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Badger Burrow National Tour Rally

By on May 20, 2014

Badger Burrow National Tour Rally by Jay Nemeth-Johannes

After a long, hard winter, we were definitely ready for spring. The problem was, spring was refusing to emerge. Rally events got postponed, and then run as winter events. We were getting nervous as May 3rd approached because we had no backup plan. This was going to run as a spring event. Fortunately, the sun finally emerged, and Saturday turned out to be a perfect day, with scattered clouds and highs in the 60’s.

     Seventeen cars gathered at Dunn’s Imports in Middleton WI, ranging from late-model Camaros to a 1973 Plymouth Duster, and BMWs outnumbered Subarus for once. While we awaited the start, contestants admired the selection of exotic cars and Moto Guzzi motorcycles in the shop. Jason Dunn, our host and fellow competitor, provided a continental breakfast to help folks get in the mood. After a short rally school, teams were off at 11 AM on their seven-hour journey.
Dan and Alieca Bailey showing great  enthusiasm along the route.

 

S Class winners Dave and Rich Bireta proving GPS and apps can get good scores!

Rallymaster Fred Rosevear provided a 200-mile course that wound through the driftless area west of Madison.  It is a region stretching in a rough triangle from Madison to Lacrosse to Eau Claire Wisconsin where the glaciers didn’t cover the land and grind down the hills. Thus there are deep valleys and steep hillsides. The roads are narrow and follow the terrain up and down through the many small canyons. Nothing is straight. The event had longer transit zones, followed by short timed ‘stages’. The timed sections, usually a couple of miles, were chosen to be the twistiest roads available. The speeds were set from 38-45 MPH and teams needed to be alert to maintain them. Controls were placed around curves and over crests.

     We are working to establish a local program here in Milwaukee Region and have started building a loyal group of regulars. When we decided to make this a National, our main concern was encouraging that group to run. We decided against telling the locals that this was a National, and wrote the event with the locals in mind. The only advertising we did that was aimed at the National crowd was the SCCA calendar listing and a single posting on the national road rally mailing list. All of our promotion on social media and to the car clubs emphasized that this was a driver’s event with an emphasis on brisk driving on the roads you wish you had time to find for yourself. It worked! Twelve of the seventeen cars were from the Milwaukee Region, most of them entering in the Novice Class.

Hosts and Competitors Jason and Beth Dunn.
When new folk come out, we want them to enjoy the rally as much as find the route and checkpoints. I ran as sweep car, and was able to help our Novice team in the Duster. By Leg 3, they had already learned the lesson that someone prone to car-sickness may not be the best for the Navigator seat. I gave him some Dramamine and Tums; I suggested they switch seats because the Driver never gets sick. A blown tire challenged them two legs later, yet we spent thirty-minutes getting to know each other whilst we aired-up one of their spare tires and used the jack for my AcuraRSX. Yes, they got down a bit on time, yet Fred’s course was rock solid. CZTs after every control kept the rally running on time, and everyone arrived at the finish line just before 6 PM as promised.

 

The Milwaukee Region thanks the workers and organizers of the Badger Burrow National Tour Road Rally –

Chairman Jay Nemeth-Johannes

Rallymaster Fred Rosevear

Precheck Mike Thompson

Control CrewsSamantha Johannes, Joyce Rosevear, Mike Thompson, Dave Parps, Eric Zenz , Ron Metsiloff, John Johannes and friend Tony.

Photographers Philo and Coleen Kassner for the photos, taken along the route and in this edition of RoadRally eNews

 

People really seemed to enjoy the event and there were many stories of the great roads and cool exploits during the day. We awarded trophy “kits” consisting of a Lego car (complete with little man holding a trophy) on a mat containing the place award.

 

Entering control 3 were Car 18 Joel Wallschlaeger and Jeff Ackerman in an Audi A6 followed by Car 19 Dustin and Tyler Masters in a modified Toyota MR2.

  Award Winners – 2014 Badger Burrow Tour Rally – May 3rd, 2014

Place Driver/Navigator Vehicle Score
1st Equipped Robert Morseburg/David Head Subaru WRX 18
1st Stock David Biretta/Rich Biretta Honda Civic 26
1st Novice Friederiksen Greg/Mark Subaru 255
2nd Novice Jimmy Lutz/Jesse Johnson BMW 260
3rd Novice Dustin Master/Tyler /Master Toyota MR2 490
4th Novice Daniel Bailey/Alieca Bailey Chevy Camaro 578

Click here for the complete Badger Burrow Leg Scores and Finishes!

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