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1  General Discussions / Events / Re: Clear Blue Sky, a National SCCA Road Rally on: October 05, 2018, 05:11:40 PM
Seventeen entries already in the Clear Blue Sky rally!  This means we will probably have over 30 cars entered on rally day.  Eight of them are first-time rallyists, driving a Corvette, WRX STi, Jeep, Miata (3), Hyundai Azera, and a Lexus.  The only Novice Class entrant so far will be driving a Porsche Cayman.  The six General Class pairs will be in a Volvo, a Ford, two Volkswagens, and two Toyotas.  The two Master Class entries are flying in and running in rental cars.  The drivers and navigators are from Arizona, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Washington state.
Come join this happy group!
2  General Discussions / Events / Re: Clear Blue Sky, a National SCCA Road Rally on: September 28, 2018, 09:05:40 PM
Interest in the Clear Blue Sky road rally is heating up!  Our early entries include a first-time rallyist in a Corvette, two Master-Class entrants in rental cars (one is flying in from the East Coast, and the other is flying in from the West Coast), a Novice Class entrant in a Porsche Cayman, a First-Time rallyist in a Subaru WRX STi, two General Class pairs in a Volkswagen Tiguan and Passat, more First-Timers, driving a Hyundai Azera, a Jeep Rubicon, and two Mazda Miatas; also General Class pairs in Toyotas (Previa Altrac and RAV4) and a Volvo XC60.  It looks like a good group!  Why not join us?


3  General Discussions / Events / Clear Blue Sky, a National SCCA Road Rally on: September 12, 2018, 02:00:15 PM
Clear Blue Sky Rally, a National SCCA Championship event

This road rally will show off some pretty roads in Collin and Grayson Counties.  We will visit the towns of Weston, Van Alstyne and Howe.  There will be course-following tests, designed to see how well you can follow the rules.  All are carefully looped so you do not get lost if you err.  We will ask you questions about signs and landmarks that you see to determine if you have done the “traps” correctly.
• Rally Day: Saturday, Oct 20, 2018.  Rally Master: Liz Witt.
• Starting Place:  Holiday Inn & Suites McKinney, 3220 Craig Dr., McKinney, TX 75070
• Registration: 8:00am to 9:00 am on Rally Day
• Novice meeting & Safety Briefing:  9:10am
• Cars leave the start:  9:30 am plus your car number.  Length: about 6 hours & 125 miles
• Finish: El Fenix McKinney, two blocks from the start hotel.
• Rally type: GTA (fun run).  A clipboard and pencil is all you need.  All roads are paved.
• Vehicles: Sports Cars, Family Cars, Classic Cars, Antiques, anything with 4 wheels that’s street legal is OK in this Rally. Note: speed is not a factor.
• At least two people (a driver and a navigator) are required in each car; if you have a minor child (< 18 ) in the car, contact [email protected], as a form will need to be signed.
• Four classes: 1st-timer, Novice (3 rally trophies), General, & Master (optional class: no trophies).
• Rally entry fee: $25.00.  $5 discount for SCCA members. You must pay with registration at msreg.com/cbs18. $5.00 late fee if not preregistered.
The challenge of a Road Rally is to follow a prescribed course at legal speeds and to read signs and landmarks along the route to find answers to questions supplied by the organizers.  It is not a contest of speed or racing.  Registrants will be emailed the rally rules two weeks before the event. We encourage entrants to pre-register in advance, to allow time to review the rules. To pre-register, go to msreg.com/cbs18 .

Join us!
4  General Discussions / Events / Re: Shortest-distance Road Rally is next! on: August 03, 2018, 08:44:10 PM
We have a good start to registrations for the Map Rally: Mini Cooper (3), Porsche Cayman, Volkswagen Beetle, Honda Accord, Ford Expedition, Toyota Previa, Jeep Grand Cherokee (2) and one Rental car.  Why not add your car?  Go to http://www.msreg.com/DMR18msr .
5  General Discussions / Events / Shortest-distance Road Rally is next! on: July 25, 2018, 08:47:56 PM
The Texas Region of the Sports Car Club of America invites you to a fun drive in the country in Wise County, Texas. We give you a map and a list of questions to be answered by visiting specific locations on the map. With this year’s theme, locations to be visited are vineyards, wineries, cemeteries and other fun places. You determine your route, go to each location, and answer a question that verifies you have been there. The team who visits all the required landmarks in the shortest distance will win, and the winners will receive awards. Any vehicle with 4 wheels that’s street legal is OK in this Rally. Speed is not a factor.

 • Rally Day: Saturday, August 18, 2018
 • Registration and Starting Place: The Horny Toad Café & Bar, 5812 I-35, Denton, TX 76207 (in Stonehill Center). Registration/check-in from 9:30-10:00 am
 • After conducting an odometer calibration run, you will receive your maps and instructions for locating seventeen locations in Wise County that you have to visit.
 • Take 30 minutes to determine your route from maps provided, then set out to complete your chosen route.
 • Route:  You may use any public road you wish in your attempt to log the shortest distance on your odometer.  Depending on your chosen route, you may encounter stretches of unpaved road, though we think that the shortest-distance route will be all paved.
 • Length: as short as you can make it in miles, probably about 3½  hours in time
 • Finish: Catfish O’Harlie’s, 2019 US-287, Decatur, TX 76234.
 • Rally Master: John Poulos.

Registrants will be emailed the rally rules a few days before the event. We encourage entrants to pre-register at least a few days in advance. The Rally Committee reserves the right to limit entries.

For additional details and to pre-register, follow this link to MotorsportReg.com: http://msreg.com/DMR18msr
6  General Discussions / Events / Re: Spring road rally to visit old cemeteries! on: May 07, 2018, 10:06:37 PM
Twenty-five cars have entered the Tulip Time Rally, and there are still four days to go until online registration closes! And it looks like a fun group:

BMW M1 . . . . . . . . . . . Irving
Chevrolet Colorado . . . Arlington
Chevrolet Corvette . . . .Haslet
Chevrolet Corvette . . . .Garland
Chevrolet Cruze . . . . . . Oak Point
Dodge Grand Caravan . .Irving
Ford EDGE . . . . . . . . . . .Flower Mound
Ford expedition . . . . . . VAN ALSTYNE
Ford Focus . . . . . . . . . . Mansfield
Ford Mustang . . . . . . . Dallas
Honda Accord . . . . . . . Ft Worth
Honda Accord EX-L . .  .Frisco
Hyundai Santa Fe . . . .  Plano
Jeep Grand Cherokee . Lantana
Lexus ES350 . . . . . . . . .Plano
Lexus RC 350 . . . . . . . .Carrollton
Lincoln MKz Hybrid . . .Grand Prairie
Mazda Miata . . . . . . . . Frisco
Porsche Cayman . . . . . Mesquite
Toyota MR2 . . . . . . . . .Arlington
Toyota Tundra . . . . . . .Carrollton
VW GTI . . . . . . . . . . . .  Denton
VW Passat . . . . . . . . . . Addison
Volvo XC60 . . . . . . . . . The Woodlands
Volvo XC60 . . . . . . . . . Lewisville

I passed out a bunch of fliers at the All British Car Day at White Rock Lake today, and expect several more entries from that effort. It has been a while since we had over 30 cars at one of our rallies. Remind me to call and order more trophies! Go to msreg.com/TTR18msr if you want to join us!
7  General Discussions / Events / Re: Spring road rally to visit old cemeteries! on: April 21, 2018, 05:00:21 PM
Tulip Time Rally entries are coming in.  So far we have one or more of the following cars: Corvettes, Fords, Dodges, Hyundais, Jeeps, Lincolns, Toyotas, Volvos, and Volkswagens.  The long-range weather forecast is 83 degrees and partly sunny: perfect road rally weather!  I have been prowling the cemeteries, and even on Saturdays, they are nearly deserted.  They were all established over 100 years ago, and are fascinating to visit.  Join us!

8  General Discussions / Events / Re: TX All British Car Day 2017 on: April 01, 2018, 04:17:36 PM
Sorry, didn't notice the YEAR of this post.  I will be at ABCD 2018.  Sasha
9  General Discussions / Events / Spring road rally to visit old cemeteries! on: April 01, 2018, 01:20:35 PM
It's time for our spring drive, the Tulip Time Rally! We will take a tour of Collin County, a little bit of Fannin County, and visit a number of cemeteries. Course following will be easy. All roads are paved, except some short sections leading to and inside cemeteries. There you will drive a specific route on good hard-packed (usually graveled) roads at a slow speed, looking for clues.

Rally Day is Saturday, May 12. Registration opens at 9:00 am at Spring Creek Barbeque, 1993 N Central Expy, McKinney, TX 75071. The finish will be there as well. First car starts at 10:31 am.

You will be directed to a number of area cemeteries. At each you will answer questions from signs or tombstones that you can see from your car. You will get points for each correct answer...not all of which are obvious.

This is an SCCA GTA (Games, Tours, Adventures) rally. The course is about 90 miles on public roads at legal speeds. Any street-legal, four-wheel vehicle with at least two people aboard who can read may enter. The Rally Fee is $20.00 for SCCA Members, and $25.00 for non-members. There is a $5.00 late fee if you are not preregistered at MotorSport.reg.

Go to msreg.com/TTR18msr to preregister now. There are four classes: First Timer, Novice (<3 rally trophies), General, and Master (optional class: no trophies given). When you register at MotorsportReg.com, we will add you to the rally mailing list, so that we can send you the rally rules a few days before the event.

Join us!
10  General Discussions / Events / DFW: It's Road Rally time! on: January 31, 2018, 10:16:32 PM
You are invited to the first rally of our new season, starting in Willow Park at the Railhead Smokehouse BBQ (120 S. Ranch House Road: ¼ mile south of I-20 exit 418).  It'll be a fun, 80 mile drive on scenic and historic hard surfaced country roads.  As usual for Texas Region rallies there will be many wordplay puzzles to solve based on signs found along the route.  Just like last year there will also be some math, "complete the phrase" and count puzzles.  To keep it fun you will never have more than one puzzle to solve at a time.  In addition, your Route Book will include up to four (4) possible answers for each puzzle so all you have to do is to circle the ones you find (if any).

In one or more places a travel speed may be prescribed.  The rallymaster has used the distance times rate = time (D x R = T) formula to determine when you should pass any surprise timing points.  Each full minute you are early or late will cost one penalty point so even if you just run by the "Seat of Your Pants" (and your speedometer) you should do well.  The route will be on paved scenic and historic country roads around eastern Parker County.

Go to www.msreg.com/SRRR18msr for details, and to preregister.

Registration begins at noon on Sunday, February 11;  Car 1 will receive their Route Book at 1:31pm.  They should finish at the Railhead Smokehouse at about 5:00pm, for barbecue, fellowship, and trophies. 

Join us for the Sweetheart Ride Road Rally!
11  General Discussions / Events / Re: DFW: Road Rally to benefit Scottish Rite Hospital on: November 26, 2017, 08:13:22 PM
Entries are coming in for the Book Run.  The makes represented so far are Chevrolet (including Corvette), Dodge, Ford, Honda, Lincoln, and Toyota.  My estimate at the moment is about 25 cars entered.  The check-run and required Safety Check have been completed, and we are about ready to meet you on Saturday (9:30am) at Toyota of Rockwall.  Tomorrow I will be sending out the rules to all who are preregistered.  Join us!
Sasha
(msreg.com/CBR17msr)
12  General Discussions / Events / DFW: Road Rally to benefit Scottish Rite Hospital on: November 20, 2017, 11:13:47 PM
I would like to invite you to a fun road rally benefiting the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, on Saturday, December 2nd. The Children's Book Run will start at Toyota of Rockwall, and end at Snuffer's Restaurant, also on I-30 nearby. In between will be miles of country roads of all sorts, but all paved. Following the course will be easy, but scoring maximum points will be a challenge.

All street-legal 4-wheel vehicles are welcome. Each car must have a driver and a navigator; passengers are allowed. Each person in the car should bring one new children's book, for any age. For details, go to msreg.com/CBR17msr .  You can also preregister there, by paging down and clicking on "Continue". Preregistration is required.

Rally-day registration at Toyota of Rockwall will open at 10:00am, with the first car leaving at 11:31. The festivities at Snuffers should be over by about 3:00pm.

Join us!

Sasha
13  General Discussions / Events / Rally School! on: October 20, 2017, 07:39:42 PM
Dear Rally friends,

Our rally school is set for Saturday, November 4th.  It will be held in one of the classrooms at my church, St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church at 1220 W Belt Line Rd, Richardson, TX 75080.  Registration will open at 9am.  We will start the class as soon as it looks like most of the attendees are there. 

Admission is free to those who RSVP to [email protected].  We need to have a firm count to set up the room for our use.  $5 per person will be charged for walk-ups.

We will start with a brief overview of rallying in general, with a mention of other types of rallies that you might encounter. 

We will describe the three rally types we do, then go into detail on how to best attack each one.  Hints and tips will be given.  There will be time for questions.

I.   Shortest-distance rally.  On a map with 12(?) points marked, we give you 1/2-hour(?) to determine the order you would need to visit these to do it in the shortest distance.  Then you drive that route, and we measure your distance.  There are no tricks or traps, so we won't spend much time on this rally type at the school.   

II.  GTA rally (Tour).  In this rally we give you a route to follow, which you should have no trouble doing.  We ask you questions, the answers for which will be found on signs or from landmarks along the way.  Most of you won't find (or properly recognize) all of them. 

III. GTA rally (Course).  Again, you are given a route to follow.  But we have ways to influence you to take a detour in several places, and these detours cost you points.  Signs and landmarks are used to tell us which route you took, and to tell you that you are where we expect you to be.

Some of the questions are tricky.  We will explain some of them in the school.  Others we will save for future rallies!

There will not be any driving as part of the school.

The school will be at the northeast corner of Belt Line Rd and Mimosa Dr in Richardson.  Come to the north side of the church, and use the door in the middle of that side of the building.  Then turn right, and look for a rally sign.

We hope to see you there!

SCCARALLY
14  General Discussions / Events / Re: DFW: Time for our "shortest distance" rally again! on: August 12, 2017, 08:18:33 PM
Late news on the DFW MAP RALLY, Aug.19

The first bit of news is that the start has been moved up from 9am to 10am….an extra hour of sleep on rally day!

The rally is sub-titled  "The Grapeful Dead Tour" because all of the scoring points are at cemeteries,  wineries, or vineyards.

At Clay Cooley VW in Richardson, park East of the Service Department (enter off Jackson St.), and walk into the showroom.

At registration, you will receive a written “Safety Briefing,” and your odometer check instructions.  You may leave immediately on the odo check run.

At Crow's Country Cafe in Anna, after you determine your route, you may leave in any order...just check in with the starter to have your odo recorded.

I have visited Crow’s Country Café.  How did such a big place get in such a small town?  I’m sure we will all enjoy it.  I made up my own route, and drove it.  The best route I could figure out used some familiar Collin County roads, and some I had never seen.  Nothing I chose from the map turned out to be unpaved, or particularly rough.  Your choices may vary!

If you tried recently to pre-register and could not, do it now: it has been fixed!
15  General Discussions / Events / DFW: Time for our "shortest distance" rally again! on: July 26, 2017, 02:01:02 PM
19 August, 2017 . . . . DFW MAP RALLY . . . . "The Grapeful Dead Tour"

A FUN ROAD RALLY FOR STREET-LEGAL CARS

The Texas Region of the Sports Car Club of America invites you to a fun drive in the country on paved roads north of McKinney in Texas. The team who visits all the required landmarks in the shortest distance will win, and the winners will receive awards. Speed is not a factor.
•   Starting Place: Clay Cooley Volkswagen of Richardson, 300 N. Central Expy, Richardson, TX 75080.  Registration opens at 9:00am
•   The odo check ends at Crow's Country Cafe in Anna.  Here you will receive your maps and your instructions for finding the dozen or so locations (mostly in Collin County) that you have to locate, and then visit.
•   Take one-half hour to determine your route from map(s) provided. 
•   Cars leave the official start in any order (but 1 minute apart).
•   Length: as short as you can in miles, about 2-1/2 hours in time.
•   Finish: back at Crow's Country Cafe, where you got your map.
•   Route: You choose your route from maps provided.  You may use any public road you wish in your attempt to log the shortest distance on your odometer.  Unpaved roads may be used, but there are reasonable routes that are entirely paved.
•   Classes: First-timer, Novice (3 rally trophies or less), General, and Master (this is an optional class: no trophies). 
•   Vehicles: Sports Cars, Family Cars, Classic Cars, Antiques, Hot Rods, Cruisers, Convertibles, anything with 4 wheels that’s street legal is OK in this Rally.  Cars built before 1940 will get a little extra time.  Thirty cars entered our last rally.
•   Rally Fee: $25.00    SCCA Members: $5.00 discount. Preregistration at msreg.us/DMR17msr is highly recommended.  Those who preregister will receive the rally "General Instructions" a few days before rally day via email.  A $5.00 late fee will be assessed to anyone not preregistered on MotorsportReg.com.  The Rallymaster is John Poulos.

On public roads, always at legal speeds, with plenty of entertainment for you and a friend.....Join us!
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