In conjunction with the recent Porsche Parade based in downtown
Boise, I had the job of putting on a rally which covered nearly
140 miles of southwest Idaho roads.
Contrary to popular belief, road rallies are not "speed
events." They emphasize watching signs and safe driving
skills. A road
rally essentially turns the world into a big game board and
rallyists have to find their way from point A to point B using
the rallymaster's directions instead of traditional routing
instructions. To verify the proper route is followed at the
proper speeds (always below the speed limit), checkpoints
are placed along the route at locations unknown to the rallyists.
Sometimes these checkpoints can be swarming with Porsches.
Of paramount importance to the success of this event, I had
to make sure there would be no road projects that would delay
rallyists along the route, nor recent resurfacing projects
that might impede their progress. I also wanted to avoid putting
180 Porsche cars through a road project, creating unsafe conditions
for the workers.
Working with representatives of the Idaho Transportation
Department, Ada County Highway District, and Gem County Road
and Bridge Department, I was able to learn of their plans
and create a route that showed visitors from 44 states and
several Canadian provinces some of southwest Idaho's most
scenic roads. Doing this without encountering a road project
in the middle of summer was a challenge, but we were successful!
Thanks to ITD, ACHD and GCRB for contributing to the success
of the 2002 Porsche Parade Rally. Your cooperation and assistance
was greatly appreciated.
2002 Porsche Parade Rally Chairman