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No Alibi Rally 2003

No Alibi is a TSD touring rally in the Grand Tour tradition. Challenge your driving accuracy and navigational skills in a friendly two-day competition for driver and co-driver. The rally covered 600 miles of paved and smooth gravel roads through the scenic Cascade Mountains and Eastern Washington. This year No Alibi was proud to serve as Round 1 of the Pacific Coast Challenge International Rally Series for 2003.

Date: May 31-June 1, 2003

Rallymaster: Kirk Simons


Thirty-four teams from as far away as New Hampshire and California competed in this fourth running of the No Alibi Rally which started at Snoqualmie Pass on Saturday morning at 9:00.  The weather cooperated for most of the weekend, except for the torrential downpour which created an impromptu "lake" (after the pace car passed) on one of the Saturday afternoon sections.  After crossing Blewett Pass and transiting through Wenatchee competitors climbed over 3300 feet to cross Badger Mountain before heading North through Waterville and down Browns Canyon toward Chelan Falls, throwing the elevation gain away.  A lunch disaster was narrowly averted as the food found highway 97A closed and had to backtrack (very fast) to meet waiting competitors at Chelan Powerhouse Park.  We traveled North by way of McNeil Canyon, through Brewster and nearly to Omak spashing through the impromptu Greenaway water crossing before heading back South.   A drive past Grand Coulee and along the South side of Lake Roosevelt got crews over near Wilbur and a turn South for final sections ending in Ephrata about 7:00 for dinner, entertainment and rest.

Sunday started early at 8:00AM with a trip through our famous "small" water crossing then headed back through Ephrata to a familiar section on Baird Springs Road.  The Rock Island grade section was delayed 30 minutes while trucks full of horses or cattle descended the grade.  The three-mile,1800 foot grade climb got cars up so dramatically that they barely noticed gaining another 1000 feet to cross over Badger Mountain again.  Coasting down through Waterville and Browns Canyon pointed cars back through Wenachee to a quick stop at Peshastin Pinnacles park.  The Blewett Pass sections of Saturday morning were run in reverse to get the rally back across to the finish in Cle Elum at about 3:00.

Congratulations to Mike Daily and Steve Pfau on their First Place finish!  Competition was very tight in all classes throughout the rally and their win was secured by only two seconds over last years champions, Lee and Rod Sorenson. 

A Note From Kirk:

No Alibi 2003. Sitting down tonight to write out my thoughts on No Alibi, I think back on the great weekend we all just had. WOW! 36 entries with 34 teams starting the event Saturday morning. It was really great to see some of the returning teams from last year and then to meet the new competitors to the rally this year. I really love seeing the different makes and models of vehicles that range from vintage SAAB Sonnets to the newer Subaru WRX's and even the brand new 2003 Mini Cooper that came out to run this event.

It is always quite the challenge to put on this size of an event and a lot of times the organizers have no control over some situations like when Mother Nature decides to unleash her fury on us and turn a perfectly dry road into a very large mud hole or when the local cattle rancher has done his Spring round up and is bringing two very large semi-truck loads of cattle down Rock Island Grade. Timing, Timing, Timing. It's all about Timing.

The rally did suffer some adversity on both days, but everyone kept level heads and we got through them. Hopefully those that were biting their tongues over my Do It Yourself Checkpoints didn't hurt themselves in the process. The Rally really lacked in workers this year and for those workers that did come out, I can't say thanks enough. These folks really hustled all over Eastern Washington for us. I also want to say a big thanks for those that assisted in the preparation of the event and especially our scoring team whom waded through the DIY Checkpoints and multiple time allowances. Hmmm, were going to have to do something about that for next year.

Well I believe I've said enough except to our local competitors and those that traveled from afar to enter the event. Thanks for coming out, hope you all had a great time. Cheers and good night.

Thanks to the Workers:

  • Kirk Simons (Advance car, outstanding planning and oversight)
  • Terry Simons and Mark Simons  (Pictures, trophies, prizes and more.)
  • Gretchen and Mike Jones  (Registration, Saturday lunch, checkpoint timing.)
  • Eric Horst and Steve Willey  (Checkpoint timing, scoring)
  • Michael Garvais and Kim Prater (Checkpoint timing)
  • Cynthia Peterson (Checkpoint timing, vehicle recovery)
  • Roy Ward and Shari (Route survey, sweep, checkpoint timing)
  • Mark Nolte and Sally Devore (Checkpoint timing)
  • Joel Wright and Pete Shelton (Checkpoint timing)
  • Ken and Sue Lingbloom (Checkpoint timing on Saturday)


Competitor Stories:


Car # Competitors Vehicle Class Saturday Sunday Total O/A Class
3 Michael Daily / Steve Pfau 1984 VW Jetta UNL 13 27 40 1 1
1 Lee Sorenson / Rod Sorenson 1999 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS UNL 21 21 42 2 2
6 Ron Sorem / Max Vaysburd 1987 Subaru RX Turbo Coupe UNL 29 18 47 3 3
2 Greg Hightower / Nora Hightower 1998 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS UNL 38 12 50 4 4
12 Bob Chandler / Mark Clemmens 1989 Mazda MX6 UNL 31 20 51 5 5
28 Peter Soper / Larry Richardson 2002 Subaru WRX wagon UNL 33 20 53 6 6
5 Steve Richards / Gary Reid 2002 Subaru OBS UNL 52 26 78 7 7
21 Chris Ankeny / Rusty Link 1970 Saab 96 V4 UNL 66 34 100 9 8
22 Satch Carlson / Russ Kraushaar 1969 Saab Sonett II V4 UNL 83 20 103 10 9
8 Paul Eklund / Kala Rounds 2002 Subaru Impreza Wagon UNL 94 19 113 11 10
26 Fred Ankeny / John Joyce 1970 Saab 96 UNL 96 66 162 13 11
10 Jim Hogan / Dan Comden 2002 Subaru WRX Wagon UNL 149 32 181 14 12
24 Dennis Gunn / Rebecca Rocks 1986 Audi Quattro 4000 UNL 174 22 196 15 13
23 Teresa Davenport / Brian Hackney 1968 Saab Sonett II V4 UNL 178 32 210 16 14
25 Guy Recordon / David Recordon 1968 Saab Sonett UNL 48 194 242 17 15
27 Garth Ankeny / Sharon Forrest 1983 Audi Coupe Quattro UNL 136 178 314 24 16
9 Don Gibson / Mike Workman 1993 Ford Ranger Pickup EQU 68 28 96 8 1
20 Jeff McMillen / Marvin Crippen 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX Sedan EQU 83 37 120 12 2
13 Tom Palidar / Brian Palidar 1983 VW GTI EQU 369 145 514 27 3
16 Dave Burroughs / Dave Karraker 1980 Ford Fiesta EQU 539 212 751 28 4
30 Leigh Wilson / Jim Eaton 2003 Mini Cooper S EQU 530 471 1001 31 5
4 Vasco de Pinna / Kevin Mullins 1997 Subaru Legacy GT Wagon SOP 178 85 263 18 1
7 Steve R. Perret / Kathryn S. Hansen 1986 Subaru GL-10 SOP 177 87 264 19 2
33 Taylor Van Vleet / Holly Odegard 1994 Honda Accord SOP 207 64 271 20 3
18 Casey Woodrum / Benson Miller 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX SOP 226 73 299 22 4
17 Nickolas Reynolds / Denise Mullins 2000 Dodge Dakota SOP 212 88 300 23 5
15 Jeremy Stewart / Holly Stewart 2001 Subaru 2.5 RS SOP 237 140 377 25 6
32 Carl Van Austen / Patty Van Austen 1984 Audi 4000S Quattro SOP 862 2022 2884 34 7
19 Brian Zaugra / Jon Harbour 2001 Subaru 2.5RS NOV 224 57 281 21 1
14 Sasha Horst / Nicole Nuber 1993 Subaru Loyale BiTurbo Sport NOV 271 140 411 26 2
31 Patrick Widner / Philip Widner 2003 Subaru WRX NOV 321 449 770 29 3
35 Jason Carter / Jered Carter 2002 Subaru WRX Wagon NOV 488 322 810 30 4
36 Nate Foley / Aaron Cardin 1997 Subaru Impreza NOV 575 808 1383 32 5
34 Matthew Breider / Luke Brieder 1983 Subaru GL NOV 1792 536 2328 33 6

Detailed scores for Saturday (HTML)
Detailed scores for Sunday (HTML)
Detailed scores for both days in "Printer Friendly" format (PDF)

Silly Stats about NoAlibi 2003 competitors

What Do I Do Now??

We hope you enjoyed No Alibi?  Isn't driving on gravel fun? Here are the events we put at the top of our list for this year.  You'd probably enjoy them too:

  • Coast to Coast Rally: A grueling two-day, 1000km, gravel adventure on beautiful Vancouver Island. This premiere TSD rally will push the limits of both your car and yourself.  This event is featured as Round 2 of the Pacific Coast Challenge, Round 1 of the Island Rally Series and Round 3 of the BC TSD Rally Championship.  June 28/29, 2003
  • The Road Not Taken: A Rally Adventure During the Full Moon of August.  This is an all-night, 250 mile event, running on wiggly unpaved roads of the Siuslaw National Forest of Oregon. It is designed to challenge well prepared experts though the event is also enjoyed by less experienced competitors with ordinary street vehicles.  This event is Round 3 of the Pacific Coast Challenge and a SCCA National Touring Rally Championship Event.  August 10, 2002.
  • Night On Bald Mountain Brisk gravel TSD rally running on the unpaved forest roads of the Washington Cascades.  October 4, 2003.

Pacific Coast Challenge International Rally Series:  No Alibi 2003 is part of the Pacific Coast Challenge International Rally Series for 2003.  It will return to the PCC calendar in 2005, as it alternates years with Night on Bald Mountain. Information on the series including current series standings are available at the Pacific Coast Challenge Website.


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