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The Con Game

It should have been so simple, so easy...
Kasey and Torm meet Force Majeur

THE CON GAME

Saturday June 8
By Kasey Klaus & Torm Kelsey Green

It was the third event, mid-point of the Saturday Rally Series, and the sun broke out of its doldrums to present a pleasant day for rally. Twelve teams of the future lost departed Lowe's parking lot headed for Clark County unaware of what fate had in store.

The first half-dozen teams arrived at the first checkpoint, in order, at about one-minute intervals. Seemed all the rallymasters’ preplanning was paying off. Then chaos! Some cars missed the checkpoint entrance, entered at the exit, and got in line – out of order – with teams who’d entered on course. Out of sight of the checkpoint crew (large hedge) local police activity had blocked the checkpoint sign from view on approach, causing all sorts of disruption to arriving teams. Leg one was prudently discarded from scoring.

The next three legs were do-it-yourself checkpoints and went on without any unplanned incidents. Teams drove through the Washington hills and valleys enjoying scenic views and fun-to-drive roads. A pause at the Hantwick Road Trailhead provided a brief visit with nature. It was in the last leg that the fates decided to once again intervene. Between the time the rallymasters drove the route, but prior to the arrival of the first car, a wayward local crashed into and knocked down a power pole.  

Oh no! It's a road closure!  

Teams scrambled. Some bailed for the finish while a few struggled on, rejoined the route and found the final checkpoint. And thus ended any chance for scoring leg five. With the first and last legs sufficiently waylaid by the whims of fate and local authorities, the rally was scored on the three DIYC legs.

Congratulations to the first overall and first Unlimited team of Simon Levear and Ben Bradley. First SOP went to John and Robby Elkin. First Novice was Derek Johnson Love and Kate Love Johnson, an excellent finish for their first CSCC rally. We hope we see them at future events.

And a big thank you to rallymasters Kasey Klaus and Torm Kelsey Green for their first CSCC rally!


June Road Rally Results

Car #

Driver / Navigator

Class

Leg 1

Leg 2

Leg 3

Leg 4

Leg 5

Total

10

Simon Levear / Ben Bradley

UNL

0

1

2

2

0

5

12

Kevin Poirier / Chris Hale

UNL

0

3

1

4

0

8

9

John Elkin / Robby Elkin

SOP

0

68

20

0

0

88

13

Sean Andersen / Tonia Andersen

SOP

0

49

35

17

0

101

5

Marcus Gattmen / Kerrie Steffenson

SOP

0

82

30

31

0

143

11

Lawrence McCartin / Christy Temple

SOP

0

153

10

15

0

178

4

Derek J. Love / Kate L. Johnson

NOV

0

165

33

27

0

225

3

Jim Pott / Bill Cohnstaedt

NOV

0

116

57

143

0

316

7

Dave Wilson / Sherry Wilson

NOV

0

65

233

23

0

321

6

Chris White / Twyla Blanksma

NOV

0

165

67

173

0

405

2

Betsy Blackie / Michael McCauley

NOV

0

243

69

127

0

439

14

Madelaine Olbricht / Michael Karber

NOV

0

300

33

300

0

633



A Mother of a Rally

Kevin offered an early Mothers Day treat touring and tricking around beautiful Clark County, Washington.

MOTHER OF A RALLY

Saturday, May 11, 2019
By Kevin Poirier

The sun came out early Saturday morning making for a pleasant drive through the Clark County hills for the twelve teams of road ralliers that had assembled for the start of the May event.  Flashback to last year and it was heavy rain and high winds with checkpoint signs blowing over.

Rallymaster Kevin had constructed  a lengthy event with 7 controls covering about 120 miles.  Scenery was top notch with gorgeous views of Mt. St. Helens and the Columbia River.  Roads were 100% paved with many a twist and turn.  But this was no walk in the park. On the Saagerpaloosa difficulty scale, we rate this one a challenge. The first couple of legs were pretty straight forward. 

The third leg included several opportunities to execute a NOTE to “PAUSE at each YIELD”. However, since all the opportunities were at railroad crossings which are not intersections, if you paused at the three crossings, you earned 30 penalty points. The fourth leg offered a mileage trap (CAST 41 for 0.75 miles at “NEXT 1 ½ MILES”) worth 24 points.

Leg 6 spelled doom for most teams. The leg opens with an ONTO GREEN instruction, followed by an ITIS instruction to TURN on SHIRLEY GORDON. The trap is sprung when your first encounter with Shirley is as an opportunity to drive straight on SHIRLEY GORDON. We all know you can’t TURN by going STRAIGHT, so you refuse the ITIS (at that encounter) and continue to stay ONTO GREEN. You max early if you miss this – and some did. Those who did this trap correctly still had to make it through some confusing intersections, following GREEN wherever it went, eventually finding the correct opportunity to TURN on SHIRLEY GORDON. Half the teams that maxed Leg six also maxed Leg seven.

Only the second rally of the season and teams were working on regaining their skills.  With longer legs, scores tend toward the higher side with nearly one-third of the leg scores timing in over the three minute max.  Many of those came from the last two legs with every team getting at least one max with one exception.  The Novice team of Twyla Blanksma and Chris White scooted through legs six and seven with a combined total of 192 about half of the next closest team.

The SOP team of Bill and Kelly Ferber also displayed the agony and the ecstasy with maxes on legs four and six but a zero on leg five.

Storming to victory by more than a minute and a half was Sean and Brandon Andersen in the SOP class.  Well done gents!  Paul Eklund and Yulia Smolyensky took first in Unlimited and Mark and Mike Heriford took first in Novice.

May Road Rally Results

Car #

Driver / Navigator

Class

Leg 1

Leg 2

Leg 3

Leg 4

Leg 5

Leg 6

Leg 7

Total

12

Sean Andersen / Brandon Andersen

SOP

37

14

18

67

79

300

56

571

2

Marcus Gattman / Kerrie Steffenson

SOP

46

14

18

23

25

300

300

726

10

Paul Eklund / Yulia Smolyensky

UNL

5

2

26

6

88

300

300

727

1

Larry Lefebvre / Simon Levear

SOP

6

20

29

15

138

300

300

908

7

Larry McCartin / Christy Temple

SOP

237

102

24

227

31

300

117

928

5

Mark Heriford / Mike Heriford

NOV

233

77

6

86

96

255

300

1053

11

Bill Ferber / Kelly Ferber

SOP

300

129

12

300

0

300

32

1073

6

Dave Wilson / Sherry Wilson

NOV

298

27

6

84

106

300

300

1121

8

Larry Anson / Fran Hanchek

SOP

157

77

19

300

300

300

7

1160

4

Twyla Blanksma / Chris White

NOV

300

91

300

300

88

112

80

1271

9

Kathleen Ellis / Bob Ellis

SOP

300

123

6

244

32

300

300

1305

3

Jordan Green / Carol Green

SOP

190

27

106

95

300

300

300

1318







Mr. D Loves Company

The season opener sports a combination of simple touring with a tricky transit section thrown in for good measure!

MR. D LOVES COMPANY

Saturday, April 13, 2019
by Simon Levear

Rallymaster Simon Levear delivered a great season opener with the April 13 Saturday Road Rally.

The course offered beautiful scenery and fun-to-drive roads, including a lap around Hagg Lake, ending in Cornelius. Although the route was easy to follow, the TRAP TRANSIT section was tricky. Six route instructions offered two optional actions: A or B. One was correct (zero points) and one wasn’t (50 points).

First overall was the Unlimited team of Rebecca Ruston and Russ Kraushaar. Second in Unlimited and second overall was the team of Paul Eklund and Brandon Harer. Larry Anson and Fran Hanchek finished third overall and first place in the SOP class. Eric Olbricht and Alexander Olbricht took first place Novice.

Did I mention the TRAP TRANSIT was tricky? NRI 50 made the difference between the top two teams. At a four-way intersection, the road straight ahead had a back-facing stop sign, the road to the right had a back-facing stop sign, and the road to the left did not have a back-facing stop sign. MRD 3.3 PROTECTION directs you to take the “single road which leaves the intersection without a back-facing stop or yield sign on it”. If you went left you correctly executed part B of the instruction for zero penalty points.

Most teams tripped on NRI 53, also a main road trap. You are on an unpaved road, when you encounter an intersection with three apparent choices: straight ahead is paved, the road on the right is marked “dead end” (not a rally road), and the road on the left is unpaved. MRD 3.4 SURFACE says, “The main road is the obvious continuation beyond an intersection of the road with the same type of surface as that which you approached the intersection on." If you went left to stay on the unpaved surface you correctly executed part B of the instruction for zero penalty points.

April Road Rally Results

Car #

Driver / Navigator

Class

Leg 1

Leg 2

Leg 3

Leg 4

Traps

Total

1

Rebecca Ruston / Russ Kraushaar

UNL

2

2

5

7

0

16

10

Paul Eklund / Brandon Harer

UNL

2

3

5

7

50

67

8

Larry Anson / Fran Hanchek

SOP

19

37

57

51

0

164

16

Sean Anderson / Tonia Anderson

SOP

30

15

19

63

50

177

14

Marcus Gattman / Kerrie Steffenson

SOP

11

14

62

8

100

195

17

Tom Kreger / Cynthia Bushell

SOP

4

21

21

197

100

343

13

Eric Olbricht / Alexander Olbricht

NOV

70

44

114

47

150

425

9

Torm Kelsey Green / Kasey Klaus

SOP

63

194

192

96

0

545

15

Dave Wilson / Sherry Wilson

NOV

109

55

80

251

100

595

7

James Pott / Bill Cohnstaedt

NOV

109

25

220

129

150

633

6

Madelane / Tyson Boatman

NOV

9

72

180

300

150

711

3

Larry McCartin / Christy Temple

SOP

249

99

277

72

50

747

4

Besty Blackie / Laura McKean

NOV

300

228

188

33

150

899

5

Chris White / Twyla Banksma

NOV

163

69

300

300

100

932

12

John Elkin / Robby Elkin

SOP

300

92

300

300

100

1092

2

Jordan Green / Carol Greer

NOV

300

300

300

300

200

1400

11

Alexander Villarreal / Case Hiatt

NOV

300

300

300

300

250

1450



PAST ROAD RALLY SEASONS