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Old 04-03-2002, 07:26 AM   #1
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Default Any interest in a rally up Arctic Valley Rd?

I know somebody on the Anchorage Ski Club board of directors. That is the organization that owns Alpenglow. Just out of curiosity, I asked if they can work with the military to use the road for special events. Turns out they can. He seems interested in the idea of a timed rally event up the road. We both figure a winter event would be best since it would do little damage to the gravel road. Plus if you were to loose control, you'd only go into a snow bank and not the ditch. Since this winter is almost over, I doubt anything would be organized until next year. If we had a way for something like this to be profitable for the ski club(by entry fee's or other sponsorship), he would be willing to propose the idea to the rest of the board.

So is there any interest in something like this?

Attn AutoXr, could the SCCA possibly sponsor an event like this? Do they have funding available to rent out sites like that? I figure an official SCCA sponsored event would be the best way to go since they have their own insurance and everything already taken care of.
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Old 04-03-2002, 11:28 AM   #2
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I'm looking into it with the SCCA but have no idea when I will hear back.

I think that there may be enough interest in such an event to make it successful. If the SCCA sponsors it, entrants may be required to have an SCCA competition license due to speed and course hazards. We'll see. You may have better luck working with the Alaska Sports Car Club from this perspective.

Consider calling the event a "hill climb", not a rally, since it is a single stage, and would be up-hill. The most popular hill-climb in the lower 48 is the Pikes Peak Hill Climb which provides action very similar to a rally, but is just a single stage.

One last thing is whether the ski club has insurance that would cover them during such an event. Typically, the event coordinator (SCCA, ASCC) would have insurance to cover the event and liability during the event, but I don't know about spectators. Besides, can you ever have too much insurance?

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Old 04-03-2002, 11:58 AM   #3
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That would be a great idea! :P I would also consider it a hill climb rather than a actual rally. If it became an Annual thing I do belive it would be rather popular.

I also had the same idea for the Potter's Marsh road. It is totally paved and it would make a good run to the top. Dunno how the home owners would take it!

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Old 04-03-2002, 12:17 PM   #4
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This would be lots of fun.
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Old 04-03-2002, 02:30 PM   #5
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When I went to go test drive a WRX, the guy told me to take it up to Potter's Marsh Road. It was great. I think I scared the guy a few times, but that was becasue the car started to understeer a bit more then I wanted it to. But such is with AWD.

Needless to say, the car was fun. Well, except for the shifter.

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Old 04-03-2002, 03:36 PM   #6
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This could be interesting. They could make it a rally with a hairpin or some kind of turn-around at the Alpenglow parking lot or some other area. It might be hard with all the skiers parking at the top. How would they do this? Have the race early in the morning to avoid traffic?

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Yes, hill climb sounds like a better name for it.

I'll try to get in touch with the Alaska Sports Car Club some time. Maybe they can coordinate something to go with their Fur Rondy races.

Don't know what time of the day they would try to hold it. It hasn't even been proposed to the entire board of directors yet. I imagine if there were enough interest, they'd close down the hill for a while to do it. I'd think starting out early around 9 or 10 would be best, and then just opening the hill when it's over.
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Old 04-03-2002, 08:44 PM   #8
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That would be fun and it won't be illegal. The only problem would be the insurance purpose in case some yahoo hits the snowbank just right and flies off. The last time I was there the banks were getting lower from the sides and some parts you could fly off with enough speed. I would still like to do it but I know I wouldn't hammer on it too hard since I have to drive mah car to work.
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Old 04-04-2002, 11:49 AM   #9
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No doubt that the road would have to be shut down during competition. The only place in WRC where this isn't the case is Africa and they use a helicopter/radios for each car to ensure that traffic is not a factor.

Depending on the outcome, I might be interested. I am sure that the ice racers would all be on-board. The last two years they had limited or no season because of site and weather problems. These are the same guys that race in the Fur Rendezvous Grand Prix.
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I would definately be down for that!

Keep us posted.

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