Go without a plan. Seriously. The 100 Acre Wood Rally was on the 27th and 28th of February in Potosi, Steeleville and Salem, MO. I live in St. Louis, had never been, and decided that this was the year I would finally go experience the rally.
On Friday the 27th, I loaded up my Outback with a sleeping bag, pillow, plenty of layers of clothes and my camera gear. I hit the road to Potosi at 9:30 and arrived around 11:30, just in time for the Parc Expose and stage one of the rally.
After checking out all the cars, the rally began. The first stage was just a simple, yet quick blast around the Potosi Lions' Park. I was in the center of the action which made for some great pictures.
After each team took their lap around the park, they hopped on the local highways to haul ass to the next stage.
Mr. Dusty Ventures heading to the next stage and waving to the crowd.
I left the first stage shortly after Dusty and his teammate departed and headed off to stage two. It took about 25 minutes of driving to get to the spectator location and I had to park on a dirt side road with everybody else. This was a great opportunity to see what other people were driving around. There were some pretty Jalop cars, to say the least.
This is how my car looked after just a few hours of driving around on unpaved back roads. Gnarly.
I can only assume that the tape was on there to protect the paint. This STI was brand spankin' new.
After a short hike, I arrived at what I assumed was stage two. I wasn't exactly sure what stage I was at or where I was in general because I went without a plan. Spontaneity isn't my strong suit, but I wouldn't have had it any other way that weekend.
During this stage, I met a group of friendly folks who were more than willing to let me tag along with them to the next stage. They were rally freaks who traveled all the way from northern Wisconsin to watch this rally. Rally fans are truly dedicated. We left that stage and hauled ass over to the next.
After that stage, all the teams made their way to service their cars in Steeleville, MO. I stopped by the service pits for a bit to take a look at cars and talk to a few of the teams.
After service, the teams headed out for more stages. Here are some really awful night shots. At this point, my camera battery was dying and I wasn't too concerned with getting pictures, but I snagged a few of the light set ups on the cars.
This was the last stage that I watched on Friday. After the stage, I drove to Montauk State Park which was about 15 miles from Salem, MO to meet up with a few friends. I camped in the back of my Outback that night while my friends did the same in their cars.
I woke up early on Saturday morning to a thin blanket of snow covering everything in sight. The Parc Expose started at 8:45 that morning so I made my way back into Salem.
After the Parc Expose in downtown Salem, the teams went on their way to the beginning stage of the day.
After this stage, I headed off to stage 14. Stage 14 is one I didn't want to miss because there, supposedly, was a jump at some point during that stage. Cars were going to start racing at 2:20, but because of the massive amount of snow that fell on Saturday, they didn't begin until 5:30. I unfortunately didn't stick around until the rallying started again because I'd promised to meet up with some family in Rolla for the night.
Overally, the rally was insanely fun. I went with no plan of action or any idea of how things were structured, but I had an absurd amount of fun. If you ever have the opportunity to go to the 100 Acre Wood Rally, don't turn it down.