Blue Ridge Mountain Sports Car Club presents:
Turn by FIAT: a Leaf-Peepers Rally
Date: Sunday, October 13, 2013
Registration: 1pm and the first car leaves at 2:01pm. Rally fee is $10.
Start Location: BCTA Park-n-Ride on Pleasant Drive, Located just off Exit #42 "Center" of I-376 West (Old Rt.60).
Description: Rallymaster Jenny tells us... "Approximately 80 miles of mostly paved roads of scenic Beaver County. I highly recommending leaving jeeps and bouncy trucks at home. The roads, while paved, have a lot of dips and sways in them, and if the vehicle is too bouncy, the navigator is likely to rebel. There are a couple small stretches of unpaved or tar-n-chipped roads. The leaves should be in "waxing full color" for the rally, as the early turners are already in full blaze in some areas.
Like previous Peepers rallies, this will be tour with spoon-fed instructions so that there is no excuse for getting lost. The "Peepers" aspect is where you have to locate things along the course from photos given to you. While many of these roads aren't really rural, there is an element of fun and/or beauty to quite a few of them. And there is the occasional weird thing I find as I'm putting together the rally. It should be fun!
There will be a rest break along the main drag of Beaver Falls, and we'll have dinner at Bert's Wooden Indian Restaurant in Bridgewater." http://www.bertswoodenindian.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.