Long Winters Night, 1980
Date: February 9, 1980
Rallymaster: Jerry Hines
Start Location: Interlake Porsche/Audi, Bellevue, WA
Finish Location: Holiday Inn, Everett, WA
Detailed Route: Start at 7:30 PM, 300 mile route running
all night and ending before daylight.
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Long Winters Night Trophy "Won" by Mike McKamey
There are several stories surrounding this
trophy. We were DNF (we got lost) in my 1973 911E and were only
one of two Porsches in the rally. The other one baulked at driving
about 1 mile on gravel and went home - since we lasted longer than he
did we got the trophy.
Also my navigator (not Andy) got spooked by
the speeds. He kept reminding me of the "investment" I
was driving. We encountered fog and some bridge icing that night.
I remember crossing a bridge at a high rate of speed and the rear end of
the 911 came out from under me. We began a slide perpendicular
to the direction of travel, speedometer at zero. My navigator
grabbed me by the arm and screamed, "We're going to die."
I calmly told him to take his hand off my arm because when we hit
the dry pavement on the other side of the bridge I was going to have to
do some fancy work to keep us from dying. He let go and I
straightened the car out without incident. He vowed to never ride
in a rally again.