Today was Trophy Dash day, a separate one-day mini-rally to get in the groove. IFF. The results of this day are also used if needed, as a tie-breaker for the main rally ahead. We stayed on course (Rule #1). We were more or less on time (more less and less more, actually). We scored 6 seconds late, then 11, 4, 2, and 17 seconds early in the five legs today. Many of the checkpoints came right after a sharp turn, where we always lose a few seconds, but I zoomed ahead to try and erase that delay (and maaaaybe overzealously, given the results).
So tomorrow we get serious, really. Meanwhile, we made it onto the first page (Of two pages: 53rd place overall, out of all 120). That’s a success if we just lower our definition of success to staying on the first page!
I thought it would be fun to show some of the variety of cars in an unusual way: some fo their ‘faces.’ Here is a selection: how many can you identify?
Tonight, we had a superb lunch catered at Lockport, then a fine dinner at the Pierce-Arrow Museum. I didn’t realize how much overlap there was between Pierce, Thomas (winner of the original 1908 Great Race around the world), and Studebaker! Here are some pix of notable scenes and bits there.
Our Car is called ‘Bender’ mostly to honor South Bend, it’s city of manufacture (Yes, there are lots of sillier reasons, too). I never knew there was already a car called a South Bend, but there was one at the Museum today!
Off now for beauty rest. Tomorrow, it’s No More Mr. Nice Guy! We hope.
6 comments about “First Real Competition (not that we’re competitive…)! Team #39”
I love the faces! And I certainly don’t count you as any less an expert. Nope, you don’t fool me!
Was in Troy this AM. People are already camped on the streets hoping to get in good position for Bender and friends’ arrival tomorrow.
Will see you at the Mt. Washington lunch break on Tuesday….with my 1965 Studebaker Cruiser….
Can anyone post an old segment sheet you are given the road signs you must follow to get where you are going. Also the 2nd sheet with speeds and times you must follow. I saw a bit sat morning when you left buffalo I should have taken a photo.. Trting to explain it to anyone is hard
go to the menu on this Greatrace.com page. Choose “Rally Details” There is a sample rally (instruction sheets) at the end of the event regulations document you can download there:
See everyone this Saturday when you arrive in Truro, Nova Scotia for your lunch break. Everyone in central Nova Scotia is looking forward to your arrival! – Rick Hollis http://www.HollisFord.com