Report From The Day 1 Recce Of the Great American Mountain Rally Revival

This past Saturday and Sunday Gary Hamilton and I did a recce of Day 1 of the route of the Great American Mountain Rally Revival.  We traveled on some back roads through New York, Massachusetts, and Vermont to measure and document the rally route that we have developed.  The route that we have is a great route and we are still tweaking it to make it even better.

This Is What We Are Looking For!

Along some of the roads at higher elevations it was not unusual to see some recent snow.  Fortunately, the snow did not have much of an effect on our recce.

Many Of The Roads At Higher Elevations Had Snow Along Them

The scenery along the route was fine and we know that it will be great in October during the Great American Mountain Rally Revival with the beautiful New England fall leaf colors on display.

The Roadside Streams Had Lots Of Water Flow

The sign that we saw below did not match the surroundings.

Not Exactly Beach Conditions!

I recently added a GaugePilot rally computer to my navigation toolbox and I used it for the Great American Mountain Rally Revival recce.  For the recce of the Great American Mountain Rally Revival recce it seemed appropriate to use a piece of equipment that provides the same type of information that would have been available in the 1950s and early 1960s.  While I could have used the Speedpilot display of the GaugePilot for the recce, I took advantage of the Twinmaster display that allowed me to easily track both the total and incremental distances.  I appreciate the support of GaugePilot for the Great American Mountain Rally Revival and hope to have further announcements about this relationship.

My Rally Board Recce Set Up

I also used a handheld GPS unit to log waypoint coordinates along the rally route so we can plot the final route of the Great American Mountain Rally Revival using Garmin Basecamp and Google Earth.  I also had a copy of part of the 1953 Mobilgas map of Southern New England which will be used by the rally participants to help them follow the route and not get lost.  All of the roads used by the Great American Mountain Rally Revival are on this map, but some of the current route numbers are different now than what they were in 1953.  But don’t worry, as we will advise the competitors of all of the numbering changes.

The recce of Day 1 of the Great American Mountain Rally Revival was a success.  Our initial rally route that we developed on paper maps, supplemented by computer mapping is good, but we did see some improvements that we want to and will make.

If you have any questions about this post or the Great American Mountain Rally Revival which will be held from October 11 to October 14, 2018, then please leave a comment below or you can send me a private email message at the following address: shanna12 at comcast dot net

We are keeping a list of those who have expressed an interest in the rally and will be contacting those people directly with additional information about entering this car rally.  If you want to be on this list, then just let me know.

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7 Responses to Report From The Day 1 Recce Of the Great American Mountain Rally Revival

  1. Jeff Becker says:

    Hi Steve. Just want to comment that the fall colors in New York will be great as well.

    Kind regards

    Jeff Becker

  2. automotorist says:

    Hi Steve, I’d love to be kept apprised of the details. Thanks. Would you prefer I contact you via email, or Facebook?

    • It would be better to communicate about the Great American Mountain Rally Revival rally via email. For the rally only GAMR2018 at gmail dot com would be a good address to use.
      Steve McKelvie

  3. Gary Spicer says:

    Hello Steve,
    Glad to see the recce is going well. Even from the few photos it looks like a wonderful route.
    It’s been a number of years since we ventured into the Catskills, Adirondacks, and the White Mountains at that time of year. Realizing the weather could be a mixed bag, do you think high-performance summer tires will work OK, or should we be looking at something more adaptable to cooler temperatures?
    I’m also looking forward to more info on the GaugePilot as it sounds intriguing.
    Thanks to you and Gary for all you do.
    Best regards,
    Gary Spicer

  4. Lawrence Woodcome says:

    Steve,
    Both Driver and Navigator are looking forward to the GAMRR. It will be our first rally. Nice to see that you are trying to recreate the original race as close as possible. Removing electronic and GPS devices will only add to the fun. Keep those updates coming.
    Kind regards,
    Larry Woodcome

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