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August 20-21 RALLY!

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OJIBWE FORESTS RALLY DETAILS!(4pm and 6pm to Midnight+!)(August 20-21, 2010)(Bemidji, MN)1) The organisers have reserved a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn Express in Bemidji. The hotel may act like they are full when you call (218-751-2487), so you must ask for the Ojibwe Forest Rally rate and they'll suddenly have rooms available...unless they are indeed full. Other options are listed at http://www.ojibweforestrally.com/lodging.php2) If you have access to a ham radio scanner, DEFINITELY bring it with you and/or purchase one prior to the event. Although you can do without one, you will miss-out on all of the action taking place throughout the event with all rallies run via ham radio communications. You'll get to hear everything going on while you're waiting in the forest for the cars to speed by (or while driving to/from the forest)...crashes, mechanical failures, rowdy spectactors, etc. 3) Although it will most likely change prior to the start, print off a copy of the preliminary start order at http://rally-america.com/events/2010/OBJIWE/results/startorder/ so you know who's who, as the organisers don't typically provide that on-site, as well as the following documents:http://www.ojibweforestrally.com/docs/Northwest_Technical_College.pdfhttp://www.ojibweforestrally.com/docs/2010_OjibweForestsRallySchedule.pdfhttp://www.ojibweforestrally.com/docs/2010_OjibweForestsRallySupplementalRegulations.pdf4) Pretend that you are going camping in the woods for the day/night and come fully prepared with lots of gear...boots, flashlights, drinks/food, bugspray, area maps, gps, etc.5) For anyone that did attend the event in years past (or heard of what it is like), please keep in mind that this is the 1st year that it is no longer a national. As a result, there will be no big names/teams on-hand and there will only be a field of 25 cars or so, and perhaps very little crashing going on. NEVERTHELESS, this regional event is a PERFECT opportunity to get your first (or next) rally experience. On that note, if you’ve never had the opportunity to experience/witness a rally first hand, now’s your chance...there is no other rally in the year that is this close to Winnipeg, it has received the “Rally of the Year” award numerous times in its 24-year history, and the roads among the four state forests that comprise the Ojibwe Forests Rally are considered some the best rally roads on the continent. As thrilling as it is to watch the daytime stages, there is nothing like a rallycar roaring towards your location, in the dead of night, in the middle of the forest...brakes and tailpipe aglow. It is an experience that you will remember for years to come...who knows, maybe you too will get hooked like the rest of us! 6) For anyone that would really like to see the action up close, as opposed to being limited to the crowd controlled spectator areas, I highly suggest volunteering as a Course Marshall as you'll be guaranteed a number of stage-side locations to call your very own and have the chance to drive the actual rally roads yourself. For those that can get away, working with the bannering crews on Thursday and Friday morning is highly recommended as well, and for those that can stick around, de-bannering crews head out to the battlefield again on Sunday at 10am and are typically done by 3pm. The Manitoba crew will be helping-out with the de-bannering effort as well, as it’s very interesting to see the carnage left behind…annihilated trees and vehicle parts are usually abundant. The worker sign-up page is available at http://www.ojibweforestrally.com/workers.php ...work as little or as much as you’d like.Rally on,Jan & Jody Zedril2010 Canadian National 2wd Points Leaders2009 Canadian National 2wd Champions2008 Canadian National Production Class Champions2007-2008 North American Production Class Champions2007-2008 U.S. Rally-America National Production Class ChampionsPARTNERS:http://www.mitsubishi-motors.ca (Mitsubishi Canada)http://www.boisvertmitsubishi.ca (Boisvert Mitsubishi of Quebec)http://www.rpw.com.au (Racing Performance Works Australia)http://www.terrafirmaclothing.com (Terra Firma Clothing)http://www.batteryman.ca (The Battery Man)AFFILIATIONS:http://www.carsrally.ca (Canadian Association of Rallysport)http://www.mitsunation.net (Canadian Mitsubishi Forum)http://www.rally-america.com (Rally America USA)http://www.rallywest.com (RallyWest Canada)http://www.wscc.mb.ca (Winnipeg Sports Car Club)

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Bemidji Rally - Tintmasters will be open 24 hours a day!For the upcoming Ojibwe Forest Rally based out of Bemidji, our new store (#4) will be open all day and all night on Friday and Saturday! This is our way or reaching out in support of the local rally community trying to help out any way we can. We will have a lift, dry/clean shop space and a wheel/tire machine available. If you crash on the course and need a nice place to work on your car overnight to get ready for the next stage, we will be there for you! Rally car specials on HID Lighting, Shop space rent, lift usage and wheel/tire machines usage. Please take advantage of this time that we are open to come check out the new shop and ask questions! RALLY TEAMS! If you think you may be able to utilize our services (Or need a place to work on the car yourself) please call 218-497-8468 and let us know how we can help!750 Paul Bunyan Drive NW, Bemidji, MN

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The organizers just released the spectator map as well as the stage schedule:http://ojibweforestrally.com/docs/2010-Spectator-Maps.pdfhttp://ojibweforestrally.com/docs/2010-Public-Schedule.pdfAs per the schedule, you'll notice that the 1st car leaves the Northwest Technical College Main Time Control (MTC) at precisely 18:00, with the last car leaving at 18:24 (if there are 25 entries). That same 1st car will arrive at the Stage1 arrival time control (ATC) at precisely 18:39 and will start Stage1 at precisely 18:42 and so on.

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We are off to Ojibwe and we'll see everyone Friday! It's going to be a great time as always!

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Mark your calendars as the traditional Ojibwe Forest Rally held in August is no more:Rally MinnesotaMay 20-21, 2011Park Rapids, Minnesotahttp://www.specialstage.com/2010/09/22/rally-minnesotatm-debuts-flat-out-in-may-2011/In the meantime, http://rally-america.com/events/2010/LSPR/ is just around the corner being held on October 16th and a mere 11-hour drive from Winnipeg.

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