2014 Rally US-50

The GPMC was represented in Rally US-50, a rally/scavenger hunt to benefit the Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis.   Our entrants were Tim Baker (team name Miser Brothers) and Bill & ValJean Rossmann (team name Happy Campers.)  A description of the rally follows these great photos and captions submitted by Tim.

Tim says, “Following Pikes Peak, we went our separate ways to go home.  Bill & Val had a much tighter schedule that I did, so they went more or less straight back to Pittsburgh, while I went north into Wyoming, Nebraska and then South Dakota before ending up in the Black Hills.  I’ve added a few ‘car selfies’ from that part of the trip.”


Rally US-50, a road rally by Rally North America, was a five day long gimmick rally starting in Martinsburg, WV and ending in Pueblo, CO in early July 2014.  Teams that are entered into the rally raise money for a different charity each year; in 2014 the rally benefitted the Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis.  This is the fifth year that RNA has been organizing rallies, hence the five-day length this year, and the rally raised $109,000, well in excess of the goal of at least $100,000.  In 2013, they raised in excess of $80,000 to benefit Camp Sunshine in Maine, an organization that hosts sick children and their families for a week of outdoor relaxation and activity.

The rally is sort of like a scavenger hunt.  Teams know where each day begins and ends, but have to solve clues or identify photos in order to make it to the checkpoints along the way.  Thrown in along the route are stops at tracks which allow the teams to get some of their on-road anxiety out of their system.  Rally US-50 featured a driver’s meeting and hot laps at Summit Point Motorsports Park in Summit Point, WV; a run down the quarter-mile drag strip at Edgewater Sports Park near Cincinnati, OH; and a hot laps session at Pueblo Motorsports Park following the rally’s conclusion in Pueblo, CO.

Two entrants with GPMC ties were involved in the rally this year:  Bill & ValJean Rossmann (team name Happy Campers) and Tim Baker (team name Miser Brothers).    Tim offered a premium to his donors.  Anyone who donated at least $25 got their name on his car in a special donor recognition area decal.


From Tim: The October rally is the Ohio Valley 700 in support of the Epilepsy Foundation of Western Ohio. It honors Cody Converse, a teenaged neighbor of one of Rally North America’s founders who died last year of SUDEP–Sudden Unexplained Death from Epilepsy. It will take place over the weekend of October 11-12 running from Dayton, OH to Buckhannon, WV and back.   For more information about the rally in general, visit www.rallynorthamerica.com or members can email me directly at MiserBrosRT@comcast.net

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