Special Stage Forums banner

1 - 12 of 12 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
34 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I'm wondering why most "top 20" drivers and co-drivers haven't taken a responsible organizing position on a PRO Rally or a Club Rally (recently or ever). There is a tremendous opportunity to lead by example that is being missed here. Any thoughts or counter points?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
222 Posts
When was the last time anyone saw a top-20 competitor coming out to work an event he wasn't running. I've seen a few spectating, but working a control? Not in NEDiv anyway.
 

·
CR>R5 into L3- 100 Finish
Joined
·
626 Posts
I would say for one,.. that the SCCA doesn't stand behind them.
It appears our organisation is struggling to provide training and funds for the people that do volunteer. Also the rules are used loosely to certain competitors.

Whiplash RallyeSport
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
408 Posts
In all fairness, I do believe the New York-based Irish contingency was very involved in the Irish Hills rallycross series.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
583 Posts
Forget About the Top 20

Dear Friends,

Enter your LOCAL Club Rally. The very best thing a Competitor can do in the USA right now is keep rallying at the Club Level, locally, and let the National/Pro fiasco reap it's own reward. Local Club is where the real base of support resides. Keep it strong and support it.

I know of one Ex-Pro competitor that will not enter even a combined event anymore, simply AS A MATTER OF PRINCIPAL. With things as they are now, he will only consider entering a Club Rally. Bravo!!

Support your local ClubRally,
Rich Smith

"vive le Pro-le-Ralliat"
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,246 Posts
mark utecht is a great example he comes to almost all the lol rallycrosses is an event chairman for a couple rallyx's a year and alway helps work the event when he is not arguing for a policy of dropping the slowest run from his score. he is also very active in our region and helpful to the newcomers.
-greg
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
100 Posts
I have noticed that Pro competitors won't work.... even after they break, and have nothing else to do. They won't volunteer, even when they know that the organizers need workers; I've mentioned the need for workers to several Pro competitors, and the response has been, "so what".

If even half of the competitors that DNF for some reason barring medical problems, would volunteer to do something, or even if you get that same amount to volunteer to do something in the planning stages of an event.... think about how less stressful organizing would be! :) Even if it's finding volunteers to work stages. We all know some local kids who love the car, and want to get involved! :)

Just my observations and $0.02....
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,998 Posts
Steve Gingras came to Headwaters and spent the whole night marshalling several locations.

JB Niday and Al Kintigh (all right, they're not top 20, but they DID finish 2nd in Gp2 Nationally in 2001) heard about the possible event in Lead, SD and immediately signed up for the committee.

And Henry Joy, taking a sabbatical from rallying, takes a big part in the organizing of Sno*Drift.

Many of these folks work quietly behind the scenes and aren't noticed.

Bruce
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
16 Posts
Excellent question, Doug, that certainly has been tossed around through the years. Some of my most frustrating moments in rallying have been with competitors who insist on spectating, rather than working, if they're not in a car. Believe it or not, even if you DNF you can still work in most cases! Or, get this - you can attend an event with the sole purpose to work!

Reality check:

Hello, competitors! You need to give back in order to keep competing. Some of us organizers are getting rather tired and need occasional breaks, too.

Lyn
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
533 Posts
AHem.... :) While taking on a light schedule in 2003 for family reasons, Brenda Lewis has worked (with her husband, yours truly) at Sno*Drift (Bannering, radio/marshall) and Headwaters (registration, radio, start/finish control)

We both believe that if we are not competing in an event, and we can get to it, we should be there to help out.

jblewis
 

·
Loose nut behind the wheel
Joined
·
1,074 Posts
> when he is not arguing
>for a policy of dropping the slowest run from his score.

That hurts buddy. :p

Seriously, I do think it is important to do what you can to support the sport. If you are a national competitor, work or organize a clubrally or rallycross. If you are a club or rallycross competitor, work or organize a national. That is how it seems to work in Lol region and I am proud to organize half of the rallycrosses this year.

Mark Utecht
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,246 Posts
mark,
we missed you sunday in the dust! go to www.geocities.com/donovan_motorsports/ to see a few pictures. there is a good one of jims rooster blasting some cones. and we all know even your slowest run is still pretty darn fast:7
-greg
 
1 - 12 of 12 Posts
Top