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Pike's Peak -- what a neat event! Racing 12.4 miles up an incredible mountain and demonstrating to the world how cool it is to have two people in the car. I wish we could have made it this year, but it was a mighty pricy stretch of road, beyond our budget for 2002. Next year, however....

Anyway, with the addition of Pike's Peak to the 2003 calendar as a points-paying event, this venue also presents a clever solution to the ProRally scheduling problem.

With ProRally events dropping off the calendar left and right (Rim and Cherokee, get it? har har) and who knows how many more, the board needs to add something back to the calendar to give the manufacturers and gentlemen racers a proper professional series. The challenge is finding an organizer and a venue that will tackle that onerous task.

Pike's Peak set an excellent precedent for a simple solution: add other Coefficient 1 RallySprints to the ProRally calendar!

Indeed, we could make all our Pro events between 10 and 15 miles in length, while letting the club-only guys run on the other 85 miles of roads. Boom, an instant win-win situation for Pro and Club alike!

Why didn't anyone think of this before?

Rally on!

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.....and if 12-miler is too demanding there's an oval in every "Hicksville", USA
- Or a 1/4 mile, run on snow tires! Navi: "400 - flat straight!"
- A bonus; Fresh smelling drivers to kiss trophy girls (or boys - hey, this is 2002...)
 

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As much as I would absolutely LOVE to run Pike's Peak, for $100/mile I'll be staying home.

I think that just a few basic things would be an improvement over the existing situation.

1. Get rid of the hypocrisy (speeding on transits)
2. Get rid of the double-standard between have's and have-nots

Those two would go a long way to establish two other things that any successful organization needs - trust and respect

If that still doesn't work, get someone who will tout the series to the media, rather than his own horn.

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Well, taking this one, small, step further, I'd like to invite everyone to the Fall Behind ProRallyCross at Blackhawk Farms, IL on October 13. Why bother with all those pesky stage miles?


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>.....and if 12-miler is too demanding there's an oval in
>every "Hicksville", USA<

Yeah Topi,

The Manufacturer Teams could run a series of 1/2 mile side-by-side "Super Special Stages" inside each Hicksville oval. The TV video would be great and they'd be part of the "Big Time" NASCAR commercial show.

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John,

You always know how to take a difficult situation and come up with the best solutions...

You better copyright your idea before it gets stolen by the PRO Rally Divison of SCCA.


>Pike's Peak -- what a neat event! Racing 12.4 miles up an
>incredible mountain and demonstrating to the world how cool
>it is to have two people in the car. I wish we could have
>made it this year, but it was a mighty pricy stretch of
>road, beyond our budget for 2002. Next year, however....
>
>Anyway, with the addition of Pike's Peak to the 2003
>calendar as a points-paying event, this venue also presents
>a clever solution to the ProRally scheduling problem.
>
>With ProRally events dropping off the calendar left and
>right (Rim and Cherokee, get it? har har) and who knows how
>many more, the board needs to add something back to the
>calendar to give the manufacturers and gentlemen racers a
>proper professional series. The challenge is finding an
>organizer and a venue that will tackle that onerous task.
>
>Pike's Peak set an excellent precedent for a simple
>solution: add other Coefficient 1 RallySprints to the
>ProRally calendar!
>
>Indeed, we could make all our Pro events between 10 and 15
>miles in length, while letting the club-only guys run on the
>other 85 miles of roads. Boom, an instant win-win situation
>for Pro and Club alike!
>
>Why didn't anyone think of this before?
>
>Rally on!
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>John Dillon
 

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<You better copyright your idea before it gets stolen by the PRO Rally Divison of SCCA.>

Uh, I think that's ProRally (or PrOrAlly, or Pro Rally, or NARA, or NARRA, or NARRofA, or USAC, or, oh, never mind).
 

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>Pike's Peak -- what a neat event! Racing 12.4 miles up an
>incredible mountain and demonstrating to the world how cool
>it is to have two people in the car. I wish we could have
>made it this year, but it was a mighty pricy stretch of
>road, beyond our budget for 2002. Next year, however....
>
>Anyway, with the addition of Pike's Peak to the 2003
>calendar as a points-paying event, this venue also presents
>a clever solution to the ProRally scheduling problem.
>
>With ProRally events dropping off the calendar left and
>right (Rim and Cherokee, get it? har har) and who knows how
>many more, the board needs to add something back to the
>calendar to give the manufacturers and gentlemen racers a
>proper professional series. The challenge is finding an
>organizer and a venue that will tackle that onerous task.
>
>Pike's Peak set an excellent precedent for a simple
>solution: add other Coefficient 1 RallySprints to the
>ProRally calendar!
>
>Indeed, we could make all our Pro events between 10 and 15
>miles in length, while letting the club-only guys run on the
>other 85 miles of roads. Boom, an instant win-win situation
>for Pro and Club alike!
>
>Why didn't anyone think of this before?
How about charging the really really Pro Teams a nice reasonable $2000 entry fee for every STAGE, and give them Manufacturer Champignonskit (OK, OK, you guys aren't looking up these funny furrin' words which are funny, so Champignon is mushroom in Swedish and skit is just what it looks like with a sh sound. So got it?)
Points per stage, and why not give them Drivers points,too.

Then the results will be suitably skewed, viewers and readers won't be burdened with the messy details of boring rules made up soley to benifit of the "Pros" and the organisers can let the rest of us "extras" get the normal salary according to the Screen Actor Guilds rates for those who will not be shown on camera, which back in 1990 I got $200 a day plus der diem for food and lodging.

Cool huh?
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>Rally on!
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>John Dillon

John Vanlandingham
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