2012 Ohio Winter Rally This Weekend

This weekend the third event in the 2012 WINTR Series, the Ohio Winter Rally will be held in Solon, Ohio.  The rallymaster, Greg Lester, knows how to put on a good rally. I competed in this rally last year and had a great time.  The following rally information was taken from the Ohio Winter Rally flyer/entry form:

This year’s Ohio Winter Rally will be held on Saturday, February 4.  The rally counts toward the SCCA Great Lakes Division Road Rally Championship and the SCCA National Touring Rally Championship (Regional Rally).  It is also the 3rd round of the 2012 Winter INTernational Rally (WINTR) series.

The “OWR” was first organized in 1966 by the MG CarClub, Lake Erie Centre, in cooperation with the Marshall Mustang Owners’ Club.  It was a standard feature on the MGCC’s annual competition calendar through the 1980’s, before finding its current home with Neohio Region, SCCA.  It was a qualifying event through the entire history of the long-lamented Ohio Rally Championship (ORC) series.

The route will take competitors over approximately 140 miles of rural roads in theLake Erie“snowbelt” counties of northeastOhio.  The rally’s difficulty will be dictated by prevailing road and weather conditions.  Competitors should come prepared to spend extended periods of time outside in severe winter conditions.

Competitors can expect an absolutely straightforward, gimmick-free time-speed-distance (TSD) road rally.  The emphasis will be on precise timing at well-placed controls.

A columnar “tulip” route instruction format including official mileages for all action points will be used.  Redundant, clarifying instructions will be included anywhere that there is any question of route-following ambiguity.  Ample transit mileage will be included to allow competitors to traverse sensitive areas without disturbing residents, and enjoy the route.

Rally Start Location:

The rally will start at DiBella’s Subs, 30050 Aurora Rd. (SR 43), Solon, Ohio 44139 (Latitude: N41˚23.810’, Longitude: W081˚27.953’).

Tentative Schedule: (All times US Eastern Standard Time)

Monday, January 30, 2012:
18:00 – “Early” entry cutoff.

Saturday, February 4, 2012:
14:30 – 16:00 – Registration.
14:30 – Mini rally school (experienced competitors welcome).
16:31 – Car #1 starts rally
21:45 (approx) – Car #1 finishes
22:30 (approx.) – Provisional scores posted (hopefully)
23:00 (approx) – Awards.

Competition Classes:

E – Equipment unrestricted.

L – Odometer unrestricted. Calculating device restricted only in that it may not be integrated with the odometer and clock.

S – Unmodified stock odometer(s) only. Calculating device restricted to non-programmable electronic calculator or any mechanical calculator.

Novice – Class S entry in which neither team member has entered more than 5 TSD rallies previously (simultaneously entered in Class S for championship purposes).

Entry Fees (Please make checks payable to: NEOHIO Region, SCCA):

SCCA members (both driver & navigator): $40/car before early entry cutoff, $50/car thereafter.

Others: $45/car before early entry cutoff, $50/car thereafter. This entry fee includes the nationally mandated SCCA weekend membership for competitors.

For the full flyer/entry form, click on the pdf file below:

OWR 2012 Entry Form

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