60 JANUARY 2020 scca.com
An 8:00 a.m. start at the Spring Creek Barbeque does not sound
like a typical breakfast, but 18 teams
gave it a try in McKinney, Texas, a little
north of Dallas, as they gathered for
the Oct. 19, 2019, ONTO Fall Rally.
Chairman John Poulos (with Sasha Lanz
as assistant Chair) and Rallymaster Liz Watt
assembled a six-hour event that took place
over the paved roads of Collin County, Texas.
The event was sanctioned as an SCCA National
GTA RoadRally, but the General Instructions
described many things like numbered route
instructions, main road determinants, and
course following rules that made it more
of an untimed National Course Rally.
Bruce Gezon who, with his navigator
Bob Morseburg, won first in class and
first overall with 131 points, described
it as really hard, but nevertheless the
best Course rally he had run that year.
There were 74 questions to be
answered along the route. Scoring was
the opposite of the typical SCCA Course
rallies, with two points being awarded for
each correct answer and minus five points
for every five minutes late. Highest score
wins. Gezon and Morseburg took a little
over six hours to complete the event.
Back at the Spring Creek Barbeque,
which was used as the endpoint, Watt
gave the teams detailed maps of their
just-completed route with photos of all
the signs and landmarks that showed the
correct answers to the 74 questions.
Jerry White who, with Nancy White
navigating, took first in their class and
second overall with 131 points, explained
that Texas Region divides their teams
into two classes for experienced folks
(Masters for people who don’t want any
more trophies and General class for those
who do), First Timers, and Novices.
White has been involved in RoadRallying
since 1969, beginning with the Champaign
County Sports Car Club. “The ONTO Fall
Rally is one of less than a handful of National
Course rallies that I’ve run and was the only
GTA style one of them,” says Jerry White. “It
was one of the best put together rallies in
terms of the traps being easily understood
once you either figured them out or had
their secret revealed to you at the end.
In other words, they were just plain fun.
The success of the event speaks well of
Watt and her team. In addition to Chairman
Poulos, there was Michelle Poulos as
registrar, Lowell Allen for pre-check, John
and Phyllis Camp for safety check, and Betty,
who helped with scoring and course work.
Watt started rallying when she
was in college in the early ’60s.
She took up Pro Rallying and ran
Rustler’s Run and Heart of Dixie.
Although roadway photo rallies
were – and are still – common to many in
the sport, Watt recalls, “One of the first
rallies I put on was an aerial photo rally.
Had a friend fly me around and I took
pictures of intersections. We developed
the film in the bathroom, and I printed all
the photos. So, you had to identify the
intersection and then leave it by the arrow.”
With Sasha Lanz’s encouragement,
Watt got back into rallying about 10 years
ago. “I really like the course-following
GTA Rallies,” she says. “[You] get to have
the fun traps without having to drive on
time and have the equipment to do it.”
Quite a few others have
fallen for them too.
AFTER THE FALL
FEED THE FUN
awaits those who
partake in a RoadRally,
and sometimes that
involves an unusual
breakfast stop. In the
case of the ON TO Fall
Rally, Spring Creek
Barbeque in McKinney,
Texas, was that stop.
Bruce Gezon and Bob
Morseburg chat with
event Rallymaster Liz
Watt prior to the rally’s
A challenging but fun fall RoadRally gathers competitors
in McKinney, Texas | WORDS Rick Beattie