A couple of days ago I posted a note that I was looking for some information about the 1954 Great American Mountain Rally. Since that time I have got some good information about the rally. Scott Morris of Ontario sent me a couple of articles that were published in “Motorsport” magazine on the 1953 and 1954 runnings of the Great American Mountain Rally. In a subsequent email to me, Scott pointed out that there were a few pages about the rally in the book by David Hebb and Arthur Peck “A Complete Handbook Sports Car Rallies, Trials and Gymkhanas” that was published in 1956. Scott said that the 1956 Edition of this book had some comments about the Great American Mountain Rally that were not included in the 1960 Edition of the same book. Fortunately I have a copy of the 1956 edition of this book, but I had not looked at it for some time and frankly had forgotten that it discussed the Great American Mountain Rally.
This Is A Good Book About American Rallies In The 1950s
The book is as advertised, a complete handbook for rallying at that time. Rallying was quite different in those days, especially when it comes to the navigation and timing equipment. Timing was made using wind-up analog clocks and stopwatches. Accurate time was determined by using shortwave radios to pick up the time signals from the US Bureau of Standards.
The book discusses the use of odometers, but rather than discussing an auxiliary odometer, it is only on how to use the standard odometer that comes with the car.
These People Must Be Really Lost!
The book uses pencil or charcoal drawings by George Janes that are good rally sketches. I have included a couple of these drawings in this post.
Let’s Hope That The Next Car Along Can Pull Them Out
This book is a good reference for American rallies in the 1950s. From the material included in the book it seems that the car-related activities were only on both coasts of the USA. Perhaps it is because of the location of the authors, but most of the references are to rallies in the northeast USA and the New York area. There is even a reference to the Touring Club of New England which I used to belong to until it just seemed to fade away.
I want to thank Scott Morris for the information about the Great American Mountain Rally and for causing me to take a second look at this interesting rally book. By the way, I am still looking for information about any Sunbeam Alpines that competed in the 1954 Great American Mountain Rally.
I think that I will put together the information that I am getting about the Great American Mountain Rally to make a good record of this rally.