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Few things I saw:
- A beautiful Lancia Integrale from Netherlands. They had some boost issues but still enjoyed the trip over the pond.
- Beautiful and sexy rally chicks who can swear like Cantonise sailors (That's hot! Paris would say...)
- Very, very heavy roll over by WA crew in a Legacy. Thanks to Dave Clark cage they walked away. The drivers door and windows were blown away, and the roof was tightly shaped around the roll cage.
- Some other rolled cars (Golf, Corolla GTS, etc) and a couple of "shoulder lock" head-on crashes (Rx7, AUDI, etc)
- HiSpeed stages were eating engines as well (Corolla, Rx7, etc). When you keep the pedal-to-the-metal for 10-15 min you'll find out if the jetting/EFI mapping is correct...
- BTW - Everybody was praising who smooth and nice the stages were
- A little spice on the Bulletin board: Workman was protesting Iorio for blocking
- The Most Beautiful Rally cars: Mike Whitman's Cossie Escort (4WD) and Jimmy Keeney's Honda Civic(2WD). Both were the classiest entries, top prep work and well driven too. And, ofcourse, already mentioned Lancia in Historic category.
WHAT I DIDN'T SEE:
- Spectators. I was the only one (?)... Not a bad thing - I got the rally simulator for myself most of the day! I crashed all the factory cars from all teams and didn't have to pay...
- But it was hard to know what was going on out there. The workers in the tent didn't know so how could I...
- I sure miss our old, lo-tech white cardboard / felt pen info system. THAT was always in time and took ONE volunter to operate. Now, it's like "Murder-mystery-cruise" trying to figure out the culprits.
- All in all a nice weekend and I'm looking forward for next years rally in November with no change for snow.
- Finally, I challange you all "Old Historic Dudes": Get your S in gear and come and play with me at the "2006 Laughlin Historic Rally". I just made that up... but why not? The roads are SMOOTH and FAST, like the 1000 Lakes Rally without the trees.
 

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The reason you saw no spectators was because they weren't allowed. The only spectating was on Sunday. I'm certain there may have been a few illegal spectators but there weren't any allowed to do so. The only spectating was on Sunday's Super Special. We drove 2000 miles round trip to watch and help friends and decided to leave Sunday before the Super Special in protest of the lack of spectator areas. Also came up with some great new slogans for t-shirts/bumper stickers on the drive home.

The text message results was awesome. Standing in the middle of the desert and finding out who won what stage is superb. Though at the service park it was faster to check on the computer which was also awesome.

Whitman's Cosworth makes me drool every time I see it. Kind of a gnarly event. I didn't realize so many cars wrecked until I saw them in the parking lot on the trailers. Look forward to going back in the future!
 

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>The reason you saw no spectators was because they weren't
>allowed. The only spectating was on Sunday.
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Um, where did you get this information, Grant????? Did you not see the big yellow/red signs inside the main tent that said (among other things) "...spectate at your own risk..."

There was plenty of spectating! We weren't allowed to run on Saturday due to busted-up windsheild, so we spectated on Diamond Creek. Found a beautiful rock promontory with awesome views just a couple hundred yard in to watch the stage; saw both down the canyon and back up. There were quite a few spectators up there - Harris Done was up there shooting video as well.

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Hi Mike. Too bad about your car. Was looking good on Friday! My info was from the flyers around the hotel (they stated spectating only at Super Special) and from a response to Ray Hocker as follows:

"You should also know that access to our stages is very limited as are spectator areas due to the nature of the roads used on our event this year. We are in the first year of an agreement with Mohave County and our permits stipulates "no spectator areas" on the country roads. This will limit you shooting to not going beyond what can be seen from the start and finish locations. For safety reasons, we will not be able to provide you access on to the stage roads. You will have full access to the service areas.
That said, the SuperStage venue on Sunday in Laughlin is an excellent filming location and we can provide you full access to safe locations on this stage that are only available to registered media that has signed our event waivers and carry media credentials. I hope these terms will be acceptable to you."

We had planned to bring a crew of five cameramen to film the event and offer promo videos to competitors. We would have had approximately 40 shots of every car that completed Friday and Saturdays stages based upon our plan. We decided not to and just came to watch. Though we were allowed on one stage (17 mile rd) to go slightly past the start line and up on top of a berm with the Lancia, NZ crews, and a Kodak Sports Photographer. I heard there were quite a few spectators at Diamond Creek. I was going to go out with some of your crew members actually but we serviced that day so couldn't make it there to see many start nor back before our team possibly. Maybe the reservation stages spectators were still allowed on?
 

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You wouldn't happen to have gotten a picture of the "shoulder lock head on" RX-7 would you? I dropped the car at the shop and everyone wants to see pictures.

Thanks - Bill Hofmann
Owner of "R4- > 3- into OH SH!!!" Rx7
 
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