36th anniversary of the
Waste Management Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally
June 1-2, 2012 • Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, USA
presented by Citizen's and Northern Bank
spectating in the forest
In a Stage Rally the cars are started at one minute intervals with the fastest cars first and the slowest cars last. This starting order is based on the drivers "seeding" which reflects their previous performance. To ensure that you see the top drivers in action, you should make sure you arrive at your spectating spot early. While the early drivers will be fastest, they may not appear so as they usually are very smooth. It's not until you see some of the back markers struggle to get around the corners at a much lower speed, that you will really appreciate the skill of all the competitors.
To make spectating even more interesting you can try checking the times that the cars arrive at a point. Pick a place where you can time a car each time and read the seconds off your watch. Remember that all cars leave at the top of the minute, so if the first car arrives at 21 seconds, the next at 28 and the next at 25. The first car is 4 seconds faster than the third and 7 seconds faster than the second. You will be amazed at how much quicker the front runners are over the others. After a serveral cars you may get times where the seconds are around 20 seconds again, these are over a minute slower than the first car.
A word of warning to you when you are spectating—don't assume the driver will see you if you wander on the road. Often when the driver is listening to the co-driver calling the corners and mileages down to an upcoming corner, he or she will be concentrating on that and may not see you at the side of the road. I have driven through spectator areas where 1000 people are and not noticed them because of watching for an upcoming tricky corner.
Confused about some of the rally terminology. Check out Rally America's glossary for an explanation of some of the most commonly heard rally terms.
How To Do It Safely
Stage Rallying is called the most exciting and demanding of motor sports. It has also been one of the most difficult for the spectator to get to and watch — except at STPR.
While some of the STPR spectator points are not in your backyard, you can be assured of seeing real Rally action, not something staged in a parking lot or industrial park just to attract a little publicity.
Instead, we give you exciting stages within a short drive of Wellsboro, called by many the best spectator spot in North America.
Safety at these spectator points is all important, especially with the large crowds expected this year. It really is just a matter of common sense, but for you folks who have never viewed a Performance Rally (aka "stage" rally) before, here are a few helpful tips.
To All Spectators… A Note from the STPR Committee
Welcome to the Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally from the organizers, workers and the competitors.
STPR continues our tradition of an exciting and safe event, with even more emphasis on safety for you, THE SPECTATOR. You will be closer to the rally cars than in any other form of motor sports. The job of the SPECTATOR CONTROL CREWS is to let you enjoy STPR and yet maintain your safety as well as that of the competitors and everyone else involved.
We would urge all of you to view STPR only from the designated spectator points. These areas have been selected because they provide exciting and safe viewing. Any other out-of-the-way viewing area may not be safe. If Rally Officials are not satisfied with the safety of your location, you will be required to move.
You will not be able to speculate at every area. You must choose those where you wish to go and allow ample transit time to get to them. If you are short of time, we suggest you GO to the next spectator point.
As always, parking is a problem on the forest's narrow roads and steep hillsides. Please do not block these roads. They are used as access routes for EMERGENCY VEHICLES. Please obey the SPECTATOR CONTROL MARSHALS. They work very long hours to ensure your safety and viewing enjoyment.
Thank you for making this the largest spectator Performance Rally in North Americas. HAVE A GREAT TIME!
… The STPR Organizers
Do's and Don'ts for Spectators
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