In about three weeks I will begin the recce for the 2018 Trans America Challenge. This will be a 6,000 mile long rally starting in historic Charleston, South Carolina on May 27, 2018 and ending in Seattle, Washington on June 17, 2018. In general, the route is shown below.
Over the past year I have been studying maps, seeking input from rally friends, and other sources of information to put together an interesting rally route across America. What is clear is that the United States is full of interesting roads, sites and geography. The challenge for me is not to find good rally roads – there are lots of those. The challenge is to keep the rally moving from city to city. I think that the competitors will like the route.
For the recce, I will be joined by Fred Gallagher, Rally Director for the Endurance Rally Association in England. I am really pleased to be working with Fred on the Trans America Challenge. Fred, a former World Rally Championship co-driver, has been the co-driver for a long list of top WRC drivers such as John Haugland, Tony Pond, Henri Toivonen, Juha Kankkunen, Bjorn Waldegard, Ari Vatanen, John Buffum, and Petter Solberg. For years, he was Clerk of The Course for the WRC round Rally GB. I look forward to continuing to learn from Fred Gallagher. And one thing that I do know is that Fred and the rest of the folks at the Endurance Rally Association know how to put on a great rally.
This summer I had the pleasure of meeting Michael Kershaw, a competitor in the 2018 Trans America Challenge. Michael, who lives in Switzerland, is currently preparing a Ford Mustang for his use during the 2018 Trans America Challenge. I look forward to seeing Michael and his Mustang next year.
Michael Kershaw’s Mustang In Preparation For The 2018 Trans-America Challenge
Our recce trip will start on September 11 and I hope to post some stories and sights from the recce as a preview into this Trans America Challenge. If you look closely at the generalized route of the Trans America Challenge you can see that the rally route goes through Galveston, Texas. As I post this report, Galveston and other coastal cities in Texas are experiencing a terrible hurricane. I hope that the people of coastal Texas get safely through this hurricane. I am planning having the rally route follow some coastal roads in this area in order to have the rally participants get a close look at the Gulf Of Mexico under more settled conditions.
If you have any questions about this post or the 2018 Trans America Challenge, please leave a comment below or you can send me a private email message at the following address: shanna12 at comcast dot net