Rainier Auto Sports Club October 1999
The Wishbone Alley Gazette
Minutes of the August Meeting - Reported by Mark Nolte
The informal club functions continued, however. Colleen showed off pictures
of the new Hines Estate, under construction on Anderson Island. The pics
showed a 3-floor structure without trees to block the view or fill up the
gutters with debris. I didn't ask, but it appears that cleaning windows
will be vastly easier than with the present 5 level place. Jerry's description
of the garage was disappointing-only room for 3-4 cars at the most. A lower
level space can contain the toys- motorcycles for instance.
Minutes of the September Meeting - Reported by Mark Nolte
Meeting called to order by President Vince Plancich at 7:45 PM Minutes
were accepted as printed in the Wishbone Alley Gazette. The Simons
were congratulated on their effort, and the profit. Vince thanked the Hines¹
for hosting the August meeting/Bar-b-que. September Friday Niter: Rallymaster
Kirk Simons expressed relief that it went so well, with no tar-and-feathers.
Gretchen Jones remarked on the confused rallyists at her Checkpoint, with
rallyists going both directions and generally acting confused. This was
due to the Route Instruction reading "TURN SECOND OPP R". This was discussed.
Pat Biggar/ Bob Sjodin won. A "spare" trophy was given to the pizza
folks, along with a "thank you" for their help. Kirk also thanked the CP
crews for their help. Two guests were introduced: Scott Koch, and Jared
Swalwell. Pete Shelton invited them. Pete Shelton proposed purchase of
"RASC" T-shirts with Carl Hillman¹s artwork. Since such a proposal
is a Board function, the meeting was adjourned.
President Vince Plancich called the meeting to order at 8:05 PM. He reported that the Board had approved the T-shirt purchase.
Did I say T-Shirts, YES I Did. Rainier will have available RASC T-shirts, by our next event if not before. If you are interested in one of them, Please forward your request to Terry Simons. Size arrange from Small to X-large. Color are White and Off-Gray. Price is still up in the air. Please contact her if interested at 425-806-1741 or email email@example.com
No Alibi: (November) Roy Ward reported that it was on schedule, and he¹d be going on a run-through this weekend.
Alcan 5000 (February) Roy Ward announced that he would arrange the Checkpoints.
Elections: The President selected a Nominating committee: Kirk Simons, Mike Jones, and Roy Ward. He instructed them to present a list of "Year 2000" Board nominees at the October meeting. For more information Please read the message from Kirk Simons
Meeting adjourned at 8:32.
Olympia Duo Have Massive Skrooups on Oregon Rally
For the past several years the Old Pup has managed to snare a ride with Dave Cammarano, noted oddball auto collector, on the Monte Shelton Northwest Classic, a rather hi-tone vintage rally held in mid-August. This year they were again in Dave's classic 65 Corsa (as in Corvair), much to the chagrin of the real vintage weens in beautiful Alfas, Porsches, ACs, Healeys, 507s, etc. The team was extremely uptight, facing the challenge of Anne Blyth's big Healey navigated to the extreme by the formidable S Richards. They knew they would need lotsa Zeros.
Things were going fairly well until the last TSD on Day 1. Dave is pretty good at holding a speed - when he has confidence in his navigator. However, when his navigator has forced him to go back to check out the last opp before "RV PARKING" and then has him fly around a triangle like a certain legendary Healey driver, he is not quite ready to drop from 75 to 29 a few miles later when the navigator suggests that they just might be back on Time. A 14 and a 26 early were the result. He even questioned the calculated out time from the 6-minute pause at the fogbound scenic overlook, but the navigator was able to convince him that he had recovered his wits, and helped him blunder into a final zero for Friday. Too little, too late, however. Our duo ended the day with about twice as many points as the Healey crew.
Day 2 brought more disasters, and this time before, rather than after, lunch. The best, most subtle, and perfectly clean "Toward" trap caught them totally off-guard and netted 90 seconds of lateness, removing all pressure to tighten up on the Curta. After that, they relaxed and fell into a nasty triangle trap, observed to the great enjoyment of Satch "Sneaker" Carlson.
Our 2, 2, & 0 penalties on the final TSD (Blodgett) was the result of fortunate circumstances. Three years ago when we were at a horse show in Salem, I had a free day and decided to go exploring. I loaded the dog in V's red car and headed out along the Alsea River to the coast. I came back via the Yaquina, and liked the name "Eddyville" and saw the road to "Nashville." I thought it looked like a good future rally road. So I proceeded along the Eddyville-Blodgett Highway in the reverse of Dan's route, making pace notes and marking CP locations as I went. I came out at Blodgett and returned through Wren to Salem. All I had to do Saturday was dig out my pace notes and call them in reverse. Dave was quite pleased, but it still didn't atone for getting him off route at Satch's tent. Earlier in the day we had noticed the Lutheran church called Shepherd of Atonement, and Dave threatened to take me back there for Sunday services. Fortunately we were so lost by then that we couldn't retrace the route.
Anyway, we had a lot of fun, and will make another futile attempt next year to topple the King of North American navigators. Anyone with an old car and a desire to drive some great NW roads should give strong consideration to these vintage events - they let you take your car out on the beautiful 2 lane twisties and have a nice weekend of partying. BMW Seattle sponsors a great event on the second weekend in June. Next year they head for Harrison Hot Springs. Check out their Web site at http://www.collegeplan.org/rally.htm.
September Friday Niter
After 2 years or unfortunate Friday Niters not working out for the Rally Masters and Rainier Auto Sport Club, Septembers Friday Niter turned out quite pleasant, especially for this Novice Rally Master.
15 cars started the event and proceeded into the evening hours for a nice tour of the Northend around Maltby and Woodinville, with a few twists thrown into makes things interesting.
It appears a few of the rallies managed to trap themselves and the end of Leg 3 also had several cars heading off in different directions, event though the same roads with a similar route instruction was used form the prior Friday Niter.
Leg 4 ended up being tossed due to an accident, on the through route, Fortunately no Rallist were involved.
The finish was held at Round Table Pizza, with stories of off course excursions being taken and many questions about the route instructions.
Thanks again to all that participated, worked and took time to help setup the event.
NWR-SCCA is putting together a club rally weekend for November 6 & 7. The Dryad Quest starts on Saturday at 3PM and finishes at 11. Sunday's "Shitpoke" rally starts at 11 and finishes at 5. Due to hunting and stream-runoff restrictions, both are confined to the area north of the Shelton-Matlock Road probably centered on the Simpson sort yard 20 minutes west of Shelton. Mark Nolte fought a fierce battle with Vince Plancich to decide who would be in charge of the RASC stages, and Mark lost. Call him at 425-652-3578. This is his cellular phone number, which forwards to home/answering machine if the cell phone is off. At time of printing, the number of bodies required isn't known.
More on the November Pro Rally from Mark Notle
Latest (public) word about DQ/SHTPOKE, from Nispel.
As you can see, the stages haven't been named yet, and I won't repeat my
Saturday's stage 1 will also be run on Sunday.
SATURDAY - 11/6/99 The Dryad Quest Club Rally
SUNDAY - 11/7/99 Shitepoke ClubRally
Mountains to the Sea
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or call 425-806-1741
Information made available from Ben's Rally Page
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It's that time of year again. Starting in January membership is due.
1999 Board Members: President: Vince Plancich; Vice President: Kirk Simons; Secretary: Mark Nolte; Treasurer: Terry Simons; Historian: Mike Jones; Board Members at Large: Pete Shelton and Jerry Hines
The Wishbone Alley Gazette is published for the members and friends of Rainier Auto Sports Club. Subscription price is $10 per year. The editor is Terry Simons, phone 425-806-1741. Contributions and paid/unpaid ad eagerly received at 4029 228th St SE, Bothell, WA 98021