The Wishbone Alley Gazette
- Highway cleanup, by Sue Calvert
Sunday, April 22, I drove down to the Thurston County Shops.
Arrived at 9:45a.m. By 10:05 no one
else had showed up. I was about to bag it when John (?) showed up, then another
fellow whose name I don't remember but he's from Shelton and just recently
started co-driving. Then came John Forespring. He called John Nispel, who had
forgotten, as did Frank Hamilton. Eventually they showed up and we went to
We were about 3/4 mi. into it when the rain, which was not
supposed to be there per all forecasts, began. We were too far along to go back
to cars for raingear, so we slogged it out. But the guys said it was the
cleanest they'd seen it yet, and we were done by 1:30 p.m. We did pizza and
departed. My jeans and the top of my sox were still wet when I got home.
- Oregon Trail (April 7-8), by Mark
On Saturday afternoon, I went to a
Tillamook store and bought some rubber boots. It was that kind of weekend.
The workers were pretty much in
the dark; even the Ham packets didn't yield too much about what was going on.
Fortunately, Diane Duran, our Captain, had worked her way into the inner
sanctum and knew what was happening, where, and when. She led us into the woods and the second stage
I was midpoint Ham, and decided it
was an exciting spot when the first car, a Hyundai, came by completely out of
shape. The next cars weren't quite as exciting, more or less holding to the
graded part of the road.
Then the Finish inquired when the
cars had come by. A few minutes later, I got that sinking feeling- the cars
Ham reports car in the creek, "stop the Stage." The Sweep rig came
past a few minutes later and reported the rally car upside down in the creek,
had to decide whether to run the Stage, since the car was off the road, or
cancel it. After some discussion, the stage was scrubbed, the rally cars sent
elsewhere. The creek had to be kept clean. Diane made the decision without any
contact (as near as I can tell) with the rest of the organization.
Our next stage wasn't until
evening, so we wandered off. Dave Folker and Jay Shukla went to find rally
action; the rest of us went to town. I got to visit the cheese factory, where
the ice cream tasted good despite the similarity of the ice cream temperature
to the prevailing weather conditions.
Our evening stage went well, only
6 miles long.
Other things happened on Sunday,
but we only had the last stage, a proper spectator stage around the huge blimp
hanger. It was dull, but not boring,
and a fitting finish.
- Raindrop (April 29th), by Mark Nolte
Raindrop turned out to be a splendid little rally,
4 hours and133 miles. 30 cars (and 17 novices!) made things interesting.
The publicity effort was blessed
on many fronts. Ed Millman devoted his considerable skills to create a useful
flyer, then printed it, in color. He
later passed out a few at the MG rally.
Eric and Steve ran the BMW rally, and passed out flyers, then had a
chance to talk about it at the Finish. Eric also posted some
"invites" on the WWW. Tom Palidar, the powerhouse behind the NWRC
publicity machine, made sure the NWRC "regulars" knew about it. Various people claim to have passed out
flyers at the Friday Niters.
We had enough workers, populating
17 locations. Steve Willey and Eric Horst took time out their busy weekday
schedules to go on their own checkout, then used this inside info to get to 3
CP's each. Eric brought his wife, Diane, to see what this was all about. The
Simons & Jones did the checkout, offering some useful ideas and catching
one confusing error.
Gretchen Jones took the
Registration operation under her wing; educating the novices probably didn't
make things go smoothly. She and Mike
made it to two CP's.
Rod Johnson and Roy Ward (with
Sherry) appeared on schedule, then joined Jarvis Owens where they had a quiet
look at the maps to figure out what I had done to them. Roy later commented
that "anywhere on the other side of the mountains" was more familiar
than this area, 1 1/2 hours from home.
Ed Millman showed up without any
kids, alone. I wasn't too worried about
him finding his checkpoints, since I've done worse things to him over the
Jarvis and Alison Owens just got
back from Arizona, but volunteered to help.
They were fortunate enough to have time to visit the Tenino Museum,
"A real find", says Alison.
Pete Shelton called from his Mom's
place on Tuesday. After hearing about the woes of his "new" house
(new walls, wiring, floors, bathroom..did I miss anything?) I insisted that he
spend the rally working on the house. He had "handled" the trophies,
Kirk and Terry Simons had the
challenging job of "sweeping". This is usually just a matter of
picking up the scores at each CP. As it was, Kirk spent some time explaining
"rallying" to a few wayward teams, watching cars pass after he had
shut down the CP, and wondering how we were going to get the scoring done when
very few of the crews had filled in the "score" column on the CP logs.
The rally itself went pretty much
as expected; the Critiques reflected a happy group. My second worst problem
(Vince solved the first one by arranging the Start location) was finding potty
stops. The various city parks didn't come through for me, but I was thinking
The poor Novices got a 4-minute
spiel on how to get out of the parking lot, but not a lot else. Somebody else
is going to have to handle that in the future.
Nothing teaches like doin' it, but a little attention to making life
easier on the CP crews is needed!
We tried some new things- the Web
Site Registration should have yielded a few more partially filed-in
registration forms. Going from nothing
to where we got was a monumental undertaking- many thanks to Steve Willey and
Eric Horst. We may have a "thing" here with the student-made
trophies. Using the large NWRC magnetic door numbers is environmentally
responsible, and we didn't have to worry about cleaning up the parking lot.
Scoring was the low point; just
about everything conspired against success, including crews too busy to fill in
So the day petered out, long after
the pizzas were finished. I didn't get to thank the workers.
A month away, plans
are getting settled. It'll be fun. A featured stop on Saturday is at Summer
Falls, which you wouldn't find even if
you were planning to go to places off-the-beaten-path. It's also the lunch break.
Sunday's rally is aimed at a 3pm
finish in Wenatchee.
in between… those glorious vistas and lovely roads.
- Shitepoke/ Dryad Quest (June 9/10)
Last year's rallys
were pretty good, so the 2001 version will be a rehash. RASC has been asked to raise a stage crew-
call Nolte at (425) 226-3155 if you want to join the Pro-Rally action.
The Simpson roads,
west of Shelton, didn't suffer too much this winter.
- Jarvis got a Laser detector after a
motorcycle trooper "clocked" him. Rather than travel in tandem with a
big rig, he had surged forward to clear the truck- at about 73 mph.
- www.rainierautosports.com. - Eric and Steve have been tweaking
it, adding links and good historical pictures. Mike McKamey offered some of the
pictures, which date back to the 70's.
- Kirk Simon's passed his Ham test; he answers to KD7NAD.
- Went to Stongard, (1485 130th NE, Bellevue) for some headlight
protection for my WRX. The kit includes the foglights, too. Mentioned I'd done
a part with the Alcan rally and got a discount! They also offer a full
"bra" coverage (many pieces of clear "plastic") for a little
over $300. -Nolte
- Ed Millman got a '97 Taurus, wants to sell the '91 white Taurus
wagon. 150K mi. $2000 (206) 361-7389
- Mike Jones still has the collection of parts in his garage that
could make somebody a dandy Fire Arrow. Make an offer. (425) 823-8329
- '87 Audi 4000 Quattro needs a home. It's gold, with 4 new tires and 140,000 miles. Runs great, got 27.5 mpg on a recent
trip. Has the usual Audi gremlins
(electrics and door latches), fair body & paint, and a pretty good
interior. Not perfect, but you won't find
a better one for $1500! (Or I can fix
it up and charge you more...). Call
Jerry at (206) 227-6343 or (425) 823-6343.
- Subaru wheels and tires:
15" rims don't fit over WRX brakes! Hakka H1 studs on 4 (gold) American Racing wheels. Only one season left on 3 tires, one nearly
- Four 195/65 Hakka
10's de-studded (with only TRNT on
them) on silver Leagacy wheels. These
are taller than stock by an inch, I got
'em for gravel rallys. Tires are toughest street tires I could find. firstname.lastname@example.org
• Call the NWRC Hotline (206)
256-9627 for latest info on Puget Sound TSD events.
SCCA Oregon Region brings
national road rally to the Northwest with the Rose City Challenge on May 19 and
20. Saturday's course event
(trick-and-trap TSD) explores Washington County's premier rally roads.
Sunday's Barlow Trail touring
rally shows off the vistas of the Columbia River Gorge. For more information, http://www.leftrightonline.com/Challenge2001/index.html
Cascade Sport Car Club's June
Friday Nighter (June 1) includes some laps around PIR for those who think it
might be fun to take the rally to the race track. For more information, http://www.cascadescc.com/rally.html
Those who enjoyed Raindrop
will want to put September 22 on their calendar. CSCC's Mountains to the Sea ends on the Long Beach Peninsula and
includes two days of fun. On Saturday,
rally from Portland to the beach. Then
Sunday morning, explore the Peninsula on a fun gimmick rally, followed by a
"driver's challenge" at the Long Beach Go-Cart Track.
For more information about
Oregon rallies, contact Victoria Saager at 503-844-6664 email@example.com. See you at the rallies!
- 5/11 – Friday Niter by ORCA, Bellevue, WA
- 5/19 (SCCA Nat’l TSD) Beaver Cleaver (Course) Portland, OR
- 5/20 (SCCA Nat’l TSD) Barlow Trail, (Tour) Portland, OR
- 5/19-20 - Big Horn stage
- 5/26-27 - Rocky Mtn stage
- 6/2-3 No Alibi TSD by RASC
- 6/9-10 - Shitepoke/Dryad
- 6/16/17 - Mt. Trails stage,
- 6/23 -(SCCA Nat’l TSD) Cast In Stone,(Tour) Michigan
- 6/24 - Litter Clean-up (MP 99-101)
- 7/13 – Friday Niter by NWRC, Bellevue, WA
- 8/4-5 - ORV Rally Sprints (ClubRally)
- 8/10 – Friday Niter by ORCA, Bellevue, WA
- 8/18, (SCCA Nat’l TSD) Dawn To Dust, (Tour), Silverthorn, CO
- 8/18, (SCCA Nat’l TSD) TBA, (tour) Silverthorn, CO
- 9/7-8 - Olympus Performance Rally weekend- 2Club rallys and Wild West National.
- 9/14- Friday Niter by RASC
- 9/15-16 – Pacific Forest
- 10/6 – Nite on Bald Mountain (TSD) by ORCA
- 10/5-6 - Prescott Forest (PRORally)
- 10/12 – Friday Niter by ORCA, Bellevue, WA
- 10/27 – Ghoul’s Gambol (TSD)
- 10/28 - Litter Clean-up (MP 99-101)
- 11/ 3-4 – Totem TSD (B.C.)
Rainier Auto Sports Club will meet this coming Monday,
May 14, 2001, at 7:30 PM at CoCo's in Bellevue, (520 112th Ave.,
between the "NE 8" and "NE 4th" Exits of 405 on the west
side of the Hwy.) We have a meeting room set aside in the back. Monthly meetings
are the second Monday of each month. Past Members, visitors, and spectators are
2001 Board Members:
President: Kirk Simons- 425-806-1741; Vice-President: Gretchen Jones (425)
823-8329 Secretary: Pete Shelton- 206-365-4173; Treasurer: Ed Millman
Members at Large: Terry Simons (425)806-1741, Eric Horst (206)363-9752
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 Mark Nolte, ph. 425-226-3155. Contributions and paid/unpaid ad
eagerly received at
2108 NE 12Th. St., Renton, WA 98056 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rainier Auto Sports Club, P.O. Box 852, Kirkland, WA 98134