200 feet off the road down a cliff/embankment. Stage 2 claimed several teams the same way.
It was the Evo 8. Murray showed up at 1Am last night after replacing the framerails and front end.
JeanGeorge's entry/results are correct and hats off to TAD.
The organizers here just keep surprising us with more new twisty as can be roads.
We just withdrew with a cracked exhaust manifold while in 2nd OA.
WOW! What a rally. This was one of the first times since I have been involved in rally that ANY car with the best driver/co-driver team could win. The roads at Cherokee are really an equalizer for rally cars.
The 6 mile shakedown stage that was SS1 at Rally Tennessee saved some teams from unexpected problems in competition. Running the stage was also a great training and brush up session for control officials. I even got to practice the "Beryl-Ann" move with a local lady until that charmer, Ray Hocker arrived.
My big surprise was the competitors forgot to tell me that they had a base jump with a "Cudzu Climb" planned on SS2. I know the brochure says "They Fly At Cherokee Trails" but really that was not meant to be taken literally
Congratulations to all of the hardy souls who made it to the finish. The "top ten."
Thank you to all of the people who helped with Cherokee. After SS2, we learned that many of our rally officials have all types of wiley ways and abilities to get cars out of precarious situations.
A bunch of giant turkeys made my life interesting while doing course opening 00 safety car. Who knew they could be that big and swarm!
More when I recover from the great equalizer- Cherokee Trails!
A lot of you missed an excellent rally. All the good stuff, single service/tech/finish. Short transits and friendly competitors, workers and organizers. The roads were new but the same twisty up and down the mountain that I prefer to; planting my right foot and steering (with my eyes closed). Kendall said they have a 5-year deal signed for use!
Most of the field did well on ss1 and then shot themselves in the foot on ss2! After Tom Lawless did his thing on 4 or 5, Hadjiminas lost boost and withdrew and left the whole event to the also-rans, which I thank them for. Langbein's 4trac stayed in service too long and lost his chance to place after some great times. I had a great time trying to get back from a cautious start and congratulate Mr's O'Brian and Field for their ability to stay on the road as few (evidently) can.
BTW, no complaints of cheating that I heard. This is a happy bunch.
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Really sucks I had to miss it. For some reason I was under the impression it was postponed. Im from memphis and missing a rally in TN for ME is a no-no. The first year I went I was talked into by John Shirley on the phone after I called him (cant remember how I got his #. His excitement in his voise is what sold me on heading out there. I had a blast and met some rally passionate people on the stages, I also went the next year as well. I wont forget having a steak with Andrew Havas and being interviewed by a magazine buddy of his and the friendlyness of both of them. They were happy to answer my barrage of silly questions and it made my wife excited about "lil cars sliding around the mountains". I will be in alabama as most of the more northwestern rallies are a bit out of my range. All apologies for not being there to support all the teams and organizers.
I had a great time. Went around the shakedown stage several times. But, got caught off-guard by a big muddy corner close to the end of SS1, slid and nosed-in to the dirt. Wasn't much of an impact, but it bent the port-side control-arm. I'm really bummed that my first rally was cut short like that, but I did have fun. I'm looking forward to WestVirginia or RallyAL (probaby AL).