Classic cars roll into Madras
Some 40 classic cars and 78 participants were at the Inn at Cross Keys, in Madras, June 28-30, during a leg of the Classic Motor Rally, from Wilsonville to Cottage Grove.
The rally had 23 cars participating in a competitive rally, and 17 opting for a noncompetitive tour.
The first day, the group met at Ron Tonkin Grand Turismo in Wilsonville and traveled to Cottage Grove, and the second day drove to Madras and back, according to organizer Reid Trummel, who said he picked Madras as a destination because of the great climate and scenic driving roads.
Sandra (Busch) Smith, of Madras, was among the 35 event volunteers helping with the rally. In the competitive part, cars are precisely timed with assigned speeds. Their challenge is to follow the course and stay on time as they pass checkpoints, or get a penalty point. The car with the fewest penalty points is the winner of the rally. Those just on the tour follow the same route the first day, and a different route the second day.
The group's next big event, based in Madras, will be the 43rd Annual Healey Rendezvous, hosted by the Austin-Healey Club of Oregon, on Sept. 16-21.
Expect to see plenty of Austin-Healeys sprinting around town, as the event is also the major annual meeting of the Austin-Healy Club USA.
A car show will be held at the Erickson Aircraft Collection on Sept. 18. Visit the website www.healeyrendezvous.org for more information, and classicmotorrally.org/Home.html for information on the Classic Motor Rally.