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The Bus Stops Here

It's not just a rally, it's a Saager-Palooza!  Ralliers test their TSD skills on a course that travels from the Columbia River Gorge through the hills to Sandy while trying to avoid the perils and pitfalls that await.

THE BUS STOPS HERE

Saturday, June 9, 2018
By Monte and Victoria Saager

The sun shone.  It rained.  It hailed.  Then it rained and hailed harder.  And on occasion the sun shone again. We should have expected weather like this...on the day of the Rose Festival parade.  

Along with the weather, the ralliers battled the course from Troutdale to Sandy. A tour along the Historic Columbia River Highway included a break for treats and sodas at Guy W. Talbot State Park in beautiful downtown Latourel.  There were scenic views, waterfalls, twisty roads, Crown Point and lots of fun driving.

Rally traps were plentiful -- this was a SaagerPalooza after all. Here's an example of a simple but deceptive trap:

        NOTE C: CAST 30 at "SHIPLEY". Cancel NOTE C. Cancel NOTE A.

The trick is that when you execute the CAST at Shipley, NOTE A is not canceled. Why? Well, canceling NOTE C cancels all of the NOTE including the part that would have canceled NOTE A. And since there was a 15 point pause attached to NOTE A, some teams missed a pause. It's all about the time.

Taking top honors were Cascade members Kevin Poirier and Chris Hale. A special wave of the flag to car number 2, Larry Anson and Fran Hanchek, for having the best score on Leg 4 which hosted the "toughest trap" of the day. The leg involved four possible routes -- all ended in the same place, but only one was correct. Well done, gents!

Honorable mention to novice teams -- Marty Lawrence and Aspen Padilla and Cascade president Vince Vavrosky with his daughter Clarissa -- who chose the hardest rally of the season to give it a try. They did their best to follow the route and arrived at the most important location -- the restaurant at the end! Congratulations on your first rally. Keep it up; it only gets easier and more fun.

A special thanks to our workers: Larry LeFebvre, Randy and Gloria Hale, John and Robby Elkin, and Kasey and Robert Klaus.  There's no rally without you.

June Road Rally Results

Car #

Driver / Navigator

Class

Leg 1

Leg 2

Leg 3

Leg 4

Leg 5

Leg 6

RC

Total

1

Kevin Poirier / Chris Hale

UNL

3

1

14

47

1

1

0

66

4

Larry LeFebvre / Brandon Harer

LIM

46

9

1

126

8

10

0

200

2

Larry Anson / Fran Hanchek

SOP

53

39

66

37

92

40

50

377

6

Sean Anderson / Tonia Anderson

SOP

51

7

20

115

6

143

50

392

3

Pablo Eklund / Yulia Smolyensky

UNL

300

22

11

253

15

38

0

639

5

Marty Lawrence / Aspen Padilla

NOV

300

300

300

300

58

300

50

1608

7

Vince Vavrosky / Clarissa Vavrosky

NOV

300

300

300

300

118

300

50

1668



Mouse Trap

Russ and Katy's May rally featured an easy to follow course ending with a trip through the rally maze

MOUSE TRAP

Saturday, May 5
By Russ and Katy Kraushaar

The second rally of the season took a trip to the green hills of Clark County, Washington, on a pleasant spring day, traveling through the hills outside Camas, to Yacolt, Lucia Falls and finally, Battleground. Russ and Katy selected a great route with wonderful roads, great fun for the driver, with sweeping curves and great vistas for the navigator.

Most of the legs contained no traps, with the accent on timekeeping and course following held to a minimum. But there were two. The first leg contained this instruction:

    20. S at T, MBCU, PAUSE 0.05 minutes, ITIS

The rules are pretty clear about not being able to go straight at a T.  But, it's not an actual T; it's a road named T.  Looks legit!  Except that glossary terms (T) can only be used as defined so T cannot be a road named T.  It was only a 5 point penalty though.

The final leg contained the namesake mouse trap.  Russ and Katy found a neighborhood so new it only has roads.  So new, that Google maps shows it as a field.  And on this small loop of roads they placed an ONTO, a route control and three checkpoints - two of which were blackjacks.  If you correctly navigated the mouse trap, you found the route control only once and the correct checkpoint after having passed it on your first trip around the loop. The maximum time penalty for the last leg was 50 points.

Candy bars were awarded to all participants to remind us that the taste of victory is always sweet.

May Road Rally Results

Car #

Driver / Navigator

Class

Leg 1

Leg 2

Leg 3

Leg 4

Leg 5

RC

Total

1

Kevin Poirier / Chris Hale

UNL

3

4

3

3

5

50

68

5

Larry LeFebvre / Brandon Harer

UNL

1

5

4

4

50

50

114

8

Pablo Eklund / Yulia Smolyansky

UNL

9

2

9

7

50

50

127

7

Sean Anderson / Tom Young

SOP

59

11

15

50

29

0

164

2

Roger Diltz / Simon Levear

MAS

21

44

23

30

50

0

168

9

Marcus Gattman / David Gattman

MAS

14

15

3

40

50

50

172

6

Larry Anson / Fran Hanchek

SOP

33

139

19

17

50

50

308

3

Matt Jaszkowiak / Mike Glass

SOP

264

0

39

104

35

50

492

4

Larry McCortin / Christy Temple

NOV

300

8

90

151

50

50

649



The Phool Snoozes

Kevin and Chris get the rally season started with an easy event styled for beginners

THE PHOOL SNOOZES

The April Road Rally
Saturday, April 7, 2018
By Chris Hale and Kevin Poirier

The new Cascade Sports Car Club rally season got underway on a rainy windy, sunny, cloudy day.  Pretty much the weather gammut.  For the intrepid seven rally teams that braved the threat of high winds, the day was more pleasant than forecast.  Rallymasters Kevin Poirier and Chris Hale had planned a fun route that traveled down Highway 30 before embarking on exciting hill climbs, thrilling descents, twists, turns, pavement, gravel, and a trip around the Scappoose dikes all ending about three hours later at Fultano's Pizza in Scappoose.  Traps were light with an easy ONTO and a math problem:

    CSD 25% at "2.5 MILES" for 0.5 miles then CSU 25%.

At the conclusion prizes were awarded in the form of Easter Peeps and assorted candy items.  Once again the taste of victory was sweet!

April Road Rally Results

Car #

Driver / Navigator

Class

Leg 1

Leg 2

Leg 3

Leg 4

Total

1

Larry Anson / Fran Hancheck

SOP

42

11

8

55

116

2

Simon Levear / Ben Bradley

MAS

75

21

52

84

232

3

Tom Kelsey Green / Kasey Klaus

SOP

78

18

84

117

297

6

Larry LeFebvre / Brandon Harer

UNL

15

14

300

39

368

5

Sean Anderson / Tom Young

SOP

60

170

41

194

465

7

Mike Park / Jessica Park

NOV

300

70

300

300

970

4

David Borok / Rafael Gaeta

NOV

300

263

300

300

1163