Blue Ridge Mountain Sports Car Club presents:

A Dastardly Trap Rally II


Date: Sunday, September 28th, 2014

Registration: 12:00 p.m. and the first car leaves at 1:00 p.m.. Rally fee is $10.00.
Start Location: Rear parking lot of the Days Inn Hotel in New Stanton, PA (immediately off the PA Turnpike/I70 Exit)
Coordinates: 40.217276, -79.612815

Description: Rallymaster Brian tells us...
Midpoint Break: 1534 Glades Pike, Rt.31, in Bakersville, PA close to the Hidden Valley Ski Resort
Endpoint: The Darlington Inn, near Ligonier, PA, serving a delicious selection of traditional Hungarian and Transylvanian cuisine. Cash Only. Very Affordable.
Length: Approximately 100 miles

We will return to the Laurel Mountains mostly around Bakersville, PA. Beautiful scenic roads with early fall foliage, mountain vistas, lush forested creek valleys, two covered bridges and numerous old red barns are just some of the sights along the course.

It is the backdrop for a Dastardly Trap Rally, hopefully worthy of the name. Numbered and Lettered Route Instructions, variable Main Road Determinants, and OR instructions will be used. Both paved and smooth groomed gravel roads will be used. Off course routes will be safetied.

Novice participants will get a map or separate Tour Rally type instructions to follow, TBD.

Questions? Email brmscc1@mac.com.


What beginners should bring with them:

For starters - there should be two of you in the car: a driver, and a navigator (who isn't inclined to get car-sick reading while moving, or has an antidote for it).

Bring a mechanically sound car* that has a tenths -reading odometer (a resettable trip odometer can be a help), a clipboard, a four function calculator, several working pens, a set of highlighters (for marking up the route instructions) and post-it notes.

If you can choose between a mechanical odometer that "rolls" and a digital display, the mechanical will enable you to interpolate to the hundredths. If you only have the digital tenths, then you'll have to do a lot more "guessing" in between the numbers clicking over. We have folks who have gotten good at this with practice!

While every team has their own procedure, it's useful to be able to highlight things like speed changes, and free zones (remember - there is a tutorial to get you started!) so that "on the road" it helps you remember them better. The post-its are to stick on your dashboard to remind the driver of the assigned speeds and what the active course following priorities are.

Also - having a good map of the area that includes secondary (and tertiary roads) can be very helpful if you get lost and can't regain the rally course.

*While a cell phone and a AAA membership can't hurt, a lot of the time, we'll be traveling on roads that are well off the beaten track, and you may not have much of a description of where you are! "Well - we got here by turning left after "Snodgrass", then right at T, and left by protection... " While a GPS unit probably won’t help you very much while running the rally, it may be very useful for telling AAA where you are if you break down.