Time to Hit the Road
Rally U.S. 50 is Underway
Larry Jewett - July 07, 2014 09:06 AM
Teams are lined up on the streets of Martinsburg, West Virginia, ready for the startCourtesy of Mindi
Activity started at Summit Point Motorsports Park with a few laps and driver's meeting.Courtesy of Mindi
This is going to be the view for five days...Courtesy of Mindi
The strains of "Hail to the Chief" follow this vehicleCourtesy of Mindi
Oatmeal has a new ride. The unofficial mascot was part of the Accelerated Cure Project Sunday Charity Auction. The rally has raised $100,000 for this charity.Courtesy of Mindi
The 2014 Rally North America event, this year entitled “Rally US 50-2014”, has begun with the first teams leaving the starting line in Martinsburg, West Virginia this morning. Over 80 tams have assembled from across the U.S. and Canada for a fun way to visit the countryside while also raising money for a deserving charity.
This year’s effort has already raised $100,000 for the Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis. Each team contributed $100 at registration and then began to solicit supporters. The 25 teams that raised the most money were offered prime starting spots for the rally and not all of the teams chose the front.
This year, we are following along with Mindi and her team, who will be providing us periodic updates with specific instructions not to let this “job” interrupt the fun).
On Sunday, there was a kickoff rally at Summit Point Motorsports Park in Summit Point, West Virginia. The driver’s meeting and track rules were discussed and questions were answered. Track rules were explained with each team getting two sets of paced laps with two laps per set.
After the teams had concluded their laps, the next stop was the ACP Accelerated Cure Project Charity. Mindi reports that items being offered included radar detectors, ACP polos, car memorabilia, collectibles, Monster Energy gear and “Oatmeal”. “Not the food,” she explained. “A well-traveled (stuffed) cow that has seen every rally since Rally North America inception five years ago. Oatmeal was up for auction and a chance for the little guy to be a companion, co-driver or shenanigan buddy.”
We’re happy to report that Oatmeal will again by making the trip and this year, Oatmeal will be traveling with Mindi. “I needed a co-driver this week since I’m rolling solo,” she explained. “I did get top bid, so Oatmeal will be traveling to checkpoints all week, helping me navigate to famous landmarks from start to finish.”
Mindi and Oatmeal were ready for today’s journey. Though among the top donations, Mindi and her crew of rally teams opted to go to the rear. “That way, as we pick off cars throughout the day, we can get a true idea of how good of time we’re making,” she explained.
The rally cars cover the gamut from classics to exotics and everything in between (When we visited Rally Appalachia in 2011, there was a Corvette parked next to a Bentley). This year’s rally includes a stately suburban with a “well-known figure”.
Today’s rally carries participants from Martinsburg, West Virginia, to Athens, Ohio, with planned stops along the way. Starting point the rest of the week include Athens; Bedford, Indiana; Jefferson City, Missouri; and Dodge City, Kansas with the finish line in Pueblo, Colorado.
Information can be found at www.rallynorthamerica.com or the facebook site (www.facebook.com/RallyNorthAmerica)