The annual Pebble Beach Sports Car Club Polar Bear run was held on Saturday morning, 22 February.
Although the weather remained at very normal and moderate central California temperatures, there was no rain and no snow but cool enough to at least force people to bundle up a little.
To the organizer’s surprise, almost 35 cars showed up at the starting point in Salinas with over 50 people signing waivers and intending to go to lunch.
We ran out of printed directions and ran out of space for waiver signatures…..all signs of a very well attended event.
The route toured some rough roads through the Salinas farm lands including some surprise early morning sprinklers.
The tour continued through Castroville, Prunedale, the Elkhorn Slough, Aromas and then finally a long string of cars through the Main streets of San Juan Bautista.
The only difficulty we encountered was the extreme long line of cars and maneuvering through traffic in order to keep all of the participants together. Some cars began to overheat as a result of waiting for others to catch up and the pace was a bit too slow for some.
Otherwise it was a very well received tour through our beautiful local area, capped by an excellent lunch at Dona Esther’s, lots of conversation and reacquainting with fellow club members.
Thank you to all that participated, brought out their sports cars and made this a very successful first club outing for 2020.
How to run
and win this year’s Nacimiento Rallye Revival
The traditional format for
P.B.S.C.C.’s Nacimiento Rallye was always Time, Speed & Distance, sometimes
referred to as TSD or simply T&D. The route was straightforward with no “course-following
traps” because the original organizers felt the route itself was challenge
In a basic T&D rally, each
team is given a set of route instructions that include assigned average speeds
that are to be maintained during the run of the course. The rallymaster chooses
speeds that consider local traffic conditions and legal speed limits.
Along the course participants
encounter checkpoints at unidentified locations where their time is taken.
Penalty points are awarded for either early or late arrival.
This type of event puts pressure
on navigators because they need to keep the driver on course while continually
calculating whether or not they are running on-time.
The Nacimiento Rallye
will be run as a T&D but without manned checkpoints.
Checkpoint locations will be clearly identified in the route instructions
Teams are to calculate what the
elapsed time should be for each leg. Scoring will be based on how accurately
each Team follows the course and calculates the elapsed time for each leg based
on the assigned average speeds.
This eliminates the pressure of
running on-time, all the time. How fast or slow you drive the course is
In order to be competitive, you’ll
need to do a little math. It’s unlikely that the odometer in your car will
match that of the rallymaster since the course has been measured using a
calibrated electronic odometer with precision to .001 miles. To help you match
the rallymaster’s odometer the rally begins with a 10-mile odometer check.
After running the odometer check your odometer reading needs to be compared to
the official mileage. This simple formula gives you a correction factor:
Official mileage ÷ your odometer reading = mileage correction
Multiplying your odometer reading
by this factor should then match the odometer reading of the rallymaster.
For example, at the end of the
odometer check your odometer reads 9.3 miles. By the formula, 10 ÷ 9.3 = 1.075.
Keep this 1.075 factor handy.
Using the odometer adjustment:
Leg starts are identified in the
route instructions with a
As an example, you start the
first leg with an assigned average speed of 35 mph. You follow the course to
the next speed change and note you have traveled 8.5 miles by your odometer.
Multiply that 8.5 by 1.075 (your factor) and you’ll see the official mileage is
9.14 miles for that section.
Next you need to know how long a
mile takes at the assigned speed. By the formula:
60 ÷ Avg. Speed = Minutes per Mile
At 35 mph you’d travel 1.714
miles per minute (60 ÷ 35). So, 9.14 miles at 35 would take 15.67 minutes
(1.714 * 9.14) or 15:40 (15 minutes 40 seconds).
If the leg has additional average
speed assignments simply repeat the above process for each speed section then
add those results together at the end of the leg. That result is the elapsed
time for the leg (by your calculation) and should be filled in on your score
As an example, a Leg may be
broken into 3 sections run at 45 mph, 60 mph and 40 mph respectively. You note
the following mileages for each speed section:
Miles (your odo)
45 6.5 miles
60 5.0 miles
40 25.4 miles
Total leg time
55.67 min or 55:40
If you’re using a trip odometer
you can simply reset to zero at each instructed speed change but be sure to
record the mileage to that point first.
You record the elapsed time for
each leg on your score card in minutes like 55.67 in the above example. You
could also convert the .67 minute to seconds if you wish (.67 * 60 = 40). The
rallymaster will accept either but you’ll need to indicate which method you are
using on the score card.
Alternative to an odometer correction factor:
Some rallyists prefer to adjust
the average speeds instead of an odometer adjustment. In that case you’d use
Your odometer reading ÷ official mileage = speed correction
Then multiply the assigned
average speeds by that factor to adjust for your odometer’s error. One
advantage of this method is that it allows you to adjust all the speeds for the
entire rally after the odometer check and odometer readings need no
Using the example above:
Your speed correction factor
would be 0.93 (9.3 ÷ 10), so the assigned speeds would be corrected as follows:
Speed Speed(corrected) Miles(your odo)|Min./Mile Time
45 41.85 6.5 1.434 9.32
60 55.80 5.0 1.075 5.38
40 37.20 25.4 1.613 4.97
leg time 55.67 minutes
As you can see the total leg time
result is the same.
Remember only the Rallye Class
will be eligible for awards and the winning member’s name will be forever
engraved on the Ed Leslie Perpetual Trophy.
What do an Alfa GTV, Aston Martin Vantage, Audi TT, Barracuda, BMW, Cadillac SRX, MGBGT and a Subaru all have in common? All these cars participated in the Polar Bear Run on Saturday Feb 16th. The rules for the run were simple, top down no heater for convertibles, windows down air conditioning on for tin tops, ice cream at the end of the run.
The unlikely trio.
Alfa in the rain: Courage
The Italian stealing the spotlight
A British supermodel stealing the spotlight.
The unfair advantage.
Taking advantage of the nice weather we departed for a scenic drive through the outskirts of Salinas to Old Stage Road. Following Old Stage Road along the foot hills east of town past the old Kaiser plant, past ranches and houses, dodging pot holes and puddles.
The daring survivors.
After the lead car, MGBGT, almost gets wiped out by a pickup we turn right onto San Juan Grade Rd for the climb up the grade. The road is in good shape and has a nice view of the Salinas valley until we reach the San Benito County line at the crest of the grade. Things are down hill from there, pun intended, as the road is potholed and patched as it winds through the oak trees. Arriving in San Juan Bautista we have a nice lunch at Dona Esters Mexican restaurant where ice cream is replaced by margaritas!
Now time for the real reason we all did this.
Over all I’d say the event was a success. The turn out was good and the drive was very enjoyable (pot holes and kamikaze truck aside). Once again I want to thank everyone that participated, and of course one last round of car pictures for the road.
First off I want to thank everyone who came out to celebrate with us this year. Lots of good food and good people. We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and hope to see you in the new year.
The decorations where wonderful as well as the new room we were in this year.
Good times with some good friends, and engaging conversations.
And of course who can forget the wonderful food and drinks.
On a final note this year the Board of Directors established the Esther Carlyle Participant of the Year Award. Esther was a long time member of the Pebble Beach Sports Car Club, joining in 1959 and she was the treasurer when the Club went dormant in 1985 but kept the corporate and tax paperwork current until the Club started up again 1996 and continued as treasurer for many years after that. The criteria for the award are attendance at meetings, participation in events, putting on events representing the Club by volunteering at community functions. This year’s award is given to both Anthony Jimenez and Marisa Martinez for stepping up and redoing the website and keeping it current and for their work overseeing Cars and Coffee at Laguna Seca. Congratulations to Anthony and Marisa.
First I’d like to thank Steve and Wendy Fields for once again hosting this wonderful event. As always this event was one of the high lights the year. To kick things off there was of course the mandatory impromptu car show on the driveway.
Fallowed immediately by the always popular cocktail hour.
It was so nice conversing with everyone it was easy to lose track of time. So many friendly faces so little time.
And of course lets not forget the star attraction and the main event, the food, and there was quite a the spread. There was way more than enough to go around although I did hear the turkey went quick.
Not to be out done dessert was next and what a selection. Full or not it was hard to resist not taking more than one slice.
Thanks to everyone that participated in the toy drive we had quite a turn out.
And as always one more look at the cars before we part.
Again thank you so much to Steve and Wendy for hosting this event. It was a great time and the food was spectacular. Special thanks to Jim Eckhart, Frank d’Aquanno, Mike Hayworth, Monica
Nathan and Warren. And Mike Burger, Frank and Mike Hayworth for showing up
at 10 that morning to set up the tables and canopies. Hope to see you all next time.
A tour of the back-roads of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties
Saturday October 20, 2018
Join us for our annual rally eventA new look for this year’s rally.
In the past, the photo rally has featured written, turn-by-turn route instructions with a fist-full of photos to find along the way. To be competitive, teams had to drive the route slowly to locate each photo, sometimes too slowly for safety.
For this year’s event each team will be given several maps accompanied by route instructions that feature photos containing clues to each photo’s location. Teams then determine their own route to those locations. As in the past, the photos will be missing some information that teams need to gather as they locate each photo. In addition, there will be a timing element at Checkpoints along the route.
No special equipment is needed. Bring pens/pencils and a clock or watch. A clip board can be handy as well. The rally will finish at the Gizdich Ranch berry farm.
START: We’ll meet at the parking lot next to the Nifty 50 Café at 1760 Fremont Blvd. (at Echo) in Seaside. Come early and have breakfast or coffee before the start.
RALLY FEE: $20
TIME: Registration opens 9:30 a.m. Drivers meeting at 10 a.m. First Car Out at 11:01 a.m.
Please RSVP to Tim Errington and if you have additional questions please contact Tim.
A tour of the back-roads of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties
Saturday October 20, 2018
A bright sunny morning greeted 12 rally teams as they took up the challenge of this year’s annual Photo Rally.
This year’s edition was a little different from previous Photo Rally events in that the photos were used to define the rally route. The teams were given five linked maps and a set of photos that were to be located on the maps. Then each team devised their own route from photo to photo. When arriving at a photo location they had to find some missing information.
There were also several checkpoints along the way where teams had to arrive at or before a certain time. This proved important as finding the photos was much simpler than in previous editions. The route took in a bit of old Fort Ord, the fields north of Marina, the eucalyptus groves near Elkhorn Slough, berry ranches east of Watsonville, apple orchards and deep redwoods in the foothills of the southern Santa Cruz Mountains. The route ended up in Corralitos, then a short drive to the finish at the Gizdich Berry Ranch.
In the end the rally proved to be a bit too easy as we ended up with a five-way tie for first place, all with perfect scores. After invoking the 4-F’s tie breaker (flashlight, flares, first-aid kit & fire extinguisher) there were two teams left standing. First and second had to be decided with a coin flip. Thanks to everyone who participated and special thanks to Steve Kellogg who worked the pre-check and ran a checkpoint and Warren Pierce who also ran a checkpoint and helped with the tie-break at the finish.