The rally is a leisurely paced TSD Touring or Monte Carlo style event suitable for any street legal 4-wheeled vehicle. It is 4½ hours and less than 130 miles in length. Some fine driving roads with minimum traffic add up to a pleasant Sunday drive. The rally is geared toward the novice entrant with no intended traps, but precise timekeeping will be required to score well. All roads are paved. There will be a few opportunities to take a short break but there is no assigned lunch. Sorry, but we must limit the entry to 35 cars.
Date: Sunday, April 18, 2010.
Start and Finish Location: : Shawn O'Donnell's American Grill and Irish Pub, 122 - 128th St. SE, Everett, WA. Take I-5 exit 186 (128th St.) in south Everett. O'Donnell's is 300 yards east, just past the 76 Station. We will be meeting in the large parking area at the rear of the building. O'Donnell's opens for breakfast at 7:00 AM if you so desire. We finish here as well. See their web site (http://shawnodonnells.com/) for the menu so you can plan your after-rally repast.
Rallymaster: Steve Richards
Once again, I want to thank all the workers who make an event like this possible. Special thanks goes to Stephen Mats Mats who did double duty as registration and control work and to Marvin Crippen for scoring as well as working controls. Six of the workers listed also ran the checkout two weeks ago.
I think the rally went about as well as possible. It is difficult to predict what kind of obstacles you will encounter on a Sunday afternoon; bicycles, trucks and trailers, campers, police (?) and for those of you that were held up, I apologize. You should have been with me. I had a great time running pace, about 15 minutes ahead of first car, and ran into few hold-ups.
Since there were no traps (at least not designed) I think the best way to address the rally is to respond to some of the comments received on the rating forms (with some paraphrasing).
"Could have broken up the longer regularities (to make more) than four regularities"
That was certainly on my mind when I designed the route. The problem I had in doing this was that there were really only the three suitable break areas (Snohomish, Granite Falls and Monroe). I had thought of putting in a transit in some of the places I had Free Zones, but there still wouldn't have been a suitable place to end the transit. Put the long regularities on snow and you have a Canadian rally.
"Missing turn (instruction) at section 8, NRI #10, Left on 152nd"
Actually the turn to which they refer was shortly after #10, and was a forced turn by the road ahead being marked Dead End.
"More time for breaks....were late due to time declarations and had little or no break"
I apologize for that and didn't really think about the possible effect time decs. would have on the break. I tried to keep the rally under 4-1/2 hours and still have some interesting driving roads. Therefore I tried to keep the breaks to a minimum.
"More freeway / higher speed sections, lunch break for meet and greet"
I'm not sure how to answer that. I suppose we could have driven north on I-5 to Mount Vernon, had a two-hour lunch, and driven back, but that doesn't seem like much of a rally. I apologized at the drivers meeting for the 35mph speed limits but slow speed limits, unfortunately, often go with the more interesting driving roads.
"Very poor to have a free zone without a time mark at the end"
My checkout crew gave me some lip about having any "time marks" at all. It is not normal for perfect times to be given in the middle of regularities, but because the Raindrop Rally is intended more for a novice audience, I thought it appropriate to include a few timing helps.
"My navigator is old"
So was your Rallymaster.
On behalf of Rainier Auto Sports Club, I want to thank you all for running the Raindrop Rally and we were especially pleased to see so many new faces. Also a big thanks to Shawn O'Donnell's for providing the start and finish location. I think they did a great job.
|Car #||Competitors||Class||Total||O/A||by Class|
|* = tie broken by number of 0's, number of 1's, etc|
|2||Marinus Damm & Hans Adomeit||UNL||8||1*||1*|
|3||Michael Daily & Tom Palidar||UNL||8||2*||2*|
|24||Steve Case & Keith Uddenberg||UNL||9||3||3|
|20||Tom Kreger & Cynthia Bushell||UNL||13||4||4|
|1||Pat Biggar & Jack Heppes||UNL||19||5||5|
|11||Donald Gibson & Mike Workman||UNL||61||6||6|
|18||Samuel Robinson & Pam Robinson||SOP||102||7||1|
|23||Trish Postma & Phil Broussard||NOV||126||8||1|
|17||Scott Margerum & Jeff Delong||SOP||128||9||2|
|9||Joel McLaughlin & Chris Ringhofer||EQU||150||10||1|
|7||Bill Peterson & Carol Petersen||NOV||209||11||2|
|10||John Humphrey & Derris Humphrey||SOP||221||12||3|
|27||Oliver Andrews & John Isenburg||NOV||222||13||3|
|5||Dave Sacry & Kathy Sacry||EQU||259||14||2|
|14||Alex Crocker & Laura Kersbergen||NOV||265||15||4|
|15||Dave Monahan & Vasco dePinna||SOP||330||16||4|
|21||Sam Roberts & Benny Butterfield||NOV||340||17||5|
|19||Tate Mathews & Tom Matthews||SOP||373||18||5|
|12||Kevin Wang & Jerry Lee||NOV||386||19||6|
|6||Robin Turner & Cindy Turner||EQU||398||20||3|
|25||Tim Matthews & Rob McKeever||NOV||427||21||7|
|29||Norm Griswold & Ryan Dawson||NOV||626||22*||8*|
|16||Nathan Kincaid & Jessica Kincaid||NOV||626||23*||9*|
|22||Jenne Medcroft & Kim Kaliber||NOV||662||24||10|
|8||James Ryan & Pattie Grohl||NOV||766||25||11|
|30||Jerry Hines & Cameron Hines||SOP||787||26||6|
|28||Mackay Cadell & Bennet Kielbon||NOV||914||27||12|