legal (sometimes brisk) speeds on a variety of roads. Route instructions can be challenging but if you are careful you will NOT get lost. Any street licensed vehicle capable of accommodating a driver and a navigator who can communicate safely (so probably not a motorcycle) from a smart car to a pickup truck are eligible and kids are welcome. Penalty points are given for incorrect answers to questions that can be answered by making observations along the route. Low score wins. Awards are presented for each event and points are assigned based on finishing position to determine a series champion.

The schedule as it now stands is as follows:

Date Rally Master
April 14 EB Lunken
May 26 Jim Knepper
June 16 Colleen Cabe
July 21 Lee Grimes
August 25 Jim Wiles
October 6 Gordon Benson
November 3 TBD

One more date is still available if you’d like to set up a rally. Assistance can be provided. We are always happy to hear any ideas you have for a fun drive. Contact me to volunteer or if you have questions.

Christy Graham
Road Rally Chair
roadrally@cincyscca.com or
CincySCCARally@yahoo.com
513-658-4677

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The June event, The 222 Shuffle, brought out 8 teams to drive the beautiful roads of Clermont County. The results are listed below.

The teams of Jim Knepper & newcomer David Griggs along with Chris Ross & John Garrett finished with the fewest penalty points and tied for first place. Finishing just one point behind, in a three-way tie were Gordon & Teresa Benson, Steve & Jacob Munday, and Derek & Kate Hart. Tony & Dawn Brown, John & Donna Hart and Aaron & Micah Gastrich followed closely behind. This one was a real squeaker with no team missing more than two questions and the tie-breaker question making the difference.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR THE JULY 21st EVENT, “Kentucky Ramble”.
We will be starting from the Frisch’s in Highland Heights, Kentucky. Come join us. Lee Grimes always finds the best of the winding Kentucky roads! Drivers and Navigators sign up on-line. Visit cincyscca.motorsportreg.com for links to the registration pages for all the Cincinnati Region events. If you need to be paired up with a running partner, let us know and we’ll do our best. Our rallies always end at a location disclosed before you start your drive and is always a family friendly place with food and adult beverages available. Competition promises to be fierce for the 2018 Series Championship.

For those new to the sport, Road Rallies are run on public roads at legal (sometimes brisk) speeds on a variety of roads. Route instructions can be challenging but if you are careful you will NOT get lost. Any street licensed vehicle capable of accommodating a driver and a navigator who can communicate safely (so probably not a motorcycle) from a smart car to a pickup truck are eligible and kids are welcome. Penalty points are given for incorrect answers to questions that can be answered by making observations along the route. Low score wins. Awards are presented for each event and points are assigned based on finishing position to determine a series champion.

The schedule as it now stands is as follows:

Date Rally Master
April 14 EB Lunken
May 26 Jim Knepper
June 16 Colleen Cabe
July 21 Lee Grimes
August 25 Jim Wiles
October 6 Gordon Benson
November 3 TBD

 

One more date is still available if you’d like to set up a rally. Assistance can be provided. We are always happy to hear any ideas you have for a fun drive. Contact me to volunteer or if you have questions.

Christy Graham
Road Rally Chair
roadrally@cincyscca.com OR
CincySCCARally@yahoo.com
513-658-4677

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Road Rally: It’s not too late – RALLY THIS SATURDAY!!!!

We will be launching our next in the series of 2018 rallies this Saturday from Quaker Steak & Lube in Milford. Access the schedule and registration link at MotorsportReg.com

Registration starts at 10 with the first car out at 11:15. You should be finished sometime between 2 and 3. Clermont County offers some great roads and there is a lot of variety in this drive.

If you don’t get registered by Friday night and want to compete with us (drop me an email if you please), come anyway and register on site. Bring a team who has not driven with us before and each earn a discount.

Hope to see you there!!

Christy Graham
Cincinnati Region SCCA
Rally Chair

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The May event is in the books and the rain held off just long enough for all the competitors to arrive at Applebee’s. The results are listed below. We welcomed two new competitors, rookies to both SCCA and the rally scene. Ty Bradley and Tanner Miller had a very respectable finish and a good time. We hope to see them back as regulars as well as at Rally Cross and Solo events.

Gordon & Teresa Benson led the pack, with Scott Bitzer and Steve Winegar were a close second. Jim Wiles paired up with Eric Blackmon to finish third. Our newbies finished fourth, with EB Lunken & Chuck Thompson bringing up the rear.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR THE JUNE 16TH EVENT, the 222 Shuffle. We will be starting from the Quaker Steak & Lube in Milford. Drivers and Navigators unite and sign up on MotorSportReg.com. Bring teams of your neighbors, friends or co-workers (who have not participated with us in the last two years) and you and each team you bring will receive a $5 discount off the registration fee. If you need to be paired up with a running partner, let us know and we’ll do our best. Our rallies always end at a location disclosed before you start your drive and is always a family friendly place with food and adult beverages available. Competition promises to be fierce for the 2018 Series Championship.

For those new to the sport, Road Rallies are run on public roads at legal (sometimes brisk) speeds on a variety of roads. Route instructions can be challenging but if you are careful you will NOT get lost. Any street licensed vehicle capable of accommodating a driver and a navigator who can communicate safely (so probably not a motorcycle) from a smart car to a pickup truck are eligible and kids are welcome. Penalty points are given for incorrect answers to questions that can be answered by making observations along the route. Low score wins. Awards are presented for each event and points are assigned based on finishing position to determine a series champion.

The schedule as it now stands is as follows:

Date Rally Master
April 14 EB Lunken
May 26 Jim Knepper
June 16 Colleen Cabe
July 21 Lee Grimes
August 25 Jim Wiles
October 6 Gordon Benson
November 3 TBD

 
One more date is still available if you’d like to set up a rally. Assistance can be provided. Contact me if you have questions.

Christy Graham
Road Rally Chair
CincySCCARally@yahoo.com
513-658-4677

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