What is a car rally and why would I want to participate?
Well thank you for asking...
Historically, a Rally or Rallying was used to describe off-road racing from point A to point B against the clock and/or other drivers.
The new age of road rallies has been steadily increasing over the past couple of years, and is now at an all-time high. Road rallies range from a weekend long event, all the way up to 10 or more days of the same festivities. There is something to satisfy the appetite of almost any driving enthusiast. Road rallies are very popular on both coasts, sometimes going from the East-coast to the West-coast. They exist in Europe and other countries as well.
Road rallies can consist of driving, special events, partying, closing down public roads, and some (like our East Coast Run) even raise money for charitable organizations.
Sounds like a fun event... but why would I want to participate? Why wouldn't I just go drive random roads by myself?
It is difficult to explain the intense passion for rallying until you experience it for yourself. We had someone attend our East Coast Run this past year who is not really a car guy, but he is a friend of ours, and was the event DJ. He was my co-pilot, and halfway through the rally turns to me and said, "Now I get it!"... A little confused, I responded with, "Ummmm, what do you get?" He went on to explain the value of organized car rallies, even if you aren't necessarily a huge car person. Driving together with a group of vinyled up cars down public roads, all for the same purpose, gives you an incredible feeling.
The main reason that people enjoy rallying is the camaraderie. Yes, you can do a majority of the events that make up a rally on your own, but it is not the same as doing it with a group of people that share the same passion for adrenaline and driving fast cars like they are meant to be driven. There is nothing like driving into the downtown area of a city, being escorted by the police, with all eyes on your group, and then taking over a private area meant for you and your group, VIP style. The same applies when driving through small towns, country roads, and/or a racetrack if the rally so chooses.
Many rallies apply vinyl livery kits to the participating teams vehicles to show unity, represent partners and sponsors, and add a more aggressive race-car type look. Some teams keep their kit on the entire year until the following rally because they like the way it looks and they want to hold on to a piece of the event after it is over.
If you have ever considered going on a road rally, don't hesitate. It is a great way to make friends, drive amazing roads, give back, and have the weekend (or longer) of a lifetime.