Whisker’s Big Day at the Ghouls Gambol Rally

Ghoul's Gambol car dash plaque, 2018. Rally. The Auto Reporter.

For over 50 years, Ghosts, Goblins, Spooks, Spirits, the Dead, the Undead, and even those that WISHED they were dead, have returned to haunt the Cascade Sports Car Club (CSCC) Halloween Rally. Like many road rallies today, it carries a rich history (some may say long and varied). Decorative dash plaques can be found in many a racer’s den or trophy room sporting witches and bats. To think that 30 years ago, entries were capped at 100 cars!

In 2018, the CSCC event saw 17 entries, with almost half the field in costume, including the cars themselves and even some haunted checkpoints. Of note was a Smokey and the Bandit Subaru Impreza, replete with a mustached “Burt” and a navigator in a wedding dress. There were two Zombie doctors, and even an Ace Ventura driving a rhino (who failed to make the start…). The story of Whisker’s the Cat was told in the checkpoint slips.

How did these early events attract so many entries? (see the dash plaques) Sure, there were just more people out enjoying their cars in the past, and many chose rally as their outlet. But “back-in-the-day” the Cascade Sports Car Club had a great system in place. In order for a ROAD racer to win a championship, they needed WORKER points along with racing wins to take home the big trophy. So racers spent the season on the track, but as fall descended, they realized that they needed to WORK an event to win the championship. So when Halloween came, they lined up by the score to man checkpoints, become haunted house monsters, or to help build the sets. With so many workers and great attractions, the entries poured in. Alas, those days are gone, but the spirit of the rally lives on.

Sights of the 2018 Ghoul's Gambol rally. The Auto Reporter. This year, at one checkpoint, navigators had to reach into a bowl of slimy “worms” to pull out their Check Point critique slip (wet wipes provided). Prizes were awarded to best-dressed team and best-decorated car.  Teams had an option to stop at the haunted corn maze and pumpkin patch before heading to the Rogue Brew Pub in North Plains, Oregon for the awards.

The rally dished out more tricks than treats to contestants. Rallymasters Monte and Victoria Saager, laughed maniacally and rubbed their hands during the driver’s meeting.  The fun began with a classic ODO trap, take 30 minutes to complete NRI 14, yadda, yadda but the ODO check ended on instruction 13…  Then there were 2 NRI’s (Numbered Route Instructions) out of sequence.  The next diabolical trick was a note saying to PAUSE 1 MINUTE if the distance between NRI 30 and NRI 31 was more than a mile. Most teams paused, but the eventual winners told me that they estimated that the distance between the two NRI’s was about an inch or less (as printed in the Route Instructions). There were a total of 9 traps (tricks?) over 4 legs. Here is one more for you to ponder:

NRI 19 RIGHT @ Second OPP (opportunity)

NRI 20 Replace the word “Second” with the word “First” in NRI 19

(The scores are shown below)

Whiskers’ Big Day

Ghoul's Gambol car dash plaque, 2018. Rally. The Auto Reporter. It was a gorgeous fall day and with the last warm glow of the afternoon sun starting to set Whiskers lay sleeping on the front porch. A large Jack-o-lantern had been placed by the front step with smaller ones lining the walkway to the porch.

“It’s coming, it’s coming!” sang the children as they skipped past. Whiskers closed her eyes and sank back into her sleep.

In her dreams, she could see the children coming to the porch. They would knock on the door, shout trick or treat, and receive a treat. If she was lucky the children might even take an extra minute or two to give her a little pet. Who’s to say what fortune might come on Halloween from petting a black cat?

Now, it’s not well known but cats are vivid dreamers and Whiskers was no exception. Falling deeper into sleep she saw herself pawing down the street to a house with two doors. Above a very large door, a sign read HUMAN while SPIRIT appeared over a much smaller door.

She pushed open the smaller door and entered and as she did she heard a voice from beyond calling, “Whiskers… Whiskers…”

As Whiskers sank deeper into her dream the voice kept calling softly from beyond, “Whiskers… Whiskers…” Strange yet familiar. “Whiskers…” She took a step through the door, then another. “Whiskers… Whiskers…”

The voice kept calling. “Whiskers… Whiskers Kitty… Oh, there you are. Come on Whiskers Kitty, come inside.” Whiskers awoke to see her master calling and sleepily headed for the door knowing that there was much more to dream and so much to be done as Halloween was still another four days away.

Ghoul’s Gambol #52 Road Rally Results
Car #
Driver / Navigator
Class
Leg 1
Leg 2
Leg 3
Leg 4
Total
5
Larry Lefebvre / Brandon Harer
UNL
4
49
3
0
56
2
Jim Martin / John Kisela
UNL
139
24
1
14
178
14
Dave Sacry / Kathy Sacry
SOP
18
81
42
210
351
15
Sean Andersen / Tonia Andersen
SOP
50
181
1
155
387
3
George Olson / Jeff Zurschmeide
SOP
20
210
101
111
442
10
Marcus Gattman / Kerrie Steppenson
SOP
19
300
42
177
538
9
Eric Olbricht / Madelaine Olbricht
NOV
82
300
43
150
575
1
Jordan Green / Michael McCauley
NOV
207
144
93
158
602
12
David Gattman / JoAnn Gattman
SOP
95
236
300
41
672
6
Chad Thomsen / Alex Costaneda
SOP
135
180
159
245
719
13
Torm Kelsey-Green / Kasey Klaus
SOP
300
3
123
300
726
8
Jack Haner / Caitlin Szabo
NOV
300
112
143
208
763
16
Tom Young / Rose Young
SOP
32
300
163
300
795
4
Andrew Kary / Marty Lawrence
NOV
214
300
102
300
916
7
Nishant Singh / Phillip Dandurand
NOV
17
300
300
300
917
11
Christophor White / Twyla Blanksma
NOV
300
300
143
226
969
17
Lawrence McCatrin / Christy Temple
SOP
300
300
300
300
1200