2011 Keweenaw Winter TSD

•January 31, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Keweenaw Winter TSD Rally

March 5, 2011

Round of Superior Rally Series & Round 5 of the Arrowhead Sports Car Club Winter Rally Series

Presented by Lake Superior Region of SCCA


Registration: 11am – 12:30pm at Sheldon Grille 7th floor of Franklin Square Inn in Houghton, Michigan.

Rally Route: Approx. 225 miles that will take you around Baraga, Houghton and Keweenaw counties.  All the roads are good county roads that should be snow covered.  Start and finish at Sheldon Grille 7th floor of Franklin Square Inn in Houghton.  There will be a fuel stop break in Houghton and meal break at Sheldon Grille.  First car starts at 1pm and should finish around 9:00pm.

Entry fee: Early registration (before Thursday March 3, 2011) $45 per team for SCCA members.  $50 per team for non members.  Meal is provided at Sheldon Grille for driver and navigator.   Register at event add $5.

To register early call Scott Carlborn 906-482-6992 or at arrowhead scc.org.

Route Book Format: The Route Book will be set up in easy to follow Performance Rally format.  You will be given mileage, tulip and instructions.  Any novice should have no problem finding their way.  TSD, a form of RoadRally, stands for Time, Speed and Distance.  In TSD any car will work as long as it is licensed and road worthy.  TSD’s are run on Public Roads at legal speeds, you are given instructions on where to go and average speeds you are to maintain.  The winner is the one who can not only get to the right place but also get there at the right time.  Accuracy, not speed is the key.  Come for a drive and share in an evening of Rally stories, they seem to get better each time they’re told.

2010 LSPR Schedule Is Now Available

•September 10, 2010 • Leave a Comment

The schedule for the 2010 Lake Superior Performance Rally is now available. Visit lsprorally.com for all of the details.

Jon Davis Memorial Serivce

•May 19, 2010 • Leave a Comment

The Jon Davis memorial service will be held on Saturday May, 29th in Eagle Harbor, Michigan. It will begin at 2:00 pm with a procession from his cabin to the Pine Grove Cemetery. Services will begin at 2:15 pm. For more information including a map, see the Jon Davis memorial.

Keweenaw Winter TSD Rally

•January 31, 2010 • Leave a Comment

March 6, 2010

Round 4 of the Arrowhead Sports Car Club

Winter Rally Series

Presented by

Lake Superior Region of SCCA

Registration: 11am – 12:30pm at Country Inn & Suites in Houghton, Michigan.

Rally Route: Approx. 225 miles that will take you around Houghton and Keweenaw counties.  All the roads are good county roads that should be snow covered.  Start and finish at Country Inn & Suite in Houghton.  There will be a fuel stop break in Lake Linden and lunch break at Keweenaw Mountain Lodge. First car starts at 1pm and should finish around 8:00pm.

Entry fee: Early registration (before Thursday March 4, 2010) $40 per team for SCCA members.  $45 per team for non members. Lunch is provided at Keweenaw Mountain Lodge for driver and navigator. Register at event add $5.

To register early call Scott Carlborn 906-482-6992 or at www.arrowheadscc.org.

Route Book Format: The Route Book will be set up in easy to follow Performance Rally format.  You will be given mileage, tulip and instructions.  Any novice should have no problem finding their way.  TSD, a form of RoadRally, stands for Time, Speed and Distance.  In TSD any car will work as long as it is licensed and road worthy.  TSD’s are run on Public Roads at legal speeds, you are given instructions on where to go and average speeds you are to maintain.  The winner is the one who can not only get to the right place but also get there at the right time.  Accuracy, not speed is the key.  Come for a drive and share in an evening of Rally stories, they seem to get better each time they’re told.

Jon Davis Passes Away

•January 25, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Jon M. Davis, a well-known area businessman, unexpectedly passed away at home.

He was born on August 9, 1936 in Stanton, Mich., the son of the late Morris and Ruth Marion (Sommers) Davis. As a child, he moved with his family to Ionia, Mich. and graduated from the Ionia High School.

After high school, Jon attended Michigan Technological University. After three years of college, Jon worked for the State of Michigan as a surveyor until returning to Houghton to complete his education.

On May 29, 1960, Jon was united in marriage to the former Marcia Jones. The couple resided in Greenville and Lansing until moving to Houghton in 1966. In 1967, Jon purchased the Board of Trade Bar in Houghton and changed the name to The Library, which he owned and operated until 1989.

Jon enjoyed promoting activities locally and nationally. He promoted the Guts Frisbee Tournament locally and nationally, eventually having a tournament at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

One of Jon’s passions was rally racing. He started the sport in the early 60′s, winning the POR in 1964. In 1977, Jon succeeded in getting the POR/LSPR headquartered in Houghton where it still runs today. Jon won two national championships in the Production Class in 1980 and 1981. In 1982, Ford sponsored Jon for a season. In 1983, Jon stepped back from racing to help promote the sport. In 1986, he helped organize Seat Belts Across America, and from 1986 until 2001, Jon planned the course for the “One Lap of America” race.

Locally, he helped start the fireworks display over the Portage Canal, originally on the July 4th weekend and then moving it to Winter Carnival weekend. He also helped organize Snowballs to Texas.

Mr. Davis retired from most of his endeavors to care for his ailing wife in 2001. She preceded him in death in 2002.

Jon was a lifelong member of Weight Watchers and was very proud that he was able to lose 150 pounds. He also was a lifetime member of the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce.

Surviving are his children, Greg of Houghton, Lee of Grand Rapids and Eric of Kalamazoo; granddaughter, Madeline; brother and sister-in-law, Cal and Jen Ludema, Curtis and Doug Jones; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held for Jon at the Eagle Harbor Cemetery later this year.

The Plowe Funeral Service in Houghton is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Pastrana Wins the 2009 LSPR

•October 19, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Subaru Rally Team USA driver Travis Pastrana wrapped up his winning 2009 Rally America season with yet another victory this weekend at the year-end Lake Superior Performance Rally.

“This was a great rally for us,” said Pastrana. “It’s one of my favorites because it’s a more technical rally than some of the others on the circuit and it’s great to drive.”

Heading into this event, Pastrana had already secured the Rally America driver’s title for 2009 and said his objective was to earn as many stage wins as possible. With nothing to lose, he admitted he drove hard and took plenty of risks to win all but two stages – falling only about four seconds short of an outright sweep over more than 120 miles of racing.

In second place were Canadians Antoine L’Estage and co-driver Nathalie Richard. The team occasionally competes south of the border, largely in pursuit of the North American Rally Championship, which counts events from both Canada and the U.S. Despite a two-minute penalty for a jumped start on Friday, the team put in a consistent performance to land on the podium.

“I’m happy overall,” said L’Estage. “Now we’re going into the final Canadian event of the year leading the North American Rally Championship and that’s what we’re here for.”

In third place overall and taking the Super Production class win, despite an ailing engine, was the Subaru Rally Team USA crew of Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino. The duo have been running in a borrowed Super Production class car for the final rounds of the championship after a bad wreck that put their Open class Subaru out of commission.

“It’s been a horrible year for us,” said Block, who finished the season fourth in the points. “Blown turbos, car overheating, mechanical issues… I’ve been driving the best I ever have and I feel I just can’t get anything to go my way.”

The crowded Super Production class saw Heath Nunnemacher and co-driver Mike Rossey take second place, followed by Pat Moro and co-driver Ole Holter in third. The podium finish wasn’t enough for Moro to overtake Jimmy Keeney in the points for the 2009 class win. Keeney and co-driver Melissa Keeney finished fourth in class at this event to take the Rally America Super Production class championship for 2009.

A stroke of bad luck saw Piotr Wiktorczyk out of the hunt for the class title before the race could begin; his engine blew during practice.

The Polish team of Andi Mancin and co-driver Maciej Wislawski battled engine trouble at this event to finish in fifth-place overall. The result wasn’t what Mancin had hoped for, but it was enough to earn him runner-up status in the 2009 championship after challenger Andrew “ACP” Comrie-Picard and co-driver Jeremy Wimpey suffered a blown engine late on Day 1. ACP wound up third in the Rally America standings for 2009.

In two-wheel-drive, 17-year-old driver Dillon Van Way locked up the two-wheel drive Rally America title with a start here this weekend.

All results are considered informational pending official race processes.

The fall colors are brilliant in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula at this time of year. It was cold and drizzly on Friday as cars headed out for the opening stages, with snow reported in some areas. It was a picture-perfect autumn day when the rally finished Saturday.

As the season ender, this rally also plays host to the Rally America awards banquet, presented by BFGoodrich Tires, at the Rockhouse Grill & Tavern on Sunday. Awards for the season will be handed out at the Sunday ceremony.

Considered the extreme sport of automobile racing, rally car racing is often described simply as “real cars, real roads, real fast.” This all-season motorsport sees drivers and their co-drivers take modified road cars to the limit as they achieve blistering speeds over courses that cover more than 100 miles of gravel, dirt or snow-covered roads. Among the marques typically represented in Rally America events are Subaru, Mitsubishi, Dodge, Ford and Volkswagen.

Top teams in the Rally America National Championship series are also invited to compete in ESPN’s annual Summer X Games competition, the leading action sports event broadcast live on ABC and ESPN.

Rally competition resumes January 29-30 with the 2010 Rally America season opener, Sno*Drift, in Atlanta, Michigan.

For more information regarding Rally America, Inc. call (763) 553-2742 or visit http://www.rally-america.com for details.

LSPR Photo Contest

•October 19, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Another successful LSPR this year. If you took any pictures at the event you could possibly win a prize. Post your photos at http://rally-america.com/contests/.

 
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