based Challenge events were
run in Southern Illinois, observes
SCCA Southern Illinois Region
RE Chris Albin. He is pleased
that the October weekend
will again highlight the rural
landscape of the Metro East.
“There is a long history
of cooperation between our
Regions, not only in rallying,
but also in other activities, and
this is just another example
of how the Mississippi River
doesn’t divide us,” he explains.
Zekert adds that this year’s
USRRC will begin with a short
nighttime rally on Thursday
evening, Oct. 4, followed by two
day-long RoadRallies on Friday,
Oct. 5, and Saturday, Oct. 6, and
conclude with a morning rally
on Sunday, Oct. 7, that will be
capped by an awards luncheon.
“We are looking forward to
hosting this event again, and we
believe rally teams will find the
weekend enjoyable,” Zekert says.
Registration for the USRRC
is already open, so head to
scca.com/roadrally to sign up.
For more information about
this year’s event, check out
scca.com or St. Louis Region’s
website at stlscca.org.
THIS WAS THEN, YOU CAN BE NOW
(LEFT) On the 2005 USRRC hosted by St. Louis Region, driver Jason Miltenberger
and navigator Scott Johnson turn onto Hunter School Road in Madison County,
Ill., during the damp and chilly In Jeopardy GTA portion of the weekend.
(BOTTOM) Driver Dave Jameson and navigator John Sears drop down
from Levee Road onto DD Road in Monroe County, Ill., during the Oct. 22,
2005, running of Le Petit Rallye du Rocher National Rally, one of three
back-to-back National events that comprised that year’s USRRC.
MEET ST. LOUIS REGION
St. Louis Region, some 800
members strong, offers track and
Time Trials events, Club Racing,
RallyCross, RoadRally, Solo, and
Street Survival School programs
to educate and provide safe
environments for individuals to
enjoy their street-legal (daily
driver) vehicles and purpose-built racecars. The Region is
home to more than 80 SCCA
National Champions and has
been recognized three times by
the SCCA as the Region of the
Year in its member category.
KNOW THE AREA
Columbia, Ill. (columbiaillinois.
com), is both an historic Southern
Illinois town with roots that
date to the 17th century and a
modern, prosperous suburban
community. Its historic Main
Street, with its German vernacular
buildings, remains the heart of the
community as well as a shopping,
tourist, and restaurant destination.
The city is home also to a vibrant
business community and diverse
recreational activities. Its 63-mile
“Not So Secret Training Loop,”
for example, has been named the
best bike ride in Illinois by Bicycle
magazine. So, like with the 2017
USRRC in Alaska, come early and
enjoy the area before jumping
into the weekend’s competition.
Comprising the southern third
of the state and beginning
roughly south of Interstate 70,
Southern Illinois (illinoissouth.
org) offers features distinct
from other parts of the Land of
Lincoln. The farther south one
travels, the more “southern”
the region becomes, a
heritage of its early 19th-
century immigrants from
Kentucky and other parts of
the upper antebellum south.
In terms of population and
economy, Southern Illinois
claims the largest metropolitan
region – the Metro
East – outside of Chicago, an
energetic business climate,
two of the state’s leading
universities (Southern Illinois
University – Carbondale,
and Southern Illinois
University – Edwardsville)
and a major military
installation, Scott Air Force
Base, as well as Scott’s
civilian aviation neighbor,
MidAmerica St. Louis Airport.
In terms of topography,
the region offers a more
varied landscape than the
tabletop evenness of central
Illinois or the glaciated
ruggedness of its northwestern
portion. As in much of Illinois,
agriculture remains an
economic cornerstone, but
it is a more diverse industry
in Southern Illinois than the
corn/soybeans culture in
Central and Northern Illinois.
As a home for SCCA
rallying, the St. Louis and
Southern Illinois Regions of
the SCCA have explored the
country lanes, roads, and
highways of Southern Illinois
with great success since the
founding of the two Regions in
the years after World War II.