Originally Posted by Hickey
I can only imagine the travelling costs headache in the States though. People over here complain about the costs of going up to Knockhill or across to Pembrey, whereas a one-track championship in the States must rule out 95% of the country in terms of travelling costs?
Having said that, fuel is about £1 per gallon in the States isn't it, so I guess you guys can travel further for less!
Well that is one big issue with Rally America and one that probably will never be overcome. Some of the rallies are 3000 miles away from some people. Most of the rally community is concentrated on the Pacific Coast or Northeast USA. So if you want to do a rally out west or one back east, you've got one hell of a tow, several days of driving and a lot of money out in fuel. Almost 97% of Rally America is amateurs that fund it out of their own pocket.
To give you some idea how much distance is involved, it is like traveling from the UK to Kazakhstan for a rally.
However us Americans have a relatively efficient interstate highway system and it is very easy to get around or cross the USA.
People from the UK just have a different mindset. I remember the first time I went to the UK people looked at a car journey of 100 miles as being a major deal, involving long rest stops and so on. Us Americans don't think it's a big deal if we have to drive 700 miles in one day. For people in the UK they think of their local sphere of influence and reach of being 20-30 miles around home, while us think of multiple states and hundreds of miles around.
The RA rallycross is going to appeal to some that the GRC totally leaves out. Also the RA community is pretty tight so some that might come from out west will coordinate travel and towing and so on.