No Alibi is a TSD touring rally in the Grand Tour tradition. A challenge of driving accuracy and navigational skills in a friendly two-day competition for driver and co-driver. The rally covered 591 miles of paved and smooth gravel roads through the scenic Cascade Mountains and Eastern Washington.
This third running of the rally started at Snoqualmie Summit, East of Seattle and proceeded across the Cascade Mountains perusing the environments around such places as Cle Elum, Quincy, Soap Lake, Wilbur and Reardon before ending the day in Spokane for the night. Sunday we headed back west through areas such as Cheney, Harrington, Wilson Creek, Ephrata and finished in Wenatchee in the early afternoon.
Date: June 1-2, 2002
Rallymaster: Kirk Simons
A Word From The Rallymaster:
A time of reflection.
It is now a day after the rally and my stress level has receded. I think back on the preparation for No Alibi as being a challenging task, but also fun. It is great to get out and meet new people, see new things and finding new roads is the best part of all. There is also no greater satisfaction when the day of the event, everything has come together and I can pretty much stand back and let our workers do the rest. My hat is off to our workers. I planned out 34 checkpoints for the rally and we scored every one. They did a great job!
Out of the 23 cars and trucks that started, including four 1969 and 1970 Saab Sonnets, all finished having survived two days and 600 miles of rallying on paved and smooth gravel roads that at times had some brisk sections to them. Unfortunately, there were some flat tires, mechanical problems and one team had an untimely encounter with a deer, but everyone overcame these obstacles and continued on to the finish. This is the true sense of rallying. Congratulations to all the class winners and Lee Sorenson and Rod Sorenson for the overall victory in their 1999 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS.
I am looking forward to getting out and exploring all new roads to be used on next years No Alibi. Keep visiting Rainier's web site, we will keep it updated with new information on next years rally. Thanks again for attending this years No Alibi rally. Hope to see you out at upcoming rally's.
Kirk Simons; No Alibi Rally Master.
Thanks to the Workers:
What Do I Do Now?
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Pacific Coast Challenge International Rally Series: No Alibi 2002 is not part of the Pacific Coast Challenge Series for 2002. It will return to the PCC calendar in 2003, alternating years with Night on Bald Mountain. Information on the series is available at the Pacific Coast Challenge Website.