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Raindrop Rally 2002

   

A relaxing Sunday TSD Touring Rally run entirely on paved roads.

This year we be started in the Tacoma/Fircrest area and heading across the Tacoma Narrows to the Kitsap Peninsula.  We visited exotic locales such as Purdy, Dewatto, Gig Harbor, and Belfair State Park

Date: Sunday, April 28, 2002

Rallymaster: Steve Willey, 206-240-4882

Start Location: Tacoma Community College Park-N-Ride.

Rallymaster's Comments: 

From RM Steve Willey- Raindrop Rally 2002 was a fabulous event, enjoyed by one and all, especially the rallymaster. We had an excellent turnout of 42 teams, with 22 of them being novices. Tom Palidar has done an excellent job marketing rallys and is partly to thank for the large turn-out. The weather also cooperated and we couldn't have asked for a warmer brighter day. We're going to have to change the name from Raindrop Rally if we continue to get weather like we had this year.

The start was at the Tacoma Community College Transit Center Park-N-Ride, chosen primarily for it's immediate proximity to a pancake house. The Odometer Transit took the rallyists over the Tacoma Narrows and on the Kitsap Peninsula ending in Gig Harbor. From there, alternating sections of TSD and Transit consumed the competitors next two hours culminating in a mid-day stop at Belfair State Park. After this short break, we headed into the Mason County portion of the peninsula for both fast and slow paced rally competition. The rally ended in Port Orchard at the Godfather's Pizza.

As a novice rallymaster I had no idea of what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised how smoothly everything went. Much of the credit for this goes to the workers who knew what to do and didn't need much from me. Rainier Auto Sports Club has been putting on Raindrop Rally for twenty years and other events like it for longer.

Raindrop 2002 built from previous Raindrop rallies (1990 and 1995) that visited the Kitsap Peninsula. The three state parks, the very popular Dewatto Monte (rally transit zone), and other portions are all borrowed from previous events.

I'd like to thank the workers who made this year's Raindrop Rally a very successful and enjoyable event: Gretchen Jones took on the Registration chores with a minimum of fuss (she knew vastly more about the methods and operation than I'll ever learn). Eric Horst helped with details, and dragged his parents out to work checkpoints, as well as his own. Pete Shelton and Amy Wolf spent a lot of quality time with the raw wood that became pretty decent trophies- 24 of them!

Mark Nolte gave me his notes from the 1990 and 1995 Raindrops, which made layout easier, plus some guidance on how it should work. Dave Smith volunteered to do checkpoints; practice for the Alcan in August. Kim Prater and Mike Gervais rounded out a proper number of crews for a 4 hour rally.

Special thanks to RASC president Mike Jones, who kept me inspired to keep to schedule, then found a few errors on the checkout that made the rally you ran go smoothly.

I hope to see you all on down the road, whether it's as sunny as this Raindrop was or more in keeping with it's name.

Pictures:

Dan Comden's pictures (uh, thanks Dan, I think :)
Kim Prater's pictures (includes some taken on one of the checkout trips)
Some pictures Steve took along the way

Results Summary:

Car # Driver / Navigator Car Class Total Class
Finish
O/A
Finish
35 Dan Morley / Quinn Morley 1974 Saab Sonett VINT 373 1 20
36 Bob Hawley / Suzanne Hawley 1974 MG MGB VINT 617 2 33
38 Chriss Russell / Emily Russell 1974 Citroen Dyane VINT 4251 3 42
23 Jeremy Calkins / Matt Carey 2002 Ford Focus SVT NOV 125 1 7
37 Rhodri Thomas / Morien Thomas 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX NOV 163 2 9
29 Alexander Hill / Russell Hill 1996 Ford Windstar LX NOV 194 3 10
9 Matthew Palmer / Matthew Beaulieu 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe NOV 236 4 12
21 Claude Dennis / Morgan Dennis 1987 Porsche Turbo NOV 249 5 14
18 Nadeem Sheikh / John Morrow 1995 Ford Escort NOV 279 6 16
33 Dennis Gorman / Tom Gorman 1989 BMW Z3 Coupe NOV 315 7 17
5 Kenneth Lindsey / Michael Lindsey 2002 Nissan Xterra NOV 319 8 18
40 Richard Griffith / Jeff Creasey 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX NOV 349 9 19
42 Dave Karraker / Dave Burroughs 1997 Ford Thunderbird NOV 565 10 29
41 Pete Samuch / Mack Scmuch 2000 Chevrolet Suburban NOV 567 11 30
24 Perry Paducco / Ben Hoffmann 1988 Subaru GL NOV 569 12 31
31 Steve Hinds / Kevin Hinds 2000 Subaru Outback Sport NOV 597 13 32
19 Jeremy Stewart / Holly Stewart 1995 Mazda Miata NOV 700 14 34
22 Erin Riley / Darren Elske 2001 Audi A4 NOV 707 15 35
11 Taylor Van Vleet / Holly Odegard 1992 Honda Accord NOV 740 16 36
8 Sean O'Reilly / Sandra O'Reilly 1999 VW Jetta VR6 NOV 762 17 37
30 Lance McIntosh / Kala Dralle 1991 Saab 900TC NOV 773 18 38
20 John R. Walters III / John R. Walters Jr. 2000 Chevrolet Xtreme NOV 981 19 39
17 Mark Berty / Brian Brewer 1989 Toyota Corolla GTS NOV 1119 20 40
39 Chris Shelley / Scott Stewart 1991 Ford Mustang NOV 3654 21 41
27 Vasco de Pinna / Dave Monahan 2001 BMW 330i SOP 80 1 4
2 John Humphrey / Derris Humphrey 1998 Subaru Legacy GT SOP 89 2 6
1 Ron Sorem / Chris Price 1987 Subaru Wagon SOP 237 3 13
25 Chuck Huffington / Owen Huffington 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX SOP 256 4 15
13 Wade Pennington / Page Palmer 2001 Land Rover Discovery SOP 391 5 21
10 Cliff Corcoran / Carol Corcoran 1999 Ford Escort SOP 399 6 22
15 Kevin Mullins / Denise Mullins 1990 Ford Taurus SHO SOP 405 7 23
14 Jamie Thomas / Dean Schindell 1997 BMW M3 SOP 412 8 24
32 Lucetta Lightfood / Duane Montaghe 1998 BMW M5 SOP 417 9 25
28 Ryan Douthit / Chad Ligot 1992 Subaru Legacy Turbo Sport Sedan SOP 488 10 27
34 Adelaide Zink / Chris Portal 1991 Toyota Celica SOP 549 11 28
26 Paul Cho / Greg Leege 2000 Mazda Miata EQU 82 1 5
16 Jim Hogan / Dan Comden 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX EQU 160 2 8
4 Debbie Sjodin / Jack Heppes 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX EQU 216 3 11
12 Steve Pfau / Tom Palidar 1988 Acura Integra EQU 422 4 26
6 Monte Saager / Victoria Saager 1998 Subaru Impreza UNL 9 1 1
3 Pat Biggar / Bob Sjodin 1977 Toyota Celica UNL 16 2 2
7 Kimberly Ressa / Max Vaysburd 2000 Subaru mpreza 2.5RS UNL 25 3 3

Detailed results

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