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Updated 06/21/2012

No Alibi Rally 2012


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No Alibi 2012 was a 500-mile, two-day rally that explored Eastern Washington and Northeast Oregon's beautiful scenery, pleasant weather and endless roads. We saw some of the area's best gravel byways and some quiet paved ones as well. The event was centered in Kennewick, Washington. The course used all types of roads, from paved highways to wide gravel to twisty and dusty dirt surfaces. This year's route featured a significant amount of new roads (at least 80% of the rally), along with a Saturday exploration of northeast Oregon. The No Alibi rally typically enjoys beautiful early-summer weather and provides a glimpse of the spring-to-summer transition.

Following event tradition, Saturday night featured a social gathering, including a top-notch dinner at the Red Lion hotel. We had an amazing catered BBQ at the finish. Our event is intended to challenge the experienced competitor but is completely suitable for novice or lightly seasoned entrants. No Alibi 2012 was also Round 2 of the Pacific Coast Challenge rally series.

Date: June 2-3, 2012

Rallymaster: Dan Comden

Rallymaster Wrap-up

I hope everyone had as much fun as I did. Our survey crew (Marvin, Marinus, Renee and me) made multiple trips to the Kennewick area to scout out some pretty good new roads. We're happy to add some very nice Oregon sections to the No Alibi road library.

I thought last year's number of scored controls was not to be outdone. I was wrong. I don't know if there are any record books for this kind of thing, but 81 controls in a two day event is certainly remarkable. And despite technical difficulties, Marvin had scores ready to print within an hour of the last car rolling in to the finish.

Speaking of Marvin, I suggest that the next time you see him, shake his hand and offer to buy him a frosty beverage. After this event, he is stepping down after seven years of serving a key role in the No Alibi rally. The label "Routemaster" does not convey the amazing amount of work and time he has put in to turn out not only a quality route book, but also the measuring, calculating and setup that contributes to a smooth running event when it's show time. If you're amazed at how you can see the same checkpoint workers time after time throughout the day, it's due to his organization and detailed directions that allow workers to move from one checkpoint to another. Marvin, your efforts are applauded by all, and I hope we can rely on your guidance and advice in the future. A hearty "thanks" seems a paltry return for all the time, effort, and brainpower you have poured into this event over the years. It's all we have here, but I owe you more than can be said.

A special shout out to Kim and Jeff Craddock. Their first choice of car failed them on the first day, yet they perservered and showed up on Sunday with a replacement. If that's not rally spirit, I don't know what is.

And of course we cannot conduct an event of this caliber without such fabulous workers. Many members from Rainier turned out to scrutinize the routebook and provide feedback, create web pages and online registration, and of course sit (or hide) out on the route and time the entrants in checkpoint locations. Yes, we were timing multiple points on the Old Emigrant Highway from a single location. Yes, there were a number of checkpoints that competitors never spotted. That is the tradition of this event, and I think it adds to the adventure. Accomplishing these feats was made possible by the assistance not only of RASC members, but also folks from Chuckanut Sports Car Club in Bellingham as well as unaffliliated rally lovers from Washington and Oregon. The success of this event comes from their hard work. Thank you!

Thanks to our VolunteersScenery

Marvin Crippen - Routemaster, scoring, worker wrangling, checkpoints, routebook descriptions
Eric Horst - Registrar, checkout, checkpoints, routebook assembly
Marinus Damm - route survey, checkpoints
Renee Damm - route survey, checkpoints
Hans Adomeit - checkout, routebook assembly
Ed Rachner - checkout
Steve Richards - checkout and checkpoints
Jim and Cristy Breazeale - checkpoints
Dick Bryant - checkpoints
Kevin Tower - checkpoints
Jessica Fleenor - checkpoints and scoring
Vanessa and Jason Stokes - checkpoints
Neil Jensen - co-advance, MTC
Ken and Sue Lingbloom - checkpoints
Mark Nolte and Sally DeVore - checkpoints
Nicole Nuber and Misty - checkpoints
Ron Sorem - checkpoints

Stories, Pictures and Multimedia:

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Car #CompetitorsClassTotalO/ABy Class
2Satch Carlson & Russ KraushaarUnlimited5111
9Mike Daily & Steve PfauUnlimited7522
3Jason Webster & Brandon HarerUnlimited7633
5Derek Mitchell & Pat BiggarUnlimited7744
10Curt Thompson & Lonna ThompsonUnlimited9555
1Lee Sorenson & R Dale KraushaarUnlimited9966
6Tom Kreger & Cynthia BushnellUnlimited13587
8Donald D. Gibson & Mike WorkmanUnlimited343158
15Benjamin Thompson & Eric HobbsEquipped12971
12Larry LeFebvre & Bill ColischEquipped16592
22Reid Trummel & Simon LevearEquipped174103
16Gavin Gallino & Eric GallinoEquipped252114
14Teresa Davenport & Yulia SmolyanskyEquipped292135
13Dave Haworth & Matt JaszkowiakEquipped335146
18Brian R Cary & Julie A GuthrieEquipped430177
19Sheldon Coles & Kim DinesenEquipped1678238
7Scott Margerum & Jeff DelongSeat-Of-Pants255121
24Joel McLaughlin & Chris RinghoferSeat-Of-Pants409162
23Philip & Patrick WidenerSeat-Of-Pants479183
11Steve R. Perret & Kathryn S. HansenSeat-Of-Pants693194
17Stephan Hanna & Derek HannaSeat-Of-Pants796205
21Zachary Jackson & Katrina BeloofSeat-Of-Pants1150226
25Jay Shukla & Hope MeinertNovice1029211
20Kim Craddock & Jeff CraddockNovice2394242

Detailed Scores

Checkpoint scores can be found in the following files, in Adobe PDF format:

Special Appreciation

Mark at the Grillmaster catered our BBQ meal in Keewaydin Park on Sunday with verve and tasty food. We heartily thank The Grillmaster for amazing food that was excellently prepared.

The routebook cover and trophy art was designed by Mike from McNamara Signs, a long-time sponsor of No Alibi who can create amazing signs, decals, and pretty much anything you would want to stick to your car or help with your business. They also printed the license plate design decals.

What's Next?

No Alibi 2006 Scenery2011 winners Glenn Wallace and R. Dale Kraushaar. Photo by E. HorstNo Alibi 2005 Scenery