What the rallymasters said:
We got lots of good feedback and many “thank you’s” at the end of the rally. Folks seemed to enjoy themselves. One rally team gave us a box of donuts! Thank you, Car # 18! Guess it turned out okay.
We started working on the rally in March, as soon as Rally School was over. Our search for a route began with a request that we end near Tillamook. Nestucca River Access Road was suggested as an all-paved off-highway route across the Coast Range.
We loved it from the first time we drove it. It is a beautiful twisty-windy over-the-mountain through-the-forest route. It conveniently has a couple of parks along the way that could serve as rest breaks. We drove it a number of times.
Until one day, we couldn’t. The BLM closed the road from June through October for maintenance. The detour route is also a paved road over the mountains, but much of it is one-lane road with pull-outs, and there are NO facilities along the way. Well, we just had to go with it.
The rest of the course development was all about staying on secondary and local roads as much as possible and avoiding highway transits. Other than a couple of short stints on 101 North. We were mostly able to do that.
We send a big thank you to the rally checkout team of Bob Morseburg and Cheri Eddy. They test drove the rally the Saturday before the event. Although we had measured every foot of the course at least three times, they found two mileage errors. And they made a couple of suggestions that surely saved some teams from falling off the rally route. We owe them a big debt of gratitude. Thank you, Bob and Cheri!
What ralliers said:
Thank you so much for putting on the rally, we had the best time. We were so happy to do less than five u-turns and we actually got two zeros on the route! So very happy!
It was great!
Fun roads I’ve never seen before.
Congratulations to the winners:
Congratulations to the top finishers. First overall and first SOP was the team of Marcus Gattman and Kerrie Steffenson. Marcus and Kerrie are this season’s top SOP driver and navigator in the Saturday Road Rally Series. And they were rallymaster for the August Saturday Series Rally. Congratulations on your first Mountains to the Sea Rally victory!
Second overall and first Novice is the team of Jason Krieg and Justin Wiezorek. Jason and Justin are this season’s top Novice driver and navigator. Since you can’t win the First Place Novice Series trophy more than once, it’s time for this team to move up to SOP. Based on this Mountains to the Sea Rally performance, they are ready. Congratulations, guys!
Third overall and second SOP is the team of Brian and Jamie Anderson. Brian and Jamie were last season’s First Place Novice Series winners. This is their first season running SOP and they are the team to watch. They finished this season tied for fourth SOP in the Saturday Road Rally Series. Congratulations on your Mountains to the Sea finish, Brian and Jamie!
Honorable mention goes to the team of Dave and Kathy Sacry and the team of Sue and Bill Colish for their fourth and fifth place overall finishes, with scores under 300. Sixth place overall had over 400 points.
Congratulations to all!
What the trophy winners said:
Great rally with a fantastic mix of tight, twisty, and technical mixed with some great views. Speeds felt right where they were challenging enough with our lovely weather to keep teams working all day!