On October 5th and 6th, the SCCA in conjunction with Historic
Race Circuits of Elkhart Lake staged the inaugural Elkhart Lake Historic Rallye
in and around the Village of Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The event celebrated the
55th anniversary of the SCCA sponsored Monte Carlo style rallies held in 1951
and 1952 in conjunction with the Elkhart Lake open road sports car races.
1951-52 Rallye History
The 1951 and 1952 Monte Carlo styled rallies were modeled after
the famous European Monte Carlo rallies. Rally teams began the rally at any of
sixty-five cities spread all across the United States. Teams were allowed to
select their own average speed with the objective of reaching Elkhart Lake on
the Saturday of the race weekend. Each team was awarded "starting points" based
on their distance from Elkhart Lake. As the teams progressed from check point to
check point, points were deducted based on early or late arrival times. Thus
teams traveling the greatest distance had more leeway for error than teams
traveling shorter distances.
Check points along the route were major cities within each SCCA
Region. As the rally teams progressed across the Country, more and more teams
came together at each check point were the local Region hosted receptions. The
result was one of the largest moving parties in rally history.
The 2007 Historic Rallye
The 2007 rally featured the time-speed-distance format but the
emphasis was on the pure joy of owning, displaying and driving sports cars.
Teams came from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota as
well as Wisconsin. Fall colors were near peak and the weather was unseasonably
warm for October making conditions nearly perfect for the event.
Participants and workers arrived in Elkhart Lake on Friday the
5th and had the option of participating in the Drive America "Touring" session
on the Road America race circuit. Drive America is a benefit for the March of
Dimes sponsored by the SCCA Milwaukee Region. Rally participants were given
access to the world famous closed circuit track for a forty-five minute touring
Historic Rallye participants lined up in the
marshalling lane ready to enter the track
The 2001 Ferrari 360 Modena of Loren Ziglin and Kyle
Rohde follow the 1950 Saab 92 of Marty Adams and Tim Winkler over the
Following the track event rally participants adjourned to the
historic race bar at Siebkens Resort (The Last Open Bar) for registration and
check-in. Capping off the evening the rally teams joined the Drive America
participants for a buffet dinner in the Siebkens Resort dinning room. The dinner
was hosted by the Milwaukee Region.
Saturday morning at 8 a.m. the SCCA offered an optional thirty
minute "Rally School" covering the basics of the TSD rally format. Since the
majority of the rally teams had limited or no rally experience, the school was
filled to overflowing and questions seemed to come from every direction. Tim
Craft, SCCA National Rally Coordinator who conducted the school, did an
outstanding job and participants left with rising confidence.
At 8:30 a.m. the teams lined up on the Lake Street portion of
the Historic Race Circuits between the Victorian Village and Siebkens resorts
for distribution of route instructions and the ceremonial start. With route
instructions in hand for the first time, rally teams stopped admiring cars and
settled into deciphering the instruction. Then promptly at 9:00 a.m. the first
car was called to the starting line and released onto the rally route to begin
Rallye teams lined up for the ceremonial start on the
Lake Street portion of the Historic Race Circuit just north of The Hard
Left historical marker
The David and Sue Kettler in their immaculate 1960
Triumph TR3 take the green starters flag at the ceremonial start
After leaving the starting line, teams toured the Historic
Elkhart Lake Open Road Race Circuits to warm up their tires and calibrate
odometers. From there the teams headed north thru rolling farm lands and past
lakes and rivers, in the process passing three check points. Only one team
failed to hit all the morning session check points and segment scores were
amazingly close to target times.
At the end of the morning session, rally teams and worker were
treated to a New York Style Deli Buffet on the lake patio at the Osthoff Resort
overlooking Elkhart Lake. It was warm, the view was stunning and the food was
Rally participants enjoy the New York Deli Buffet on
the Lake Patio at the Osthoff Resort
The view from the Lake Patio looking west over Elkhart
Having warmed up in the morning session, rally teams did some
serious rallying in the longer afternoon session returning to the finish on Lake
Street in Elkhart Lake shortly after 5 pm. While scoring coordinator Brian Berg
totaled the rally scores and determined class winners, rally teams and workers
adjourned to the Back Porch Bistro at the Victorian Village Resort for
refreshments, to compare notes and to swap rally stories. As the sun set over
Elkhart Lake, the gala "Wisconsin Beer and Brat" dinner was rolled out featuring
traditional Wisconsin bratwurst with all the trimmings.
The much anticipated award celebration began immediately after
the dinner. Teams competed in three SCCA classes Equipped, Limited and Stock
plus a special class for Vintage Cars from 1960 and prior.
The trophy for the best time in the Equipped Class and
first overall went to experienced rally competitors Mike Thompson and Fred
Rosevear. The trophy is presented by Tim Craft National Rally Coordinator
for the SCCA and Spencer Chapple Chairman of Historic Race Circuits
The Limited Class trophy went to Derrick Carpenter and
Rich Bireta who came all the way from Kansas to compete. The trophy is
presented by sponsors Walter and Mary Jo Vollrath on behalf of Polarware
In the by far largest Stock Class, the first place
trophy went to Holly and Tim Kemmis new SCCA members in their first SCCA
rally. The trophy is presented by Tim Craft National Rally Coordinator for
the SCCA and Spencer Chapple Chairman of Historic Race Circuits
The coveted Vintage Trophy went to Marty Adams and Tim
Winker who rallied in a 1950 Saab 92 that had participated in the original
Elkhart Lake Monte Carlo Rallies of 1951 and 1952 and still wore the dash
board plaque presented at those events. The trophy is presented by
sponsors Walter and Mary Jo Vollrath on behalf of Godspeed Racing and
All of the rally teams appeared to be having a great
time but special recognition went to the team of Kevin Rogers and
David Johnson driving Kevin's ground up restored 1960 Austin Healey
3000 MKI as the team who seemed to have the most fun.
Kevin Rogers and Dave Johnson got away from the
starting line a little to fast for our ace photographer
The SCCA, the rally participants and the many workers who made
the event function so smoothly all agreed that the rally had been a huge success
and participants committed to return for future events and to bring their
friends as well.
Sponsorship for the inaugural Elkhart Lake
Historic Rallye was provided by the Elkhart Lake Tourism Commission and local
businesses; Sargento Foods, Polarware Company, Armsup Motorsports, Godspeed
Racing and Badger Mutual Insurance.
P.O. Box 312
Elkhart Lake, WI 53020
The HRC Vintage Trophy
Sargento Foods, Inc.
1 Persnickety Place
Plymouth, WI 53073
The Great Race Trophy
Badger Mutual Insurance Co.
1635 West National Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53204
The SCCA Unlimited Trophy
2806 N. 15th Street
Sheboygan, WI 53083
The SCCA Limited Trophy
Promotional funding provided by the Elkhart
Lake Tourism Commission.