The Rally Issue
The Rally Issue
The theme of this issue of The Ecphorizer Online came about when I was doing some housecleaning of old files on my computer, and found some material relating to this subject. Some of the things I found made interesting reading and I thought my readers might enjoy a change of pace.
Generally the articles in this issue deal with a particular type of auto rally: The "gimmick" rally, which is not a timed or speed event. The rally is more of a series of puzzles or "gimmicks" that are designed to mislead and fool the rallyists who run the event. Each event is a world unto itself and a whole sets of rules are written that govern the behavior of competitors in each event.
There have been road rallies almost since the earliest motor cars began appearing. Most people think of a long race over difficult terrain when they hear the phrase "road rally." At one point these long grueling races spawned shorter, more local races in rural areas - what might be know today as time and distance, or T&D rallies. Car clubs that wrote T&D rallies found that sometimes a change of pace or variety added a little spice for newcomers and old-timers alike.
No one knows for sure when the "gimmick" rally became a class of rally in and of itself, but they've been around the San Francisco Bay Area since the mid-60s in one form or another. The articles in this issue will provide some historical perspective as well as interesting materials from actual rallies.
A guide for beginners that contains material that I wrote ages ago can be found here.
The Rallye Club, from which I drew much of the material in this issue, has a number of interesting resources and further reading for those interested here. The Rallye Club runs its events mostly in the Mountain View-Palo Alto-Sunnyvale area of the San Francisco Peninsula.
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