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1  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)
2  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
3  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
4  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!
5  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!
6  General Discussions / Events / Re: Tulip Time Rally! on: May 17, 2017, 04:13:28 PM
There are now seventeen cars entered in the rally.  This far out, I estimate about 35 cars by rally day.  Cars included are Chevy Corvette, Cruze and Silverado, Chrysler, Fiat Abarth, Ford Mustang, Honda(2), Jaguar XK8, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda Miata (2), Mini Cooper S, Mitsubishi, Scion, and Volvo.  The weather is predicted to be mostly sunny and 85 degrees.  The long-distance kudos up to this point go to the car from Malone, TX, about 73 miles from the start. 


7  General Discussions / Events / Tulip Time Rally! on: May 02, 2017, 04:32:29 PM
A fun road rally will be held on May 27, 2017.  It will start in Mesquite, and end in McKinney, TX.  We will present our annual Tulip Time Rally, named for the spring flower and the "Tulip" instructions that we will be using.

Most of the rally will be on roads we have not used in years, if at all.  Some of them are scenic and/or curvy, and some of them have plenty of bluebonnets along the way, at least they do at the moment.

Online registration is open.  Go to msreg.com/TTR17msr for more detailed information on the event. To reserve a spot, page down and click on "Continue", and follow the instructions.  Any 4-wheel, street-legal car is welcome.  There must be two people old enough to read, as driver and navigator; other passengers are allowed.

Your score will come mainly from answers to questions about signs you see along the route.  As they say, the questions are easy, but the answers, not so much!

Marques already represented are Lincoln, Jaguar, Mini, Mitsubishi, Mustang, Scion, and Chevrolet (Silverado and Corvette). 

Join Us!
8  General Discussions / Events / Sweetheart Ride Road Rally, February 18 on: February 03, 2017, 04:12:18 PM
SWEETHEART RIDE ROAD RALLY

Your Texas Region SCCA Rally Committee presents the Sweetheart Ride Road Rally -- a fun drive in the country with some puzzles to solve and a schedule to meet. 

The date is Saturday, February 18th, with registration open at 9:00am.  You may participate in any street-legal car but... make it something that you will have fun driving on back roads (i.e. some may be a little rough).  All roads are paved (but some are just oil and chip). 

On site registration will be at Buc-ee's rest stop (www.buc-ees.com), 15901 N. Freeway, Fort Worth, TX 76177.  The finish will be at Ranchman's Ponder Steakhouse (http://www.ranchman.com/ ), 110 West Bailey, Ponder, TX 76259.  This is a world renowned steakhouse and it is a great place to take your sweetheart and your car. 

Course following will be easy.  There are no course traps.  The challenge is finding puzzle solutions based on signs or objects along your route.  As many of you know, that can be tough even though everything you need to see is right there in plain sight.  To help make sure you aren't late at the finish, you will be given plenty of helpful timing information.  Timing is to the minute.  If you do everything correctly you will avoid penalty points and get a perfect score of zero (0). 

Please go to www.msreg.com/SRRR17msr for all the details.  If you like what you see, you can register right there....just page down and click on Continue.  Only $25 for 3-1/2 hours of seat time!  SCCA members $20. 

The General Instructions for the rally will be posted as soon as they are ready (coming around February 8, 2017; watch this space).  In addition, any addenda to them will be posted here (coming on February 16th or 17th).  Join us!

Jerry White
9  General Discussions / Events / Re: DFW: Charity Road Rally Invitation on: November 28, 2016, 04:46:37 PM
Fifteen cars entered so far.  I would guess 25 on rally day.  We have home addresses from Honolulu Hawaii, Box Elder South Dakota, and Champaign Illinois.  We have Audi, BMW (2), Corvette, Cruze, Escape, Jeep, Mazda, Mini, Mustang, Pacifica, Subaru WRX (2), Toyota, Volkswagen, and Volvo.  Registration closes Friday at 6pm.  Go to http://www.msreg.com/CBR16msr to join us!
10  General Discussions / Events / Re: DFW: Charity Road Rally Invitation on: November 17, 2016, 11:42:48 PM
It's just about 2 weeks until the Book Run.  If you haven't registered yet, now would be a good time!

The run is from Plano to McKinney, going as far north as Weston.  We don't quite have cars from A to Z, but we do have entries from Audi to WRX.

Go to http://www.msreg.com/CBR16msr to preregister.  More details about the event will be found there. 
11  General Discussions / Events / DFW: Charity Road Rally Invitation on: November 09, 2016, 08:25:47 PM
The Children's Book Run, benefiting the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, will be held on Saturday, December 3rd.  We don't collect money for them, we collect children's books, one (at least) per person in your rally car.  Bring them to registration in Plano, and I will deliver them the following week to Scottish Rite, in time for Christmas.

This rally will have something familiar (funny signs to find), and something new (bonus questions that you have to get out of your car to answer: think Geocaching).

The start for this event will be at Subaru of Plano, 4480 W. Plano Pkwy, Plano, TX 75093.  The finish will be at Spring Creek Barbeque, in McKinney.  The route in between?  That would be telling, wouldn't it?  Some of it will be urban, and some of it will be pretty country roads.

Go to http://www.msreg.com/CBR16msr to preregister.  The fee is $25, with SCCA members getting a $5 discount.  Any four-wheel (exceptions will be made for certain Morgans and dually pickups) vehicle in good condition may run, and there must be at least two people who can read in the car.

More details about the event will be found at the msreg.com/CBR16msr site referenced above.  To preregister while there, page to the bottom and click on "Continue".

Join us!
12  General Discussions / Events / Re: DFW Map Rally (Oct. 8) registration is open on: October 01, 2016, 08:18:24 PM
The DFW Map Rally is only about a week away (Oct.Cool.  If you haven't already registered, go to http://www.msreg.com/DMR16msr right now!

As we said, we will give you a map with a dozen or so points-of-interest marked on it, and you will have 30 minutes to determine the shortest route to visit them all, and return to the start. Then you go drive your route, and we will measure the mileage you took, according to your car's odometer.

Registration will be at Holt FIAT of Fort Worth, beginning at 9:00am.  From there, you will drive an odometer check to Weatherford, where you will receive your map, and determine your route.  You will have about three hours  to visit all the identified points and return to the start to be timed in.

Eleven cars are already registered.  My guess is about 20 on rally day. At the moment, it's five First-Timers, four Novices, one General, and one Master Class.  Two Corvettes two Lexus, two Mazdas, a Dodge, Cruz, Mini, Fiat, and Focus.

I have been out on some of the roads, and those were fun.  You will have to choose your own.  The items we ask you to find at the points are funny or interesting.  Maybe both.  Your opinion may vary.

Join us!
13  General Discussions / Events / DFW Map Rally (Oct. 8) registration is open on: September 23, 2016, 03:22:09 PM
It's time for our annual Map Rally, on October 8th. We will give you a map with a dozen or so points-of-interest marked on it, and you will have 30 minutes to determine the shortest route to visit them all, and return to the start. Then you go drive your route, and we will measure the mileage you took, according to your car's odometer. We don't know exactly the route you will take, but it will probably all be in rural Parker County.

Registration will be at Holt FIAT of Fort Worth, 400 W Loop 820 S, Fort Worth, TX 76108, beginning at 9:00am. Take the White Settlement Rd exit from I-820. For your odometer calibration run, you will drive from there to Logan's Roadhouse in Weatherford, where you will receive your map, and determine your route.

When you are ready, drive to the checkpoint in the Logan's Roadhouse parking lot to be timed out. You will have several hours (time to be determined) to visit all the identified points and return to Logan's parking lot, to be timed in, and your mileage recorded. After everyone has returned, we will award trophies for the shortest distance traveled.

Note: GPS and other electronic aids are allowed on course, but not inside Logan's Roadhouse while you are working on your map.

Don't miss this one! The map procedure is a little easier than past years, and you will be driving on roads new to most of us.  Preregister now at http://www.msreg.com/DMR16msr .

Join us!
14  General Discussions / Events / . on: August 06, 2016, 08:38:19 PM
Entries are coming in for the Clear Blue Sky rally.  S2000, TDi, 3S GT, C63, and others.  Register now for an early car number, at http://msreg.com/CBS16msr .  When was the last time you visited Leonard, Texas?  Well, that's too long!  
15  General Discussions / Events / Clear Blue Sky road rally on: July 22, 2016, 10:48:36 AM
Our next road rally, Clear Blue Sky, will be presented on Saturday, August 20. It will start at Chrysler Jeep Dodge City of McKinney, 700 S Central Expy, McKinney, TX 75070, and end at Rockfish Seafood Grill in McKinney. This is a National level event, a little longer and a little harder than usual.  It is what SCCA calls a "Course Rally," meaning that following the correct course is hard, but it is looped so you don't get lost.  The gimmick harks back the the famous "Heart of Dixie" rally series in the 1970's, well known for course traps.

Go to msreg.com/CBS16msr for more information, and to preregister.

Join us!

Driver: What are we looking for now?
Navigator: A sign on the right that says BLANK ENTRANCE.
Driver:  I see it! Kinda' hard to see. Says "Hidden Entrance"
Navigator: OK, glad you saw that.  I'll record it.
Driver:  What's next?
Navigator: WHOA, STOP, BACKUP!  Read that sign more carefully!
Driver: Oh, shoot, it says "Hidden Entrace".  An offical sign, and it's misspelled!
Navigator: I wonder how many people will fall for that?!
(A real Collin County sign!)
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