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Old 10-05-2003, 04:02 AM   #1
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Default Will I notice any differences in spectating at LSPR this year?

I was reading an interview in GRM with some guy from the SCCA rally program (I forget who he was exactly), and he said that since the one spectator tragedy that people will notice a difference when they go and spectate. He said that people will only be allowed to watch in the specified area. Does anyone know if this is actually going to be how it is? I go to LSPR every year, and I enjoy the spectating format that they have always had, and hope that it will be the same this year. I don't want this post to turn into some stupid debate about the safe spectating, etc. so please everyone keep in on topic. I personally don't like being in the taped off spectator area because 1, I don't like being crammed in a big group of people, and 2, because I feel less safe with a bunch of people around me if a car did go off track.

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Old 10-05-2003, 04:44 AM   #2
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I was thinking the same thing. I got the spots that I like going to and have been going to for years but sounds like this year they want people to stay in the spectator areas. It kinda sucks.
And If someone tells me that I should volunteer to marshal or something I'm gonna punch them because I'd rather not sit on one stage for 10 to 12hrs. Ok I'm done
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Old 10-05-2003, 08:00 AM   #3
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Yes, things will be different. You will be kept in the designated spectator areas. They are 10000 times safer than where you stood previous years. There apparently will be 1 spectator area on each stage. Best bet would be to get there early and get your spot. The people are not lined up 15-20 deep. You may have all sorts of room around you.

If you want to be alone in the woods, then volunteer to work. A number of stages will be run twice. So you'll be in 1 spot for a while.

These are the rules now. Spectating isn't what it was before. Please don't be the one who causes the stage to get cancelled. After witnessing the Sawmill incident from 50 feet away, I can say that I'm glad there are now rules in effect to keep spectators safe. If we want rally to stay here in the US, then this is the way it has to be.

Seeing the spectator areas at STPR and Maine, they weren't bad at all. STPR was stricter because it was a couple weeks after the Sawmill incident. Maine was much better. The organizers definately did their homework. Hopefully the LSPR organizers do their homework too since spectating is such a huge part of the weekend. It's a big event that has been around for a long time. I'm sure they'll do just fine and you'll be happy.

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Old 10-05-2003, 02:27 PM   #4
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One spectator area per stage. I can live with that.
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Not real wild about driving up from Louisiana to get railed at spectator areas...
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Old 10-06-2003, 07:24 AM   #6
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Spectator stages... look for yourself
http://208.179.99.45/spectator_directions.html

Friday will have 4 spectating locations and a total of 7 viewing oppertunities

Saturday will have 3 areas and 6 viewings.
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Old 10-06-2003, 07:58 AM   #7
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Not real wild about driving up from Louisiana to get railed at spectator areas...
These rules apply to every SCCA rally this year, and probably next. FWIW I can't even get into non-approved spectator areas.

There is one way around it though... if you happen to be camping somewhere along hte route it is my experience that they will come around and warn you you can't go in or out, but will not make you leave your campsite....

but i'm with the guy above - volunteer to marshall. everybody wants to have these events, and more of them, in the U.S. but noone is willing to sign up to help out. without volunteers these events will not be possible.
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Old 10-06-2003, 10:20 AM   #8
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According to the old chairman who I talked to this past Saturday: Yes, there will be WAY more crowd control issues and attempts to keep them at the spectator stages and areas ONLY.

BUT!: I need a group of 4-6 guys/gals to help out if you want with crowd control and closing the stages/areas. It will be voluntary and will probably be issued bells/whistles/ I'll be retaining the Sherrif's road closed note, and have 2-way's most likely. PM me or email me if you want to help out at all.


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