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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
2017 Great Race
June 24th -
Jacksonville, FL to Traverse City, MI
2017 VCRA EVENT RULES & REGULATIONS ..are posted on this web site. This abbreviated format makes it possible to make this edition applicable to all VCRA and/or VCRA sanctioned events. All specific event information such as schedules, rally format, class designations, scoring format, awards, prizes etc will be provided on entry forms and/or event supplements prior to the event. Click on Rule Book for more Information.
VCRA RALLY CLOCKS…Just received a small shipment from supplier of “Sawtooth” VCRA legal rally clocks. New price is $149.00 including shipping to anywhere in the USA. Won’t last long..may be last we get for a while!! To order simply e-
LOOKING FOR A SPEEDO? We here at VCRA try to locate and purchase all the used speedos we can to pass on to those that are entering the sport..however, it seems with the surge of Rookie teams each year, the demand has exceeded the supply. We will continue to try to find the used ones, and, in the meantime, our good friend Bill Croker has been successful in his program of finding, and making available, used Timewise speedos. If in need, also try Bill for a speedo at firstname.lastname@example.org . He is the guy that initiated the “Rookie Mentor” program, so you can believe what he tells you!!
Looking for a Rally Car???… Go and check out the classified section on our website to find your next Rally Car. Click here for classifieds
2016 “RACE FOR AUTISM” CHARITY RECIPIENTS NAMED…the following organizations have been selected to receive donations from the VCRA charity annual funding program. As photos of the presentations arrive, they will be posted on the web site.
F.A.C.T. Virginia Beach,. VA Beach, VA $7,465.00
FACT is a 501C3 non-
SHERWOOD CENTER Kansas City, MO $12,000.00
A 501C3 organization that has finally found new accommodations that will allow them to accept up to 25 -
SUNSHINE SCHOOL Searcy, AR $10,140.00
This 501C3 non profit school continues to offer specialized education services to pre-
LARNED SCHOOL DISTRICT Larned, KS $12,645.00
This public school serves a huge territory in western Kansas that has no support programs available for children affected with autism. VCRA is providing funding that will purchase all items such as fine motor /gross motor/auditory/ tactile/
visual and outdoor equipment to fully fund a complete sensory program for children with autism.
2017 “ALL STARS FOR AUTISM” RALLY…was one to remember!! Fifty rally teams from all across the USA came to Joplin, Mo to participate in this, the 12th annual, VCRA charity rally event. Thirty two (DFC) veteran, ten RFF (Run For Fun) and eight GH ( Rookie, first timers) teams made up the field. We were really pleased to see the GH count increase as these folks are preparing to go to the Greatrace in June. Their decision to attend, and learn the “How To” portion, will prove to be invaluable when they get to the big one. The veteran teams included two past world champs and several prior class winners in both the VCRA events and the Greatrace. So, you may ask, “Why are they all here?” You only have to ask any of the folks that come, and they will tell you this is the “MUST DO” event of the year…and the best preparation for the Greatrace! A very competitive, challenging course, coupled with the largest cash prize payout of any regional rally in the country, and, a very in depth rally school given by experienced folks, gives the entrants multiple reasons to attend. The bonus is a great venue, the now famous nightly VCRA reception and a great host hotel that will do everything imaginable to make your stay a great experience.
So, how did it go? First, we must thank our event sponsor, Hemming Motor News, for their continued support..plus the other associate sponsors that continue to make this event possible. And, we welcome a couple of new sponsors on board for the year…B&W Hitch company www.turnoverball.com and The Lift Super Store http://www.liftsuperstore.com/ . Check them out! And, a big thanks to our VCRA volunteer staff members, Tommy Hudson for the sweep truck and the hotel staff for a great stay!
Race teams began to arrive on Wednesday to partly cloudy skies, but warm temperatures. All looked good for a great weekend of racing. Thursday was a bit cooler, with more clouds, and after the rally school and the welcome luncheon, they were off on the practice rally (Stage 0). Four legs of competition were completed without a hitch, and the team of Graf (past world champ) & Stumb set the bar with a score of 5.32 followed closely by three time world champ Jason & Jason with a 5.82 score. RFF class was won by team Kraus & Thams with a 13.87 and GH class was won by Genty & Gentry (think we better watch out for this duo) with a score of 1m51.36. Then it was back to the hotel for the VCRA reception and a “What Did I Do Wrong” session with the GH folks.
Friday greeted us with cloudy skies, and occasional showers….but the racers pressed on. On this day we were on the way to visit a new sponsor in Humbolt, Kansas…B&W trailer hitch company. Joe Works, owner, had graciously offered to provide a lunch stop / tour of the plant…and a great lunch it was…as well as the tour of the manufacturing facility.. Thanks to Joe and his crew!!! Oh yeah, might mention that during the last leg before the lunch stop, the highway department decided to throw out road repair signs, begin cutting concrete patches, and just plain messed up that leg…so out it went!! But we must press on!
The afternoon portion of the rally was going well, and all made it to the Pit Stop in good order. Then, again, the highway department decided that was a good time to stop traffic, replace signs and put a stop light in place of a stop sign…right about the time we arrived. So, as you might imagine, that leg and the next were not scored, and the racers drove on in to the hotel. But, it was still a good day, all in all, and everyone once again enjoyed the VCRA reception that evening and reviewed the day. A good time was had by all! See the result for the scoring.
Saturday…Wow..greeted us with the largest rainstorm event in recent history. Nine to eleven inches of rain fell..and the storm covered the entire Midwest causing flooding, plus high winds. As a matter of “Safety First” for the entrants, VCRA called off the Stage due to the extreme weather conditions…something we all hate to do, but I think, if you ask all those there, it was the right thing to do.
The hotel went to great lengths to make sure all of us were taken care of, and had something to do to occupy our time. Bill Croker, Barry Jason and Jim Feeney gave a two plus hour “How To Rally” school to those that wanted to attend….and over forty folks chose to be there. I’m confident they went away with a better understanding of the rally game. And the day was ended with the ever famous VCRA reception…with great food and drink for all.
Sunday morning was cloudy and scattered rain showers. After the early out crew looked at the course, it became apparent that there were going to be several road closures due to high water. But, there was a need to run some portion of the day to be able to declare the winners. The first two legs of the course were impassable due to flood waters.. but we found a way to at least get two legs in, so a winner could be determined in a fair manner. After two legs, the course was again plagued with road closures due to high water. So..the Stage was called after two legs, and the racers were back to the hotel for he awards luncheon as planned.
After a very trying, but nevertheless, enjoyable event, the results were in. Overall winners were Jason & Jason with a 5.82 total score followed closely by Knowles & Gentry with a 6.84. Right on their heels were Martin & Martin with a 6.86 (two hundredths separated 2nd & 3rd ). RFF class was won by Metcalf & Metcalf with a 30.00 score and GH honors went to Martin & Smith with a 59.00.
There were some other momentous occasions during the event…a brand new, high technology check point scoring device was tested for feasibility and accuracy. This equipment was provided by Brad Epple (owner of the 1916 Hudson Indy Car), and we thank him for looking forward to perhaps making this form of racing even more fun, and accurate. Results will be made available soon.
And a special recognition to the all gal of Team Gentry & Gentry..they both have to sign “Minor Release Forms” to compete. That may tell you of their dedication for the sport…we welcome them..they had a little hard luck this time, but am sure they will be back with a vengeance!
All in all, it was a good time..hated the weather issue…but that’s racin’. The 2018, 13th annual, “All Stars for Autism” Rally will be held again in Joplin, MO at the LaQuinta Inn & Suites on May 16th – 20th, 2018. Hotel has promised even better things for 2018..what could that be??? A promise of no rain would work!!!
Thanks again for supporting our event..you all make it possible for us to reach our charity goals!!!
BRANSON COLLECTOR CAR AUCTION…was held in Branson, MO for the 39th time on April 21st-
2017 Great Race/VCRA Charity Program
2017 “ALL STARS FOR AUTISM” RALLY Winner
Congratulations Barry & Irene Jason
RICH “DOC” MCKONE & CHARLIE BRITTINGHAM… win the 39th SUGAR VALLEY RALLY in Scottsbluff, NE. Congratulations, and good luck in the Great Race. See rally details at www.sugarvalleyrally.com
THE 2017 “GREAT RACE” is nearly upon us…and we are really looking forward to seeing you all there!!! A check of the clock to the left indicates that it is almost “GO” time….good luck to all…and, most importantly, BE SAFE!!! See you soon!!!
2017 VCRA “RACE 4 AUTISM” …will once again be supported by Great Race, and you, the competitor, will have a chance to have your picture on the cover of HEMMINGS MOTOR NEWS should you be the winner of the VCRA “Race 4 Autism” contest. Details elsewhere on this website…do not miss out on the fun…and help us help those kids in need!! Pick your favorite team and “Let’s Go!!
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