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Zing Goes the Springs
of My Heart

A simple rally for a suddenly complex world

ZING GOES THE STRINGS OF MY HEART

Saturday, March 21, 2020
By Monte and Victoria Saager

The March Saturday event was the first-ever TSsD (Time Speed social Distance) road rally. Recognizing that we’re in a coronavirus emergency, the entire event experience was designed to eliminate contact with other humans outside of your own car. The rally was promoted as an opportunity to get out and go for a fun drive in the country, while maintaining social distancing.

Online registration was required. Day-of-event on-site registration was not available. (We stayed home.) All check-in procedures and transmitting of route instructions occurred via email.

Teams timed themselves out from the start location and followed the instructions through the route. All timing was done using a GPS app, so there were no manned checkpoints.

The rallymasters used data from the GPS app to monitor each car’s progress through the rally and to monitor the scoreboard. (We sat at the kitchen table, following along on our laptops.)

At the mid-rally scenic break at Bald Peak State Park, total scores up to that point were emailed to the teams.  They had a chance during this break to order take-out from the Cruise In Country Diner where the rally route ended.

The rally route included some simple rally traps. A misspelled sign offered an opportunity to incorrectly pause 30 seconds (how do you spell NEUGEBAUER). An ONTO trap elicited another 30-second penalty. What do you do when told to change your speed for 0.5 mile? You go back to the previous speed after the half mile - or not for more penalty points. A note told you to pause 30 seconds at a sign reading “CEMETARY”. Who knew there was actually a sign like that on the route.

Congratulations to first Unlimited and first overall Paul Eklund and Yulia Smolyensky. First SOP and second overall was Bill Ferber and Simon Levear. Robert Paxman and Will Pollard finished first GPS and third overall. First Novice was Ben and Kyle Overton. Congratulations to all the teams! And a big thank you to Brandon Harer and Ben Bradley for checking out the rally.


March Road Rally Results

Car #

Driver / Navigator

Class

Leg 3

Leg 4

Leg 5

Leg 6

Leg 7

Leg 8

Leg 10

Leg 11

Leg 12

Leg 13

Leg 14

Leg 15

Leg 16

Total

14

Paul Eklund / Yulia Smolyanski

UNL

0

0

1

2

0

1

0

0

2

2

4

5

0

17

9

Bill Ferber / Simon Levear

SOP

7

2

14

11

3

21

36

14

0

1

13

1

19

142

1

Robert Paxman / Will Pollard

GPS

19

38

9

5

37

10

51

4

0

16

0

7

2

198

4

John Franklin / Anthony Campbell

UNL

21

29

15

1

5

56

6

39

5

6

35

15

22

255

7

Ben Overton / Kyle Overton

NOV

22

31

7

3

68

105

25

11

4

4

33

2

12

327

10

Torm Kelsey-Green / Kasey Klaus

SOP

21

44

18

35

48

64

8

38

1

1

29

21

16

344

12

Mike Glass / Leon Rivera

SOP

14

5

20

120

81

46

6

11

3

2

57

9

12

386

11

Jeff Manier / Alisia L. Manier

NOV

3

5

20

42

120

20

120

55

5

9

0

6

5

410

3

Kris Franca / Rich Franca

NOV

47

45

10

12

50

43

51

81

14

4

82

13

24

476

8

Annie Thompson / Bill Thompson

SOP

0

24

13

2

76

120

120

92

5

5

17

4

14

492

5

Brian Anderson / Jamie Anderson

NOV

0

33

45

73

9

120

37

27

9

10

120

14

35

532



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