RAmer: 2006 Historic Rally announced

Historic Rallying comes to the United States in September 2006. Entrants will compete in historic cars on some of America's most popular rally roads including the forests of Oregon, the mountains of Colorado and the depths of the Grand Canyon.

Historic Rallying comes to the United States in September 2006.

Entrants will compete in historic cars on some of America's most popular rally roads including the forests of Oregon, the mountains of Colorado and the depths of the Grand Canyon. These competitive areas will be linked by transits through some of western United States' most spectacular areas.

The Rally will start from the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California on September 20th, 2006 and finish on Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco 11 days later.

The route is spectacular and includes 500 miles of gravel special stages in eight states.

The Competitors will spend two nights in Las Vegas to compete in the Grand Canyon, two nights in Colorado, two nights in Jackson with a free day to include a visit to the Yellowstone Park, if they wish.

Moving north to Oregon and Washington, the Rally will visit the famous forests once used by the World Rally Championship on the Olympic Rally in the 1980's.

Cars manufactured up to 1980 will be eligible, but turbo charged engines and four wheel drive are not permitted. Technical regulations are now available.

World Rally veteran David Sutton is the Event Director, but the day-to-day running of the event will be under the management and supervision of the hugely experienced David Whittock.

David Sutton commented "I have been involved in quite a few marathon events since the first London to Sydney in 1968 and I have listened carefully to what the competitors really want. We have packaged our event into about 14 days to provide a good competition in some of the world's most scenic locations."

Whittock added "Our intention is that, when our competitors arrive in Los Angeles, all they have to do is feed themselves and put petrol in the rally car. There will be no further surprises."

The event will be sanctioned and insured by Rally America.

RALLYING

Rallying is an intense form of motor sport in which competitors (a driver and co-driver) 'race' each other on special "stages" (regular roads of five to twenty miles in length that have been closed to the public). The teams start each stage at one minute intervals. Their times are accumulated and the winner is the competitor with the fastest accumulated time from all stages.

DAVID SUTTON MOTORSPORT

David Sutton has been a World leader in rallying since he started competing in the early 1960's. His is the only privately-entered team to have won the World Rally Championship. He has managed teams for Ford and Audi.

RALLY AMERICA

Rally America, based in Golden Valley, Minnesota acquired the right to manage and promote the American Pro Rally Championship from the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) in early 2005.

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