Monday, June 26, 2006

Susquehanna Trail Performance Rally 2006

For ducks only. That should be on the website. www.stpr.org Hmmm, they changed the 'P' in the name to 'performance'. It used to be 'Pro'. No p/c? I don't know but the cars were fast, the weather was wet for the 4th year in a row and Subarus are everywhere! Love it!

Friday night it rained like a cow pissing on a flat rock. I stayed up until 1230 waiting for Matt to show, crawled in the tent and passed out. Matt rolled in around 0115.

The weather started to dry up above around 1130 Saturday morning. We went into Wellsboro to see the cars as they registered and got ready to leave the square for Stage 1. The ususal Stage 1 is the water crossing at Stony Fork but the rains were too heavy, the creek too high for it to be ran as a later stage. They committee didn't want cars to break down so soon so they bumped the crossing to a later stage.

The NiCads on the cam were dumping so pix where limited and struggling to get a good focus on the cars in the low light. Above is the Asph Run stage. Downhiller to a hard right hander....R2 maybe on the pacenotes... After the right hander was a narrow bridge so hitting the turn was tough. Easy to over cook it coming in too hot.


Speaking of overcooking your corners; DC shoe prez Ken Block forgot to flip his burger and got burning on the corner before the bridge. High centering himself on the haybails and using corner marshalls to push him off. Nothing like the sound of an anger boxer lump at full tilt, smoking the tires and the blow off valve snorting like a mad bull.

This stage ended up being cancelled due to a bad accident. An ambulance was needed, not good.


Here is the creek crossing at 3:30pm at the campgrounds. This is lower than it was earlier in the morning. My Subaru getting a bath. The usual stage 1 crossing is about a mile downstream.


Colton Point Stage the second time through. This is my favorite stage to watch. Fast downhill to chicane right. Elevation drop from turn to turn is about 8 feet.

Can't wait for next year's rally.

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stickboy

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