SPRINGVILLE—Competition and exploration combine again for the 18th annual Discover America Road Rally on Oct. 15. Hosted by the Rallymasters of Western New York, the rally is one of the largest in the state.
Beginning at the Patchin Volunteer Fire Company, 8333 Boston State Road in Boston and ending at the Holland Willows, 177 Savage Road in Holland, the rally takes participants through the southtowns villages and towns.
A road rally is an auto sports events where participants drive a specific route, following a set of instructions to get them to the finish. It’s not a race, as the rally forces drivers to focus on their skills, the course and staying on a schedule.
“A road rally lets you participate in a competitive event with their automobile whatever it may be … this is taking your car without modification and going out and riding on quiet roads and seeing some countryside and areas of Western New York that you might not normally travel,” Tom Krajewski, Discover America Road Rally event organizer said. “People will enjoy the scenery of the course and they will enjoy the solving of some of the challenging sections.”
This year’s rally spans about 110 miles through the Southern Tier and runs through Boston, Springville, Concord, Sardinia, Holland and others. New this year, Krajewski said, drivers will be going through Zoar Valley past Buttermilk Falls and at one point during the rally, participants will have to get out of their car to collect information at a cemetery.
After hosting the Discover America Road Rally for 18 years, this will be the last year in which it will be ran by the Rallymasters of WNY. While it would be great to pass it along to another group to keep it going, Krajewski said this will probably be the last year of the Discover America Road Rally and will always remember the good times throughout the years.
“I have had many people say that they are sorry to hear this is the last one … I appreciate those kinds of comments because they reflect on us doing a good job, but at some point in time you just have to say enough is enough,” Krajewski said.
Registration is $40 if drivers register and pre-pay by Oct. 10, or $50 the day of the rally. To register, send the fee and complete name and address information for driver and navigator to Karen Krajewski, 6552 Colonial Drive, Boston, N.Y. 14025. Registration also includes a roast beef dinner for two at the finish and a commemorative lapel pin.
Awards will be given to the team who places first overall in the novice and experienced classes. Many other awards will also be given from event sponsors, including first Subaru, first Ford, first Chrysler, first Chevy, first Honda, first Nissan, first Hyundai, first Jeep, first four-wheel drive, first Volkswagen, first Mini, best MOPAR, best first rally, best female crew and best husband and wife team.
For more information on the Discover America Road Rally, visit www.rallywny.com or call 941-6504.