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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2016 6:23 pm 

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Location: Wayne, New Jersey 07470
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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.


Westchester Sports Car Club - 2016 Turkey Tour Road Rally
Saturday November 19th, starting in Mt. Kisco, N.Y.

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
will be no alcoholic beverages allowed before or during the rally. MORE THAN TWO PEOPLE IN A CAR

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

PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2016 7:54 pm 

Joined: Wed Sep 24, 2003 3:31 pm
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Location: Wayne, New Jersey 07470
2016 Turkey Tour Rallymaster Letter

This letter marks the end of another season of rallies for Westchester Sports Car Club.
Without a local autocross site we have been a rally only club for the past few seasons. The
attendance for rallies has been dropping in the last few years also, hopefully we are able to build
upon this program next year.

The annual club rally trophy was up for grabs this year going into the Turkey Tour, while the
rallymasters for this event had their final scoring total at 51 points, several individuals and
teams could surpass that total with a good showing. We score the best 2 of 3 events, with a
bonus given to rallymasters (since they forego their opportunity to score in 3 events).

The teams that finished the Turkey Tour started coming in with very good times. Car #2
finished first and was about 5 minutes early, car #1 was next, while still early to the check
point, they were about 1 minute off the actual time of 2 hours 41 minutes and 41 seconds.
Several other teams rolled in and were within a few minutes. When car #10 arrived, their
biggest concern was if the big white pickup finished, when I said no, they were psyched
because that was their parents. What we didn't realize then is that car #10 was 1 minute off
actual time and found all but 5 signs, a combination that won them the rally. Congratulations…
and no your parents didn't come through the checkpoint, sorry.

One common theme at the finish was comments on the well hidden signs. The next day when
we went to pick up the signs, we saw that about 8 of the 41 posted were very well hidden but
found by many of the participants. The best team for finding signs was car #17 missing only 2
signs, but they had the advantage of 10 total eyes belonging to the 2 rallyists and 3 additional

The biggest trick in the rally was multiple (well marked) dead ends, particularly at
intersections that appear to have been T's.

Congratulations to Jessica and Cassie for winning the rally, also to Mike Caroll for winning
the yearend rally trophy, a big silver cup in which his name will be permanently engraved.

Big thanks go out to Ken for agreeing to prerun the rally at a moment when we really needed
help and for helping at the checkpoint, Debbi and Gary for registering everyone, Mike for
running the novice meeting, and Frank and Ed for holding down Applebee's while Ken, Barbara
and I were at the checkpoint.

If anyone is interested in writing a rally for us next year, we will find someone to guide you
through the process and help in all aspects of running the event. Email me at jesse (at)
if you interested in writing a rally or helping with writing one.

Thank you everyone for joining us at this event and for participating in the 2016 season.

Jesse & Barbara

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