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Old 10-22-2008, 03:47 PM   #11
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yeah true, I have heard that as well......I'd love to volunteer (but not without my camera!)
If you really get into it though, be prepared to run for hours.... a lot of those stages can take a long time, especially if it's dark or if there are rookie/ inexperienced drivers.... not saying from a personal experience, since I have none but I do try to find out as much about the races and what goes in and out of each of them
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Most stages aren't too long time wise. The longest distance special stage I ever ran was 16 miles or so and that's uncommon and took about 20 minutes (others did it a whole lot faster). I'd say most special stages are 6 to 8 miles in length. You don't see too many long stages based on logistics alone...too many course workers needed to provide observation, too many people may live along the rout and the long closer time will piss them off, emergency access points, radio coverage/communications, etc. Transit stages are the time consumers as you are expected to drive at or below posted speed limits (severe penalities or out right disqualification if you don't). Up at Houghton, the special stages are spread all over and really long transits are common. That makes for a very long event.
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The stages at houghton are around 40+ miles each!!
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yup lol.....
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You guys are lucky you have these types of events up in the woods.
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Sorry guys...there were no special stages (the all out speed stages) even close to 40 miles. The longest special stage was stage 6 (of 17 total) and took 13.15 minutes. At a 60 mph +/- avg (yes some were a little faster) that's only 13 to 14 miles in length. Heck the total accumulative winning time was 1 hr 44 min. ( by Ken Block). There were 12 stages that took less than seven minutes each. I think your confusing transit stages with special stages.


See attached for both special and transit stage lengths at this years event longest special stage was actually 17 miles and the longest transit was over 39 miles:

http://www.lsprorally.com/itinerary.html
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You guys are lucky you have these types of events up in the woods.
Next one is Atlanta Michigan (near Gaylord). That's only about a five hour drive from the windy city. That's a great event since they have icy snow covered roads most of the time. They have some good spectating areas but its more fun to volunteer and work some stages for even better views. No experience necessary!
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well to be honest, I'm also thinking of those from the UK...... I have a photojournalist friend over there and he gives me insight from over there. lol.
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Next one is Atlanta Michigan (near Gaylord). That's only about a five hour drive from the windy city. That's a great event since they have icy snow covered roads most of the time. They have some good spectating areas but its more fun to volunteer and work some stages for even better views. No experience necessary!
that's my hometown. I might head back home for that weekend to watch again this year!
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If I can get a weekend off, I'm going down there too!!!
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