Thank you to all our members and competitors who participated in our 2016 year. With our final events in the books, we are extremely grateful to our competitors, who came out regardless of weather, track and vehicle conditions; our volunteers, without whom we just wouldn’t exist; and our sponsors, who have stepped up to the plate when we needed it most. We had a spectacular season, and we owe it all to all of you.
We want to wish you Happy Holidays, and hope to see every one out for our Year End Banquet in January, and our AGM in February.
Due to multiple concerns over the conditions in the fifth regularity concerning the paving work on Hwy 620, and the lack of clarification of time allowance request process in either the drivers meeting or in the route book, we have decided that the most appropriate response is to negate the results from checkpoints 5.7, 5.8, and 5.9.
Trying to make up the lost time that some competitors experienced in that construction area would have been unsafe.
We take this change very seriously, and take full responsibility for the ensuing result changes. We want to create as fair and level playing field as possible. Upon further review of these results, we feel that the conditions were not equal and were out of the competitors control.
Our apologies if this change resulted in a negative adjustment in your finishing position. We hope that you understand our reasoning, and that you feel as we do – that this was the only fair solution to the situation.
If you have any concerns or questions, please direct them to Mike Thorn at 587-988-9364 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPDATE: New version of the results are up! Please have a look at the document labeled V3. Thank you!
Hello competitors, volunteers, and TSD enthusiasts! Here are your preliminary results. Competitors have until Tuesday at midnight to contest any of the scoring, and at that point these results will be made final.
We thoroughly regret not being able to hand out trophies at the banquet. This is the most fun and rewarding part of organizing, but we did not want to make any mistakes as this was the first event we ran. We will make arrangements with the winners to get their hardware to them.
All of the class and overall positions are based on AOT (Adjusted Overall Total). Without further ado… here’s your (preliminary) winners!
Overall 1st Place: Car 1 – Keith Morison and Mark Ward
Overall 2nd Place: Car 2 – James Alison and Cindy Alison
Overall 3rd Place: Car 5 – Pete Chadwick and Chawna Imber
First in Class Unlimited: Car 19 – Rick Seward and Rick Seward
First in Class Historic: Car 1 – Keith Morison and Mark Ward
First in Class Calculator: Car 2 – James Alison and Cindy Alison
First in Class Novice: Car 6 – Nate Sikora and Kristy Donaldson
I hope everyone’s had a chance to check out the Facebook Group, as there are a ton of videos, photos and commentary there! Here are some highlights from this weekend’s event. Please feel free to add more photos, to comment on the event, etc. in the comment section below! All of the following photos were taken by Cameron Deitch.
The 2016 Trail of Gnu happened on April 2, 2016 in Rocky Mountain House. It was great to see such a strong turn out – 27 cars started (an additional 5 cars received a DNS), which is a fantastic turn out!
The course was pretty well devoid of snow, but had many water splashes, long dry sections, and some super slick mud. It was a different Gnu than before, considering it’s usually considered a “winter TSD rally”. There were fast gravel sections, followed by technical blind crests, exposures, and all sorts of terrain and tricky route bits in between.
We had 4 ERC members participate in this event – Dave Sharp (Driver), Chuck Pifko (Navigator), Mike Thorn (Driver), and Kait Priest (Navigator). Chuck and his driver, Bruce Walker, took 11th place overall, and 4th in their class (Unlimited). Dave and his navigator, Kurt Schantz, took 17th over all, and 2nd in their class (Paper). Mike and Kait got a DNF, as they forcibly removed their oil pan on the second last regularity, and ended up needing a tow off the mountain. If you’d like to see all the results, please have a look over at the Trail of the Gnu website. Congrats to all our ERC members who placed, and a big sad trombone for those who didn’t!
Here are a few photos – please feel free to add your photos in the comments (requires outside image hosting like flickr or photobucket, and html code, which most hosting sites will provide for you).