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ATime-Speed-Distance SCCA RoadRally traveling 3,000 miles through twocountries, three states, and two provinces maynot seem like something that would draw acrowd, but somehow taking a car through greatscenery and twisty roads attracts rally teams.
From May 16-23, the 1992 DowneastRally to benefit Vermont Special Olympicsand sponsored by Michelin Tires and MichelinTravel Guides was just that draw. Karl Chevalierset up the course for the seven days startingin Burlington, Vt., and traveling through NewHampshire, Maine, and New Brunswick, Canada,before turning back toward Vermont via theincredible Cabot Trail in northeast Nova Scotia.
The entry fee of $1,200 for both teammembers included lodging along the route, aferry crossing, half of the meals, a welcomeparty, and an awards banquet. Nearly adozen teams jumped at the opportunity.
Saturday was the time for registration andtechnical inspection before joining the welcomeparty in The Lodge at Bolton Valley located alongwhat was the site of the Bolton Valley Hillclimb.
Sunday’s route passed through Vermont
and New Hampshire with the event divided into
the four rally sections placed between transit
zones. The tentative schedule listed a total
of 21 sections for the entire event. The day
ended in Ogunquit, Maine, in time for dinner.
Beginning Monday with the route instructionsgiven at 7 a.m., the course ran north thoughKennebunkport before beginning the transit toAcadia National Park. Errors in interpretation ofthe transit instructions resulted in an extendedbreak and gave teams in Acadia time for a climbup Cadillac Mountain before starting the five-hourtransit to the ferry in St. John, New Brunswick.
The four-hour ferry, too noisy for sleep, arrivedin Digby, Nova Scotia, at 4 a.m. to begin travel toBaddeck, Cape Breton, for a midafternoon visitto the Alexander Graham Bell Museum, followedby an evening party at the Inverary Resort.
The start of the return trip on Wednesday
that would end mid-day Thursday, took teams
for a 200km transit on the Cabot Trail, noted
without exaggeration in the event flyer as “one
of the most spectacular roads in the world.”
Dinner at the Michelin Plant in New Glasgow,
Nova Scotia, with photos next to the Michelin Man
was followed by a long night drive to cross New
Brunswick into Maine. The route through China,
Paris, and Norway ended in Gorham, N.H., with the
base of Mount Washington just eight miles away.
Although the famed Mount Washington Auto
THE 3,000 MILE COURSE
Road was not yet open to the public on Friday
morning, contestants were invited to a private,
rare morning at the top boasting a 65-degree F
temperature, no winds, and a clear eastern sky.
Later that day, teams started the trip back
to Burlington driving continuously through New
Hampshire and Vermont until Saturday morning.
The rally ended at 9 a.m. in Burlington with a
parade followed by the cars on display in the city
square. The event concluded with dinner and the
awards presentation at the Bolton Valley lodge.
The team of Satch Carlson, Tom Grimshaw,
and Yale Rachlin finished first in Class A and first
over all with 95 points on the 76 scored legs.
Vera Shanov and Clint Goss finished first in
Class B with 194 points while Tim Winler and John
Pizzagalli finished first in Class C with 776 points.
Records from Frank Beyer and Debbi Segall,
whose teams ran the event, were used to tell this
story. A description of Bill Laitenberger’s one-
day airplane delay and drive through Acadia,
along with eight pages or so of Carlson’s driving
adventures contained in the August 1992
Roundel Magazine are part of those records.
The teams who ran the event are very
capable and can be extremely competitive,
but almost three decades later they would
rather talk – and write – about the fun they
had more than the points scored.
THE LONG ROAD(LEFT) Following anepic 3,000 mile TSDrally, the teams rolledback into Burlington, Vt.(BELOW) The teams ofWalt Kammer and JohnMc Arther, Vera Shanovand Clint Goss, andDebbi Segall andBill Laitenbergerstand atop Maine’s
More than 28 years later, a RoadRally of epic proportions stillcaptures the imagination | WORDS Rick Beattie | IMAGES Debbi Segall