>Could it be that PPIHC is actually BIGGER than any SCCA
>prorally... and maybe has a different insurer.
>Philip J. Boer
Its an apple an an orange. Pikes peak has one set of rules, all other events have a different set of rules. STPR was the start, I imagine Oregon Trail will show further changes as far as spectating and event procedures.
>Not to mention that it is an entirely different creature. I
>do believe that this is actually the first year that PPIHC
>was an SCCA event.
SCCA provided sanction to the PPIHC group for the entire event (every class, including PP only classes) and "delivered" (in Kurt's words) a group of rally cars to the start line. Everything else was down to the PPIHC organizers.
There was no qualifying for anything other than start order, it was a matter of paying (and dealing with the no refund policy) and turning up for the rookie meeting. Tech was very much like any other Pro-rally tech and was done by Doug with the aid of a couple of PP inspectors.
I recall one estimate of 8 to 10,000 spectators on the hill (not one of whome offered us beer on the trip down BTW, very disapointing) in one of the Colorado papers Sunday morning.
I understand every marshall could see next marshall both up and down the road. In short every foot of the 12 mile road, and every spectator could be seen by a marshall with a radio and (so I was told by one) the authority to shut the road down and have red flags shown from all the flag stations.
I think there were very few restrictions on where spectators could watch from, they were cartainly very enthusiastic, but I don't recall one in a dangerous location or trying to get close to the speeding cars.
Dave has it to a T, interesting that IF this had been at STPR, We (car 83 Utecht/Secor) would have been obligated to stop and throw the redcross because of the spectator that ran across the road 20 ft in front of us - too bad this is not on our in-car tape, (it shut itself off after our spin/stall about 1/2 mile before) - and like I told Mark, I did not think to turn it back on because I was busy....Listening to God!
Yes- we still let the organizers know about this