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Practicing gravel road for rally racing (local)

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Hello,

I wonder if you guys know good practicing track for rally racing in Manitoba.

It would be nice if you know any local practice tracks.

 

Thank you!

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I don't know any tracks. but if an event could be organized out close to the Pembina Valley Bible Camp west of Morden there are some nice curvy gravel roads out there with large elevation changes. Would need to get the roads closed for the events but would make some good stage rally sections. I am told by an old racer that they used to run rally's out by Morden  in the early days of the wscc. To get to the road I am thinking of take highway number 3 west out of Morden. Turn left (south) on highway 31( still paved but a beautiful short stretch through a large valley). Head south on highway 31towards Maida. Make a left/east on provincial road 201 (this is a gravel road). drive 201 till you have a choice to go left or right but not straight. Now when you turn left onto road 201 going north is the section I am thinking of. It is about a 2.25 mile section of gravel that would make a sweet portion of stage rally. On my map the biggest curve in this stretch is labeled "Holo Crossing" I have driven some other sweet gravel roads while exploring that portion of our Provence I just don't remember where they are any more.

 

Not sure who this would concern but, I would like to participate in a winter rally with my winter car this year. something different than hot laps on the ice race course. Something with solo tied runs. Maybe a field on some ones back country yard/farm. SCCA rally's (I have never been to one just watched on youtube) seem to be in grassy/ dirt fields and mapped out like an auto cross. That would be fun in winter map it out in the snow and have at it. Is this something we could presue as a club this winter? if so I am in! I may just have to build a metal tube/skid plate to save my bumper front bumper. I would help with the event if we could get this going would be soooooo good! Could we potentially use some of the autocross cones and timing equipment to run the event? 

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https://maps.apple.com/?ll=49.031254,-98.277931&spn=0.027836,0.048148&t=h

 

if this works on your guys computer I think this is were the 1960s rally photo was taken judging by land scape. I am really curious now I think I will take a drive up there and see if I can find the spot the photo was taken and see what it looks like 58 years later.

Edited by white_cross

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I'll be that guy - public roads are not good places to practice rally driving. There are just too many things out of your control. I met a car on a gravel road just as I got more sideways than planned on a gravel switchback just south of Riding Mountain Park in my younger days. It scared both me and the other driver but luckily no collision. 

Now, a little spirited driving is fine as long as you use healthy safety margins. 

The WSCC holds a few ice lapping days in the winter. It's a much safer environment and gets you lots of practice with car sliding. 

Edited by Corey

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Forestry roads may be a better candidate than PTHs. Permission would have to be arranged with Manitoba Forestry, the local municipality and the section would have to  NOT have any private property adjacent to the roadway. The other concern would be ORVs. I assume signs would have to be posted and or manned at any trail crossings. I think the Sandilands have a few roads like this but they are usually pretty straight.

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So I am pretty sure I found the location of this shot, I cropped it down a bit:

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My family went for a hike to the Pembina valley provincial park today. On the way home I took this portion of 201 near the provincial park:

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the trees are much taller now but check out the clearing of grassy arias on both sides of the other side of the valley along side of the road in the far side of the photo they are the same. in my photo you can not see the bridge at the bottom of the valley because the trees are much taller but it is there.

 

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