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Ghouls Gambol 2019

The 53rd anniversary of a Halloween tradition

Left. Alone. On a narrow, winding road.

Happy Halloween and welcome to Ghouls Gambol.

For over 50 years ghosts, goblins, spooks, spirits, the dead, the undead, and even the mostly dead have returned to haunt the Cascade Sports Car Club's Halloween road rally. In years past rally teams have had to navigate through cemeteries to find hidden clues, reach into a screaming victim's chest, or worse.

There have been haunted locations - like the legendary barn on Pumpkin Ridge or the slaughterhouse.  The slaughterhouse ... they say if you listen on a cold, crisp October night you can still hear the screams.

This year rallymaster Paul Eklund explored Clackamas County’s farmland brightly lit with full autumn colors. Add to that some great driving roads, wonderful scenery and a hatful of tricks and traps and you've got the 2019 Ghouls Gambol. May justice be served.

It all started innocently enough at the end of the odometer check when teams were told they should go to the church door and ask the Lord’s help in surviving the event. Those that followed up on this timely advice were met by our benevolent sister of the twisted route, CSCC's own Marty Lawrence decked out in full nun regalia. She dutifully blessed each team with a coupon for 50% off one of their leg scores. It would prove most useful as legs were long and scores would prove to be, well, large.

Two notes were floated in and out as contestants followed the route instructions. Note Trickery required a gain of 6 seconds at each sign reading “WITCH”. Note Treat required a pause of 6 seconds at each sign reading “CEMETERY”. Both were in effect upon arrival at the first checkpoint. Interestingly the Checkpoint 1 instructions cancelled Note Witch - which of course wasn’t the name of the note, so contestants should have continued looking for witch signs all the way to the last checkpoint where Note Trickery was finally cancelled. Alas, it mattered not as there were no witch signs. Note Treat was used a couple of times by teams that executed the correct half of an OR instruction. Off course cars never saw the cemetery signs.

The legs were long with lots of main road following and uninstructed forced turns. A hard-to-see sidefacing no outlet sign and a recurring ONTO sent a few cars into off course route controls. Some of the many max leg scores benefited from the Lord’s help. With help from lots of off course markers and phone calls to the rallymaster, all contestants found their way to the ending location.

Sean and Tonia Andersen finished first SOP and first overall. First Novice and second overall were Dave and Sherry Wilson. Congratulations, winners!

Costume winners were King Neptune and the Mermaid, Mario and Luigi, and Alice in Wonderland with the Mad Catter. Best decorated vehicles were the Wonderland Teapot, Under the Sea, and the Incredibles.


Ghoulls Gambol 53 Road Rally Results

Car #

Driver / Navigator

Class

Leg 1

Leg 2

Leg 3

Leg 4

Leg 5

Total

9

Sean Andersen / Tonia Andersen

SOP

14

150

20

24

2

210

7

Dave Wilson / Sherry Wilson

NOV

22

150

12

94

30

308

2

Torm Kelsey-Green / Kasey Klaus

SOP

96

300

300

150

15

861

4

Dave Sacry / Kathy Sacry

SOP

300

150

79

153

300

982

10

Jim Pott / Bill Cohnstaedt

NOV

300

300

74

30

300

1004

11

Larry McCartin / Christy Temple

SOP

300

300

300

92

150

1142

8

Charles Wilson / Carol Wilson

NOV

235

300

300

300

150

1285

5

Merrilee Gilley / Kiersten Adels

SOP

114

300

150

300

300

1164

3

Matt Weaver / Denae Murphy

SOP

300

150

300

139

300

1189

1

Robin Turner / Tracy Schwent

SOP

208

150

300

300

300

1258

6

Madelaine Olbricht / Bruce Stanton

NOV

150

300

300

300

300

1350