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And help they did. “Among our
control workers for the USRRC,
we had almost the entire Board
participating as well as Region
members from our Solo and
Street Survival programs,” says
Heine. The St. Louis rally program
had been building on “
easy-to-run Regional events [like]
game rallies, [tulip rallies], and
on social rallies to popular local
destinations,” Heine continues.
From the start in 2015, Heine
describes it, before selecting a
location for the event, but the
effort by Columbia to provide the
rally committee with contacts,
potential banquet locations,
warnings about possible date
conflicts, and even invitations
to car shows is what really
helped in the selection.
Columbia, Ill., is a little more
than a dozen miles from the St.
Louis Arch and 30 minutes from
Lambert International Airport.
Many Regional rallies had started
in Columbia, and it seemed to
be near great rally country.
The USRRC rally used no
unpaved roads, and the paved
ones were excellent. There
was very little local traffic, and
although the wide flat fields
of the Midwest were present,
river bluffs, hills, and varied
terrain made for a great drive.
A typical USRRC weekend
has three rallies: Course, Tour,
MAKING IT HAPPEN
(TOP LEFT to RIGHT) The Kaskaskia Trails
National Course rally paid homage to
the historic Kaskaskia-Cahokia Trail.
St. Louis Region assistant RE (left) and
SCCA President Mike Cobb handled
checkpoint duties during the Le Petit
Rallye du Rocher. Tom vonHatten and
Debbi Laitenberger found heavy rains
had impacted the route during the
day’s precheck. (BELOW) Competitors
cruised past the Old Baum-Salem
Evangelical Church, which has been
abandomed since WWII, during
both Friday and Saturday rallys.
had the event format and a few
headquarters locations in mind.
In April of the following year,
vonHatten organized a Monopoly
Redux rally in Columbia, Ill., that
began at City Hall and ended at
Reifschneider’s Grape and Grill, a
12-minute walk away. VonHatten
told Heine about his contact, Sue
Sprago, the Columbia tourism and
community relations coordinator.
Heine tells of doing “an
informal SWOT analysis,” as he