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Missouri Endurance Rally 2006 Report

On March 31, Kim Tonry and I headed south towards St. Louis to run the 11th Annual Missouri Endurance Rally. We met Paul and Jason Urquhart in their MGA at Dwight to caravan the rest of the way. We followed parts of route 66 from north of Springfield to I-70 east of St. Louis. That evening the four of us had dinner at the Growler Pub with Robert Rushing, the rallymaster.

The driver's meeting was early Saturday morning. We drove the usual mileage check, arrived back at the hotel, and received our checkpoint instructions. There were twelve checkpoints this year with questions to answer at each on. Kim and I located the checkpoints on a map and planned our course.

Our first stop was in a southwestern suburb of St. Louis called University City at a statue of Robert Burns. After answering our questions we headed out of the city toward our second stop. We spent the rest of the day and night traveling through Missouri and Illinois. Among the stops were a half scale replica of Stonehenge and the northernmost battlefield of the Civil War west of the Mississippi. We arrived back at the hotel around 7AM. Here are the results for the first five finishers:
First: Charlie Key & Adam Key-1970 Mini, Second: Rick Ingrame & Rick Verhey-1974 MGB/GT, Third: John Schroeder & Kim Tonry-1967 MGB, Fourth: Cameron Butz & Brian Viezbicke-1971 MGB, Fifth: Nate Runyan & Matt Winnegar-1977 MGB.

Once again, we finished third overall for the full rally. Fourteen cars ran the full rally and sixteen did the mini.

Robert had picked checkpoints that took us on some beautiful Missouri roads. The MGB performed flawlessly and except for losing the gas cap at the first gas stop of the day, the journey was great. John S.

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