The 2015 Rally in the 100 Acre Wood (headquartered in Salem) serves as the second event on the Rally America National eight-round Championship calendar. Teams from coast to coast race through the Ozark foothills, to crown winners in five performance classes.
Performance rallying is one of the world’s most challenging and popular motor sports. Unlike any other type of car racing, rally teams must face a “track” which is unknown to them, consisting of rugged, unpaved roads, across terrain ranging from deserts to mountains, including sand, gravel, mud and, occasionally, snow.
At the start, the co-driver/navigator is handed route instructions containing exact mileages and course directions. For a day and a night – sometimes several days – the team’s task is to drive as fast as possible along every “racing” section, with only the “transit” sections in-between to repair their vehicles and relax. Racing full-speed, on unfamiliar dirt roads, requires courage, teamwork, an incredibly tough vehicle, and a sideways-through-the-corners driving style that is thrilling to watch.
Rally cars are all street licensed and registered; usually compact sport sedans. The fastest are turbo-charged for extra power and all-wheel-drive for traction — real cars, on real roads, driven at difficult-to-believe speeds.
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