Gold Rush Divisional PRO Rally Results

Courtesy of Ken Cassidy:

Gold Rush Rally Results
October 7, 1995
Westcliffe, CO

    Driver / Co-Driver             Time         Vehicle        Class

1)  Schmidt / Engstrom             01:09:44     Mazda 323        O4   
2)  Olson / Robinson               01:13:45     Chevy S10        O2   
3)  Kilpatrick / Chaloupka         01:20:15     Dodge Colt       O2   
4)  Leone / Williams               01:20:25     AMC Eagle        O4   
5)  Gilliard / Gilliard            01:29:23     Subaru           O4
6)  Golden / Seidel                01:30:37     Datsun 510       U2
7)  Burrows / Starr                DNF          Mitsu Galant           
8)  Goodale / Goodale              DNF          Mazda RX-3
9)  Burtis / Burtis                DNF          VW Rabbit  

The rally started under georgeous, crisp, clear Colorado skies. There were 9 starters for what was a fast pace event. The well-prepared and powerful Mazda 323 of Larry Schmidt and Mary Engstrom took the lead from Stage 1 and never looked back as they won 14 of the 15 stages. In second was the O2 ( way over 2) Pikes Peak Hill Climb truck of Olson and Robinson. Veterans in many forms of racing, their 400+ horsepower truck was the only other competitor to win a stage. In third was the steady drive of Kilpatrick and Chaloupka in a Dodge Colt. Long time ralliest Nick Leone and Dr. Dan Williams were fourth in a V8 powered AMC Eagle. After suffering engine failures in their last three events the Gilliards were next as they babied their engine to their 5th place finish. Go;don and Seidel were fast throughout but suffered a miscue on Stage 10 which cost them 10 minutes. Karen Burrows was in third place at the reseed in her right hand drive Mitsubishi Galant VR4. She completed the rally but was scored as a DNF because of a co-driver change after stage three due to eye problems of regular co-driver Ken Cassidy. Veteran co- driver Ralph Starr completed the rally for her. Goodale and Goodale broke some needed steering components after a tangle with an embankment and were forced to retire. The brothers Burtis blew a head gasket after stage 2 and also parked their (winged wonder) VW Rabbit.

The event ran smoothly and ended on time at two AM.

PS: Good to see Howard Duncan and Tasha Goodale from SCCA headquarters out there as workers and competitors.

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