The rallymaster told me earlier in the summer that given the uncertainty in the Club Rally situation it would be difficult on short notice to make committments to the municipalities for road closures and other support functions. There is a lot of work (and financial committments) to do in putting on a rally (as I'm sure you know) and it can not be done overnight. With the probable additional work to increase safety measures, this workload will increase. Would a rallymaster do all of this work and then find out the Club Rallys are still not on? We are now almost at the end of July and Black River would be only two months away. In my opinion, if SCCA said tomorrow that Club Rallys are back on with certain operational amendments, Black River Stages would be doubtful. It's too bad, the municipalities are very supportive of this event. The local mayor ( and pub owner) is probably the biggest supporter of the event. The locals come out and ask for autographs!
This has always been an interesting event for me. In 2001, I wound up in a ditch in chest high water, but still managed to finish. In 2002, I was in a car that rolled and we still finished (and wern't even last in class!).
The rallymaster is currently working on laying out two days worth of legs of the Finger Lakes 1000 event that is held from August 11 to August 15th or 16th. So I imagine that he is focused on something that is real, rather than something that is hypothetical.
I'm looking forward to Black River if it happens. My parents are coming to visit, and they said they'd hang around a few extra days to see their first rally. Black River is a good one for them to see, what with the Friday night stages at the Adirondack Int'l Speedway (I don't know if they'll be interested in hiking out to the woods to see the cars).
If not, well, I've been taking on too many rallies lately and it would be a nice break. This stuff is addictive, I need someone else to hold me back from burning myself out or going bankrupt
I reeeeally hope that they can pull this rally together- years ago it was the first performance rally I had ever been to, the one hit that started my spiral of addiction :9 , since then it is the one rally I will always volunteer at, definately has a special place in my heart...
As stated on rally-l (see there's still a good reason for it) by Mark Johnson, 'It's a go for September 27 2003. Who's going to work?'.
edit for spelling (even when I proof read before hitting send x( )