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Thursday, April 12, 2012

2012 Rally New York USA April 21st and 22nd.

A two day Tarmac Rally event held in the Monticello, NY area. Easily accessible from US route 17, and a short drive from the Greater New York City area. Rally New York is a very well organized event featuring some of the East Coast best teams and rising stars alike. The Rally is run at a fast pace over public roads (closed for the event) and includes a special stage at the Monticello Motor Club. Rally New York has presented exciting tarmac and gravel rallies for over ten years in this area, and notable entries have included Ken Block.

Spectators should take a look at the Itinerary and Spectator guide available at . Bring plenty of snacks and warm clothing (it has snowed at the Spring events in the past). Fuel up if needed when you reach the area, as time will be tight during the event. Be prepared to drive briskly between the spectator points while respecting local traffic regulations. Cell phone coverage is OK in the area.

Expect to see the drivers at speed on some very nice sections of road, as well as in the Parc Ferme and service areas. If you haven't been to a Rally before, I think you will find the fast pace and spectator involvement to be quite a change from the typical track day that you may be used to ! Be a part of the event- come to Rally New York 2012.

As usual, Rally New York ran a very tight schedule and had a few unusual entries. Here's a picture of one of the early Ford Escorts that showed up for the event. There was a good field of almost 30 very well prepared cars on hand, and the teams really stepped up their game on service vehicles as well. John Buffum was on hand to support one team- John is a true rally legend and it's a treat to see him still attending the smaller events. 

A nicely done Ford Escort Cosworth was on hand as well, not something you see every day. This was among the faster cars on hand for the tarmac rally held around the Rock Hill, NY area. It was nice that there was no snow this time, as the teams were well prepared for fast speeds on the longer stages and did not disappoint. Even the heavy rain on Sunday didn't slow things down very much.

I will hand over the photography reins to Pete at On a Limb Racing. Pete is a very nice Guy and always takes the BEST photographs- check out his other galleries as well. Streaming video was provided by Marcel at UStream- you can watch the recorded video for some great commentary. And of course Chris Meegan did a fine job as always, waiting for the rest of the video Chris.

Hats off to Black Box Rally team- this Guy can really drive. Also can't forget Rob for the Loudest Evo award- he has got to be the most improved driver at this event- super well prepared car.

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