In addition to the hundreds of thousands of government workers and all those that are impacted in various ways by the government shutdown LSPR has been impacted and has created an alternate plan. With the USDA Forest Service shut down the Kenton District has advised us that our use permit has been suspended. While it won’t be the rally we want to put on – we will be forced to lose a significant number of stage miles – it will still be a full two day
event in the beautiful north woods. There is an official press release on the Rally America website.
Given the timing of the shutdown and the work that is involved with securing permission and permits for road use we have elected to spend more time on the Baraga County roads. I have completed the alternate schedule at this point and the alternate routebook is nearly complete and will be going to the printers on Monday.
If Washington is able to reach an agreement that would re-open the government prior to Wednesday October 16 and we are advised by the Rangers of Kenton District that our permit is once again valid LSPR would likely revert back to the original schedule.
We will press on.
Here we are less than one month before LSPR hits the roads in the Upper Peninsula! Preparations are fully underway with the stage schedule falling into place and the route book expected to be finished next week. Different this year for LSPR is the handling of service areas with respect to timing. In the past LSPR has used MTCs for entering and leaving service areas, allowing teams to enter early and declare their time. This year to be more aligned with Rally America and other events we will be using and ATC to enter and leave service areas – this means teams will be required to enter service on their minute. Look for the stage schedule to be posted soon. Continue reading
The weather in Houghton has been chilly lately – chilly enough that on the crisp mornings you would swear it was October and you could almost feel LSPR in the air.
The organizing committee is in full gear planning our return event for the 2013 Rally America national championship series. Part of that is this new web presence. Continue reading