While everyone is focused on STPR this weekend, I stayed home and checked the entry list for Silverstone. Of the 24 entries posted as of 5/30, 9 are U.S. and 15 are Canadian, including Dan Sprongl, a late addition to the list and last year's co-winner. Could be an interesting little international rivalry brewing here.
Stage notes courtesy of Frank Sprongl, prize money, recce ... all promise to make it lots and lots of fun.
I really only have my/our non-results.
Dave Shindle and I went off at a "caution r2" by driving at "r3" speed without using any caution on the second stage and bent a lower control arm and limped out during the service break.
We saw two suspension failures after stage one on an Audi - Ken Hawley and a Suzuki Sprint and a submerged car in a lake near the end of SS2 - roof was black (Toyota all-trac? David Lea?), Piotr Motykiewicz from Rally Planet was in the trees just a turn or two from SS2 finish and the s-10, John Daubenmier was on the trailer.
We were too tired to hang around. The rain we had wished for appeared on our extraction so the place was turning into a churned up mudpit.
Just as we were leaving we were told Brian Scott went into the trees on ss3. That left the order Thompson, ACP, Dan Sprongl.
I can't say who won, i didn't stay for the awards, but i did hear peter thomson ended up taking it. Man, was it wet. Took 20min to drive out from the end of the stage, absoloutly no gravel left on that road, just rock after rock after rock....... Saw the audi and the swift with the suspension failures, though the audi looked better after service....But when i left, they were still trying to get that car from out of the lake.
/edit in people's CORRECT names....god i'm slow...
In my short rally career, I've been all over the US and the west coast guys say, "oooh, look out when you come here, we have big cliffs and WATERBARS. You east coast guys don't know how tough our roads are." They also call RIM the toughest rally in the US. That is Bull, er rubbish. After BlackBear I went to Maine and couldn't tell much difference. In 40 minutes this little rally caused a lot of hardships and in comparison, RIM was more fun than frightening, those cute little bumps broke up the monotanty of going back and forth so slowly.
Congratulations on running the notes AND recce. The SCCA not allowing writing in the notes book does nothing to level the competition.
If someone wants to check himself, his navigator and car in the most challenging way possible, in a fun and friendly atmosphere - put Black Bear on your list for 2003.
This weekend's Black Bear was my first as a driver. I have to say that I loved the notes. The road was fantastic, but rough after the rain. We ran well in SS1&2, but hit some "new" bedrock on 3 (ran 8km with a blown Silverstone) and continued to finish with a bent tie-rod.
My rookie co-driver took to the notes like a duck to water - now he's dreading the thought of tulips!
Great thanks to the organizers and the workers at Black Bear.
Service by those working & fighting off the black flys & staying in a friendly, helpful mood went "above and beyond".
You are the reason we will return!
We (Mark Buskirk, myself) DNFed while leading Gr.2 ...(He did a fantasic job driving- first time w/me and notes). A CV joint failed on the "transit" up to the start of the last stage, leaving our little VW stranded. Sweep was fantastic to tow us all the way out, and watching them pull Brian Scott's tree climbing Evo and the submarine Celica out of the pond was great- these guys knew what they were doing!
Hope to see you all again soon
Jeffy Secor codriver #554 yellow vw golf
I know I had loads of fun, both servicing for Roger Sanderson and working as service radio. The road looked like it was very challenging the day before the event, and the rain must have made it even moreso. I learned a great deal working as a radio for the rally, and despite having to wear my rain gear most of the day, I had a blast. Congrats to everyone there, and Randy, it was neat to finally see the legacy tow car in person. I posted some pictures on my website, http://va3awd.dyndns.org/sbbr/ , including some action shots taken by a friend out spectating.