|Westchester Sportscar Club - Turkey Tour Rally Sat. Nov. 21
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|Author:||mcguirk [ Sun Nov 01, 2015 11:03 am ]|
|Post subject:||Westchester Sportscar Club - Turkey Tour Rally Sat. Nov. 21|
I am a member of the Westchester Sports Car Club and we sponsor a few rallies during the year and I thought I would post the information on the various sports car forums I belong to. I think there may be some interest in a scenic drive through the upper Westchester area. These rallies are low pressure/fun competitions involving following directions and observing posted "rally signs" along the route. Generally you drive approximately at the posted speed limit and you are penalized for arriving at the finish early or late.
One word of warning, I was surprised to learn that there are still some public dirt roads in Westchester and they are sometimes included in WSCC rallies. I had no problem driving my sports car on these public roads but some people freak out if their shiny cars come anywhere near a dirt road. You decide if that matters to you, any street legal car is welcome.
See previous rally:
Westchester Sportscar Club - 66th Annual Turkey Tour Rally
Saturday, November 21
WHAT IS A ROAD RALLY?
These are events in which a driver/navigator team follow written instructions at specified speeds (always within the speed limits) over public roads. These events usually are 50 to 70 miles long and take two to three hours to complete. WSCC sponsors several rallies each year including one of the oldest consecutively held rallies in the United States. They are fun oriented time-distance rallies in and around Westchester County.
In a Road Rally, each team of two people--a driver and a navigator--is given a set of route
directions to follow, and the speeds at which they should travel the route.
The goal of a Road Rally is to travel the correct route at the correct speeds, and arrive at
“checkpoints” precisely on time. You are scored on how close to the correct time you arrive. A
Road Rally is not a race, and no rally will ever require you to drive in a reckless or illegal
fashion. Arriving too early at a checkpoint hurts your score, as does arriving too late. To
participate, you'll need to know the rules for understanding the route instructions. Some
basics will be discussed at the Driver’s Meeting and you are encouraged to “study” the General
Instructions that you’ll receive upon registration.
RALLY PREPARATION: Entrants should have a light for reading route instructions, a watch, paper, pencil, a four
function calculator and maybe a clipboard. NO AUXILIARY LIGHTS ABOVE HEADLIGHT LEVEL WILL
BE NEEDED OR ALLOWED. (NOTE THAT NEW YORK STATE LAW PROHIBITS SUCH LIGHTS.) There
will be no alcoholic beverages allowed before or during the rally. MORE THAN TWO PEOPLE IN A CAR
WILL BE APPROPRIATELY PENALIZED. DUE TO SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS, NO DRIVER ONLY
CARS WILL BE REGISTERED. CARS WITH "COMPUTER" or “NAVIGATION SYSTEMS” WILL BE
INELIGIBLE FOR OFFICIAL RESULTS RANKING.
THE START: will be from the Grand Prix New York parking lot, 333 North Bedford Road (Route
117), Mt. Kisco, N.Y.
THE FINISH MEETING: will be at Applebee’s Restaurant, 195 North Bedford Road (Route 117),
Mt. Kisco, N.Y.
REGISTRATION: opens at 5 PM and continues to 6:30 PM. There will be a drivers’ meeting at
approximately 6:30 PM. Cars will be sent off at 7:00 + the car number in minutes (i.e. Car 35
leaves at 7:00 + 35 minutes or 7:35). Entry fee is $20.00 ($15.00 for WSCC members) per car. A
$5.00 late fee will be charged for anyone registering after 6:30.
TROPHIES: awarded to top 10%. (To qualify for an award, the team has to finish.) A WSCC
Credit Certificate (good for free entry at any WSCC event) may be chosen in place of a
traditional trophy. Dash Plaques will be given to all entrants.
For more information visit our internet address: HTTP://WWW.WSCC.ORG or email info@WSCC.org
|Author:||mcguirk [ Thu Dec 31, 2015 4:03 pm ]|
|Post subject:||Re: Westchester Sportscar Club - Turkey Tour Rally Sat. Nov.|
2015 Turkey Tour Rallymaster Letter
Another Turkey Tour Rally is in the books. We started planning this one a bit late, so we went back to our roots with a drive along the New York/Connecticut border around Greenwich, North Stamford and Pound Ridge. The great thing about this area is that the homes are spectacular, day or night, and the roads are twisty and generally pretty empty.
We started 31 cars from GP-NY's parking lot starting at 7pm and finished 21 a couple of blocks from Applebee's, 5 more cars handed in answer sheets at Applebee's and 5 cars are missing in action. Having the checkpoint close to Applebee's seemed to result in a great turnout at the bar afterwards. It was great seeing so many rally participants after the rally was done sharing experience about the route. The actual rally time was 2 hours 30 minutes and 38 seconds. We were told by a few teams that it was fairly easy to make up time due to the lower speed limits (proven by one team that was penalized for being 16 minutes early). And although we put up a lot of turkey signs along the route, two teams found all 55 of them and several others had very close to all of them. The results were very competitive. We score 3 aspects of the rally, finishing time, turkey signs and actual mileage. The winning team got the right balance with 296 total points, mostly accumulated in being 4.5 minutes early since they found all the signs and their mileage was off by only 0.5 miles.
One interesting sighting along the rally route was a farm with 2 zebra and 2 camels, an odd sight that we had to document on our final run of the route to pick up signs. Yes, this was along the rally route.
When we started planning rallies for WSCC in 1999 we would routinely have over 50 cars in the event, and we have heard stories from some long time members of events with over 140. It would be great to get back to the mid-50's level again. So if everyone gets a friend to run the next rally, the Bunny Run, or has any idea's on how to build up our numbers, please let us know. You can always send me an email at jesse (at) wscc.org.
Thank you to everyone that helped us plan and execute this event, Debbi and Gary for doing registration, Ken for helping pick up the signs and Frank for pre-running and helping at the checkpoint. We certainly couldn't have done it without this help.
We look forward to seeing everyone back in the spring for the Bunny Run Rally!
Jesse & Barbara.
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