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Old 06-03-2001, 11:29 PM   #1
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Post Mendocino Rally Preview...

Alright, here's what all the NorthBay wimps missed out on.

ChewyGuru was kind enough to give my girlfriend and I a short tour of his property. First off - it was a total blast. It's a gorgeous area, the roads are in pretty condition. We hardly saw any of the land, since it's quite vast - ChewyGuru says there's hundreds of miles of roads on it. We were on one of the better logging roads. Conditions were anywhere from hardpacked dirt/gravel to pretty rocky gravel dirt/gravel... Pretty hairy. Yes, I KNOW I shouldn't have been driving with my 17" inchers and S-02's, but... Like hell I was going to drive all the way up there and stick to the roads (which, btw were incredible on the way back!).

Anyway, we're going to get things rolling on getting a little race together up there, we'll keep you posted. ChewyGuru is going to start looking around for good and fairly safe trails, choose a few and then myself and whomever else (Necromancer?) will go up and decide on a course to run, from there we'll pick a date and do it. For now, here's some pics of what everyone missed...

Lots and lots of trees... Here's a less gravely portion.

<img src="http://www.altuscorp.com/samtest/images/talltrees.jpg" width="426" height="610">

The quite scenic view...

<img src="http://www.altuscorp.com/samtest/images/scenicview.jpg" width="581" height="480">

My blessedly dirty car after the romp...

<img src="http://www.altuscorp.com/samtest/images/aftermath.jpg" width="594" height="423">

Hella hella fun. Thanks Chewy!

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Old 06-04-2001, 09:06 AM   #2
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count me in! That looks like great fun!!
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Old 06-04-2001, 10:02 AM   #3
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Rock n' Roll!!! I'm in!
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Old 06-04-2001, 11:08 AM   #4
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Whoa! This made me do a major double-take. I just got my plates for my black '02 WRX wagon - 4SGS378.

I've also put that same yakima rack on too. For a second, it looked like you had stolen my car for the weekend!

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Old 06-04-2001, 11:31 AM   #5
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But do you have P7's? Muwwahahahahaaa....

Seriously though, that's hilarious! We'll have to take pics of our cars together at BOZZ on the 16th. Better yet, get yours, mine and Necromancer's all in a row (he's got a black wagon, not sure what his plates say).
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Old 06-04-2001, 11:48 AM   #6
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Idjiit- Exactly how long is the drive up there?

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Old 06-04-2001, 02:05 PM   #7
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gpxl - With or without a baby in the car? ;-)

It's actually hard for me to say, since we drove to Chewy's place from Mendocino, which is actually further up the coast. I believe we made it back in under three hours - but that was with almost zero traffic coming off the mountain, etc. I would ask chewy.

Most likely the "event" would be an overnight thing. I could envision having people head up there Saturday evening to prep the course and so people could check everything out beforehand have some sort of barbeque, spend the night (there's enough room to camp out, etc.) and then start fairly early Sunday morning. If people don't want to camp, there's a ton of B&B's in Mendocino which isn't too far away.

There's a lot of work to be done. If anyone has organized this sort of thing, please pipe up - I never have.

I'm especially concerned about making it a safe event. This isn't just tooling around on an unpopulated road - it's a potentially dangerous course, and we shouldn't approach it without a considerable amount of caution and preparation. For instance, I for one will be preparing myself with the right tires, get a differential protector and a skid plate if I can find one, wear a helmet and neck brace, etc. Beyond that, we need communication, preparation for any emergencies that might arise, drivers who want to have fun but aren't going to be stupid and drive outside their abilities, etc... If anyone know's how to write a liability waiver for Chewy's ass... Heh. You get the idea!
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Old 06-04-2001, 02:24 PM   #8
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Wow-

Sounds like the start of something big! I'm all for helping out as much as I can, and camping out sounds cool. Of course, a B&B also sounds nice.

So next installfest should be "Rally Installfest" skid plates and diff protectors all around!

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Old 06-04-2001, 02:51 PM   #9
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Right on! Didn't even think of that... I want a l33t fire extinguisher on my a-pillar as well...

Actually... Want I really want is a good solution to the problem of where to hook up a five point harness in a WRX - but that's another thread.
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Old 06-04-2001, 04:02 PM   #10
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Sounds great, lets make it happen!!

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Old 06-04-2001, 04:35 PM   #11
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Any creeks to drive through?

Camping is FUN!!
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Old 06-04-2001, 10:21 PM   #12
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Where the heck is Chewy?
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Old 06-06-2001, 01:55 PM   #13
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Bumping for Chewy.
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Old 06-07-2001, 01:39 AM   #14
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Hi sorry Idjiit for the delayed reply.
Was awesome to meet you: you are a wonderful guy....(with a nice car to hehe)

Yes saftey first I sense the need for experienced veterans.
I just drove on my friends land it is truely awesome. Hopefully one of you guys will be able to come up here soon.
Idjiit: you guys are welcome at my property anytime.
Lets work out what has to be worked out, and at least have a good time on dirt.
(almost wiped out going to fast down hill on dirt yesterday......)

Oh and we have creeks, which crossing is totally possible.. done it on my quad.

Oh and Idjiit:great pics

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Old 06-07-2001, 09:39 AM   #15
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Chewy -
I'd like to head up there again soon. Probably going to wait until I get my rally rims and tires. Have you been scoping out the different trails? We should try to spend a whole day up there next time.

Necromancer -
You viewing this? Speak to us, man... I know you wanted to check this out...
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Old 06-07-2001, 11:05 PM   #16
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Note:

Ive got a family house up on Todd point in Fort Bragg (10 miles north of Mendicino) thats not used much... (3 bedrooms, 1 attic with beds, lots of space, ocean front view, 1 acre, lots of parking space )

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Old 06-11-2001, 07:18 PM   #17
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Bumping for Necromancer - Where you been, dude?
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Old 06-11-2001, 09:13 PM   #18
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Hehe, well my body is here, but my mind is in Vancouver.

Let's do it! As you all know I'm presently a professional bum, so I'd even be up for a weekday shoot up there, but we will have to see what the peanut gallery says. When is good for you guys?

Probably the best format is "rally sprint" format where we find a short section of road (1-2 miles maybe?), block it off and secure the area (heh, sounds like a job for the CIA huh). The section should be chosen for:
- Hard packed surface. After a few runs most dirt roads become quite rutted. Especially a concern with 4WD cars.
-Plenty of runoff area with minimal ditches and other places where one could go "shiny side down".
- Good visibility around corners. One can do everything right and still hit a deer.

In other words, as much as we dream about going sideways next to a breathtaking cliff, it ain't gonna happen, Colin.

The possible stage length really depends on how many people we get. Ideally in a Rally Sprint the car is *NEVER* out of sight of a course worker with a radio.

All WRX's wishing to run the stage should install the front tow hook. Extra points if you go full SCCA spec and paint it red or yellow.

But all these details can be hashed out later. Let's pick a time and then open it up for a head count!

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Old 06-11-2001, 09:34 PM   #19
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Necromancer - Glad to see you back. How did the trip go?

Alright, I suggest that we do a run just to pick a course ASAP. As far as my schedule goes, I'm not free during the weeks, so it's only weekends for me. This Saturday is bad, since there's Bozz during the day and then my gf's birthday at night. This Sunday I can swing if we start early. Other than that, I'll be in Utah between the 21st and 25th, then gone to NC either the weekend of 29th or the 6th (most likely the 6th).

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Old 06-12-2001, 10:16 PM   #20
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Whack!
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Assuming I have my car back together I would be down with a quick Sunday jaunt...


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Old 06-13-2001, 01:13 PM   #22
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SLR -
Do I remember correctly that you've actually got a non-stock skidplate on your WRX? If so, what's the story? I need to get one of those and a rear-diff protector...
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Old 06-27-2001, 12:52 PM   #23
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Hi guys,
So what is the plan with this? I have been talking to the SCCA about getting a rallycross going in N CA, but don't have a location. The rally sprint idea sounds good.

ChewyGuru, If you would like any help with organization or working with the SCCA for insurance, whatever, let me know. I am inexperienced but willing.
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Old 06-27-2001, 01:45 PM   #24
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One of the tough things with this location will be finding setup areas... There isn't a lot of open space out there. It's a lot of tight roads, often with cliffs, etc. - so having a meeting/setup spot will be a challenge.
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Old 06-27-2001, 02:00 PM   #25
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Got a USGS map? We can take a look...
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