Road Rally – Kansas Rally Weekend 2013

Kyle and Chelsea Rohde ready to tackle Leg 6 Saturday outside of Alma (Photo: Kyle Rohde)

Kyle and Chelsea Rohde ready to tackle Leg 6 Saturday outside of Alma
(Photo: Kyle Rohde)

The seventh Kansas Rally weekend was held November 9 and 10, 2013. The Sports Car Club of America is the premier grass roots motor sports organization in the world. Events like the
Kansas Rally Weekend can not occur without a significant volunteer effort on the part of many people. I mentioned these folks after the events, but a “Thank You” bears repeating to:

  • Derrick Carpenter for serving as safety stewards for Saturday and for working checkpoints both days.
  • Albert Weaver, Andrew Bireta, Jon Shipman, Dan McConnell and Deborah Hopkins for working checkpoints,
  • Adam Miller and Charlie Clark for checking Sunday’s event. Adam also served as Safety Steward Sunday and worked checkpoints,
  • Dan McConnell for yet another great job in pre-event promotion. Dan also worked checkpoints Saturday with Deborah Hopkins, President of the Heartland Miata Club,
  • Kansas Region RE Linda Duncan and SCCA VP of Solo and Rally Howard Duncan worked checkpoints Saturday,
  • SCCA National Rally and Solo Administrator Deena Rowland who handled registration Saturday.

KansasRally-2Kansas City Region SCCA and the Heartland Miata Club for a great turnout. National SCCA competitors Ron Ferris from St. Louis and SCCA national points keeper Bruce Gezon, who made the trip from Murraysville, Pennsylvania, Jim Duea who came from Oklahoma City ran with Jack von Kaenel who came from North Carolina. Jack also kindly assisted with scoring on Saturday. Chuck Hanson came from Indianapolis and ran with local partners to expose more people to the experience of competing in a computer-equipped car with a National-level competitor.

Go West Rally

A total of 25 rally teams (a full field) started Saturday’s event, the Go West Rally. The rally route used all paved roads to get from Lawrence to Council Grove. Following an odometer check that ended at the Kansa Indian Historical marker, the route went west for two checkpoints at Lake Perry followed by a long transit to the west side of Topeka where the route picked up the Kansas Native Stone Scenic Byway. The route went through the Kansas towns of Dover, Eskridge, and around Lake Wabunsee (“Gem of the Flint Hills”) to a rest stop in Alma. From Alma the route went southwest along the Mill Creek Scenic Drive through Alta Vista, south over the dam of Council Grove Lake to the finish at the historic Hays House in Council Grove. Leg 4 of the event was discarded as one checkpoint crew cancelled the morning of the event.

Saturday’s Winners
Congratulations to Ron Ferris, St Louis Region SCCA, and Bruce Gezon, Steel Cities Region SCCA, for winning First Overall, first in the SCCA Equipped class, and first Expert class.

Congratulations to Lori Goetsch and Martin Courtois (red Mini), Kansas SCCA members from Manhattan, Kansas for winning the Experienced class. Congratulations to Adam and Christina Miller, Kansas City Region SCCA members for winning the SCCA Stock class.

Congratulations to Darrell Stevenson and Anne Marie Bireta for winning the Beginners’ Class, Georgia and Frank Fink came in second and Devon and Jon Shipman were third.

Congratulations to Scott and Melissa Wiles for winning the Best Miata award. Heartland Miata Club provided five entries this year.

Go West Road Rally Scores

Car Crew Region SCCA
Class
MiDiv
Class
Total
1 Ron Ferris / Bruce Gezon Philly / STL E A 69
2 Jim Duea / Jack von Kaenel Ok / Detroit E A 77
3 Deena Rowland / Chuck Hanson Kansas / Indy E A 81
4 Lori Goetsch / Marty Courtois Kansas L B 143
6 Adam Miller / Christina Miller Kansas City S B 199
13 Roy Loyshire / Charlie Clark Kansas City S B 489
26 Theresa Thau / Bee Thau Cal Club S B 529
14 Paul Moylan / Tim Mahr Kansas City S B 550
8 Darrel Stevenson / Anne Marie Bireta Guest S C 215
5 Georgia Fink / Frank Fink Kansas City S C 219
7 Devon Shipman / Jon Shipman Guest S C 227
9 Melissa Wiles / Scott Wiles Heartland Miata S C 286
11 Justin Hansen / Chris Hansen Kansas City S C 312
12 David Tung / Arcely Tung Kansas City S C 338
27 Mark Maconbrie / Judy Macronbrie Kansas City S C 408
24 Michael Kelly / Keyta Kelly Heartland Miata S C 441
19 Julie Fennel / Travis Fennel Heartland Miata S C 475
16 Jan Kiersey / Keith Kiersey Kansas City S C 499
20 Hal Baumhardt / Dave Patton Heartland Miata S C 545
25 Scott Petterson / Chris Peterson Kansas City S C 674
30 Duane Wesley / Lynne Wesley Porche Club S C 682
15 Doug Lau / David Hicks Heartland Miata S C 708
17 Kyle Rohde / Chelsea Rohde Kansas City S C 729
10 Johnathan Wright / James Wright Kansas City S C 896
18 Kent Crow / Khamin Crow Guest S C 1070

Go West Road Rally Leg Scores

Car Crew Leg 1 Leg 2 Leg 3 Leg 5 Leg 6 Total
1 Ron Ferris / Bruce Gezon 2 5 32 11 19 69
2 Jim Duea / Jack von Kaenel 0 7 28 12 30 77
3 Deena Rowland / Chuck Hanson 26 13 16 2 24 81
4 Lori Goetsch / Marty Courtois 2 26 60 16 39 143
6 Adam Miller / Christina Miller 11 21 97 36 34 199
13 Roy Loyshire / Charlie Clark 3 12 300 103 71 489
26 Theresa Thau / Bee Thau 25 14 160 300 30 529
14 Paul Moylan / Tim Mahr 7 87 300 70 86 550
8 Darrel Stevenson / Anne Marie Bireta 12 59 111 3 30 215
5 Georgia Fink / Frank Fink 81 17 44 34 43 219
7 Devon Shipman / Jon Shipman 8 5 131 47 36 227
9 Melissa Wiles / Scott Wiles 53 67 114 37 15 286
11 Justin Hansen / Chris Hansen 45 22 176 33 36 312
12 David Tung / Arcely Tung 36 46 183 54 19 338
27 Mark Maconbrie / Judy Macronbrie 16 36 286 30 40 408
24 Michael Kelly / Keyta Kelly 126 11 223 66 15 441
19 Julie Fennel / Travis Fennel 13 250 103 47 62 475
16 Jan Kiersey / Keith Kiersey 8 250 205 2 34 499
20 Hal Baumhardt / Dave Patton 14 40 153 38 300 545
25 Scott Petterson / Chris Peterson 292 20 300 38 24 674
30 Duane Wesley / Lynne Wesley 27 14 300 41 300 682
15 Doug Lau / David Hicks 30 251 300 71 56 708
17 Kyle Rohde / Chelsea Rohde 11 297 300 57 64 729
10 Johnathan Wright / James Wright 148 300 300 92 56 896
18 Kent Crow / Khamin Crow 300 300 300 104 66 1070
“… The formal definition of the principal road is the obvious continuation through an intersection of the road upon which you are traveling. At some intersections this principal road may be determined by pavement surface continuity, a curve warning sign, the center line on the pavement, or the placement of a stop sign or a yield sign. … ”

“… The formal definition of the principal road is the obvious continuation through an
intersection of the road upon which you are traveling. At some intersections this principal road
may be determined by pavement surface continuity, a curve warning sign, the center line on the
pavement, or the placement of a stop sign or a yield sign. … ”

Old and New. MGB/GT to Miatas at the start.

Old and New. MGB/GT to Miatas at the start.

Kansas River Run Rally

Sunday’s event was about a week past the peak of fall color (Photo: Anne Marie Bireta)

Sunday’s event was about a week past the peak of fall color (Photo: Anne Marie Bireta)

On Sunday 11 rally teams returned for the Kansas River Run Rally. This event featured an all new route on good quality, unpaved roads. The route generally went west from Lawrence on the south side of the river to Topeka and returned to Lawrence on the north side of the river ending at the original Johnny’s Tavern in north Lawrence on the river. The rally route was rarely more than 3 miles from the Kansas River.

Sunday’s route went through Tecumseh, Kansas. Observe Chief Tecumseh.

Sunday’s route went through Tecumseh, Kansas. Observe Chief Tecumseh.

Sunday’s Winners

  • Congratulations to Ron Ferris, St Louis Region SCCA, and Bruce Gezon, Steel Cities Region SCCA, for winning First Overall, first in the SCCA Equipped class, and first Expert class.
  • Congratulations to Theresa Thao and Bee Thao for winning the Experienced class.
  • Congratulations to Lori Goetsch / Martin Courtois (red Mini), Kansas SCCA members from Manhattan, Kansas for winning the SCCA Limited class.
  • Congratulations to Travis Heckes / Mike Jecklin, for winning the Beginners’ Class.

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Curvy Road next 1.5 miles means Checkpoint 3 is 1.4 miles ahead. (Photo: Anne Marie Bireta).

Curvy Road next 1.5 miles means Checkpoint 3 is 1.4 miles ahead.
(Photo: Anne Marie Bireta).

Kansas River Run Road Rally Leg Scores

Car Crew Region SCCA
Class
MiDiv
Class
Leg 1 Leg 2 Leg 3 Leg 4 Leg 5 Leg 6 Total
1 Ron Ferris / Bruce Gezon Philly / STL E A 5 2 2 3 0 0 12
3 Derrick Carpenter / Charles Hanson Kansas / Indy E A 4 5 1 3 1 14 28
2 Jim Duea / Jack von Kaenel Ok / Detroit E A 0 3 7 1 1 19 31
11 Theresa Thao / Bee Thao Cal Club S B 3 22 10 36 2 0 73
4 Lori Goetsch / Marty Courtois Kansas L B 29 15 181 10 0 21 256
8 Travis Heckes / Mike Jecklin Guest S C 32 4 2 0 5 21 64
9 Mark Maconbrie / Judy Macronbrie Kansas City S C 17 15 4 14 4 25 79
6 Devon Shipman / Anne Marie Bireta Guest S C 30 12 6 3 4 29 84
5 Dan McConnel / Deena Hines Kansas City S C 33 0 16 47 2 36 134
10 Deb Mitchell / Alec Mitchell Kansas City S C 38 2 9 57 11 47 164
7 David Tung / Arcely Tung Kansas City S C 34 12 22 21 138 59 286
For the second year in a row, glass trophies from Prize Possessions were given out as awards. (Photo: Devon Shipman)

For the second year in a row, glass trophies from Prize Possessions were given out as awards.
(Photo: Devon Shipman)

Thorns and Roses
It’s a tradition in the Boy Scouts following an adventure to review the areas that have gone well (roses) as well as some items that could be improved for the future (thorns). Here is my list for the 2013 Rally Weekend.

Roses:

  1. The turnout. 25 Saturday and 11 cars Sunday is a great turnout. I had to turn away entries for Saturday as 25 is the practical limit for the restaurant. Next year when we end
    in Weston the entry will be limited to 20 cars. Dan McConnell did another excellent job on getting the word out about this weekend.
  2. The Kansas City SCCA turnout. For a club whose interest is primarily autocross and club racing, it was gratifying to see 12 cars turnout from the KC Region.
  3. The Miata Club. I think that if rallying is going to grow in this area, its participation is going to come from the participation of clubs like the Heartland Miata Club, whose members are looking for some fun roads on which to drive their cars, with some sporting competition and post-event socializing thrown in for good measure.

Thorns:

  1. Mileage measurement. Although I used my Timewise electronic odometer (which worked flawlessly this past summer) it malfunctioned when measuring these events leading to a disappointing level of accuracy for the top crews.
  2. Saturday scoring. Scoring took longer than I would have liked. I was unable to get a head start on scoring while the event was in progress.
  3. Saturday registration. A last minute cancellation by a checkpoint crew threw registration into more chaos than usual. While I had to reassign checkpoint crews and decide which leg to discard, Deena Rowland valiantly handled registration by herself.

Thanks to all the competitors who came out and the workers who made the events possible. I hope to see you at another event in 2014. I am planning a February event (including a rally
school), a summer event as well as the rally weekend in November. Keep an eye on the Kansas City SCCA Region web site and Facebook page for announcements.

~Rich Bireta

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