2023 Rally Series Winners and CSCC Rally Champions

  • The 2023 Saturday Road Rally Series included six rallies, March through August. To be eligible to win a Series Award, a competitor had to run at least half of the rallies. For those who ran all six Series rallies, their best five finishes counted.

    Series awards are presented at the Ghouls Gambol Rally on Oct. 28. CSCC Rally Championship trophies are presented at the club annual awards event.

    Rally Season Points - Final

  • Saturday Rally Series Winners
    Equipped Driver/Navigator

    1st – Bob Morseburg/Cheri Eddy

    2nd – Robert Paxman/Chris Lane

    Unequipped Driver/Navigator

    1st – Cody Garvin/Sabrina Garvin

    2nd – David Gattman/JoAnn Gattman

    3rd – Torm Kelsey-Green/Kasey Klaus

    Novice Driver/Navigator

    1st – Joel Bristol /Aksel Bristol

    2nd – Cassie Lloyd/Jacob Lloyd

    3rd – Michael Knight/Cheryl Knight

  • CSCC Rally Champions

    The 2023 CSCC Rally Championship included the Saturday Road Rally Series plus the Mountains to the Sea Rally. To be eligible, the competitor must be a Cascade member.

    Equipped Driver/Navigator

    Bob Morseburg/Cheri Eddy

    Unequipped Driver/Navigator

    Cody Garvin/Sabrina Garvin


Rallymasters Torm and Kasey take us on a twisty, winding  ride through the country to see the sites.  Some of them even look back!  But, why now, brown cow?


Saturday, August 19, 2023
By Torm Kelsey-Green and Kasey Klaus

About the rally

The August rally was about 100 miles from the start in Milwaukie to the ending location in Wilsonville. It took about four hours to complete.

The odometer calibration transit ended in King City. The rally route traveled west of Sherwood, along Mountain Top Road with spectacular views into the Chehalem Valley, then into Newberg for a break at Johnson’s Landing County Park on the Willamette River.

After break, the route crisscrossed through the Parrett Mountain/Ladd Hill area, with even more spectacular views, eventually ending in Wilsonville.

What the rallymasters said

Rallymasters Torm Kelsey-Green and Kasey Klaus created a tour-style event (no navigational or time-keeping tricks or traps) that offered plenty of brisk driving and incredible scenery. The fact that there were 26 timed checkpoints offered more than enough challenge to keep folks engaged.

All but three of the teams joined Kasey at the Black Bear Diner in Wilsonville after the rally, sharing that they enjoyed the event. Stories were told of almost zero legs and self-imposed errors. Another great Saturday Series Rally!

Kasey and Torm enjoyed putting this course together. They tested the Richta GPS Checkpoints app’s ability to set up directional checkpoints that will time cars only if they are traveling in the correct direction. Their route doubled back on itself, came back and ran the same roads going in the opposite direction, and had checkpoints going both directions on the same road. It all worked perfectly! And watching the rally teams on the RallymasterMap as they progressed through the pretzelized course was a riot. (You have to be a rallymaster to really appreciate the Richta Rallymaster Map.)

Congratulate the top finishers!

First overall and first in the SOP class is the team of Cody and Sabrina Garvin. Second overall and second in the SOP class is the team of David and JoAnn Gattman. Third overall and third SOP is the team of Alex Castaneda and Eric Hanson Fourth overall and first in the Equipped category is the team of Robert Paxman and Chris Lane.

Finishing first in the Novice class is the team of Cassie and Jacob Lloyd. Second Novice is Joel and Aksel Bristol. Third Novice is the first-time rally team Jordan Quiogue and Graham Dudik.

The top three teams in each class received a car wash coupon and coffeecard. But we know It’s really about the fame and glory.

Congratulations to all!

Saturday Rally Series Awards

The August Saturday Series Rally was the final event in the six-rally series. Series awards are presented to the winning drivers and navigators at the Ghouls Gambol Rally on Oct. 28. A contestant must run at least three of the six events to qualify for a Series award. A contestant may win the First Novice award only once. Watch for an announcement of Series award recipients in the November Auspuff.

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RallyMaster Marcus Gattman takes us on a fun trip through the Columbia River Gorge to the Vista House and back


Saturday, July 22, 2023
By Marcus Gattman

About the rally

The July rally was about 90 miles from the start in Milwaukie to the ending location in Gresham. It took about three and a half hours to complete. The odometer calibration transit at the start of the rally traveled along a scenic route, following the Clackamas River. The odo check ended near Boring. Then through Bull Run, past Dodge Park and Oxbow Park, to Larch Mountain. A mid-rally break included a short visit to the Vista House at Crown Point, restarting in Corbett.

The rally ended at Flying Pie Pizzeria in Gresham.


This rally included a “couple” of rally challenges; nothing exotic, mostly main road traps. The first involved an ONTO. You may recall there was a lake near Bull Run called Roslyn Lake. It is no longer there, but one of the roads that goes around it is Lusted Road.

For this first challenge, you are placed ONTO LUSTED. Then there are a couple of speed change instructions. No deviations, so you’re still on Lusted. Then you come to an intersection where there is a side road on the left. Straight ahead there is a back-facing stop sign. A big black-on-yellow arrow at the intersection points left, and the stripes in the road curve left. It all encourages you to just go left. But the road straight ahead is signed as Lusted Road and you are still ONTO LUSTED.

We saw only a couple teams follow the on course route straight on Lusted. An OR instruction offered a two- minute pause to the off course teams since the on course route was longer. Leg 7 scores reflect how this challenge worked out.

There was one more ONTO challenge, one protection, and two left at T challenges. Yes, L at T is still a challenge.

What the rallymasters said

On the day the rally was measured, the Bull Run Bridge just happened to be closed for maintenance. We measured up to the last reference prior to the closure, then drove about 45 minutes to get to the other side of the bridge to continue measuring.

Thank you to all who ran the rally. We had a great time watching everyone on the Rally-master Map and hearing about your adventures.

Congratulations to the winners. I hope you all enjoyed the event and saw some great views of the Gorge and Mt. Hood.

What rallyists said

[From Car #13] The rally was quite fun!!! Only problem we encountered was a group of antique vehicles that joined us (pretty much RIGHT in front of us) approaching the Bull Run Bridge ... and the going got really tough ...

I tried to calculate how much time we were losing and entered a time dec ... but overshot the goal ... Those really neat little buggies hung on for several miles ... it was painful!!! But beyond that ... a totally awesome day!!!

[From Car #12] We ended up in the middle of about a dozen vintage cars on a tour. The CAST was 33 and the vintage cars were doing 20 mph on the straight aways. We did two separate time decs but picked up points by not guessing very well. That’s just how it goes sometimes.

[From the Rallymaster’s parents in Car #1] That kid gets nothing for Christmas, making his parents get lost. [Had something to do with the instruction: S on 327TH.]

[From Car #20] We went astray [missed the S on 327TH] and peeled off for the day. It was fun while it lasted!

Congratulate the top finishers!

First overall and first in the SOP class is the team of Cody and Sabrina Garvin. Second overall and second in the SOP class is the team of David and JoAnn Gattman. Third overall and third SOP is the team of Torm Kelsey-Green and Kasey Klaus.

Finishing first in the Novice class is the team of Joel and Aksel Bristol. Second Novice is Mike and Cheryl Knight.  (Both of these teams were first-time ralliers last month.) Third Novice is Kevin Marino and Aspen Padilla.

Congratulations to all!

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First time Rallymasters Cody and Sabrina Garvin take us on a fun romp as we travel the hills and valleys of their youth


Saturday, June 10, 2023
By Cody and Sabrina Garvin

The June rally was a bit over 100 miles from the start in Milwaukie to the ending location in Newberg, and it took just under 4 hours to complete the course, including a couple of scenic breaks. This event was lightly trapped, meaning it included a couple of simple navigational challenges.

Rally Challenges

Route Instruction 16 directed you ONTO Ladd Hill Road. ONTO is a Main Road Determinant. When directed ONTO a road, you stay on that road (by name) until you execute a deviation in a subsequent route instruction. The next two instructions were speed changes and did not contain deviations. Then Route Instruction 19 offered a deviation, however, the instruction contained the term ITIS – if there is such.

An instruction containing ITIS can be executed only if it can be completed before the next route instruction; if not, then you skip it.

At the first intersection where it looks like you could do it, the deviation (right in this case) goes the same direction as Ladd Hill Road. You cannot execute a deviation that takes you in the same direction as the main road. So you stay ONTO Ladd Hill Road and continue looking for an opportunity to execute NRI 19. However, NRI 20 comes up next, so you skip the NRI 19 ITIS instruction and its 15-second penalty pause.

NRI 36 set up a similar ONTO situation, directing you ONTO Bell Road, then offering an ITIS instruction that follows the ONTO. Again the correct action is to stay ONTO Bell Road and skip the ITIS instruction and its 15-second penalty.

The only other planned challenge was a note which directed you to reduce your current speed by 2 mph each time you saw a horse and rider sign. Although the note was in effect for over an hour of rally time, it occurred only once, just five minutes after it was introduced. The sign reappeared later in the rally course, but by then it had been cancelled.

There were two instructions where we saw a couple of teams unexpectedly go wandering.

The first was at  NRI 15 which directed you to go straight at a sign reading stop which parenthetically mentioned Grahams Ferry. Grahams Ferry is the crossroad at this all-way stop intersection of Bell Road and Grahams Ferry. A couple of teams went right (the right-most straight) on Grahams Ferry instead of staying on course by going straight to stay on Bell Road.

The other was at NRI 24 where at least two teams missed a left on Parrett Mountain Road. It was a little hard to see, but it had official mileage to mark its location. Just a smidge past this intersection was a sign identifying Parrett Mountain Road as a side road on the right, so folks who missed the prior left may have assumed this road on the left was Parrett Mountain. Off they went. Most teams stayed on the intended route, but those few who wandered were quickly retrieved and put back on course by the ever vigilant rally officials.

What the rallymasters said

By Cody and Sabrina Garvin

It was very exciting to put on our very first rally. It was a great learning experience to see firsthand how much work goes into creating a single rally. There is definitely lots to think about while creating one.

We wanted to share a lot of the beautiful roads in Yamhill County that we grew up on. Near the Anne Amie Winery sign referenced in NRI 50 is where Cody grew up.

We chose the name Double Down because a lot of the same road names reappeared. At the wrap up Zoom meeting, someone thought the name was Double Down because of the note instruction reducing CAST by 2 mph, which is also a great observation.

Watching all the rally contestants on the rallymaster map was super fun. There were two Fairview Drives towards the end of the rally. We thought for sure more people would turn too early, which is what we did during a pre-drive. It was also interesting to see where rally contestants created their own traps and went off course where we weren’t even anticipating that would happen.

We are so thrilled to hear that the rally was well received and enjoyed by all. All in all, it was a very fun experience mixed in with lots of hard work. We would like to give a special thanks to Monte and Victoria for helping us make the rally a polished experience with checkpoints and mileage references and all the computer stuff that goes into it. Thank you for all that you do each and every rally!

We look forward to possibly creating a rally next year. Until then, keep calm and rally on!

What rallyists said

From Car # 12 Navigator Kathy Sacry
Here is our June rally story.

We started fine, but in the third NRI we took off in the wrong direction. Two phone calls later with the rally masters and Victoria, Monte suggested we start over. 10:30 TA entered and we managed a 4 on the first checkpoint. Still things were not smooth, but we were doing okay. We had a “0” and another after the first transit. Maybe we were too cocky at that point because our downfall was imminent. Going 35 in a 45 zone with a tailgater threw us for a loop.

We missed a sign and didn't change to CAST 53 in time, checkpoint 40 late! By this time, we were singing “Que sera sera” - (old Doris Day song) which became our motto for this rally. We were at peace with whatever outcome may come.

We guessed wrong at a pause, another 27. Took a wrong side road, turned around, and timed it but again a wrong TA, 54! Oh well, just sing Que sera sera.

All in all, we are happy with our 4th place.

From Car #1 Navigator JoAnn Gattman
What a run. We lost a fire truck, then another fire truck. Passed a farmer going too slow, went too fast, missed a sign! Yikes! To do well, we will take it. Remind me not to need help in the Bell Road area! Had a nice drive and we are feeling pleased we won. Who knew that was possible with those time decs? Dave likes to keep us around 3s if we don't get zeros, so our couple of teen scores he was fretting. I'm only competitive with him so it really frosts his cake that I don't get upset when we get bigger scores. Like I said, I just like driving aimlessly around with the old man. It was a nice event and we got to see so many wineries, at least the entrances.

Had a nice chat with one of our novice couples. She was cute, figured if she has less points next month and doesn't actually pull off the road to take those pauses they will be winners next month. Dave gave them some pointers so hopefully they will be back. Nice to see how excited they get for finishing. Very cute to see the father/son team novices too. They had a good time and checked in at pizza to make sure he didn't need to do anything. Reminded me of when Dave started running with Marcus.

Anyway, wrote a book to say thanks for the good event. Garvins did well. Thanks for all the typing, writing and driving Victoria and Monte do to keep the club moving.

Congratulate the top finishers!

First overall and first in the SOP class is the team of David and JoAnn Gattman in Car #1 with a score of 103 over 18 scored legs. Second overall and second in the SOP class is the team of Russ and Kate Sherrell in Car #2 with a score of 133. Third overall and third in the SOP class is the team of Torm Kelsey-Green and Kasey Klaus with a score of 165.

Finishing first in the Equipped category is the team of Robert Paxman and Chris Lane in Car #8.

Both entries in the Novice class, both first-time rally teams, found all the checkpoints and finished the rally. In first place in the Novice class is the team of Joel Bristol and Aksel Bristol in Car #16. Finishing second place Novice is the team of Michael and Cheryl Knight in Car #14.

Congratulations to all!

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To celebrate, Monte and Victoria head to the clover fields of Washington County for an easy tour.  Yes, that's right, an EASY tour.


Saturday, May 13, 2023
By Monte and Victoria Saager

About the rally

The rally was about 100 miles from the start in northwest Portland to the ending location in Midway south of Hillsboro, and it took about three hours to complete. The odo check ended at the Tualatin River Wildlife Refuge in Sherwood. The route traveled through Chehalem, Scholls, and Laurel, and then up to Bald Peak Scenic Viewpoint for a break. The rally then continued through Gaston, to circumnavigate Henry Hagg Lake finally turning east through Blooming, and ended south of Hillsboro at Midway Firehouse Pizza.

What the rallymasters said

At the start of this season, we (Monte and Victoria Saager) knew we would be writing five of the ten rallies on this year’s schedule. We were confident we had four veteran rallymaster teams and one first-time rallymaster.  By the time we completed the March rally, however, it became apparent we did not have a rallymaster for May. No worries. We can do that.

Our March rally had a few challenges, one in particular that resulted in a max leg score if you got it wrong, and all but two teams got it wrong. We were not popular that day. So we decided, given the short development time and our already overburdened schedule, that this rally would be easy, with straight forward unambiguous instructions.

This strategy was successful! No one wanted to kill the rallymasters. In fact, overall most teams did very well, staying on course and staying on time, with many single-digit leg scores and very low total scores.

What rallyists said

Had a blast and finally got a score under 100!!!

Feeling so great. First time under 100 points. First time "in the candy" in a long, long time!!! First time EVER scoring less than Simon. So, yeah, a very good day.

From David and JoAnn Gattman (with selfie): This is what Dumbasses look like. Currently on our way to Dealers Supply [the correct start location]. We’ve been to Lowe’s [the incorrect start location]. I’d say we’re bringing our A game, but clearly not so far. Enjoy the chuckle. Yikes! Can we already be failures? [Despite their mad rush to the start, Dave and JoAnn went on to finish fourth overall and second SOP, with four perfect zero legs and a score of 2 at the first checkpoint which they barely reached in time.]

From Dave and Kathy Sacry: We have a story from this rally:
History: After the first Richta-scored rally, I used my iPad (5th gen 2017 model Cellular enabled). It gets better reception than I had from my iPhone on our first rally, which skipped a checkpoint.

Scene: At the mid-break, Bald Peak, we both went to the outhouse, and when I got back, I checked the time on the iPad for when we needed to leave. The car was parked in the sun with the iPad facing up to the sky.

Moments of distress: After a few minutes I go to check the time again. My iPad was dark and had quit working! It had a red “Warning, iPad is too hot to operate”. We both jumped into the car and turned all our cooling apparatus on high, seats, vents, everything. We still had 9 minutes left in our break time. Could we cool it off or forfeit the rest of the rally?

I took it off of the charger (sometimes that creates heat as the battery charges). Putting it in front of the AC fans was the best we could do. It didn't help. We were still sitting in the sun. I finally figured out how to take the leather case off (I had put it on years ago and never took it off). That worked and my iPad came back to life without skipping a beat and we left on time!

I loved those fields. Simply beautiful!

Congratulate the top finishers!

First overall and first in the Equipped category is the team of Bob Morseburg and Cheri Eddy in Car #30 with a score of 25 over 17 scored legs, including seven zero leg scores and five ones. Very impressive.

Second overall and first in the SOP class is the team of Cody and Sabrina Garvin in Car #6 with a score of 40, including four zero leg scores and four ones, and all single-digit leg scores. Wow! That is quite an achievement SOP. Expect great things from this team. They are writing their first-ever rally for the June 10 Saturday Series. Don’t miss it!

Third overall and second in the Equipped category is the team of Robert Paxman and Chris Lane with a score of 68. This is another team to watch. They had one zero and six ones, and all but two leg scores were single-digit. This is the first season Chris has run with his dad, and they are already honing in on excellent scores.

Finishing second in the SOP class is the team of David and JoAnn Gattman in Car #1 with a score of 81.

Third SOP is the team of Torm Kelsey-Green and Kasey Klaus in Car #13 with a score of 82.

The team of Ryan Rink and Simon Levear in car #16 get Honorable Mention with a score of 84.

In first place in the Novice class is the team of Alex Castaneda and Eric Hanson in Car #15 with a score of 96.

Finishing second place Novice is the team of Chris Williams and Kenny Schroeder in Car #2.

The team of Matthew Svec and Antony McGovern finished third Novice.

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And it's off to Clark County, Washington for the April rally offering from David and JoAnn Gattman


Saturday, April 15, 2023
By David and JoAnn Gattman

Rallymasters David and JoAnn Gattman titled this rally Achilles Last Stand after Led Zepplin’s song which is said to be about the band’s ongoing travels outside England to avoid excessive (97%) tax for high income earners! During those travels Robert Plant was in a car accident that broke his ankle and tore his Achilles tendon. Ergo the song title.

After snow interrupted development of the rally route and an unexpected threat of snow the week of the rally, the weather on rally day was quite acceptable. With blue skies early progressing to partly cloudy, rally teams reported sighting snow-capped hillsides and clear views of Mt. Hood.

Eighteen teams entered the April 15 Saturday Series Rally. Seven pre-paid entries did not run, so eleven teams started and finished the event.

About the rally
The rally was about 100 miles from the start in Milwaukie to the ending location in Vancouver, and it took just under four hours to complete. The route traveled north into Vancouver and then east along the Columbia River through Camas to the first short break at the Steamboat Landing Park in Washougal. Then east into Skamania County, through some twisty bits in the foothills above the Columbia River Gorge, to the second short break at the Cape Horn Trailhead.

After this break, the route went west along the Washougal River, and then north, skirting civilization, to the third short break at Hockinson Meadows Community Park. From there it was south to the end, including a transit along Lacamas Lake on the way to the pizza joint in Vancouver. It was a great route, traveling on the best rally roads in the area.

But it wasn’t all just scenery. There was a bit of spice in this game. There were these two notes: Note Evens directed you to increase your speed by 2 mph at each even-numbered mile post. Note Odds told you to decrease your speed by 1 mph at each odd-numbered mile post. These notes were in effect from instruction 43 to instruction 76, long enough to trigger 14 speed changes.

The other spice in this game was classic Cascade main road – left at T. Instruction 54 was an ITIS (if there is such) instruction, with a 15-second pause, directing you to go left at a double-headed arrow.
The apparent opportunity to execute this instruction occurred at a T-shaped intersection. However, at that intersection the main road goes left (RRR 3.5). You cannot execute a deviation to follow the main road (RRR 4.5), so you cannot execute Instruction 54 here. Instead you follow the main
road to the left and keep looking for an opportunity to execute instruction 54. You encounter instruction 55 before finding that opportunity, so you skip the ITIS instruction 54 (and its 15-second penalty pause) and execute instruction 55 at its reference. Instruction 54 was a learning opportunity. Instructions 60, 70 and 73 were also forced turns – T-shaped intersections at which the instruction specified no deviation, so you follow the main road to the left. Left at T. Remember that!

What the rallymasters said
from JoAnn Gattman
Writing the rally with Dave takes me back 43 years to a couple of youngsters with no money to spare and gas hovering around a buck. A brown bag lunch and a drive to nowhere was a great day. Long conversations and winding roads got us here all these years later. The April 15 rally was a tax day extravaganza. Nice views of mountains, rivers and long winding roads. Everyone received a gift bag with a little payday to enjoy at one of the three stops that were made along the route. Writing
during the snow was so gorgeous, but I’m glad the weather was so nice for the event.We had a marvelous time writing it and hope that everyone enjoyed a day out and about.

from David Gattman
Contestants did not want to hang me, so I think it was an acceptable event. I know I enjoyed putting it together. I used roads that had some nice views of the Columbia River and the Washougal River, along with views of the snow-covered hills in the distance and Mt Hood. I did get a few contact calls from a couple of contestants during the event. Apparently between NRI 67-68 I had the course travel east from 212th on 109th. About .5 miles east of 212th, 109th is marked "DEAD END", so the course was forced right on 222nd (the road just right at that "DEAD END" sign, more than 1 car just missed the "DEAD END" and continued east on 109th looking for NRI 68. Phone calls correct the off course, so all worked out, both cars took a close time dec so neither maxed the leg score.

Thanks again to Monte and Victoria for their diligence in measuring the event for official mileage,
and running through to tweak and NRI's that needed better wording. Their commitment to make
this series possible is appreciated. I look forward to being a contestant next month.

Congratulate the top finishers!
Congratulations to the top finishers. First overall and first in the Unlimited class is the team of Bob Morseburg and Cheri Eddy in Car #30 with a score of 3 over 17 scored legs, including 14 perfect zero leg scores. Very impressive! Second overall and second in Unlimited is the team of Simon Levear and Ben Bradley in Car #14 with a score of 15, including 8 zeroes. Also very impressive.

In third place overall and first in the SOP class is the team of Cody and Sabrina Garvin in Car #6 with a score of 83, including 3 zeroes and 9 single-digit leg scores. Not bad for running stock. Second SOP is the team of Bill and Kelly Ferber with a score of 141, also with 9 single-digit leg scores. Third SOP is the team of Lee Nielsen and Chuck Winkler with a score of 151. Followed closely by the honorable mention team of Brandon Harer and Marcus Gattman with a score of 152.

The Novice class was dominated by second-time ralliers Cassie and Jacob Lloyd, who had 2 perfect zero legs and some other scores. The first-time team of Alan and Linda Cohen completed the course and got 5 single-digit scores. Congratulations to all!

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The 2023 Cascade Sports Car Club rally season gets started with a merry romp through the west hills to Scappoose


Saturday, March 18, 2023
By Monte and Victoria Saager

The weather was perfect for a rally – blue sky, temps in the 60s. Beautiful! Twenty-four teams entered the March 18 Saturday Series Rally. Four pre-paid entries sat this one out, and two registered entries canceled just before the rally started. So eighteen teams charged out of the starting gate. Before the odometer check section ended, one team headed home. Seventeen teams finished the course.

About the rally

The rally was about 90 miles from the start in northwest Portland to the ending location in Scappoose, and it took about three and a half hours to complete. The route traveled along Hwy 30, then climbed up Logie Trail to Skyline and down Rocky Point Road back to Hwy 30. Then out around the Scappoose Dike, up into the foothills of the Coast Range to Yankton for a break at the Yankton Store and Restaurant. After the break, the course wound through Warren and around the Scappoose Dike the other way, ending at Fultano’s Pizza in Scappoose. The clear weather afforded some spectacular views.

What the rallymasters said

Just about the time we were finishing course development and starting to measure, calculate and test drive our event, it snowed. And snowed. A lot at higher elevations. For a few days, we were homebound, snowed in. When we finally did venture forth, we skipped the high spots on our route, knowing that we weren’t equipped for driving in the snow. When we did get on those roads, we found snow piled deep along the roadsides, but road surfaces were mostly clear except in a couple of the very highest locations. With expected temperatures in the 60s, we knew the rally roads would be clear by rally day.

Most of the roads on the March rally route have been rally roads before, but we strung them together a little differently this time. We did use one road new to us – Hankins Road – which connected west St. Helens to the Yankton area. And we used the Scappoose dike roads in both directions, first at the beginning of the rally and then again at the end.

Fourteen of the 17 scored legs were tour-like with no intended deception. There were three simple challenges. The first challenge involved a forced turn in Leg 12. Two teams navigated this challenge correctly, one of whom zeroed the leg. For all others, it was a very costly max. You are traveling on Smith Road looking for this instruction: L at “GENSMAN” (go left at a sign reading Gensman). You encounter a sign that identifies a sideroad on the left as Gensman. The road straight ahead is signed no outlet.

Since a road marked no outlet is not a valid rally road, there is no intersection here. Since you must be at an intersection to take the action L, you cannot execute the instruction L at “GENSMAN” here. You are forced left here (it’s the only way you can go) and you continue looking for a place to execute the instruction L at “GENSMAN”. And of course there is another sign reading Gensman a short way down the road at an intersection identifying a sideroad to the left as Dart Creek. This is where you execute the instruction L at “GENSMAN”. So you take Dart Creek, wind around a loop that takes you full circle, where this time you go straight at the Dart Creek sideroad and continue on.

Those who took the shortcut (used the instruction at the no outlet) reached Checkpoint 12 about 8 minutes early. As some consolation, they got an extra 8 minutes at the break at the Yankton Store.

The second challenge was in Leg 17. A route instruction directed you to CAST 35 for 1 minute then CAST 25. The next route instruction was L on CASCADE VIEW. Cascade View is a loop with two roads with the same name entering the neighborhood. If you accurately averaged 35 mph for 1 minute, you would drive past the first Cascade View entrance and go left on the second one. If you weren’t so accurate, you would take the first entrance. In either case, teams going around this loop in either direction went past Checkpoint 17. However, those who took the first entrance reached the checkpoint early, earning penalty points. Most SOP teams and a couple Novices got this one right.

The last challenge was a note inviting you to PAUSE 20 seconds at a sign with a deer on it. This note was in effect the last 14 miles of the rally. You had to continue to execute the NRIs while keeping an eye out for this deer sign. Just before the miles ran out, a deer sign appeared along the rally route. Unfortunately, the sign you were looking for had one deer while the sign along the route had two deer. The note and its pause were never used. Those who paused at that wrong sign earned penalty points on Leg 23.

What ralliers said

Nice baby deer. Reminds me of ducklings. [You had to be there.]
Thanks for a great event!
Was a fun day, thanks for the route!
Thanks for holding the exciting event.
Great job as always!

Exchange with a rally team, after no app controls were being reported from this team:
Team: Do you have us now? We were signed in to the April rally. We’re in the March rally now.
Us: Oh, that’s what happened. How were your scores in April?
Team: Nonexistent.

Congratulate the top finishers

First overall and first in the Unlimited class is the team of Bob Morseburg and Cheri Eddy in Car #30 with a score of 11 over 17 scored legs. Wow!

Second overall and first in the SOP class is the team of Ryan Rink and Simon Levear in Car #14 with a score of 91. The top two finishers were the only teams to correctly navigate the “Gensman” trap in Leg 12. In third place overall and second SOP is the team of Cody and Sabrina Garvin in Car #6 with a score of 120. The David and JoAnn Gattman team followed closely with a score of 126 to finish third SOP.

First-time ralliers Perla Zhu and Jacky Jing in Car #23 finished in first place in the Novice Class. Second Novice is the team of Hallie and Joseph Edge in Car #11. Steve Gieske and David Finch in Car #22 finished third Novice.

Congratulations to all!

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What time is it?  It's Learnin' Time!


Saturday, February 18, 2023
By Monte and Victoria Saager

The morning of the Rally School Rally was overcast. The skies were grey, but the pavement was dry. Great road rally weather. Cascade’s first rally of the 2023 season attracted 28 entries, including 11 first-timer teams.

After reviewing their assigned homework, teams gathered at a Friday evening Zoom meeting for a rally school review of rally rules, procedures and protocols. Questions were answered to prepare for the practice rally on Saturday morning.

About the rally
The rally course was about 85 miles from the start in northwest Portland to the ending location in Forest Grove, and it took about three and a half hours to complete. The route traveled through Washington Park, along Skyline and into Washington County, on roads used for Cascade road rally for decades – West Union, Helvetia, Jackson Quarry. The route then made its way down Mason Hill and into North Plains for a mid-rally break, ending at the Jessie Mays Community Park.

After the break the course headed out Pumpkin Ridge, through Roy, up Clapshaw Hill and down Hillside, through Verboort, and on to the ending location at the Prime Time in Forest Grove. Several teams met up at the restaurant and shared stories, some true we suppose. Some teams went from the end of the rally to Mike Nagle’s Celebration of Life.

What ralliers said
From the rally winners, David and JoAnn Gattman: This was a fairly easy straightforward rally, but did give exposure to ITIS, Notes, and generally reset the mind to get rally season officially started.

From second SOP, Russ and Kate Sherrell: Great roads, as usual. Good challenges without being so “trappy” that we felt like we couldn’t do it. It was a great start to the year. We’re really looking forward to learning to rally together more consistently. Rally school was a good reminder of the basic rally rules, and the differences between CSCC rules and other rallies we participated in when first learning to rally.

From the first place Novice team, father and son duo Jeff and Nicholas Crews: Thanks for the fun event. I was going to wait a bit to see if my son wanted to do another one, but he suggested we do it again as we were driving home, so we will hopefully attend more!

From third Novice, father and daughter Isaac and Scout Miller: We were on the way home when the email came in with the results. We rolled the windows down while stuck on Hwy26 and started whooping and hollering. It was pretty exciting and unexpected. 

From other ralliers:
Thank you for all of the work put into keeping this sport alive and encouraging new participants. It was really great to see so many new (to us at least) faces. Looking forward to the next one!

Thanks for offering the rally school -- it's obvious how much work goes into it, and we appreciated the opportunity to participate!

The rally was awesome and exceeded our expectations! We really appreciate all the hard work that must go into creating a rally course and putting together the notes and instructions. The rally course had a perfect balance of straightforward and challenging -- it kept us engaged but never so frustrated that we wanted to throw in the towel.

We like solving puzzles, learning new skills, driving, and exploring new areas -- the rally offered all these and much more! We enjoyed talking with the other teams at the start location -- everyone was so friendly!

The school taught us everything we needed to know to run our first rally together. The most helpful aspect was probably learning how to understand and work with the route instructions and rallymaster notes (via all the handouts and the Zoom meeting) -- it's a whole new language that would have been a real struggle to learn any other way.

What the rallymasters said
Some of this event may have seemed familiar. We reused parts of an event we put on a couple of years ago. Since rally school is a teaching opportunity, we retained some “tried and true” rally challenges.

A number switch (numbered route instructions printed out of numerical order) had some cars traveling through a rural neighborhood in one direction, while other cars went the opposite way, providing opportunity for rally cars to wave and wonder...are we off course or are they?

A spelling trap offered another opportunity for some teams to go one way while the others took a different route. Everyone rejoined a common route, with those who didn’t notice the spelling error getting a few extra penalty points.

Two instructions offered a lesson in defined terms vs signs. Both opportunities occurred at railroad crossings:
PAUSE 15 seconds at STOP ITIS
PAUSE 15 seconds at “STOP” ITIS

In the first case, STOP is a defined term, so you’re looking to pause at an intersection with a legal highway stop sign at which the contestant must stop. Since an intersection is defined as a crossing of rally roads at which the contestant could proceed in more than one direction, and since no such intersection exists at the railroad crossing, the correct action is to skip this ITIS instruction and its pause. In the second case, you’re looking to pause at a sign that reads stop. There is clearly a stop sign at the railroad crossing, so the correct action is to do the pause there and not skip the ITIS instruction.

Two notes were included. One was used only by cars who fell for the number switch. The other note was a sign hunt to pause every time you saw a particular sign. The note was introduced near the end of the rally and was correctly used three times.

Congratulate the winners
There are no prizes for this practice rally, but we do recognize winners. Fame and glory!

First overall and first in the SOP class was the team of David and JoAnn Gattman with a score of 118. With just 3 more points, second overall and second SOP was Russ and Kate Sherrell with 121 points. Lee and Patricia Nielsen finished third overall and third SOP with 178 points.

All three of the top finishing Novice teams were first-time Cascade ralliers. First Novice with a score of 233 was the father/son team of Jeff and Nicholas Crews. Second Novice was the team of Gene and Sandy Buzzelli with a score of 244. Finishing third Novice was the father/daughter team of Isaac and Scout Miller with 321.

Congratulations to all the rally school rally teams! You are all winners!

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