Clutch Chatter -- February 1999
SPECIAL RALLY ISSUE
Get ready rallyists and potential rallyists:
Indy Region is readying its 1999 Road Rally season. And to get things started,
there is a rally school set for February 7 (details below). Included in
this special rally issue we have dug up a few tidbits that will supplement
the training that Chuck Hanson plans to provide at the school. It will
also help you realize how much fun rallying can be.
RALLY SCHOOL AND FUN NON-POINTS RALLY
February 7, 1999
2302 S. Shelby St.
(west side of street, 1-1/2 blocks
south of Raymond Street and just west of I-65)
Park on west or south side of the building.
PRE-REGISTRATION: Pre-registering for
this event is preferred, in order that we may plan for the event and refreshments
more effectively. Call 317-891-8596 to pre-register. You may register the
day of the event from 12:30 PM to 1:00 PM.
Registration: 12:30-1:00 p.m
Class - 1:00 p.m. promptly
Demo Rally - Approximately 2:30 p.m.
Review - Approximately 4:00 p.m.
School - $5.00 member/non-member/team
Rally - $3.00 (sanction fee if applicable)
Drinks and munchies will be provided!
NOTE: Chairs are limited - attendees
are requested to bring their own chairs.
Smoking is prohibited!
I donít know about the rest of you, but
I think January 1999 has pretty much been the pits, and I donít mean that
patch of pavement where you see race cars doing all sorts of strange things.
by Sam Crites
By the time you read this we will have
had our first activity, Thunder in the Dome, and we will be days away from
the rally school. Several of us will be preparing to make our way out west
to San Diego for the National Convention. I believe our contingent is small:
Pete, Cindy and Aeron Hylton (Pete is making presentations as the National
Archivist), Bob Burns will be attending Comp Board meetings, and myself.
There is a lot of ground to cover so we will do the best we can. If there
is anyone else going, please let me know, and we can give you some meetings
We are still looking for an at-large
board member or two so if you are interested in the inner workings of the
club, give me or one of the board members a call.
Hereís hoping the worst of the weather
is over. See you at the Races.
FEBRUARY ACTIVITIES MEETING
FOXCO 600 Racing Tour
8775 US 36 EAST
February 19, 1999
Snacks will be provided!
RSVP to Myra Kulke at (317) 745-6918
Feb 1 -- Board Meeting, 6:00 PM, Laughners
at Southern Plaza
Feb 7 -- Road Rally School/Fun Event
Feb 19 -- Activities Meeting
NOTE: 1999 Points Rules will be discussed
at the February 1st Board Meeting. If you have input, plant to attend or
contact a Board Member prior to the meeting.
As we stated in last month's column the
start of the 1999 Indianapolis Region Rally Series is just around the corner,
except now it is a lot closer to the corner! Our first points event is
March 14th, just about six weeks away from the time you read this.
by Roberta & Dave De Bolt
Get ready for this first points event
by attending our rally school and associated non-points, demo rally on
Sunday, the 7th of February. This school is for ALL rallyists- first-time
novices to seasoned veterans. The school, instructed by Chuck & Julie
Hanson, will cover all aspects of rallying from common rally vocabulary
words and time, speed, and distance calculations to basic concepts or themes
used in the writing of a rally.
We encourage all of you whether you
are a S.C.C.A. member or not, or whether you are a soloist, a racer, a
rallyist, or a wannabee to give this school a try. We think everybody will
be able to gain some information, some tips, or some pointers that they
can add to or apply to their knowledge of the sport of rallying. The price
is right and the snacks are free! See you on Sunday and see elsewhere in
"Clutch Chatter" for more information about this event.
Registration the Day of Rally Events
-- As we have had more rally teams enter our events, and as we have experienced,
on occasion, the phenomenon of most everybody arriving at the same time,
and as we work out of the trunk of our car, Roberta & I will be trying
a new method of registration for this year. Hopefully, this change will:
a. Eliminate trading pens and/or clipboards so much, b. Eliminate loosing
items, c. Help in the exchange of money, and d. Make the event process
smoother. Upon arrival at registration each team will receive a car number
in sequence as well as a registration form and the rally general instructions.
Car numbers then will be called out in sequence to complete the registration
process such as the signing of the wavier form, the paying of the entry
Our 1999 rally schedule is as follows:
DATE -- RALLYMASTER
February 7 -- Chuck Hanson -- Rally
School and short Fun Rally
March 14 -- Dave & Cathy Hart
April 25 or May 2 -- Candice &
June 12-13 -- Pete, Cindy & Aeron
Hylton -- Rally on Saturday/Overnight stay Sunday - Wright Field Air Force
August 15 -- Ken Osiecki
September 26 -- Dale Baker
November 14 -- Chuck Hanson -- The
November rally date has been changed from the 7th to the 14th in order
to avoid conflict with the CenDiv Roundtable scheduled for November 6 &
RAMBLING ROAD RALLY
1999 Indianapolis Region Rally Series
Sunday, March 14, 1999
I-69 and 116th Street (Fishers)
Meet in McDonaldís Parking Lot
This rally will be a map rally which
can be run entirely on paved roads. It will be suitable for beginners and
interesting for all competitors.
Registration: -- 12:00 noon
Competitorís Meeting: -- 12:45 PM
Event Start: -- 1:00 PM
Rallymasters: Dave & Cathy Hart
1999 GCR and Specification Books
Your Indy Region Competition Chairman will
be ordering 1999 GCR and Specification Books for this coming racing season.
Jan Castelluccio will be placing an order with the National Office on March
1, 1999. If you would like to order one or more books, please complete
the form below and mail it to Jan before the end of February. Jan will
have them at the April Driverís School and/or you can make arrangements
to pick them up at another SCCA activity or event. Please Note: Jan says
heís not going to be running a delivery service or mailing them out, but
heíll make sure you can get your order picked up.
1999 GCR AND SPEC BOOK ORDER FORM
HOME PHONE: ________________________________
WORK PHONE: ________________________________
#5660 General Competition Rules (GCR)
#5661 Production Car Specs
#5662 GT Category Specs
#5663 Touring/Showroom Stock Specs
#5664 Sports Racer Category Specs
#5671 Improved Touring/American Sedan
#5674 Formula Car Specs
Books are $10 each.
Make checks payable to: Indianapolis
Mail before February 20, 1999 to:
9115 Trinity Pl.
Indianapolis IN 46229
(317) 898-9273 (evenings)
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Just heard that at Sebring Bruce May had
a side-to-side which caused him to crash into a wall and demolished the
right rear of his car. It was severe enough that they had him transported
to the hospital. They X-rayed him and found a spot on his neck that looked
funny. So they scanned him for cats, or something like that. Guess they
found what they wanted Ďcause they let him go back to the track.
with Aeron Hylton
Meanwhile, his crew rebuilt the car,
and he ended up driving a winning race! I donít know how he did it because
he must have been in a lot of pain. That shows what a hard core racer he
is! Besides, I like him because he showed me a secret sign he uses with
his son (Thumbs up! Number One! Youíre the Man!).
For everyoneís info, this tidbit was
passed on by Fritz and Donna Baker (WOR members who have retired to Florida).
They report that they are having fun working Sebring, Daytona and Moroso.
Thereís not much happening yet this season
in the world of Indy Region Solo II. Included in this issue is a TENTATIVE
1999 Solo II schedule. We still have some dates open for new sites and
we encourage anyone with ideas for new sites to contact us.
by Dave & Cathy Hart
Dave Hart Ė (317) 849-2495 Ė firstname.lastname@example.org
1999 INDY REGION SOLO II SCHEDULE (T
Date(s) -- Event/Site
Mar 28 T -- Informal School/Test&Tune
/ To Be Announced
Apr 11 T -- To Be Announced
May 16 -- Columbus Municipal Airport
Jun 6 T -- To Be Announced
Jun27 T -- To Be Announced
Jul 7 T -- Australian Pursuit / Speedrome
Jul 18 T -- To Be Announced
Aug 8 T -- To Be Announced
Aug 29 T -- To Be Announced
Sep 19 -- Columbus Municipal Airport
Oct 3 T -- To Be Announced
When you receive your Clutch Chatter we
will have had our first activities meeting for 1999. I know this will be
a great event because we all love the Midget racing at the RCA Dome and
especially having dinner at TGI Fridays.
by Myra Kulke
Our February event will be on the 19th
at Foxco 600 Racing. We will meet at 6:30 PM for a fine tour of their facility.
See you there!
I am trying to get a full yearís calendar
so you can plan on making all the activity events for 1999. This will be
put in Clutch Chatter in March. If you have any suggestions, please contact
me at (317) 745-6918.
WORKER/STEWARD SEMINAR Ė MARCH 6-7
By now the rumor mill should have told
everyone the Worker-Steward Seminar has been moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana,
at the Days Inn. (Registration form is enclosed.) This move was necessitated
by the time constraints placed on us by the State of Indiana Gaming Laws
(full explanation will be made at the seminar). The cost to attend is very
reasonable and everyone should be there.
by Kent Williamson, CenDiv Executive Steward
What's on the agenda:
All workers are invited to share ideas
and become part of the movers, shakers, and idea team. All Regional Executives
should attend to learn about the Incorporation and what it takes to put
on a race. All Race Chairs to learn about the new rules and share ideas
on how to make the job of putting on a race easier (especially, if this
is your first year). All Divisional Administrators (you are expected to
be there) to share with your workers the "new stuff" and to discuss problems
and procedure with the stewards. ALL STEWARDS - THIS IS NOT AN OPTIONAL
MEETING (it is part of the evaluation which goes into your renewal and
upgrade requests made to the Executive Steward each year).
The first presentation of the CenDiv Incorporation
- ALL RE's should be there!
The transponder issue - and how we are
going to proceed - all Timing and Scoring people and Drivers!
The CenDiv Registration form - all Registrars,
T&S, Emergency Services, Drivers and WebMasters (online registration
and how do we handle it?)
The CenDiv WebPage
Regional Champ Series Committee
GCR update - everyone who wants to know
Closed session for Stewards will deal with
Operations and Operating situations.
I am looking forward to seeing a great
many of you at the seminar. CenDiv is the largest division in SCCA, holds
the most races, and has the best people around - and I want to keep it
CEN-DIV STEWARD/WORKERS SEMINAR
MARCH 5-7, 1999
DAYS INN - NORTH
5250 Distribution Drive
(I - 69 - Exit 111 A - Lima Road South)
Fort Wayne Indiana
The Days Inn is located just off I-69
on the North side of Fort Wayne. Take I-69 to Fort Wayne get off at exit
111 A - South on Lima Road. Turn Left onto Ley Road (stop light) then Left
into the hotel drive. You can see the Days Inn sign and building while
on Lima Road.
SCCA Room Rate: $38.85 per night up
to 4 per room (includes tax). Rooms are comparable to those in Milwaukee
Call Days Inn directly to make reservations
- a block of rooms is being held until February 19 at the above rate. Request
the SCCA rate when making your reservations. The hotel has an indoor pool,
Jacuzzi, sauna, lounge & restaurant. The registration fee covers Seminar,
continental breakfast and lunch on Saturday, Buffet Breakfast on Sunday
morning. This is the same hotel where Steward Seminars were held previously
for many years.
Registration Fee for the Seminar: $40.00.
If registering with Spouse, their fee is $30.00. Lunch Only Fee is $15.00.
Registration form and fee must be received by Feb. 26. Late Registration
add $10.00 per person if postmarked after February 26.
Registration will open on Friday, March
5 at 6:00 p.m. at the Days Inn.
Make checks payable to: Central Division/SCCA
Other areas of interest that are nearby:
Glenbrook Mall, Glenbrook Commons, and Coldwater Crossing Mall for shopping.
Restaurants nearby include Hall's Factory, Guesthouse, Cracker Barrel,
Cork N Cleaver, Speedway Café, Golden China, Joe's Crab Shack, Applebee's,
Cheddar's and many more. Other hotels/motels in the area: Marriott Hotel,
Guest House hotel/restaurant, Sumner Suites, Budgetel Inn, Economy Inn,
Lee's Inn, Courtyard by Marriott, Hampton Inn & Suites, Residence Inn
by Marriott and Signature Inn (Washington Center Road and Challenger Parkway
- all at exits 111 or 112).
Please print all information on your
registration form and mail with fees to:
5720 Homewood Dr
Fort Wayne IN 46825-4306
For more info call Liz at:
219-483-7266, 5:00-9:00 P.M.
CEN-DIV STEWARDS/WORKERS REGISTRATION
Attendee Name: _______________________________
Spouse Attendee Name: ________________________
City, State, Zip: ____________________________
Region of Record: ____________________________
Licensed Specialty or Regional Position:
Email address: _______________________________
Fee included @ $40.00 _______Fee included
@ $30.00 _______Late Fee included @ $10.00 _______
Lunch Only Fee @ $15.00 _______
TOTAL AMT ENCLOSED: _______
THE HISTORY OF ROAD RALLYING
the late 1940ís, when SCCA was just getting started, one of the typical
activities for a local sports car club was a "tour". This consisted of
an organized drive out into the country on scenic backroads. It usually
ended in a picnic, and in the beginning, had no competitive objective.
That didnít mean it wasnít a challenge, though, just imagine what it was
like to drive early MGs and Austin Healeys from Indy to Brown County on
backroads of the 1940ís. Just arriving at the end point with a drivable
car was cause to celebrate.
However, as SCCA types are by nature
competitive, it soon became necessary to turn these events into a competition.
So, in addition to following the simple instructions which defined the
route, timing was added. The instructions now included speeds which were
to be maintained as the route was followed. Initially this meant that as
well as watching the road, the driver had to keep one eye on the speedometer
so as to try to constantly maintain the correct speed. As drivers honed
this skill, someone dreamed up new work for the passenger or navigator.
Instead of merely reading off the instructions to the driver, the navigator
began to do calculations, trying to determine the exact time to be at certain
mileages based on the given average speeds. With stop watch in hand, the
navigator could now continually update the driver as to whether he was
running fast or slow.
the navigators fine-tuned this ability, the good teams began to end rallies
in a tie, all achieving the same perfect score. So the writers of the rallys,
or rallymasters, had to complicate the calculation process, creating large
numbers of speed changes and forcing the navigator to perform mathematical
gymnastics to keep up. Out of this trend came the sportís first purpose
built calculating units. The Halda Tripmaster was a compensating odometer,
which replaced the carís stock unit, and allowed the navigator to program
in correction factors to convert the contestantís mileage to the rallymasterís
without correction. A variety of hand held calculating devices such as
the Curta mechanical calculator, the rally slide rule, and finally the
pocket calculator sped up the navigatorís work. But what really changed
the face of the sport was the introduction of the rally computer, which
performed all the necessary calculations for even the most complex set
of speed change instructions.
once again all the top teams who could afford to buy rally computers were
tying for first. To spread out the competition, rallymasters began to put
in tricks or "traps" to fool the competitors into following (even briefly)
the wrong course. These started out simple like the trap known as a "Blackjack."
A Blackjack is simply a checkpoint that is clearly in sight, but with an
instruction that causes you to turn before reaching it. Those not paying
attention drive in; those on their toes turn. Simple, eh. Well, as people
caught on, the traps got more complicated, involving higher and higher
orders of logic. The most complicated of these became known as "Aristotles,"
named for the famous Greek logician. As trap rallies expanded, it became
impossible for the uninitiated to follow the arcane logic, so most beginners
became hopelessly lost. The use of main road determinants created a whole
new set of logic above and beyond the traps in the route instructions.
Soon these complex course following trap rallies had chased off everyone
who didnít want mind-bending logic migraines, and so the whole sport of
road rally virtually collapsed.
Then someone had a brilliant idea. What
if we threw out the traps and the extreme calculations and made a simple
rally that anyone could follow. What if we just did simple courses with
simple instructions and simple calculations.
And thus the Touring Rally concept was
born in the Ď90s. And rallying became fun again and grew once more.
Guess what goes around comes around...every
50 years or so.
MURPHYíS LAWS FOR RALLYISTS
"If something can go wrong, it will...
No place is Murphyís Law more true,
or more evident, than in rallying. With this in mind a few corollaries
concerning the sport have been compiled.
The most important sign on the rally will
disappear ten minutes after the last course check.
If a rally team can get lost...they will.
If there is a mistake in the routes, it
will send the competitors to the next state.
The night before the rally at least one
bridge will wash out.
Regardless of how many months of preparation
are put in, the rally will always be finished on the night before the event.
On the day of the rally, it will rain...unless
If your rally contains a stream ford, it
will rain the 3 days prior to the event.
If you come up with a brilliant new trap,
it will be used on another rally the week before yours.
Fail-safed rallies fail.
On any given rally, someone will bitch.
When running early, there is always a checkpoint
around the next turn.
When calculating a perfect leg time, the
navigator will either stop the watch or clear the calculator memories.
The leg that is thrown is always your lowest
When working on a perfect rally with all
zeros, you will max the last leg.
The car you are following is as lost as
At any intersection, the correct path is
the most unlikely looking.
On the most important rally of the year,
the one to decide the yearís championship, your navigator will get carsick.No
matter what your leg score, someoneís was lower. If you got a zero, see
For Checkpoint Workers:
When you are running exactly on time and
are ready to get a zero, you will encounter a checkpoint...backwards.
If you are sure youíre on course, you arenít.
When using your new mega-bucks rally computer
for the first time, you will be beaten by two novices running seat-of-the-pants.
After getting all the traps right, you
will get lost in a free zone.
When the score is good, the drivers takes
credit. When the score is bad, the navigator gets blamed.
When working a checkpoint, you will invariable
be located in a poison ivy patch just down wind of a pig farm.
When working alone, all 22 cars will come
in in the same 2 minute period.
When working a checkpoint in the middle
of nowhere, after the last car is through you will find your battery dead.
The first car always arrives before youíre
The second checkpoint always opens before
your first one closes.
NORMAN SRIP AND THE AMAZING TIME WARP RALLY COMPUTER
I usually donít see my good friend Norm
Srip too much during the off months of the rally season. But, I made it
a point to drop by and visit a few times each winter to keep in touch and
talk about the up-coming season. It was a snowy second of February when
Janet opened the door and invited me in, saying that Norm was down in the
basement and asking if I wanted a hot cup of coffee. From the top of the
stairs she called down, "Hey, Norman, Chuck is here to see you." By the
time I got to the last step Norm was just sliding a heavy drawer into a
cabinet next to a table which had a very suspicious looking lump hidden
under a hastily positioned blanket. "Evening, Chuck. What are you doing
out on an evening like this one?" he asked as he quickly moved away from
the table. "I just thought Iíd drop in; I certainly didnít expect to find
any covert activities going on. What is this?" I replied. Hesitantly, he
turned back to what he had been working on. "This? Oh, this is the new
advanced rally computer Iím working on." With as much doubting disbelief
as I could muster, I said, "Really now, is it? And just what can it do
that hasnít been done on half a dozen other top flight devices that you
can buy on the market?"
"It isnít always necessary to do something
different to do it better, you know. Simply making things run smoother,
faster, more accurately, and more reliably can make it an improvement over
the existing items. Face it, some of the ones in use get pretty unhandy
from time to time."
"So, you say this is just a rearrangement
of old ideas?"
"Well...no, not exactly. I guess you
could say I have some new ideas incorporated into the project."
"Will it work?"
"Letís just say that if it does, I expect
us to go undefeated this rally season," he said with a slight trace of
triumph in his voice. His wife had just stepped around the corner with
two cups of coffee steaming from a tray. My questioning glance brought
a shaking head and up-raised shoulders from Normís navigator. "Youíll understand
that I canít really tell you what it is. If nothing else, it would be extremely
embarrassing if it didnít work." Try as I might, I could never get the
conversation back in that direction and I left knowing little more than
when I arrived.
When the season opened with the April
event, Norm and Janet showed up with an unmarked black box attached to
the dash. The buttons and dials were color coded, but totally without labels.
Janet told me that Norm had spent hours and hours teaching her its use,
but she didnít really understand it and couldnít tell me what it did upon
risk of her marriage. Whatever it was, the magic box worked bringing the
Srips home with first place with only 3 points across 9 legs. Norm jokingly
said he got the three points so no one would get too suspicious about the
win. At least, I thought he was joking.
In May, my navigator and I ran an excellent
rally. We did everything right and finished with only 29 points. We were
27 points behind Norm and Janet. I didnít laugh when Norm said he was going
to have to stop playing around and get those extra 2 points; we were getting
too close to him. Not many people were laughing when they won two rallies
in June, the July event and both the August events with less total points
than you could count on one hand. No one wondered who would win in September;
they only shook their heads and wondered how.
It was 2 days before the October rally
when Norm called me. "Chuck, Janet has a horrendous case of the flu. There
is no way sheís going to be able to run on Sunday. I need your help, but
you have to promise me your absolute secrecy." Norman and I had always
been friends, and so I pledged my silence. It wasnít so much that I wanted
him to go undefeated as he wished, but that I was dying to get a look at
Norm came by my house to get me the
morning of the rally. He had decided that he would navigate while I drove
his car. It would be easier that way than trying to teach me all of the
problems involved with running his computer. "But, I thought the whole
idea of your computer was to take the existing ideas and rearrange them
so as to make the whole device easier to operate. Why, from what you said
last winter, this thing should run itself; you shouldnít even need a navigator."
"Well, I lied to you!" he snapped back.
"This device does things that have never been done before and you have
to be extremely careful with it. There is no limit to the trouble it could
get you into if you werenít careful."
"Well, thanks a lot for your trust,
pal. Just what does this silly thing of yours do? If its that hard to keep
your timing up, then how do you get it to beat the standard rally computers?"
"Look, I couldnít tell you what it was
supposed to do. You would have gotten mad at me for lying to you because
you never would have believed I was telling the truth."
"Why not? What does the blasted thing
do, for heavens sake?"
With a look of sincerity so deep that
I almost believe him, Norm said to me, "Itís a time warp device, Chuck."
It amazed me that he had been able to
say it with a straight face, yet he not only had, but he had managed to
keep it straight. I, on the other hand, had not. "Stop laughing," he ordered
me. "You see, I was right. Thatís why I couldnít tell you that Iíd come
up with a rally computer that warps time."
"Get serious, Norm," I begged. "If you
intend to win this rally today and keep your streak alive, youíd better
let me in on what you really do with this wonderful black box of yours."
"Chuck, think for a second. When you
come to a control on course and you know that you are behind time or ahead
more time than you can lose before you crosses the checkpoint line, what
is it you think to yourself?"
"I usually think about killing my navigator
and kicking myself for getting off time."
"I wish that I could go back and do
it right now that I know where I blew it."
"Exactly..." And so I entered into the
most incredible rally of my life.
If Norm hadnít been so serious about
the whole project, I never would have given him the chance to convince
me. But, he seemed almost desperate. With Janet sick in bed I was the only
one left he could trust his supposed secret with to run the rally. And
he was convinced that he had to sweep the entire rally season. He took
the cover off of the box and showed me the insides. It was certainly unlike
any rally computer Iíd ever seen apart before. I didnít even recognize
most of the stuff, and the rest of it seemed completely out of place. He
made an effort to explain the uses of the knobs and switches. But he was
taking it all so seriously that I had actually started to wonder if he
might be telling me the truth. That concept so boggled my mind that I couldnít
hope to follow all the theoretical physics, advanced electronics, technological
engineering, and gobbledygook that he was trying to explain. Then he took
me around to the trunk and showed me the biggest capacitors that an electrician
could ever hope to dream of.
"I had to enlarge the trunk just to
fit them in there. Thatís why there isnít a back seat any more."
"How much charge do those things carry?"
I asked in bewildered amazement.
"You donít want to know."
"You are probably right. What are they
Norm leaned against the fender. "Well,
in order to launch myself through time, which, simply stated, is what this
whole set up does, there has to be an incredible electronic discharge within
the system. Thatís what these babies are for."
"So, you set your equipment to move
yourself through time so that you arrive at the checkpoint at the exact
time you should be there?" I was so close to believing this madman friend
of mine that it frightened me.
"And zero the leg. Thatís right."
"How do you recharge this after your
"Well, letís say itís 12:01, alright.
You are behind time and you come up to a checkpoint. You should have been
there at 11:59, right. So you quickly, but accurately, set the device to
move you back in time. And at 12:01 and 30 seconds, just before you cross
the control line, you hit the button. And the system discharges and you
end up in the same position, only now it is 11:59 and you zero the leg.
But, in addition to that, you must remember that at 11:59 the system was
completely charged. Therefore, you enter the checkpoint with two charged
capacitors. Simple, isnít it?"
"But what if you have to move forward
in time?" I managed to ask, amazed that I had come up with an intelligent
"That is what the other capacitor is
for. You can then go back and recharge your capacitor. We better get going
if we plan to be at registration before they close."
I do not recall the drive to the rallyís
start point, but we did get there, and I was quizzed by every competitor
there. Everyone wanted to know how Normís super computer worked. Norm was
right. I couldnít try to tell them. They would never have believed any
On the first leg I saw the device in
action. The object was to stay ahead of time and then drop back through
time. That procedure was the most simple. When the checkpoint came into
view, Norm went to work on his dials and as we were just about to cross
the line, he calmly informed me, "Here it goes." He threw the switch. Everything
outside the windshield got fuzzy for just a second then it cleared up,
and we came into the checkpoint--with a perfect score.
We ran the rest of the rally with the
driver in a daze. Fortunately, I didnít need to even keep up with the exact
average speeds. Normanís amazing time warp rally computer took care of
that. Once we fell for a trap and ended up way off time at the next checkpoint.
Norm informed me that things got more complicated this way, but not by
too much. He simply dropped us back to before the checkpoint crew got there,
and then drove back to where we had gone wrong. We ran the leg the right
way and came in on time for yet another zero. "If things got bad enough,
I could always just drop us back to 7:00 this morning, and we could drive
to the starting point and register again and start the whole rally over
again," Norm informed me.
I nodded in agreement. I was beyond
the point of any arguing or even questioning.
Norm and I won the rally-Ėwith 2 penalty
points. I had screwed us up on the last leg by altering my speed too much
as we came into the checkpoint. Norm said that we could afford two points
and he didnít feel like moving around the clock anymore. I didnít argue
about that, either. I just took the trophy that Norm allowed me to keep
and went home. Several people asked me how it was that he did it. I think
I mumbled something about a genius once or twice and just shook my head
the rest of the time.
It was amazing that participation in
the seasonís rallies didnít fall off more than it did. But, we had a good
turnout for the last event of the year in November. It was all Norm needed
to complete his sweep. Everyone else was talking about the race for second.
I had agreed earlier in the year to
work as checkpoint crew for that rally since it was written by another
friend of mine. I had the duty at checkpoints 3 and 6. When Norm and Janet
came through at 3 I asked them how it was going. Janet replied with a smile
that they had three straight zeros. I just shook my head again.
I was waiting at checkpoint 6, watching
a storm brew up in the cold November sky and thinking about what Norm had
done to rallying. More than that, he had an unbelievable discovery for
physics. As the raindrops began to hit the car, I marveled at how the greatest
breakthrough in physicsí history was being kept secret as a rally computer.
Then, I notice Normís car coming toward me, probably early and about to
drop back and come in on time. There was a sudden flash and a tremendous
bolt of lightning struck the ground only yards away from their car. With
the flash of lightning, Norm and Janet were gone. The computer must have
reacted to the stormís outburst of electric discharge. Time had warped,
but this time it went uncontrolled.
Somewhere, or rather sometime, Norm
and Janet are wandering around looking for a nonexistent checkpoint...in
search of yet another perfect leg.
Youth and Enthusiasm can be overcome by
Old Age and Treachery! Larry Lefebvre and the Triumph he races in both
Vintage and EP.
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