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Here is an article from the Missouri Miner about the rally.

http://www.missouri-miner.com/

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here is the Article.


Automotive column: Rally day fun
By Brandon Bundy

I'm sorry if you missed the road rally this weekend. Maybe you
didn't know or maybe you made excuses not to go. If you did that,
you were unfair to yourself. This was my third year at going to the
Trespasser's Will be Shot road rally and not one minute was
regretted.

I woke up at 8 a.m. on Saturday, and although it didn't feel
natural, I didn't care. I picked up a friend and we headed down
south to "God's country" as my friend calls it. You know you are
getting close when four-wheeler trails parallel the road between
towns and houses no longer have foundations.

Since each stage is on public roads, they have to have a system for
clearing them. They first send a marshal through the course who
stops at each spectator point and tells them the importance of
safety. Shortly after, a car with 000 on the side drives by. Closer
to the expected time, a 00 drives by at an accelerated pace, and
then the fun begins. The next car is the last marshal and is
designated with a single 0. This car, although an official, might as
well be a competitor because this car flies. Last year the 0 car was
one of the fastest cars of the day. After the course is cleared,
each competitor is started one minute apart.

We arrived at the first spectator point and found a good spot. The
point was set at the intersection of two county roads in the middle
of the national forest. The first car was expected through at 10:30
which would be the second stage of the day. The section of the stage
we could see consisted of a fast straightaway after a long sweeping
right. Some cars got a little sideways, but mainly it was all about
cars flying by at unhealthy speeds on gravel. As the cars went by,
we could see that some of them had already had incidents with some
of our Ozark trees. Some of the ones we didn't see had crashed the
day before.

As soon as the stage was over, we hurried to the next spectator
point. The way the race organizers structured the points, everyone
was going from spectator point A to C. The trip to the second point
was a convoy of cars and trucks all looking for the same road. We
ended up following a large truck to the "road" we were supposed to
go on. The road to the spectator point was 2.8 miles of sharp rocks,
ruts and narrow sections. It seemed to take forever to drive that
stretch of road in my car. It was more suited for four-wheel drives.
This spectator point was much better suited for seeing the cars. It
was situated at the top of a hill with the stage coming up the road
in a long sharp lefthander. Here we saw some cars get extremely
sideways but none of them lost control, much to our dismay. After
this stage was over, we went and ate at a deli in a gas station in
Bixby, which I would recommend to everyone. I was tired even though
it was only 3 p.m. so we headed back to Rolla. If I had wanted,
there were at least two more stages which I could have gone to, one
being at night.

Some of the cars that competed were the usual cast of characters in
a rally; the Subaru's, a few old Mitsubishi's, and a rally Ford
Focus. Of course there were a few cars you wouldn't expect to see
such as two Mazda RX7's, a bunch of Volkswagens (one was a laughable
new beetle), a wicked Honda Civic, a Nissan Sentra, and the best of
them all, a 1972 Chevrolet Corvette. At that second spectating
point, it was cool to see the difference in drivetrains. The rear-
wheel drives drifted through the turns, the front-wheel drives would
slide and then grip, and the all-wheel drives decimated the gravel.
I would have to say the crowd favorite was the Corvette with its own
sound and black sheep demeanor.

This was a short rendition of my experience last Saturday. I left
out a few details that you have to see to believe. Please plan on
going next year; I assure you that it won't be regrettable
 

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>Some of the cars that competed were the usual cast of
>characters in
>a rally; the Subaru's, a few old Mitsubishi's, and a rally
>Ford
>Focus. Of course there were a few cars you wouldn't expect to
>see
>such as two Mazda RX7's, a bunch of Volkswagens (one was a
>laughable
>new beetle), a wicked Honda Civic, a Nissan Sentra, and the
>best of
>them all, a 1972 Chevrolet Corvette.


(Nearly) All press is good press, but he's obviously a newcomer, eh? A few years ago, you would FULLY expect to see RX7s and VWs as they were factory supported entries. Subarus were "inexpensive, and built to look...errr...stay that way" and Mitsubishis were running, but with Dodge names.

Congrats on getting ink.

BTW...I did own one Subaru. An 81 wagon with 63 hp and a locked rear diff. A $300 college special that a dealer confiscated from me when I took it in to replace susp. bushings because it was "too rusty." They said it would probably fall apart if I tried to drive it home. I told them I had it airborne just 3 days prior on off-road trails. They didn't believe me.

Anyway, that opened the door for me to graduate to a (60 hp) $800 Honda CRX HF that made up for its great gas mileage by consuming enough oil to keep my pole barn mosquito free. I sold that at 205,000 after just one fresh front clip and bought an 85 GTI. That was a fast car! 100hp...holy crap! (Shortly after, I moved out of the pole barn and into a fourplex.)

Sorry for the sidetrack. Felt like babbling. And remembering Subaru's old tagline made me remember my "inexpensive" Subaru with fond memories. I must be getting old.
 

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>BTW...I did own one Subaru. An 81 wagon with 63 hp and a
>locked rear diff. A $300 college special that a dealer
>confiscated from me when I took it in to replace susp.
>bushings because it was "too rusty." They said it would
>probably fall apart if I tried to drive it home. I told them
>I had it airborne just 3 days prior on off-road trails. They
>didn't believe me.

- Is that the one that you got REALLY stuck in the Allegan Co. forest? (w/ 2 co-eds with you as I recall)
 

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Well, here's one guy that won't be on Mad Mike's Christmas card list:

>Automotive column: Rally day fun
>By Brandon Bundy
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>a bunch of Volkswagens (one was a laughable new beetle)
 

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>Well, here's one guy that won't be on Mad Mike's Christmas
>card list:
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>>Automotive column: Rally day fun
>>By Brandon Bundy
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>>a bunch of Volkswagens (one was a laughable new beetle)

Brandon is certainly testing the fourth of Mad Mike's Three ProRally Rules ("Any PR is better than no PR") with such a statement. Given the caliber of writing in the column I'm happy salving my ego by guessing he simply chose his words poorly. If "laughable" really was his inent then what the heck? He's welcome to his opinion.

Maybe it'll actually sell on eBay if I post it that way.

Hmmmm ...

Halley ...
I wanna be invited to Jake's low water bridge christening ...
http://www.realautosport.com
 

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> - Is that the one that you got REALLY stuck in the Allegan
>Co. forest? (w/ 2 co-eds with you as I recall)
>

Uh-huh. Buskirk been bending your ear?
 
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