Should be an interesting rally. I heard comments to the tune of "rally is too short" (as in 4 stages), "it does not count for anything" or "they do not allow spectators". Well, for those of you who are debating whether to attend the rally or not, let me point something out:
First of all, Cherokee Trails, since 2000, has been known as a very "technical" rally. If you want to demonstrate, learn, practice or test your rally driving skills and STRATEGY, this is the event to go. This rally is no different to the ones in previous years and it will truly test man & machine thru stages of up to 17 miles long. For Seeds 6,7 and 8 this is good "schooling" and at a great price.
Second, it may not count towards anything but, really, how many of us are really in contention for any kind of championship anywhere? In the North East they are complaining that their club rallies have been cancelled for the year with the exception of one or two. So here is your opportunity to shake the rust off and attend a good event.
Third, as of my latest conversation with Kendall, there are now spectator areas and in private land. From what I understand, it should be a treat to the spectators. We all want our family, friends and V.I.P.s
to be able to come and enjoy an event. So now they can observe and interact with the teams . The town of Cleveland has been great (ala Wellsboro) and we even have a podium start. Great photo opportunity that you dont get in many other rallies.;-)
But mostly, this is a great chance to throw your support to NASA Rallysport and help them get a good start here in the East. Remember, every good endeavor must have a good start and we all need to help the sport head in the right direction. Sure, we could continue to do it from behind a computer and not be heard by the decision-makers, or we can get involved, talk to the event organizers before, during and after the event and help them improve their event and, in this particular case, help the new group since John and Kendall are an integral part of NASA Rallysport.
Hope to see you all there! Dont miss this event. Everyone is talking about how great Gorman was, let's make it two for two. There is no SCCA or NASA, this is about the sport.