32nd Annual Hell Nite Road Rallye

Ever since 1963, October has brought with it Tidewater Sports Car Club's Hell Nite Road Rallye. It is among the oldest (if not the oldest) motorsports event in Virginia. This year's "Rolling Halloween Party" will be held on October 29th. The start will be 7:30 PM at the Tire Centers Inc. Store, at 1117 E. Little Creek Rd., Norfolk, VA. Registration will open there at 6:30. There will be a party at the finish, catered by Mr. Pig. Contestants can expect a fun evening, with an easy to follow course l ess than 35 miles in length. No experience is necessary

On a rallye, participants (a driver and navigator) travel "over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house" for dinner. The catch is you don't know where she lives! Your only clue is the weird instructions printed out for you to follow. A G immick Rallye, like Hell Nite, has questions interspersed among the route instruction. Answers can be found on billboards, street signs, buildings, or anywhere visible from the route. The team getting the most correct answers wins.

Hell Nite throws in the extra fun of Halloween. Entrants wear costumes, and have to get out of their car to look for clues in appropriately designed (and usually haunted) "Phantom Zones". Entry is open to anyone over 18 for a donation of $15 per car (dr iver and navigator). Extra navigators are allowed on this event, and they are charged $5 each. There will be classes for Beginners, Traditional (two in a car), and Open (more than 2 in a car). There will also be prizes for the best costumes.

The next few weeks will be busy for TSCC. They will be at Langley Speedway October 23rd, for a demonstration of Autocrossing. Some of the finest Autocross cars in the state will make exhibition runs on a course set up on the NASCAR oval track. Autocrossing has grown to be the 3rd largest motorsport in the country. The club's annual Winter 4 Autocross series kicks off on November 12 & 13. This series has been around since the mid '70s and has attracted competitors from as far away as Boston, Massachusetts

Tidewater Sports Car Club, Ltd. is a non-profit club that has been active in the area since 1953. TSCC meets the 2nd and 4th Thursdays at Tire Centers Inc., 1117 E. Little Creek Rd., Norfolk, VA. In addition to rallying and autocrossing, memb ers participate in SCCA's Road Racing series, and in area car shows, and in a variety of other motorsports events. For more information on this event, or on TSCC, contact Dave Hinde, (804) 461-7222, or e-mail tsccnet@infi.net