Badger Burrow National Tour Rally
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.
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.|
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 Crews: Samantha 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
|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!