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Maps of Simpson ownership covering the entire Wild West rally will be available at Simpson Resource Company's main office (215 N 3rd Ave, downtown Shelton) M-F between 8-12 and 1-5pm. These "commercially available" maps cover the east and west half of our core tree farm (2 large sheets), at a scale of 1" = 3,000' (1:36,000 for the technical types). Black and white. Just ask for the "hunting maps". Good for transits, for your service crew to come find you in the ditch, and for the map savvy co-drivers.

Some have used these for navigation, and maybe they'd like to comment on their accuracy and usefullness. It seems to me that these maps, combined with the route book, could give you almost course-note level accuracy for only $20.

If you're interested, please let me know so I can assure there will be enough to go around.

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Rick
(half landowner, half organizer, remaining fraction driver ;-) )
 

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The maps are pretty good, not Ordnance Survey good (British co-drivers are so spoilt when it comes to maps), but are clear, show the roads very well and were accurate for all the stages at Dryad/Shitpoke and we reuse at least some of the roads for WW.

You really do need a magnifier to use them, the scale is just a little too small to eyeball. They were accurate on stage except for one short section of missing road (less then 100 meters) that was not really an problem, just a quick "drive what you see" between two instructions.

Carey Wright and I ran using them at Dryad and Shitpoke a couple of months ago, with some success (5th overall and a fastest stage time in a almost totally stock RX-7).

I don't think the best co-driver in the world could reliably get "almost course-note level accuracy" from then but they are far, far better than the best route book. That?s just my $0.02, but I?m strange I like using maps on stage.


Dave Kean
 
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