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In 1983, version 1.0 was last run. The committee was mostly made up of young parents and family pressures took away the time needed.

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“In 2002, after a 19-year hiatus, the kids started leaving the nest and an intrepid group of the old committee ventured to Chattanooga, Tennessee and worked their first performance rally in over 19 years. .. it was like riding a bike, you don’t forget, ”Plant said.

In 2004, the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood was relaunched and returned to the national SCCA PRO rally calendar as a national competition in its own right.

Plant said that in 2005 Rally America bought the series from SCCA and the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood became a crown jewel of this series with royalty such as David Higgins and Travis Pastrana, driving their Subaru backed by the Vermont Sports Car Factory. STi’s and Ken Block hone their skills in their Ford Fiestas-tuned World Cup rally monster. The crowds started to grow.

Now in 2019, the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood is new to the national calendar of the American Rally Association, a wholly owned subsidiary of the United States Auto Club (USAC), the largest independent motor racing sanctioning body in the world. country. With that comes new prestige, more factory-backed entries and more opportunities for the growth of rallies in our neighborhood.

Many spectators at Rally in the 100 Acre Wood are second and now third generation rally fans. Some who were just kids in the early stages now have positions to handle today’s competition.


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