Gaddy offered that "Pittsburgh has the benefit of lots and lots of pretty entertaining rally roads and lots of places for good traps due to the older road network with fairly dense coverage." Running a nearby event instead of a "fly 'n' rent" has the advantage of a familiar vehicle and not having to worry about packing, TSA rifling and installing equipment.
Pa. On Sunday, an off-season visit by ON RALLYING Punxsutawney Phil starts the ROADRALLY BY RICK BEATTIE RoadRally, which ends in Pittsburgh at the Frick’s Car & Carriage Museum. TRADITION! I This event features a tradition that n the ﬁ lm version of Fiddler on the has otherwise vanished. NEDiv Roof, the central character, Tevye, RoadRally steward Ted Goddard confronts societal traditions with believes it is the last SCCA RoadRally the framing observation that, “You run with a “covered odo” timed class. might say every one of us is a ﬁddler Contestants run in this class by on the roof trying to scratch out a covering their odometer and using pleasant, simple tune without only the speedometer and clocks or breaking his neck.” watches to stay on time. “When The traditions of writing are popular, it was a large, very seemingly contradictory. The competitive class,” noted Goddard. admonishment to ﬁction writers is “to Although Heckler did win his class on Chris Bean (left) and A good covered odo competitor write what you know” but the reporter the 1976 Steel Haul, the 1,162-point Steve Gaddy (right), could not only beat those running who writes about the familiar risks his total this year is the team’s second winners of the Steel with the stock odometer, but also credibility. I’m close to the edge in Steel Haul win. The score was a mere Haul with rallymaster compete favorably with those running writing about myself and my home four points better than the second- Chuck Larouere. with specialized odometers. Many region, Steel Cities, but hope to retain place Stock Class competitors. rallyists developed an intuitive sense my integrity by following tradition. This team limits their RoadRally of whether or not they were on time Steel Cities’ long history of SCCA choices geographically, but event by honing their skills in this class. National Course rallies began in the selection also depends on quality. Unfortunately, due to waning early 1960s with the Tri River rallies. “I’d travel to Pittsburgh for this caliber interest, New England Region’s class During the next decade, the Steel of event, whether it was part of the reorganization a few years back all Haul débuted with Jack Chidester as National series or not. The organizing but ended it as a separate class in rallymaster
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