Sunday, October 26, 2008
This is the second rally I have organized. It was a tough one because it had to have a Halloween theme of some kind and I don’t do Halloween all that well. In fact, I'm better at just handing out candy and watching monster. So all summer long I pondered the problem. Bamm, then it hit me!!!
- Seth Jones
Do a rally featuring some ghoulish places and some ghost tracks! The first leg was a loop around the old race track that was used for the Elgin National Road Races. The races were on public roads and lasted every year from 1910-1920 with the event being revived in 1933 for the World’s Fair. The track is not as well known or marked as the race routes in Elkhart Lake, but the Model T club of Elgin has erected one historical marker in a parking lot and every August they mark out the course and where people died etc.
From there, we headed north to a subdivision known as Sleepy Hollow. There were lots of twisty roads and hills that made it hard to navigate for all, even myself while I was organizing the rally. I included in the instructions, the short story by Washington Irving and gave points to those who circled or underlined the references to the legend that they saw on the way. From there it was north to Meadowdale International Raceways where participants could stop and look at this old ghost track that was in operation from 1959-1969. We then headed back to Elgin and went around a mall while looking for the 7th opportunity to turn right. The endpoint was a pub, but I forgot to include the address of the pub so it was hard for some to find it. Only 3 cars made it to the end. I think everyone enjoyed themselves.
Map of Elgin National Road Race 1910-1920
There were six (6) cars that began the rally, the following three (3) were the finishers.
1st - Barney Gaylord (solo) - MGA red
2nd - Ralph and Sue Arata - MGB orange
3rd - Jim Evans (solo) - MGB blue
David Lieb, Sprite
Don Brauch, Midget (new member)
Paul Urquhart, MGA