56 JULY 2018 scca.com
INSIDE SCCA ROADRALLY
xpectations for the South Jersey Region
National RoadRallies on March 24-25 were
nearly reversed as the weather turned out to
be almost as difficult as the events. While rally
teams tried to overcome the difficulties of the
Saturday Course event, rallymaster Jim
Wakeman and his committee spent the week
coping with the weather to keep the Sunday
Tour route open to the historical sites in
southern New Jersey.
Like most years, Wakeman dedicated
the event to people like Bob Jumper, Dave
Teter, and Mark Haas who made the South
Jersey program and contributed a great
deal to the SCCA National rallying program.
The week of this year’s event, unexpected
snow and ice brought down thousands
of trees, blocking large sections of the
route. Consequently, three legs from
the Saturday Course event could not
be run because of blocked roads.
Members of the committee that included
Wakeman, Clyde Heckler, Jim Minor, with
scoring by Pete Chezik and Frank Bochanski,
reran the Tour event during the Saturday
Course event to confirm that the Sunday
route was now open. Many of those
blocked roads were probably welcomed
by quite a few teams as what were really
simple instructions gave them high scores
on much of the route that was open.
Wakeman based almost all of his traps
on what was really just three clear rules: an
MRD rule that used the first determinant
that didn’t direct the same course as a
determinant that followed it, the requirement
that unpaved road segments only existed
if the road segment had both a stop and
road naming sign, and an Aristotle rule.
The MRDs changed for each leg with
one leg late in the event having 12 MRDs.
However, concentrating on the MRD and
unpaved road rules was not the way to
achieve success. Navigating for Chuck
Laroure, I got us distracted enough to
completely ignore the Aristotle rules,
twice. That was not a good approach.
Another approach clearly worked better
as the winning teams of Bruce Gezon
and navigator Bob Morseburg collected
just 29 points in their first overall and
first in Class E first-place finishes. First in
Class S was taken by Jeff Boris driving
with Brian Nogrady with 512 points.
Steve Gaddy described the event best with
the comment that “this was the appropriate
difficulty level overall for this crowd, especially
being paired with the Tour rally Sunday.”
The Sunday Tour consisted of 20 controls,
none of which were discarded because of
downed trees or road flooding. The event
began in Vineland, N.J., but the route
wound west into Salem County on roads
used less often in South Jersey events.
Wakeman headed that way to expose
some of the historical places in that area.
Although Tea Parties are most famous in
Boston, leg six and seven took teams to
Teaburner Rd. where the New Jersey version
was executed. Leg 10 had a stop at Hancock’s
House and a description of the battles of
the Quinton’s and Hancock’s bridges with a
stop at the beginning of the afternoon break
at the Old Pittsgrove Presbyterian Church
where 26 men from the Revolutionary
War are buried, some from those battles.
Although the Class E team of Jim
Crittenden with Ann Olewnik driving had
just two points through the first 15 controls,
Jack von Kaenel and navigator Stu Helfer
took first overall and first in Class E honors
with five points. Crittenden and Olewnik
finished in second with seven points.
Eri and J Toney took Class S with
59 points just ahead of Class L winners
Satish Gopalkrishnan and navigator
Navin Ohri with 66 points.
The top seven Class E teams scores were
almost evenly spaced from 5 to 17 points with
no ties. Although the rally may have finished
more like a lamb, March was a lion all the way
through with East Coast weather not getting
to spring temperatures until late April.
Weather showed its might, but South Jersey Region’s National
rally marched on regardless | WORDS & IMAGE Rick Beattie
A little foul weather
couldn’t thwart the
South Jersey Region
National Rally. Chuck
Hanson and Dave Head
competed in the ultra
competitive Class E,
which saw the top seven
by just a few points.