Hello former and potential Great American Mountain Rally (GAMRR) participants.

I wanted to reach out to you about GAMRR2019.  Obviously the untimely passing of Steve McKelvie has had a profound impact on the planning of the 2019 event. This event will be run October 25th-27th in honor of Steve; who was the driving force behind GAMRR2018. Steve provided a level of Rallying expertise that was extraordinary. I learned a great deal during the year that we spent together planning the 2018 event. 

With support from the New England Region SCCA and personnel from local sports car clubs I know that this event will rival & hopefully exceed last year’s event. Many have reached out to me offering support in running the event; to those my profound thanks. 

Steve and I had already established a preliminary route and had been coordinating with venues for lodging and events. Following is a preliminary route map.

The current event includes 3 days of Rallying. Day 1 will start in the Capital District of New York State and run Northerly thought the center of the Adirondack Park to Lake Placid; the site of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics.  Day 2 of the event will include a loop from Lake Placid North and West to the Saint Regis and Saranac Lake Regions and will end back at our exquisite host hotel.  Day 3 will see us travelling East through the High Peaks and Keene Valley to Lake Champlain where a short ferry ride will take you across the lake to Vermont. The last leg of day 3 will take us South through the Western edge of Vermont and the Green Mountain Forest. The culmination of the rally will once again end at Hemmings Motor News (our host from last year) in Bennington where scoring and awards will take place.

Preliminary Itinerary:

Thursday Oct 24th

  • Lodging in Saratoga Springs New York.
  • A private wine and cheese reception at Saratoga Auto Museum (museum closed to the public).
  • Final Registration
  • Rally preview and school

Friday October 25th

  • Rally start at Saratoga Auto Museum
  • Approximately a 200 mile route to Lake Placid.
  • Lodging at a fine Inn on Mirror Lake in downtown Lake Placid, including dinner in a private function room.

Saturday October 26th

  • starting and ending in Lake Placid.
  • Dinner and lodging at Inn

Sunday October 27th

  • Sunday morning Breakfast at inn and start of day3.
  • Approximately a 200 mile route to Vermont ending at Hemmings Motor News.
  • Scoring, awards and luncheon.
  • Departure

Following are links for additional information about the Capital/Adirondack and Vermont regions:

Info on GAMRR2018:

Info on the history of the Great American Mountain Rally:

As the event is developed a web site will be created where you can watch for updates and information about registering for this exciting event.        

Save the date Oct 25th-27th 2019!                                


Gary  J. Hamilton

Rally Master GAMRR 2018/2019

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1 Response to GAMRR2019

  1. Silver Baron says:

    Hi Gary,
    Great to hear the plans for the upcoming GAMRR are progressing nicely. As team Silver Baron promised last year, we will be back.
    And as we all said, if we each bring another team along, things will be perfect.

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