Frank Beyer & I Win the Stock Class at the 2011 Johnny Appleseed Rally

This past weekend, October 15, the Johnny Appleseed Rally was held by the Northeast Ohio Region of the Sports Car Club of America(SCCA).  The rally counted toward the SCCA Great Lakes Division Road Rally Championship, as well as the SCCA National Touring Rally Championship (Regional Rally).  The “Johnny Appleseed” name is a legacy from an SCCA National rally organized by NeOhio Region in the 1950’s and 1960’s.  It reappeared as an SCCA National Touring Rally in 1993.

I had the pleasure of taking part in this rally as the navigator for Frank Beyer in his Subaru Forester.  I talked Frank into competing in the Stock Class for this rally.  The Johnny Appleseed rallymaster, Greg Lester, allowed the use of any mechanical calculator in the Stock Class, so I was able to use my Curta calculator.  And in addition, Greg used Key Times with associated re-zeroing of the distance, an approach that is very Stock Class friendly.

Frequent re-zeroing at Key Times is also very safe.  If you do not have these re-zeroing locations, then the best that Stock Class competitors can do to reduce mileage drift is to re-zero the trip odometer as you cross a control line or you could re-zero frequently throughout the leg. Re-zeroing at the control line is quite dangerous as somebody has to push the tripmeter re-set button as the car crosses the timing control line.  So driver’s hand is either off the wheel coming into the Control Point or the navie is reaching over behind the wheel as the car crosses the Control line.  This is very distracting to good car control. Re-zeroing at specific locations eliminates this safety issue.

Traveling from my house in Massachusetts to the Johnny Appleseed rally location is quite a long drive, so I welcomed Frank’s offer to stay at his house in Syracuse, NY Friday night.  Frank & I got up early Saturday morning and left for Ohio at 5:30AM.  We arrived at the rally start location at Quail Hollow State Park near Hartville, Ohio at about 12:15PM.  We finalized the rally registration requirements and got the car filled with gas.  By the way, the gas station business is not good in Pennsylvania and Ohio, as when we were looking for fuel, several times gas stations listed in the GPS unit were now closed.

The first car was away at 1:01PM.  The Johnny Appleseed rally was not a long rally with a total distance of approximately 100 mile, all on paved roads.  The route went through the hills of Ohio’s Stark and Columbiana counties.  Most of the controls were closed controls that, while not hidden, were certainly not easy to see.  No complaints here, as no one said that rallying has to be easy.

Cars at the Afternoon Break of the Johnny Appleseed Rally

The break was at a “Scenic Vista Park”.  While a nice “scenic” place for a rest stop Frank & I looked for a “vista”, but I only found a bridge to nowhere.

A Bridge to Nowhere

The rally ended about 5:30PM at Carlo’s Trattoria in Hartville.  The food smelled great but Frank & I needed to get back to his house in reasonable time, so we left soon after the rally ended without sampling Carlo’s food.  Even with that, we did not get back to Frank’s place until a little after 1:00AM Sunday morning.

Note the Old Sign on the Bridge: “Can I Buy a F?”

Class E, the Equipped Class was won by David and Daniel Harkom with a great score of 6 (0.06 minutes) over 11 scored controls.  Very well done!  Class L was won by Brian and Kevin Line and while they were the only car in that class, they had a good score when compared to the Class E results.

Frank & I won the Stock Class with a decent score, but as in every rally, we could have done better.  However we were satisfied although we didn’t know how we did until the next day.

Frank Beyer & I Coming into a Closed Control at the Johnny Appleseed Rally

The final results of the 2011 Johnny Appleseed Rally are presented below.  Greg Lester and all of the workers did a great of putting this event on.  Frank & I enjoyed the rally very much.

Position

Driver

Navigator

Car

Score

Class
E

1

David

Harkcom

Daniel

Harkcom

Audi

6

2

David

Sellers

Janis

Ford

Chevrolet

20

3

Jim

Van Zant

Ken

Swarm

Subaru

34

4

Michael

Vojacek

Sam

Lister

Hyundai

48

Class
L

1

Brian

Line

Kevin

Line

Ford

28

Class
S

1

Frank

Beyer

Steve

McKelvie

Subaru

40

2

Adam

Spieszny

Ajay

Pal

Eagle

72

3

Jason

Balser

Samantha

Bell

Subaru

126

4

Phil

Mallory

Mike

Giacoma

Mini

151

5

Jennifer

Goulden

John

Buda

Audi

161

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