This weekend is the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood in Salem, Missouri!
Having never personally observed a rally race (but claiming to be a huge rally fan, I really should work on my rally fan street cred) I feel like this is the chance of a lifetime that can't be missed! The first day of racing is taking place on Friday the 21st, but I have this thing called a job, so I will only be able to see the second day of racing on the 22nd. This is the second event of the Rally America series, and seen as all WRC events are in crazy places like Ethiopia, I figure this is my best chance at seeing some world class sideways hoonage. The rest of the Rally America series is taking place in regions out of my reach like Oregon and New Hampshire. I live in Kansas City and Salem is about 4 hours away. Given the Parc Expose goes 8am-10am and first stage is at 10:30, I will have to wake up mighty early to catch the beginning. An early wakeup is fine with me, but it is going to be a tough sell to my girlfriend who is not going to feel like dragging herself out of bed on a Saturday morning at 5:00am to get ready.
I figure we can make sandwiches and bring a cooler with some drinks. Anything else I should bring? Folding chairs? Weather report says 52 degrees and overcast, no chance of rain.
Depending on how this goes, I am going to try and get a camping pass to go see Pike's Peak hill climb this coming summer. Pike's Peak is about a 9 hour drive (according to Google Maps) and I'll take time off work the day before to drive out there. Also, we will have to see how much my girlfriend feels like tromping around in the backwoods Missouri before we camp out trackside in Colorado. Also on my bucket list of crazy things to see is 24hrs of Nürburgring; as a fan of motorsport I can't think of a better way to spend my time than standing ankle deep in mud with a bunch of drunk Germans and loud GT cars screaming by all night as we get pissed on with rain.
But seeing this for real would be soooo coooooool! I have read and re-read articles about this event many times. One of my favorites is this one by none other than the nutty mad scientist of rally Mr. Bill Caswell who in my mind is a legend for quitting his desk job and pursuing hoonage fame like a boss.
So, anyway, if I end up going to the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood I'll take some pics and write up a nice article for you Oppos.