Social Distancing Rally Wrap-Up

by | Aug 18, 2020 | Rally

Congratulations to all participants in the Social Distancing Rally. Ida Clayton would be proud! Feedback including:

  • Fun-to-drive roads.
  • I may have to call the EPA for clean-up help when I wash the car!
  • Lots of fun over roads we wouldn’t have otherwise known about.
  • Beautiful day. Picnic lunch stop in St. Helena at Lyman Park was perfect.
  • We had a lot of fun on our first Rally as Porsche Owners.
  • Very scenic drive.
  • We had a ton of fun and got to drive on roads we’ve never been on before.
  • Perfect weather for the new 718 Boxster.
  • Some roads we had never been on before! Totally enjoyed the day.
  • Tons of fun but not fans of the Ida Clayton Road.
  • Great ride on some roads I have not been on since I was very young!
  • Great route with a few new roads I hadn’t explored before.
  • A great group of roads. Cannot wait for more drives!

We started with 21 Route Markers, but 2 disappeared midway through the event, so all scores were re-calculated based on the remaining 19. Two cars found all 19: Jeff Hall and Kathleen Smith in a 2018 Macan, and Chuck Lenhard and Heather Cheda in a 2011 911 convertible. I used fastest average speed as the tie-breaker. With average speeds of 26.1 MPH and 38.2 MPH respectively, Chuck and Heather are declared the winners of the Social Distancing Rally. The best non-Porsche was Ken Mason and Renee Estrada, who found 17 markers, driving a 2015 Corvette.

Kaj and Birgetta Hallstorm, after driving their 1994 Porsche 968 Cabriolet on Ida Clayton Road, suggested that first prize should be a car wash. So be it. A gift card for a car wash has been sent to Chuck and Heather.

Bad Ass Coffee reports that their collection barrel for the Redwood Empire Food Bank is overflowing. Thank you for your contributions to this worth cause, especially given the current economic situation.

The average speed for all teams was 32.2 MPH.  Ben and Lisa Davoren had the fastest time with a smokin’ 41.2 MPH in their 2017 Carrera S Cabriolet. Ken Mason and Renee Estrada had the fastest non-Porsche, with an average of 34.4 MPH in their 2015 Corvette.

The best miles per gallon was Gary and Lynda Bayless in their 1998 Porsche Boxster, squeezing an average of 25.50 miles out of every gallon of petrol. The best non-Porsche was Rick and Linda Duste, getting 24.14 MPG in their 2017 Nissan Rogue. Their grandson managed the scorecard duties and gets a special acknowledge as the youngest participant in the rally. I see a future World Rally Champion here.

My thanks to all who ran the Social Distancing Rally. When social distancing is in the rear-view mirror, we’ll do a real rally, with checkpoints and a group finish at a local pub. Until then, take care!

Jim Robison


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