Join Us for Two SCCA RoadRally Events in May 2019

April 27, 2019

The month of May is upon us, and so are the first two 2019 regional road rallies hosted by St. Louis Region, SCCA. If you use Facebook, be sure to like our St. Louis Region SCCA RoadRally page for all the latest news.

On May 5, we will host El Rally de Mayo, and on May 18 (Armed Forces Day), we will present another edition of Tulips by Night (see flyers below).

Both events are combination road rallies/social events designed to get you out in the country and on enjoyable rural roads. El Rallye de Mayo, as you might suspect, offers a Cinco de Mayo theme, while Tulips by Night (planned for May 18 because it’s a full moon) allows you to test your nighttime navigating skills.

Both rallies are in the 50- to 60-mile range and begin and end in Columbia, Ill.: El Rallye de Mayo at the Sunset Overlook wine bar and restaurant on Bluff Road and Tulips by Night at City Hall on South Main Street, with Who Dat’s Southern Food, the rally’s endpoint, directly across the street from City Hall.

El Rally de Mayo, it might be noted (at least according to my memory), is the first “Beeline” (stick map) road rally hosted by the St. Louis or Southern Illinois Regions in a long, long, long time. The last I probably recall is a Day of Roads and Wine, organized by Lew and Debby Bailen, that ended, as did almost all of their annual May excursions, at a winery in Augusta, Mo. Before Lew and Debby, Ron and Margie Langston produced delightful Beeline events also. Ditto, I believe, the late Fred Hacke, the longtime rallymaster for SIR’s Batman rallies and the owner of a sweet Olds aluminum V-8 powered Chevrolet Vega GT, but that was an even longer time ago. By my best guess, it’s perhaps a quarter century or likely more since someone in StL organized a Beeline rally, so, thank you, TvH!

More information about both May rallies may be found at motorsportreg.com: El Rallye de Mayo 2019 and Tulips by Night.

On May 18, Who Dat’s Southern Food will host one of its popular crawfish boils from 11 a.m. to about 6 p.m. Cedar Street between City Hall and Who Dat’s will be closed for the boil. Bright Child will perform from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m., and crawfish will be served with a traditional Cajun plate of potatoes, corn, and andouille sausage. It’s first come, first served, notes Who Dat’s staff, and “we normally run out of food around 6-ish,” they add. So, if you’re so inclined, add a little southern hospitality to your late afternoon/early evening plans May 18 and enjoy some crawfish, potatoes, corn, and sausage before adventuring into the heart of southern Illinois.

There are four additional St. Louis road rallies when September and October roll around, two separate regionals and a brace of nationals:
·     Sept 13: Summer Sampler II–Off the Beaten Track, organized in conjunction with our road-racing weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway (formerly Gateway Motorsports Park).
·     Oct. 12–13: Our double-national weekend (Course and Tour), running out of O’Fallon, Mo.

·     Nov.16: The Great Pumpkin Challenge.

Add these dates to your calendar, too.

We hope to see you at one or both of our May events.

Jim Heine

For the St. Louis Region, SCCA

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